McCormack and Phillips sparkle at Mondello

Carl Phillips on the Sandown Yamaha
Carl Phillips on the Sandown Yamaha

There was no stopping Waterford’s Brian McCormack as he dominated round two of the Adelaide Masters Series with a terrific treble at Mondello Park yesterday.

McCormack, a former double Masters champion, is running his own effort as he returns to the short circuit championship in 2014 and was unstoppable on his Honda Fireblade.

He finished as the runner-up to David Haire in Saturday’s opening Superbike race, but yesterday McCormack had the bit between his teeth as he won both Superbike races plus the Grand Final to cap the perfect day.

He opened his account in the 12-lap Superbike race, taking victory by two seconds from Lisburn rider Haire with third going to Damien Byrne.

In race two, McCormack – who qualified in third place behind Haire and Cody Nally – was lying in fourth at the end of the opening lap behind pole man Haire, Mark Glasgow and Nally.

He gradually forced his way into the lead but was made to work hard for the win by Gerard Kinghan, who came through to take up the challenge.

McCormack managed to hold on for his second win of the day by just under one second from Kinghan, with Nally having to settle for third place.

“There’s no point in lying,” said Nally on the rostrum afterwards. “These two boys are just out-riding me today.”

McCormack was riding on the crest of a wave and in glorious conditions at the Co Kildare circuit he took his place on the grid for the Grand Final full of confidence.

However, it was Haire who made the running as he attempted to break McCormack’s dominance after Kinghan crashed out at Dunlop.

Unfortunately for Haire, he appeared to develop a problem and McCormack hit the front with Nally now giving chase and Glasgow holding third.

Try as he might, Nally was unable to put one over on McCormack, who took the flag by 0.7 seconds while Glasgow secured the final place on the podium after 12 laps. Connor Parkhill, Byrne and Carl Phillips rounded out the top six.

Belfast man Phillips also had plenty to celebrate as the Sandown Yamaha rider bagged a brace in the Supersport class.

Phillips, who led the championship standings after the first round in April, won the first race yesterday by only 0.3 seconds after a battle with Saturday’s race winner Haire, with Robert English finishing third ahead of Luke Johnston.

Phillips again prevailed in race two but had to dig deep to hold off a determined Parkhill challenge, who was only 0.2 seconds behind at the finish.

Haire finished third, only half a second behind, with Jason Lynn, English and Johnston the top six.

On Saturday, it was Haire who took victory on the Rig Deluge Honda by 1.4 seconds from Phillips and English.

Following the first two rounds of the country’s premier short circuit championship, the series now heads to Bishopscourt in Co Down on Saturday, August 9.

The penultimate round will be held at Mondello Park on August 30-31 on the national circuit, with the finale taking place on the international track at Mondello from October 4-5.