Lisburn’s Carl Phillips will be out to cause an upset in the Adelaide Masters Supersport class at Mondello Park in Co Kildare this weekend.
The 19-year-old, who rides for the Sandown Racing team, is only six points behind joint championship leaders Richie Ryan and fellow Lisburn man David Haire, who are tied on 156 points.
Phillips is 27 points ahead of impressive young gun Barry Johnston in third and team owner Sandy McCutcheon is expecting a concerted challenge from his rider at the Irish circuit as he attempts to overhaul the six-point deficit to the top.
“It’s still all to play for and we’re going there with as good as chance as anyone,” said McCutcheon.
“Carl has had a few DNFs this season but he has been getting consistent results and we’ll be giving it our all as usual at the final round.
“I’ve been happy with how he’s been riding this season and hopefully with a bit of luck on our side we can try and bridge that gap at Mondello,” he added.
“You never know what can happen on the final weekend.”
The Supersport races look set to provide the most exciting action of the series finale with Derek Sheils only having to finish in the points to secure the Superbike title.
Sheils is 71 points clear of closest challenger Damien Byrne, with Haire a further 28 points adrift in third after losing ground through injury at the start of the season.
Chris Dowd has provided Sheils with a ZX-10R Superbike prepared by top team MSS Kawasaki for the final Masters round, which may lead to a bigger roads and circuit challenge in 2014.
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