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October 02, 2012

Adelaide Masters Series titles up for grabs at Mondello Park

adelaide-masters The Final rounds of the 2012 Adelaide Masters Series take place this weekend at Mondello Park with the two main championships still up for grabs. The Adelaide Insurance Services backed series will complete its season on the Mondello Park International circuit, the third different track used this year.

Having kicked off in April the series has so far raced on Mondello Park’s National Track and made its first visit to Bishopscourt in Co. Down. This weekend’s season finale will see the completion of the final three races for each class on Mondello Park’s International track layout, with race one on Saturday and the final two races on Sunday.

Waterford's Brian McCormack goes into the event in a strong position to take both the Supersport and Superbike crowns with his Chris Dowd Honda Superbike and Yamaha Supersport machines. The Waterford rider leads the Superbike standings from Lee Johnston on the Millsport Ducati and the Maguiresbridge rider is the only one who can snatch the championship from McCormack.

In Supersport McCormack has a tighter battle on his hands as both Carl Phillips and Jonny Buckley can overhaul him if things don’t go his way. Philips has been one of the stars of the season on his graduation from the Cup class and he and Buckley have been gradually closing in on McCormack over the last few events.

Within the main races, the 'Cup' class for Clubman riders will also be up for grabs. In Superbike Evan Delaney has led all season, but Melvin Hollingsworth and Brian Coomey have been closing in gradually. Hollingsworth looks like the most likely to challenge for the title, having won the last two races. In Supersport Luke Johnston looked like a shoe-in to take the crown but two non-finishes at the last Mondello has allowed James Kelly back into contention.

The weekends action will centre around the Superbike and Supersport title battles initially, but with those out of the way the best of the Supersport and Superbike riders will come together to race in the Grand Final for the biggest prize fund of the day and the 'Race of the Year' trophy.

The race track will not be the only place at Mondello Park this weekend where a championship is to be decided. The final round of the Stunt Ireland series also takes place on Sunday running all day alongside the circuits Ford corner. This is the first year of Motorcycle Stunt competition in Ireland and so far the series has proved very popular and an excellent addition to Mondello Park events.

Admission to each day is €10 for adults with Under sixteen’s admitted free. Saturday's programme includes qualifying and the first race for each class as well as practice for the Stunt competitors. Sunday programme is a full day of Adelaide Masters race action along with the Stunt Ireland season finale.