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The Mid Antrim 150 road race in Co Antrim opened the Ir­ish road rac­ing sea­son last week­end. The meet­ing had been revived af­ter a two-year ab­sence but tor­ren­tial rain turned the pad­dock into a quag­mire on Fri­day and threat­ened the meet­ing with can­cel­la­tion.

With the or­gan­is­ers fac­ing cer­tain fi­nan­cial ruin, the com­peti­tors grit­ted their teeth and got on with things in what have been de­scribed as the worst con­di­tions ever seen at an Ir­ish road race. Race bikes had to be wheeled through two-foot deep mud to the start line, where they were hosed down ready for ac­tion.

In spite of the mud the full prac­tice and race pro­grammes were run over Fri­day and Satur­day. Twenty-year-old Malachi Mitchell-thomas won three races on the Bur­rows En­gi­neer­ing ma­chines on his de­but at the event, and his team-mate Derek Sheils was the win­ner of the Grand Fi­nal.

Joey Dun­lop’s son Gary also made his road rac­ing de­but at the event, fin­ish­ing fifth in the 125cc race on a Honda RS125.

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