Dou­ble up for Lorne in Ire­land

The Oban Times - - Sport -

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.

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