Ballyduff-based motorcycle racer Anthony O’Carroll has posted some impressive qualifying times ahead of his road race debut at the Cookstown 100.
Riding his newly acquired Kawasaki, O’Carroll posted the sixth best time in the Senior B class.
In the combined Senior A and B qualifying session he was tenth fastest meaning he will start tomorrow’s race from the front row of group two. (road racing grids are split but results are declared on corrected times).
Speaking to Kerry Motorsport News on Friday evening from the Cookstown 100 paddock the Ballyduff man was looking forward to his first road race.
“It is all about the first corner,” he said, “ But my starting position means I am at the front of the second group so there should be a clear run. The bike feels good, it was originally set up for the Manx Grand Prix so it is a road racing bike and not a circuit bike. The test session at Kirkistown onFriday helped set up the suspension perfectly”
O’Carroll is set to make his debut on the opening race of the meeting. Racing is set to start at 10.30am on Saturday morning but road racing timetables depend on lots of factors, including the weather, so the 14 -card programme is very likely to change.
The Tyrone event is the only road race to run in Ireland this year after the coronavirus pandemic decimated the calendar north and south of the border.
O’Carroll’s initial plan for 2020 was to contest the Dunlop Irish Masters Championship at Mondello Park in County Kildare before trying his hand at one or two road races later in the season.
The national shutdown put paid to all plans and while the Dunlop Maters returns next weekend the Ballyduff man elected to bring forward his road racing debut.
Cookstown and District Motorcycle Club’s event was originally due to be held at the end of April. It will be only closed-road race to run in Ireland this year.
O’Carroll, who will race in the Senior 600 class on Saturday, took in a test session at Kirkistown in County Down on Thursday ahead of Friday’s practice session at the Cookstown track.
The races are sponsored by former World Rally Championship driver Kris Meeke and his wife Danielle through their KDM Hire concern.
O’Carroll is sponsored by
Plus Racing Gear
Adams of Tralee
Surf N Sail Tralee
No Hopers Motor Cycle Club