Alistair Kirk victorious in Neil Robinson Memorial race

Alistair Kirk
Alistair Kirk

Dromara man Alistair Kirk celebrated victory in Saturday’s Neil Robinson Trophy race at Bishopscourt in Co Down.

The event was being held for the first time since Carl Fogarty hoisted the trophy aloft in 1988 and Kirk added his name to the memorial cup after closing out victory by almost two seconds from Gerard Kinghan.

Third place went to Crumlin man Stephen Thompson in the nine-lap race, who was riding the BMW S1000RR he will ride at the Cookstown 100 on April 25 before the North West 200.

The top six was rounded out by Robert English – the leading 600cc rider – Robert Kennedy and Ryan Rainey, who made his racing comeback at Bishopscourt over Easter.

Kirk – who also notched a double in the Superbike class – pocketed a cheque for £1,000 for his efforts in the feature race of the day.

Further afield at Brands Hatch in Kent, Carrickfergus rider Glenn Irwin finished the Motorpoint British Supersport Sprint race as the runner-up at the Indy circuit behind the excellent Kyle Ryde, who took the win by 3.5 seconds on the CF Yamaha.

The 17-year-old took the lead from Irwin after two laps and never looked back as he pulled an advantage at the front.

Irwin came under pressure from Luke Stapleford in the closing stages but managed to hold his position to the lead to secure 20 championship points.

There was disappointment for Jordanstown rider Andy Reid, who crashed out on the Team Traction Control Yamaha but walked away unscathed.

Marshall Neill finished the race in 12th position overall and fourth in the Evo class on the In Competition Yamaha.

Ballinamallard’s Josh Elliott secured pole position for Sunday’s Pirelli National Superstock 1000 race on the Morello Kawasaki ahead of Tyco BMW’s Alastair Seeley.

Elliott, who finished as the runner-up in the opening race at Donington Park two weeks ago, sealed the number one spot on the grid by 0.295s from Seeley, with Donington winner Hudson Kennaugh completing the front row.

Nico Mawhinney qualified 25th and David Haire 32nd.

In the MCE British Superbike Championship, JG Speedfit Kawasaki’s James Ellison topped the times ahead of Sunday’s two races from Jakub Smrz (Moto Rapido Ducati) and Buildbase BMW’s Ryuichi Kiyonari.

Tommy Bridewell was the top placed Tyco BMW rider in 11th position with team-mate Michael Laverty qualifying 25th for the Northern Ireland team.

The first race in the Ducati Tri-Options Cup series was held on Saturday at Brands and Castlerock man Marty Nutt came home in second place on the Penso/Ducati Coventry machine behind Dennis Hobbs.