British Quad Championship and British Sidecar Cross Championship set to descend on Tandragee Motocross Track

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The next round of the ACU British Quad Championship and British Sidecar Cross Championships is set to take place at Tandragee Motocross Track on Saturday 18th June, hosted by Quad Racing Ireland. 

As the only round of the British Quad and British Sidecar Cross Championships in Northern Ireland, the event is expected to attract hundreds of motorsport enthusiasts from across Northern Ireland, as well as the competing riders and teams from across the UK.

Following on from the previous round of the Championships, which took place at the Dean Moor Motocross Park in West Cumbria on 29th May, local riders are in pole position, with quad rider, Mark McLernon leading the Quad Championships.

Following a two-race win at the Dean Moor event, current title holder, Mark McLernon, from Hillsborough leads the Quad Championship on 147 points, ahead of second place, Harry Walker from Reading on 131 points and Scotland’s Murray Graham who’s in third place on 109 points. In fifth place is Comber’s Justin Reid, a former mutliple winner of the British Quad Championships.

In the Sidecar Cross Championships, Lisburn’s Gary Moulds with passenger Lewis Gray are in 3rd place on 156 points. Now competing at world level sidecar events, Gary is hoping that the home advantage will help him to secure top finishes at the Tandragee track. 

Ahead of the event, Chairman of Quad Racing Ireland, Derek Young, adds: “We’re delighted to be bringing the ACU British Quad Championship and British Sidecar Cross Championship to Northern Ireland in what is a ‘golden age’ for quad and sidecar racing in Northern Ireland.

“We have local riders who are amongst the best and most talented in the UK. They’re competing at events across the country and taking home podium finishes. Just last year, three quad riders, Justin Reid, Mark McLernon and Dean Dillion made history being named as the first-ever Irish team to win the 2021 Quadcross of Nations champions.

“A home round of the British Quad and Sidecar Cross Championships is a special occasion for our local riders, and we’re looking forward to welcoming hundreds of spectators to cheer on our local riders who will have their eyes on securing a top finish.”

A number of home riders and club members who are competing in the 2022 ACU British Quad Championship include Mark McLernon, Justin Reid, Kyle Murphy, Kevin Meenagh, Dean Dillon, Aaron Haslett and Jack Young. In the British Sidecar Cross Championship, some of the home competitors include Gary Moulds / Lewis Gray, Neil Campbell / Ross Graham, Jonathan Wilson / Andrew Rowan, Jack Shepherd / Louise Houston and Andrew McKibben / Adam McKibben.

Owned by John Sinton, Tandragee Motocross Track is located off the Tamnaghmore Road, Tandragee, and John’s been working hard to ensure the track is in top condition.  Hosted by Quad Racing Ireland, the event was granted its permit and permission for the event to run by motorsport governing body in Northern Ireland, MRA.

Both the Quad and Sidecar Cross championships are contested over six rounds, with both series finishing in August.

Tandragee Motocross Park is located at Tamnaghmore Road, Tandragee, BT62 3LS. A family event, spectactors are most welcome. Gates open at 9am on Saturday 18th June with racing expected to get underway at 10.30am.  Spectactor entry costs £5 with entry for under 16s free.

For further information, see

 

www.quadracingireland.co.uk

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The North Armagh Club will host the fourth round of the 2022 MRA Ulster Youth and Adult Quadcross and Sidecar Championships at the fast and flowing Tandragee Motocross Park circuit on Saturday 7th May.

This fourth round will mark the halfway point in this competitive eight round 2022  Ulster Championship series.

 

In the Adult Premier Class Dean Dillon currently has just a one point lead over former three times Ulster Champion David Cowan with Justin Reed holding on to third position. Mark McLernon who had been unbeaten in rounds one and two missed the third round at Tinkerhill due to attending a Stag weekend of a friend. Mark now sits fourth in the premier class some 47 points off the leader.

 

In the Quad Semi-Expert class Young Josh McKnight has won all eight races to date and enjoys a 43 point advantage over Shane Hunter in second with Jack Young holding the third place position.

 

The Adult Quad Clubman’s class has Paul Edgar is at the top of the points table just eight points clear of Dean Young with Armagh’s Andrew Black in third.

