Irish ace Irwin steps in to help young Kerry motorcycle racer ahead of UK debut

A young Faranfore motorcycle racer has received one-on-one tuition from one of Ireland’s best racers ahead of his British debut later this month.

Kevin Coyne is planning an extended series of UK events in the absence of any Irish racing this year.

Last month, the Killarney-based rider revealed he was turning his attention to the opening rounds of the British Superbike (BSB) Championship and has now added the first round of the Thundersport GB Championship to his schedule which gets underway at Donington Park in Leicestershire on the last weekend of July. One week later the BSB championship opens at the same venue.

Ahead of his UK debut, the 18-year-old conducted a two-day test session at Mondello Park in County Kildare under the guidance of Caolán Irwin, in late June.

The Donegal-based racer is one of the rising stars of the Irish motorcycle racing scene having finished second in the Dunlop Irish Masters last year.

Caolán Irwin with Kevin Coyne at Mondello Park recently

Irwin and his older brother Rhys have previously contested events in both the BSB and Thundersport GB championships and is now offering his experience to the young Killarney rider.

Kevin Coyne (centre) launched his UK motorcycle racing season outside Robertinos Restaurant last month. Pictured are: Rita Jasiuniene (Manager), Paola Taddei (Proprietor), Kevin Coyne, Mark Coyne, and Sandro Taddei (Proprietor). Photo: by Grigoriy Geniyevskiy of the Killarney Advertiser

“He is super-experienced and to have someone like that ride with me and watch my progress is a massive boost,” Coyne told the Killarney Advertiser. “I am very excited to be heading to England, there are far more opportunities over there and I just want to make the most of it.”

Coyne launched his UK season outside Robertinos Restaurant on Tuesday last week. The popular High Street eatery is one of his chief local sponsors for the season ahead.

Versions of this article were previously published in The Kerryman and The Killarney Advertiser. Kerry Motorsport News is the motorsport content provider to both weekly titles.

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