Hamilton ends ‘fantastic’ season

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Ballyclare’s Jamie Hamilton wrapped up his first full road racing season at last weekend’s Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup meeting at Scarborough.

Riding the KMR Kawasaki for the last time in 2012, he finished third in Saturday’s Darren Lindsay superbike race beating pre-race favourite Michael Dunlop and Bruce Anstey.

In the second leg on Sunday, he had to be content with fourth behind Dean Harrison but ahead of Anstey and Dunlop again. In the Gold Cup feature race brake problems meant that he could do no better than fifth by the chequered flag behind winner Guy Martin.

“It was a good end to a great year for me. In the main race the brake fluid boiled and I missed the chicane twice because of it so to finish fifth was okay.

“I was happy to take third overall in the Darren Lindsay trophy race but unfortunately a practice crash on the 650 meant I was unable to race the bike, which was a pity. Still, it was a good end to what has been a fantastic season on Ryan’s KMR Kawasaki’s. Last year I was in the non-qualifiers race here in Scarborough and now I am on the rostrum. Also I was the first Irish rider to take the TT newcommers trophy since 2003, took my first national road race win and my first international road race win. I am well pleased with my season and would like to thank Ryan and all my team for their support throughout the year,” added Jamie.