Double up for Lorne in Ireland
CONNEL’S Lorne Sinclair decided to step away from the British quad racing scene this year, deciding Ireland was the place to hone his racing skills in his first year in adult racing.
This involved two championships over 16 rounds and some shared rounds starting in March and finishing at the International MX track in Desertmartin in September.
Lorne continued his form which brought him the 2015 250cc British championship, with two victories in the opening rounds on his new Canam quad which had been bought early in the year.
The quad has a unique design by Justin Reid of Just win Racing. It is a Canam race quad adapted to take a Kawasaki kxf450 mx engine. Lorne was assisted by top mechanic Tommy Muldoon all season.
Racing was definitely fast and furious with Lorne progressing throughout the year with several wins and a shared number of thirds and seconds, leaving him the task of finishing his last race in seventh or better for the overall win.
The weather was horrendous with torrential rain all evening prior to the race leaving the track very soft and muddy. Lorne had a reasonable start, slotting into seventh then moving to fifth by the halfway point.
Passing was almost impossible because of the weather which meant following slower riders.
This eventually blocked up his radiator causing the bike to overheat and stop two laps from the end with a head gasket issue.
Remarkably the bike started, getting Lorne across the line to clinch both titles.
Lorne, in his first adult season has clinched the Irish Clubman Champioship and the Ulster Support Championship. Next season he is going to be moving up to the premier class in the British championship including British under 21 and Premier Ulster Championship. This is an elite group of riders which will be a massive step up for the young Connel rider.
Oban Bowling Club ended its 2016 season with a prizegiving evening, including cheese and wine. The ladies and gents champions, pictured above, were Helen MacLean and Robert Dairon.
Lorne Sinclair gets ready for action.