Barr back with a bang

East Antrim rider Martin Barr netted a win at Culham last weekend.
East Antrim rider Martin Barr netted a win at Culham last weekend.

East Antrim Motocross star Martin Barr has returned from injury with a bang.

A great result at last weekends’s British Championship was followed up with a victory in the Red Bull Pro Nationals at Culham, Oxford.

The Team VMX Travel KTM rider is on a high at the moment and after qualifying fifth for the MX2 class and he made a good start in his opening race, lying second behind Stephen Clarke. With a lap to go the local man made his move to clinch his first success in the series. “It was good to get that first win,” he told the Times.

In his first race on Sunday he again made a decent start and was in fourth place on the opening lap before eventually finishing second behind Neville Bradshaw.

“I am just happy to be at the front again and second was a good result,” he said.

In race three things did not quite go to plan at the start and he was down in 18th position as they crossed the line at the end of lap one. Never beaten, Barr got his head down and pushed hard to take third by the chequered flag which, in turn, gave him the overall win.

“I’m really happy to be back on the top step of the rostrum. It was second last weekend and now the win. Hopefully, this continues now to the end of the season,” he added.

After his success, Barr took to Twitter and wrote: “What a weekend @RBProNationals at Culham. 1st 2nd and 3rd which gave me the overall win!! real happy to be back dirtscootin!! #gottakeepitgoing

Meanwhile, the Skerries 100 race has attracted a top entry. With a prize fund of €20,000 up for grabs, this weekend’s 68th running of the event includes the Dunlop brothers, Michael and William, along with Ballyclare’s Jamie Hamilton, Derek Sheils, Michael Sweeney and newcomer Dan Syles, to name but a few.

Practice for the meeting takes place on Friday, July 5 with the roads closing at 3pm. Race day is on Saturday, July 6 and the roads close at 9am with racing to start 10am. Admission: Adults (over 16) €15; children (under 16) free.