Hamilton forced to wait for road race debut

Saturday’s Mid Antrim 150 should have seen Ballyclare rider Jamie Hamilton make his first full road race debut, having missed out on a race at the NW200 due to circumstances beyond his control.

His luck wasn’t any better at the Clough venue. Jamie had struck a deal prior to the meeting to join Ryan Farquhar’s KMR Kawasaki team for the Mid Antrim and this week’s Ulster Grand Prix and in Friday’s qualifying the local rider set the fastest time, nearly three seconds clear of his nearest rival in the junior support class.

He said: “I took it easy through the damp places and tried hard in dry places. I am really looking forward to my race. The KMR Kawasaki is brilliant to ride, the handling is amazing and Ryan and the team have done a great job making it near-perfect”.

All that was before the meeting was abandoned due to a suspected deliberate oil spillage on the Friday night around two sections of the circuit. The organisers tried their best to clear the mess, but when a torrent of rain added to the problem it was announced by clerk of the course Jack Agnew that, unfortunately, they had no choice but to call it a day.

“I suppose it is the right decision,” said Jamie. “I am now just focusing on the Ulster Grand Prix and wondering if I will ever get rid of the orange bib that newcomers have to wear.”