 

In the Sidecar Class championship to date, the pairing of Neil Campbell and Ross Graham are leading after three rounds, having earned 194 points. Jonathan Wilson and Andrew Rowan are placed in second position while Dean Faulkner and passenger Curtis Beck are currently third in the series.

 

The Youth Y1 Automatic Quad Class, is led by Jamie Cowan in his very first year of competition with 190 points to his credit, from Kruz Bradley and Jenson Gilchrist.

In the Youth Y2, 80/100cc Class, Dean Owens tops the table with 170 points, Daniel Duddy is second with 147 points and Jack McKane rounds out the top three with 136 pts.

Then in the Y3 200/250cc Youth class, Jack Minish has a 33 point advantage over Charlie Williamson in second and Luke Dillon just a further 7 points back in third.

 

Racing is scheduled to start at approximately 11.00am with a total of 18 races in different classes to be enjoyed by all in attendance.

Tandragee MX Park, Tamnaghmore Road, Craigavon. BT62 2LS.

Ulster Youth & Adult Solo Championship round 2

The South Down Club will host the second round of the MRA Ulster Youth and Adult solo Motocross Championships at their home circuit of Loughbrickland Motocross Park, Belfast Road, Newry . BT34 1SD on Easter Monday 18th of April.

 

The Club are currently putting a lot of time and effort into the preparation of the circuit prior to this second round of the Ulster Championship series.

Due to the increased interest in “ Off Road “ motorcycling after the easing of more than two years of a variety of pandemic restrictions, a large entry of both Youth and Adult Competitors is expected to enter for this event.

As a result of this anticipated increase in Competitor Numbers, the race schedule will consist of two full blocks of races for all Youth and Adult competitors. However the race times for all classes have in turn been increased starting at this second round and continuing through for the balance of the 2022 Ulster Championship season.

 

After the first round promoted by the North of Ireland Club at Claudy at the beginning of April, Glenn McCormick leads the Expert MX1 from local competitors and brothers John and Jason Meara. Interesting to note that just Three Championship Points separate Glenn, Jason and John before the action starts for this second round of the season. The Expert MX2 class is currently lead by Killinchy’s David Russell from the man from Dungiven Jack Moore and Southern Visitor Jordan Keogh placed in third.

 Adult Class races on the day will also include the combined Semi-Expert MX1 and MX2 races along with separate Clubman MX1 and MX2 Class races. Adding to this will be the interesting and exciting seven Classes of races for Youth Competitors. Some of these classes will be combined into one race but scored separately for Youth Ulster Championship points.

 

So as always competitors please try to place your entry “on line” as soon as possible, to help ease the workload for the Club on what will prove to be a very busy morning prior to the start of practice and racing.

 

2022 Ulster Solo Championship
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Ulster Youth & Adult Solo Championship Format Update

 

With our 2022 MRA Ulster Youth and Adult Solo MX Championships off to a flying start following the first round of the series promoted by the North of Ireland Club at Robinson’s MX Park Claudy. It has quickly become apparent that with increasing competitor numbers wishing to take part in the MRA Ulster Championship series, a rethink of the race format on Championship days has been required.

 

Following a very recent MRA Association meeting on 07/04/22 it has been decided that there will now be two blocks of races for both youth and adult classes at each of the five remaining Championship rounds starting with round number two to be promoted by the

South Down Club on Easter Monday 18th April. at Loughbrickland MX Park.

 

Due to this newly proposed “Two Race“ Ulster format, it has been further decided that Youth and Adult race times for all classes will be increased as detailed below.

 

Youth Classes

Automatic.                                                        10 mins. + 1 Lap

65cc Junior &Cadet.                                            12 mins. + 1 Lap

85cc Small & Big Wheel                                      14 mins. + 1 Lap

125cc Inter. & 250cc Premier.                             16 mins. + 1 Lap

 

Adult Classes

Clubman MX2.  Separate Race                          14 mins. +1 Lap

Clubman MX1.  Separate Race                          14 mins. +1 Lap 

Semi-Expert MX2 & MX1.                                   16 mins. +1 Lap

Expert MX2 & MX1                                              20 mins. +1 Lap

 

Finally, the prize money totals which was originally agreed for a three race format will still remain as the same overall total amount but will now be divided by two, so as to increase each individual race prize money for all Adult Grades.

The new per race prize money schedule will be noted on the back of each race day programme.