THE SHOW MUST GO ON
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.