Shay Burns shines in Cadet class racing at Kirkistown circuit

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Nutts Corner Race Circuit will host the big start to the Northern Ireland Karting calendar on March 22 when drivers compete for the Ulster Cup.

Promoted by The Ulster Karting Club this will be the first big meeting of the year at the circuit.

Two weeks ago saw the start of the 2014 North of Ireland Karting Association (NIKA) Championship which took place at Kirkistown Race Circuit with plenty of close racing throughout the day.

In the Cadet class, the biggest of the four classes, it was Newtownabbey’s Shay Burns who put in a great days performance clinching a hat trick of wins as well as a second in race two.

Jack Irvine took the victory in race two to go along with his two second place finishes and his third in race three. Philip Patton and Seog Martin shared the rest of the spoils between themselves with Patton claiming a second and a third, and Martin claiming two third places.

In the World Formula class Robert Devenney from Carrickfergus racked up a hat trick of wins and was going for four out of four before he had to retire from the final race of the day.

That allowed Comber’s Peter Crossen to claim his first win of the day to go along with his second and third places finishes from earlier in the day.

Waringstown’s Paul Caldwell also had a good day at the office claiming four podiums throughout the day which included a second and three thirds.

Moira’s Paul Prentice and Dromore’s David Lilburn also claimed a second position each in race one and the final race respectively.

In the Mini Max class there was yet another hat trick of wins claimed, this time by the Mini Max Winter Champion Daniel Harper from Hillsborough.

As well as his three wins Daniel also finished third in the second race of the day to finish the day with a 100% podium record.

Glenavy’s Jack McGaughey claimed the other win in race two to go alongside his three second place finishes. Sam McDonnell also had a good day with three podiums himself consisting of a second and two thirds with Jack Steenson also getting on the podium with a third place finish in race three.

In the hugely competitive Senior Max class, it was 2012 Champion Daniel Conlon from Waringstown who took home the first two wins of the day after starting from fifth in race one and fourth in race two. This was Daniel’s first meeting from last season after missing all of the Winter Series so the wins were welcomed at the start of the new year.

Portadown’s Derek Wilson snatched up wins in race three and the final race of the day as well as his third place finish in race one. Douglas Reid from Ballynahinch also had a very consistent day finishing every race on the podium collecting three seconds and a third.

Hillsboroughs Gareth Greer also had a good day at the office clinching a second and two thirds, in what was a fantastic days racing in this, and indeed all of the classes.

This weekend is shaping up to be another great meeting with plenty of close racing throughout the field. With the opening Ulster Championship round just two weeks later, once again at Nutts Corner, this Saturdays Ulster Cup is a meeting not to be missed.