2018 Walderstown ‘Race of the South’ Results :

The 2018 Walderstown Road Races were held on 14th – 15th July.

The races, thankfully, passed off without major incident and Derek McGee surged to 4 victories including the feature superbike race.

Read on for the full results of what I believe to have been the first proper wet session of the Irish calendar – I remember Cookstown getting the odd shower but after Ireland being being baked in a recent heatwave it had to break and Walderstown was the first session where wet tyres were the only option – all day!

Derek McGee took four great wins at the 2018 Walstown ‘Race of the South’ Road Races
Derek McGee took four great wins at the 2018 Walstown ‘Race of the South’ Road Races

Read more2018 Walderstown ‘Race of the South’ Results :

29/06/18 & 30/06/2018- The Relaunched Enniskillen 100 – The Circuit

The debut of the Relaunched Enniskillen 100 is now less than a week away and just to wet your appetite and make you aware of the Course layout the organisers have released a map of the Circuit…

2018 Enniskillen 100 Course Map

So now you are pretty much all set and the weather forecast looks like it is going to be a glorious weekend!  So make sure you have the sun cream packed in the back pack, you are going to need it!

If you aren’t to sure where to go, don’t worry!  The postcode for your sat nav is :

BT92 2AB

Enjoy the races, stay safe, arrive safe, go home safe, listen to the Marshals and here’s to a great and safe weekend’s racing for all those involved!

Check out the Race Schedule here : http://tbni.blog/2018/06/26/29-06-18-30-06-2018-the-relaunched-enniskillen-100-race-schedule/

Check out the official website here : https://enniskillenroadraces.co.uk

Check out the official Facebook Page here : https://www.facebook.com/Enniskillen100/

10/06/2018 – Statement Issued by William Dunlop

10/06/2018 – Statement Issued by William Dunlop :

William Dunlop at the 2018 Isle of Man TT Races
William Dunlop at the 2018 Isle of Man TT Races

“I just thought I would put a few words down about my recent withdrawal from 2018 TT races as I have a lot of good people around me and I felt this is something that needed addressed.

First and foremost, I would like to thank all my sponsors, not one of them made me feel like I had to do anything I didn’t want to nor did they ask my issues – it’s good to have people helping me like this and it’s much appreciated.

Also a big thanks to everyone for their kind messages, I really can’t believe the support people have given me.

It has been a difficult few weeks but things have made a turn for the better for myself and Janine, we are expecting a second baby but unfortunately, we received terrible news at our 20 week scan and were referred to a specialist. While I was on the island Janine had to deal with everything herself and was attending the hospital appointments and scans herself while I was away.

My head wasn’t in the races and my thoughts were always at what was happening at home. My family will always come first so I made the decision to come home.

We received positive news this weekend and everything is now appearing to be normal so after months of uncertainty we now finally feel that we can enjoy this time and get excited for a new addition.

There are still additional scans and meetings with consultants to attend but things are looking so much better for us as a family.

I have a few weeks to rest my body and recover from NW200 crash and also think about my future, I will sit with my sponsors in time and see where we all stand.

Thanks again,

William.”

It’s great to see things are looking more positive for William moving forward and I look forward to seeing him back tearing up the roads soon, however, at the same time I fully respect whatever decision he comes to and family must always come first.

Good luck William!

Original Press Release from William Dunlop Racing : http://www.williamdunlopracing.co.uk/statement-from-william-dunlop/

2018 Isle of Man TT Results : PokerStars Senior TT Race 08/06/2018

2018 Isle of Man TT Results
2018 Isle of Man TT Results

After 2 weeks of glorious sunshine on the Isle of Man – coupled with lap records falling across all classes, almost daily, the stage was set for an epic PokerStars Senior TT.

Michael Dunlop was almost late for the start, in typical Michael Dunlop style – so nothing to worry about there.  Dean Harrison started off with the same pace he has shown all week – warp speed!  Peter Hickman decided warp speed was the gear for him too and the stage was set for an awesome battle between these two.

