Ulster Quad and Sidecross Championships 2018 RD 8 OF 8 – Tinkerhill, Newry 8th Sept

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Perhaps appropriately, Quad Racing Ireland promoted the final round of the Ulster Quad & Sidecarcross Championships at their home circuit of Tinker Hill on a dry, but chilly autumn day.

In the Ballymac Hotel Sidecarcross Championship, defending Ulster Champion Neil Campbell & Craig Parmenter were absent on British Championship duty, although Championship leader Gary Moulds from Lisburn with Randalstown passenger Niki Adair on board romped to a first race win thereby clinching the Championship, then left to fly to Stansted for the Walkes Colne round on Sunday.

This left the was open for some new faces to make their mark, and race 2 was won by Dromore couple Jonathan Wilson & Louise Houston flowed by Jonny’s son Jake with Andrew Rowan on board, Jake and Andrew went one better in the last race, to take their very first overall win and top the podium, while second overall were Lisburn perennials, Tony Willis & Ian Glenn, with Ricky Mairs & Ben Alexander filling the third step and also taking the bronze medal in the Championship, Jonny & Louise rueing their first race dnf that ruined their score card.

Gary thus becomes the 2018 Ulster & Irish Champion, his first domestic double.

In the Gilchrist Plant Hire Premier Quad class, Championship leader Michael McAneney from Limavady was absent due to a shoulder injury sustained at Pont de Vaux in France thus leaving him helpless to defend his Championship, and costing him his place in the MCUI Team for the Quadcross of Nations, the fight for the title would come down to the new team of Mark McLernon, Leon Rodgers from Meath, and Comber veteran Justin Reid, and so these three duly became the top three in all three motos.

Race 1 saw a race long battle between McLernon and Rodgers with Reid just about holding onto them, until a rock dislodged the breather on McLernons Honda on the last lap, leaving him powerless to challenge the flying Rodgers, race 2 was a gate to flag win for Leon, with Mark settling for second, and Justin again third, with the title still up for grabs with only seven points separating Rodgers and McLernon, Mark hole shot and set a blistering pace, but he needed Leon to finish fourth or lower, and the Meath man did not oblige, following the Hillsborough native home for second in the race to take the overall win and the Championship , the second domestic double of the day, and the first man from south of the border to take an Ulster Quad title.

The GMG Contracts Clubman’s Quad produced some horrific crashes which interrupted the days busy schedule, bit thankfully there were no serious injuries, and the second Ulster Quad title of 2018 headed south of the border with Pat Whelan taking the title from Stephen Mulholland by five points in the last race and Noel Bradley taking the bronze in the Championship. Whelan took a first, second and a third to clinch the title, while a DNF in race 1 destroyed Mulholland’s lead on the day, and he could manage only an 11th in race 2, and despite his fine win in race three, Whelan did enough to snatch the title from his grasp.

The J&L Race Prep/Lloyd Acoustics Youth Quad Classes, the 250 Class winner was Omagh 16-year-old Jamie Quinn took another overall in Champion Stuart McMullen’s absence to take second place in the Championships, after a fantastic battle with Andrew Black who took his maiden race win with local Loughbrickland rider Josh McKnight taking three thirds to round out the top three.

The 110 Class had Luke Dillon from Moira took the Championship while cousin Ross took the overall on the day newly four strokes powered. Class newcomer Travis Toye from Coleraine took third on the day to round out a superb first year in this highly competitive and fast class.

The 50cc Automatic Class produced another overall for Champion Blake Orr, with William McPolin second overall and Conor Bradley third., Championship runner up Adrian McVey from Belfast was fourth and Waringstowns Jacob Glenn rounded out his last year in this class with third in the Championship.


Ballymac Hotel Sidecarcross Championship

1. Jake Wilson & Andrew Rowan 67, 2 Tony Willis & Ian Glenn 60, 3 Ricky Mairs & Ben Alexander 52 4. Mark McMullen & Andy McKibben 51 5. Jonathan Wilson & Louise Houston 47 6. Donna Flynn & Wayne Gibson 45

Gilchrist Plant Hire Premier Quad

1. Leon Rodgers (R2R WSP Kawasaki) 72 2. Mark McLernon (Walsh Honda) 69 3. Justin Reid (JustWin Racing Husqvarna) 60, Kyle Murphy (Yamaha) 54 5. Ricky Toye (Honda) 45, 6. Jonny McKight (Honda) 45

GMG Contracts Clubman Quad

1. Pat Whelan 67, 2. Noel Bradley 65, 3. Niall Quinn 42, 4. Jason Canning 40, 5. Sean Cassidy 38 6. David Brown 36

J&L Race Prep/Lloyd Acoustics

Class 3 (250)

1. Jamie Quinn 72, 2. Andrew Black 69, 3. Josh McKight 60 4. Ian Harron 50 5. Aaron Craig 45 6. William McVey 42

Class 2 (110c)

1. Ross Dillon 72, 2. Luke Dillon 65, 3. Travis Toye 60, 4. Charlie Williamson 54, 5. Bobby Harron 47, 6. Chloe Gibson 43

Class 1 (50cc)

1. Blake Orr 69, 2. William McPolin 65, 3. Conor Bradley 65, 4. Adrian McVey 54,5. Alfie Brown 47, 6. Jacob Glenn 43

Malcolm Beattie
MRA Press Officer

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