With the Road Racing season completed its left to Mondello Park to close off the Irish Motorcycle Racing season this weekend with the fifth and final event of the 2012 Adelaide Masters Series. Having started what seems a very long time ago, back In April, this weekends event will see a number of titles decided over the course of three championship rounds which will run on Mondello’s longest circuit, the International track.
The Adelaide Masters Series has been growing steadily over the past two seasons since its introduction. Designed as a stepping stone to the The two main championships, the 1000cc Superbike and 600cc Supersport classes, are both being headed by Waterford rider Brian McCormack. In the Superbike championship McCormack has just one championship challenger, in the shape of Ulsters Lee Johnston on the Millsport Ducati Panigale. McCormack has led for the entire season on his Chris Dowd Racing Honda but over the second half of the series Johnston has been gradually closing the gap. These two riders will battle it out for the title over a single race on Saturday and two more on Sunday.
While there are only two championship contenders there are many more riders capable of winning the races. British Championship regulars Cody Nally, Marshall Neill and Emmett O’Grady have all been contenders this season and any of them could upset the form book over the weekend. Kilkenny’s Damien Byrne can t be discounted either having tasted victory at the opening event of the season.
The Supersport class is the main support event for the Superbikes and here McCormack has two Northern Irish rivals ready to pick up the pieces if he is not on top form. Impressive newcomer Carl Phillips sits second in the standings behind the Waterford rider with Jonny Buckley close behind in third. Once again in this class there are many other riders capable of winning this weekend including Bishopscourt victor David Haire who will ride in the Supersport and Superbike races.
With the champions crowned the season will climax with Sunday’s Grand Final where the top riders from the Superbike and Supersport classes will combine to race, not for points but for prize money, along with the ‘Race of the Year’ trophy. To add to the days entertainment the circuit will also host the final round of the Stunt Ireland Irish Motorcycle Stunt Riding championship. The Motorcycle Trick specialists will be performing all day alongside the track action with some unbelievable stunt action promised.
The four wheeled action takes place at Kirkistown Co. Down this weekend where the Martin Donnelly Trophy for Formula Ford will be the main event. A number of local competitors will travel to the Co. Down track this weekend with high hopes of lifting the trophy which is named after former Lotus Formula One driver Martin Donnelly, who started his career at Kirkistown in Formula Ford. The event will also see the 2012 Irish Formula Sheane championship decided, with the class for identical, Wicklow built, Formula Sheane cars currently being led by veteran Brian Hearty. Wicklow’s Kevin Sheane Jr. is the on-form driver having won three of the last four races but even another win may no be enough for him to lift the title if Hearty has a strong finish.