Conor Cummings was the first man on the road and he pushed hard throughout coming out the other side with a 3rd place finish and an amazing result for the #padgettsarmy

James Hillier suffered a catastrophic incident on the first lap which resulted in his bike dumping it’s oil all over the course.  Michael Rutter was the first rider through the incident, followed by Michael Dunlop.  Neither rider really seemed to recover from it nor the four laps of waved yellow flag that resulted.

Read more2018 Isle of Man TT Results : PokerStars Senior TT Race 08/06/2018

2018 Vauxhall International North West 200 Saturday Race Day Gallery (Saturday 19th May 2018)

For the full results of Saturday’s racing (19/05/2018) click here : http://tbni.blog/2018/05/20/2018-vauxhall-international-race-day-results-timings-saturday-19th-may-2018/

After a glorious and incident free Thursday night Saturday Race Day had a lot to live up to!

It did live up to it and then some!

With a reported 120,000 visitors to Northern Ireland’s North Coast the sun came, it was scorching – the crowds came – they were loving it – and the racing came – with the world’s best road racers putting on a show the like the North West hadn’t seen for years.

It was a true spectacle, road racing at its finest and – incident free.  Only one red flag, new comer Nadieh Schoots came off at University and thankfully only suffered a badly bruised leg.

This was exactly what the NW200 needed after a few less that perfect years and was a real testament to everyone involved coupled with a little luck (weather) – but we all need a little luck sometimes!

For the full results of Thursday’s racing (17/05/2018) click here : http://tbni.blog/2018/05/18/2018-vauxhall-international-north-west-thursday-race-night-results-timings-thursday-17th-may-2018/

Check out my full gallery of all the action from Thursday (17/05/2018) evening’s racing here : http://tbni.blog/2018/06/03/2018-vauxhall-international-north-west-thursday-race-night-gallery-thursday-17th-may-2018/

(For info these photos were taken on the Coast Road between Portrush and Portstewart – just up from Tides Restaurant on the opposite side of the road).

Enjoy…

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Joey Thomspon and Ian Hutchinson battling it out in the Supersport Race – at the 2018 NW2018 (19/05/2018)

Read more2018 Vauxhall International North West 200 Saturday Race Day Gallery (Saturday 19th May 2018)

2018 Vauxhall International North West Thursday Race Night Gallery (Thursday 17th May 2018)

For the full results of Thursday’s racing (17/05/2018) click here : http://tbni.blog/2018/05/18/2018-vauxhall-international-north-west-thursday-race-night-results-timings-thursday-17th-may-2018/

Thursday night’s racing was sun-kissed, fast, contested and incident free.  A superb night on Northern Ireland’s North Coast and I am happy to bring you a full gallery covering all the action from the evening’s three races.  It was the perfect set up for the 2018 NW200 Race Day Saturday…

Enjoy!

(For info these photographs were taken on the Portrush side of the Juniper Hill Chicane – about 300m before the chicane.)

As always please feel free to use my photographs for your own personal use, if you want to use any of them commercially then please contact me here : http://tbni.blog/reviews-and-contact-info/.

Remember use them, don’t steal them!

Paul Jordan on his Supersport bike at the 2018 NW2018 (17/05/2018)

Read more2018 Vauxhall International North West Thursday Race Night Gallery (Thursday 17th May 2018)

2018 Vauxhall International Race Day Results & Timings (Saturday 19th May 2018)

2018 North West 200
2018 North West 200

Saturday Race Day – the big day for the annual NW200 and what a day it was.  The weather forecast had promised to be a scorcher and guess what – even for Northern Ireland it delivered!

Thursday’s racing had already been a massive success with no major incidents and all three races running their full distance with real world class racing on display.  Saturday promised another 5 races but could it deliver on what Thursday had already given us?

Well the short answer is yes!  The weather was glorious, a bit breezy, but all that really did was hide the sunburn!  The racing was outstanding and with only one red flag on the first lap of the final race – of which those involved are fine.

