Boosted by his win last week, Andrew Perry will need to be in winning form again tomorrow if he’s going to steal the Irish trials championship from Michael Burton.
Going into the Mid-Antrim club’s Shane Cup on the slopes of Slemish mountain Dubliner Burton with four wins to his credit has 142 points.
Perry who began the season with a flourish notching-up three wins has 137 points the same as Sean Doyle.
The championship consists of 11 rounds with a rider’s best nine results determining the final positions.
At the moment it looks as though Burton is on course to retain the title.
In the B grade Stuart McClurg is firmly in the driving seat having won six rounds. He has 154 points while his nearest challenger is Chris Brown on 117.
Andrew McCrory leads grade C on 114 compared to 95 for Gareth Mackey in second place while Robbie Jennings tops grade D on 131 with George Robinson second on 118.
The Hanlon brothers, Jake and Josh, are setting the pace in the youth ranks.
Running in tandem with the Irish round is the Michelin-backed club series organised by the Off Road section of the Mid Antrim Motor Club.
“The series, which is now into its fifth year and has been a fantastic success,” said club spokesman James Crawford. “It will be run over the four Mid Antrim events this year.
“The series is open to all Mid Antrim Club members but they must be members before the events take place, so I would appeal to all competitors to get joined up prior to the first trial so that they can ensure that all the rounds count in their final score.”
Crawford went on, “The club are deeply indebted to Michelin Tyre PLC for their continuing support especially in these financially challenging times.
“This vote of confidence in the activities of our club by a multi-national company is a great incentive to all our members to promote top class events within our trials sport.”