IRE­LAND’S SHORT CIRCUIT SCENE

Ul­tra-com­pet­i­tive, fair­ing-slap­ping duels are the or­der of the day.

Classic Racer - - ON TRACK -

A re­cent en­quiry asked whether Ir­ish Classic Rac­ing ex­tended be­yond the thrilling spec­ta­cle that is road rac­ing and I’m de­lighted to re­port that Ir­ish Circuit rac­ing is very much alive and well and ev­ery bit as fierce­ly­con­tested as the ac­tion on the road cir­cuits. Circuit rac­ing is the breed­ing ground for so many of the top road rac­ers, as well as be­ing the per­fect at­mo­sphere for rid­ers to hone their more ag­gres­sive skills. So far this year, we have had Classic rounds at Bish­op­scourt and Mon­dello Park, how­ever some races have fallen foul of the in­fa­mous Ir­ish weather with an April round at Kirk­iston hav­ing to be can­celled be­fore prac­tices even got un­der way, due to the sever­ity of howl­ing gusts and low tem­per­a­tures. Not­with­stand­ing this the rac­ing has been su­perb else­where with some of our fa­mil­iar road rac­ing he­roes fea­tur­ing on the podi­ums and some taking awe­some wins amidst the sort of ul­tra­com­pet­i­tive, fair­ing-slap­ping duels that one could never see at a road race, as well as some first-timers taking the che­quered flag, no­tably Ga­van Duffy with a 250cc class win at Bish­op­scourt as well as Lin­ton Ir­win and Alas­tair Henry also first to the flag at Bish­op­scourt. Then Andy Kildea im­pressed with a fine pair of wins at Mon­dello Park in June. There are sev­eral Short Circuit rounds left to fight over on dates that, thank­fully, won’t clash with any road rac­ing fix­tures. First up is Au­gust 18, at Bish­op­scourt, fol­lowed by Mon­dello Park on Au­gust 18/19. On Septem­ber 1 we’ll be at Kirk­istown with Bish­op­scourt again on Septem­ber 16/ 17 and fi­nally St An­gelo on Oc­to­ber 6. For fans of Real Road Rac­ing, we will have a full fea­ture cov­er­ing the en­tire 2018 Ir­ish Classic sea­son, in­clud­ing Cook­stown, Tan­dragee, the all new En­niskillen Races, Sk­er­ries, Walder­stown, Faugh­een, Ar­moy and fi­nally Killilane, in the next is­sue of Classic Racer. So, if you haven’t al­ready done so, make sure you re­serve a copy right away.

Andy Kildea leads the en­tire field on his way to win­ning the dou­ble at Mon­dello Park.

No. 26 Davy Car­leton pushes Sandy Brown, No.15, wide as he takes the in­side line.

Stylish as ever, Barry David­son take an­other win at Bish­op­scourt.

Her­bie Ro­nan in ac­tion at Mon­dello Park.

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