The standing of racing was fantastic and the (reported) crowds of 120,000 people loved it!

Glen Irwin was dishing out the lessons on how to ride a superbike, taking 2 wins in the class, meaning he had 3 in a row at the NW200, remembering he took the 2017 Feature Race in fantastic style.  Joey Thompson – a new crowd favourite missed out on taking a Supertwin win being piped at the final Juniper Hill Chicane, it was breath taking stuff and an amazing example of how good the NW200 can be if blessed with a little bit of good fortune and weather.  Really well done to all those involved.

If you missed it the BBC still have the entire day available for viewing – but I don’t know how long it will be available for – find it here :  https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/live/northern-ireland/43801720

And let’s not forget Jonathan Rea popped along for a private lap, evening stopping to say hello a few times!

Jonathan Rea on his Parade Lap of the 2018 North West 200
Jonathan Rea on his Parade Lap of the 2018 North West 200

Check out my full gallery of all the action from the day’s racing here : http://tbni.blog/2018/06/04/2018-vauxhall-international-north-west-200-saturday-race-day-gallery-saturday-19th-may-2018/

Without further delay here are the results of an amazing day’s racing at Northern Ireland’s North Coast :

Read more2018 Vauxhall International Race Day Results & Timings (Saturday 19th May 2018)

2018 Vauxhall International North West Thursday Race Night Results & Timings (Thursday 17th May 2018)

2018 North West 200
2018 North West 200

Thursday Race night at the 2018 International North West 200 wasn’t far away from perfect, with only one 30 minute delay, due to a oil spill, there were no other incidents to report, no other race delays, no red flags and a little bit of hazy cloud meant the lowering sun didn’t effect the racing as in previous years.

The result was a full night’s racing, with all 3 races running the distance.

Check out my full gallery of all the action from the evening’s racing here : http://tbni.blog/2018/06/03/2018-vauxhall-international-north-west-thursday-race-night-gallery-thursday-17th-may-2018/

The results of which follow below :

A little hazy cloud helps ensure the full race programme goes ahead on Thursday Race Night at the 2018 North West 200
A little hazy cloud helps ensure the full race programme goes ahead on Thursday Race Night at the 2018 North West 200

Read more2018 Vauxhall International North West Thursday Race Night Results & Timings (Thursday 17th May 2018)

2018 Vauxhall International North West Qualifying / Practice Results & Timings (Thursday 17th May 2018)

After a rather miserable Tuesday session thanks to the Northern Irish weather (which to be fair can be much worse) Thursday’s session was – sun kissed.  Glorious uninterrupted sunshine showered the North Coast in all it’s glory and gave the riders and teams a good chance to get some qualifying times on the board and get tweaking before the racing started on Thursday evening and then in to Saturday Race Day.

The Clerk of the Course even tried to get a double superbike session in after Tuesday’s session being cut so short, however like all best laid plans all you need is an oil spill to ruin them.

However a good session led us into Thursday night…

2018 North West 200
2018 North West 200

Read on for a full detailed listing of Thursday’s Qualifying Session Results :

Read more2018 Vauxhall International North West Qualifying / Practice Results & Timings (Thursday 17th May 2018)

2018 Vauxhall International North West Qualifying / Practice Results & Timings (Tuesday 15th May 2018)

Lee Johnston uses every inch of the North Coast Roads

2018 North West 200
2018 North West 200

I generally see the Tuesday session as more of a warmup than an actual qualifying session. The results you are seeing here will in no way reflect what we see on Thursday and Saturday, today’s timings are even more hampered by the greasy track from the on off rain. It is what it is, but here are the results from today’s Qualifying (“warmup”) sessions…

2018 Vauxhall International North West Qualifying / Practice Results & Timings (Tuesday 15th May 2018)
2018 Vauxhall International North West Qualifying / Practice Results & Timings (Tuesday 15th May 2018)

Read more2018 Vauxhall International North West Qualifying / Practice Results & Timings (Tuesday 15th May 2018)