Hamilton claims first Irish road race win

Ballyclare rider Jamie Hamilton.
Ballyclare rider Jamie Hamilton.

Ballyclare’s Jamie Hamilton took his first Irish road race win last Sunday at Walderstown near Athlone, Co. Westmeath in the 650cc supertwins class which gave the popular local rider his second victory in a week, having also won at the supertwins race at the Southern 100 in the Isle of Man.

In Sunday’s race, he had a comfortable winning margin of 1.67 seconds over Michael Sweeney at the chequered flag. Third home was Davy Morgan.

The win moves Jamie into second place in the championship behind Ryan Farquhar, who did not ride at Walderstown.

A delighted Jamie said: “Considering I had no road race wins a week ago, two isn’t too bad. My win in the Isle of Man was my first and what makes it so special is it was at an international meeting and Ryan was in the same race.

“Before the Skerries road races, Ryan built me a new engine for my KMR Kawasaki and it has worked a treat. I had a few problems with the big bike at Walderstown but the supertwin was brilliant. To say I am happy would be an understatement. The season just gets better.” Jamie ‘s next outing will be at Scarborough this weekend.

In the Grand Final, it was five-time Southern 100 winner Michael Dunlop who comfortably beat his brother William, who came through from sixth place on lap one to take second some eight seconds ahead of Brian McCormick. Michael also took victory in the superbike race well clear of runner up John Burrows.

William got the better of his younger brother in the supersport 600 race where he took the win by just over a second with Derek Sheilds third. William also added the 125 race to his tally, but lost out to Paul Robinson in the 250 race.