Kells Race Report 2007 by Baylon McCaughey

by admin on November 21, 2012

Kells Race Report 2007 by Baylon McCaughey

But for an electrical problem which forced him out of the open race at Kells, Cameron Donald could well have taken a treble, however he had to settle for a double, taking an exciting 600 race, which saw him having to break the class record to stave off Guy Martin, and later in the Day he won the John Donnan Grand Final, leading from start to finish. Martin was again 2nd, along with his win in the open and an 8th place in the 250 class, this gave Guy the Man of the Meeting award, a fitting tribute for Guy, as it was on this circuit, a few years ago, that the unknown English rider made his road race debut!.

 

Biggest Cheer

 

However the biggest cheer of the day went to 3rd place man in the final, Local rider, Ryan farquhar, who was having his first outing since the IOM TT, And despite being been on a superstock machine, Ryan took a well deserved 3rd in each of the races he contested. Farquhar suffered arm pump during practice, but felt pretty good during the races, and then announced that he would be riding the superbike for Winston McAdoo again, starting at Mid antrim, and the UGP. At the minute, Ryan is still unsure if  he will be at Faugheen this weekend, but something tells me he will be there.

 

Robert McCrum won the 1000 classic race at ease, whilst Mark Young seems to like riding the Burrows 250 honda, as he reeled of another record breaking win in the support 400 class.

 

In the 250 race, Michael Dunlop scored  a superb win, edging out brother William at the last corner, this was a fab race, with no less than 6 different leaders!, Guy Marin, Darran Burns, John Burrows, Ian Morell and the Dunlop bros all had a turn at leading!, Martin slipped off, Burrows ran wide, re joined, only to suffer clutch problems later. Andrew Neil, who got a ride on a 250 at the last minute, had a great race with fellow local, phil archer, taking  11th and 12th places. Michael made it a double , when he won the 125 race from  Marc Curtin and Sam Dunlop. Robert Dunlop retired from 2nd on the final lap, when his bike expired.Nigel Moore who won the 250 classic race was 5th in the 125 race, in which mark Young was a retirement.

 

Adrian McFarland won both non championship 600 and open races, Andrew Neil took 4th, whilst Phil Archer, on board his new Triumph was 13th in the open B race, whilst Robert McKnight won a hard fiught 750 support race.

 

Michael Dunlop was the winner of the John Donnan Memorial cup, for the best Irish rider on the day, and it was presented to Robert, by the late John Donnans son Billy.

 

As in the past, this has been one of the best meetings of the race calendar, this year, the club had to contend with continous heavy rain, which made the paddock quite a hazard!, but the club worked hard, and riders helped out, and  got it into a better shape, and racing went as scheldued.

In race 2, Maurice Hogg suffered serious injuries in a high speed crash on the opening lap, however I can report, that, he has since had a scan at hospital, and has been given the all clear, however he has a broken pelvis, and broken ankle.

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