Anthony O’Carroll had a fantastic Easter weekend but his van didn’t

Anthony O’Carroll had a fantastic weekend but his van didn’t.

The Balyduff man prepared for his busy 2022 season by contesting two race meetings in Ulster over Easter weekend.

He is planning on contesting the full Dunlop Masters Irish championship at Mondello Park and as many road races as possible.

After already contesting a race meeting at Brands Hatch in England, was back on Irish soil last weekend.

On Easter Saturday he raced in round two of the Ulster Superbike Championship at Bishopscourt.

Bike issues and red flag meant he only got one race instead of the planned two – but he did manage a fourth-place finish in the one race that did go ahead.

His plan for Easter Sunday, while waiting for the Kirkistown meeting on Bank Holiday Monday, was to drive the Tandragee Road Racing track. He is contesting this event on the weekend of April 29 and 30 and decided to do a few sighting laps in his van.

That is when the van decided it had enough punishment for one weekend.

“The van broke down 15 minutes outside Belfast after doing a few laps of Tandragee, three of us mechanics got it limping to Belfast, it was very late on Sunday night when we got the van going,” he said.

On Monday he finished first and second in each of his two Supersport Cup races, but his rival got the overall win (race results are decided on the aggregate of the two events) by 0.93 of a second.

“First time racing there and getting faster every race so not too bad,” he said.

He will join about 15 other Kerry riders at Mondello this weekend for the opening round of the Dunlop Irish Masters Championship.

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