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August 28, 2013

Double Champion Makes Returns to Adelaide Masters

Adelaide Masters Series benefits from Return of the Mack

adelaide-mastersThe entry list for the Adelaide Masters Series at Mondello Park this Saturday and Sunday has received a major boost with the return to the series of double 2012 champion Brian McCormack.

Having shifted his focus for 2013 onto Road Racing the Waterford man returns to the scene of some of his greatest triumphs, riding a Yamaha R1 supplied and run by top race team EICL. The presence of McCormack will increase the level of competition at the head of the series which is backed by Motorcycle Insurance specialists, Adelaide Insurance Services. The Tramore man will go up against the championship leaders including Derek Sheils, riding for McCormack's 2012 team, Chris Dowd Racing.

Speaking of his return McCormack said, “it's great to be back and I'm really looking forward to it. I'll be riding the R1 Yamaha which I rode a few years ago and set my fastest ever Mondello Park lap times on, so I have to say a big thank you to Peter from EICL for this opportunity and for all of his help in organising this weekend.”

Sheils currently leads the Superbike championship from Kilkenny's Damien Byrne. These two dominated the races at the last Mondello event but at the subsequent rounds at Bishopscourt, both were off their usual pace which led to a tightening up of the championship points. Others to watch out for this weekend are Athlone's Cody Nally and Lisburn's David Haire both of whom were among the front runners at Bishopscourt.

The Superbike Cup battle was blown wide open at Bishopscourt as Thomas O'Grady became the first rider to win other than series leader Frank Smyth. The former Motocrosser from Lusk has been improving at every event and could take the fight to Smyth once again this weekend.

The Supersport Series once again has the strongest field on the programme with over forty entries and the greatest strength in depth. Any one of a dozen riders could share the three race wins on offer but the favourites must be local expert, Kildare's Richie Ryan, current championship leader Carl Phillips and his Lisburn neighbour David Haire.

Also upping the stakes this weekend in terms of competition will be the Irish Stunt Riding Championship which runs alongside the Adelaide Masters event. For the first time this year the event has attracted a strong overseas entry with a number of UK based stunters joining in the battles. The stunt action can be seen throughout the day alongside the circuits first turn, 'Ford' corner.