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Hamilton secures second Irish Road Race Championship

11/09/2013 14:02:00

Forcefield sponsored road racer Jamie Hamilton bounced back from a terrifying 150mph crash at Killalane on Sunday to secure his second Irish Road Race Championship of 2013. The 22-year old crashed heavily in the Superbike race but dusted himself down to make it on to the grid for the Supersport race and fifth place ensured he was able to add that particular title to the Supertwins one won earlier in the season.
The Ballyclare rider crashed when he ran into the back of Derek Sheils but, fortunately, escaped relatively unscathed although he was naturally extremely second hand after such a high-speed spill. The bike was also totalled in the smash. Undeterred, Hamilton borrowed a set of leathers off former racer John Burrows in an attempt to hold onto his lead in the Supersport class. Despite being very stiff and sore, Hamilton finished in fifth place which was enough for him to take the crown ahead of Derek McGee.
Team-mate Connor Behan ended his Irish road race season on a high too with the Northwich rider winning the Junior Support race on the ER6 650cc Kawasaki. He narrowly missed out on the title to Mark Hanna, finishing the season in second overall, and with sixth in the Senior Support race, he took third overall in that Championship.
Speaking afterwards, a delighted, and relieved, team manager Ryan Farquhar commented; "To end the season with two Irish road race Championships for Jamie and a second and third overall for Connor is an excellent achievement. Jamie showed great character and resolve after the spill, which he was very lucky to walk away from, and got the job done in the Supersport class to add to his Supertwins success. He was in a fair bit of pain but got the fifth place he needed before wisely sitting out the rest of the day."
"It was nice to see Connor end the season with another win and he can be very proud of his efforts and achievements in his first year of road racing. We've just got the Gold Cup meeting to get through now although, sadly, it looks like Jamie will be giving it a miss in light of his injuries and damaged machinery. We'll still be there with James Cowton though and will be looking to end the season with some more good results."

The International Gold Cup at Oliver's Mount, Scarborough takes place this weekend, September 21-22.
Pictures by Stephen Davison - Pacemaker Press International

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