James Mackrel helps Team Ireland to history making victory

James Mackrel, Jake Sheridan and Jack Galvin made history winning the 2018 Coupe de lavenir.
James Mackrel, Jake Sheridan and Jack Galvin made history winning the 2018 Coupe de lavenir.

Twenty year old Dundonald rider James Mackrel teamed up with Jake Sheridan from Dublin and Cork’s Jack Galvin to represent Team Ireland at the under 21 open class at the Coupe de L’Avenir in Belgium where they created history by becoming the first ever Irish team to win the event.

The local rider, who currently lies in second place in the under 21 British Championship powered his Russells Motorcycles 250f Yamaha to fifth fastest in qualifying then a superb third in race one followed by fifth in race two despite a puncture.

In his third race he crashed on lap one before bringing it home in ninth to help secure the overall victory. Sheridan had three consistent finishes taking seventh, in race one followed by two eighth places while Galvin had three top 30 finishes on the little 125.

“I didn’t know we had won until the team manager told us,” said Mackrel. “Apparently we are the first Irish team in the fifty-year history of the event to achieve it.

“When you think we have created our own piece of history it is a great achievement.”