Clif­ford faces tough com­pe­ti­tion in spe­cial event at Bish­op­scourt

Belfast Telegraph - - SPORT - BY ROY HARRIS

THERE will be a first for an Ir­ish short cir­cuit event at Bish­op­scourt this week­end when the two-day MCRRCI pro­moted IFS Global Lo­gis­tics David Wood Memo­rial Tro­phy meet­ing has four cham­pi­onship races per class over to­mor­row and Sun­day.

Teen sen­sa­tion Aaron Clif­ford came out on top last year.

There will be two prac­tice ses­sions from 9am to­mor­row for all classes and, from 2pm, one cham­pi­onship sprint race per class fol­lowed on Sun­day, from 9am, with a 24-race (three races per class) cham­pi­onship pro­gramme, which will con­clude at 5pm fol­lowed by podium prize dis­tri­bu­tion.

This multi-spon­sored meet­ing is a trib­ute to one of Ire­land’s best known rac­ing per­son­al­i­ties, Davy Wood, an ex-racer, Joey Dun­lop’s man­ager, a man with the abil­ity to gar­ner spon­sor­ship for events, in­di­vid­u­als and clubs and a real driv­ing force be­hind var­i­ous cham­pi­onships.

He had con­tacts with a mul­ti­tude of spon­sors such as Im­pe­rial To­bacco, Shell, Enkalon, Pirelli and Arai, even­tu­ally un­der the Team Wood ban­ner, with many of those spon­sors hav­ing sig­nif­i­cant in­put into this meet­ing.

In­deed at one time it was said that Davy, a PR ge­nius, wore a dif­fer­ent spon­sor’s jacket, shirt and hat for every race.

Ir­ish Su­per­sport rac­ing over the last few sea­sons has pro- duced the most spec­tac­u­lar track ac­tion and will again be the head­line event this week­end with the Pirelli Tyres IFS David Wood Memo­rial Tro­phy go­ing to the over­all win­ner of the four races over the week­end.

A healthy £3,500 prize fund will see the over­all win­ner pick up £1,500 plus a set of Pirelli Tyres with cash re­wards down to 10th po­si­tion.

A Sail to Pole with Nutt Travel will see the top nine Su­per­sport rid­ers from timed prac­tice in a six minute shoot-out for pole.

Last year’s win­ner, 17-yearold Clif­ford, will be out to re­tain the David Wood Memo­rial Tro­phy, but will have to see off some tough op­po­si­tion in the form of Ja­son Lynn, Korie McGreevy, Ross Pat­ter­son, Chris­tian Elkin, Mark Con­lin, Aaron Arm­strong and 19-year-old ex-mo­tocross rider Eu­nan McGlinchey.

Ex­cit­ing, close quar­ter heart-stop­ping ac­tion should be the or­der on both days with ad­mis­sion just £10.

Mean­while the BSB Show­down com­mences at Oul­ton Park this week­end with just six rid­ers — Shayne Byrne, Josh Brookes, Leon Haslam, Ja­son O’Halloran, Peter Hick­man and Jake Dixon — now in con­tention to be crowned 2017 MCE Bri­tish Su­per­bike Cham­pion.

Ul­ster pair Glenn Ir­win and Michael Laverty un­for­tu­nately didn’t make the cut, nor did Tyco BMW’s Chris­tian Id­don, but all three could well have a sig­nif­i­cant say over the fi­nal three rounds of the se­ries as to who is crowned cham­pion.

New­town­abbey rider Andy Reid, who crashed at Sil­ver­stone last week­end and was run over by a fol­low­ing rider, has un­der­gone six hours of surgery to re­pair a bro­ken left fe­mur and have a pin in­serted, with the 23-yearold Tyco BMW rider start­ing the long road back to full fit­ness.

Teen sen­sa­tion: Aaron Clif­ford will be back to de­fend his David Wood Memo­rial Tro­phy this week­end at Bish­op­scourt

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