Ahern’s Opel supports local motorcycle racers
Ahern’s Garage has stepped in to help local motorcycle racers by providing a van to allow them transport their racing bikes to and from events.
The sport resumed in Ireland last weekend (September 5) with the Belfast and District Motor Club’s King of Kirkistown meeting taking place at the County Down track.
Four Kerry-based riders made the long trip north to dust off the cobwebs ahead of the sport’s resumption in the Republic of Ireland next weekend.
The local team used an Opel Vivaro van provided by the county’s main dealer for the German brand.
The deal was made possible as racer John Griffin works as a panel beater at the Profix Accident Repairs arm of the family run garage.
The Asdee-based rider was out of luck as he suffered a blown engine in his BMW which ruled him out of his two Superbike Cup races at the event.
However, there was plenty to celebrate as his teammates recorded some great results at the famous Ards Peninsula track.
The delayed season start allowed local club racers to compete directly against some of the biggest names in the sport as the professional riders were also starved of track action this season.
Tralee man Robert O’Connell was unlucky not to record a class win during the Supersport Cup race after a bearing failed on his gear shift mechanism. The incident dropped him to second position. He took second in class in race two on his Yamaha.
Both races were won by road racing legend Michael Dunlop who made a surprise appearance at the club event ahead of this weekend’s Cookstown Road Races in County Tyrone.
Emmett O’Grady took two 12th places in both his Superbike races onboard his TAG Honda with Ulster champion Jason Lynn winning the second race after national champion Derek Sheils won the opening race. Dunlop took a second and third in each race.
Darragh Crean was fourth and third in each of his Production Twin races on his Suzuki.
The next motorcycle racing event in the country is next weekend’s Dunlop Irish Masters at Mondello Park in County Kildare where the Ahern’s van will take pride of place on the paddock.