Anthony O’Carroll’s rise to Road Racing stardom continues after a week that the Ballyduff man “could only have dreamed of.”
Over the space of ten days, he contested three different race meetings in two different countries.
Last weekend marked his fifth meeting in the last month having contested the Mondello Masters, Skerries, Walderstown, The Southern 100 on the Isle of Man and the Faugheen Road Races on Tipperary.
He really came of age last weekend at Faugheen.
Last weekend he contested five races at the famous venue near Carrick-on-Suir taking second place in the Junior Support, Senior Support and SuperTwins races – his best results to date.
He also took third place in another Senior race over the weekend, matching his Skerries and Kells results.
Earlier in the week he was the fastest newcomer in two classes and four races at Southern 100 on the Isle of Man – one week after he finished fourth in the Junior Support race at the Walderstown Road Races near Athlone.
His trip to the Isle of Man is the event everyone is talking about.
The Ballyduff man entered two classes in the Southern 100 which took place between Monday and Thursday last week.
He was the fastest newcomer in both the Supersport 600 and SuperTwins class on two different Kawasaki bikes. He raced in two different races in each class and in the four races entered he achieved the fastest newcomer.
As a bonus, he was invited to enter a fifth race – a third one on the 600 – but a mechanical issue hampered his run.
“I qualified for an extra challenge race, the fifth race in one week, but the bike started overheating in that one and I had to ease off to finish,” he said. “So nearly a clean sweep of fastest newcomer but just missed out due to the bike.”
O’Carroll left the Isle of Man on Thursday night, and travelled to Dublin via Heysham and Holyhead, to make the Faugheen event.
It is all part of a bigger plan to do more road races on the Isle of Man. Next year he hopes to enter the Manx Grand Prix which is run over the famous 37-mile TT course but later in the year (usually August).
He is undecided if he will enter this weekend’s Dunlop Masters races at Mondello. His 600cc bike is tired after a hectic summer and needs an engine rebuild.
Nevertheless, there will be plenty of Kerry interest at the County Kildare track this weekend.
SuperTwins frontrunner Darragh Crean, another Kerry rider dipping in and out of the road racing scene will be there, as will Emmet O’Grady who took his first eveR SuperBike win during the June meeting. He will also race in the 600cc class and his brother Evan is expected to join him in that race for the first time.
One Kerry race who won’t be there is Ardfert man Stephen Walsh, the classic racer is concentrating on the Road racing championship this season and recorded a season’s best eighth place finish at Faugheen on his Honda 350.
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