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posted Oct 24, 2013, 3:21 AM by Statoni Racing

The club wish to thank all who are involved in the promotion of the event and look forward to their help and support this weekend, we are very grateful to you all.

As the premier Short Circuit event in Ireland it is the Hillsborough clubs aim to showcase the local racing scene to not only the massive following the sport has in this country but further afield.

We believe the 2013 event will be one of the best ever and after a years absence the Sunflower is all go again. Thanks to all our sponsors as listed in the previous press release.

As we explained in our previous press release, finalising the entry for the Sunflower is very difficult as we have to wait until the BSB championship season has finished to see what teams are still intact and willing to make the journey to our shores.

Followers of the sport must surely be as excited, as we are, at the prospect of Alastair Seeley and Stuart Easton doing battle in Supersport, Superbikes and the Sunflower Trophy feature event.

The support classes are full to the brim both with quantity and quality and spectators can look forward to full grids in these classes with close exciting racing guaranteed.

The Supersport and Superbike classes are where we find the ‘stars’ of the event and despite our best efforts the Paul Bird Racing Team and the Buildbase Team will not make it to the Sunflower. We are very disappointed with their non appearance as we had high hopes they were on their way and every effort right up to the time of this press release was made to get them here but after the British Championship their riders contractual arrangements meant it wasn’t to be.

With top BSB teams like Mar-Train, Gearlink, MWR Kawasaki and hopefully Tyco entered alongside the top local teams like Wilson Craig the Bishopscourt Paddock is sure to be a colourful and packed area.

As mentioned we are anxiously waiting to see what the Tyco Suzuki line up will be but unfortunately it won’t include P. J. Jacobson who it is reported has not resigned with the team. At this point we would like to point out how proud we

are in this country of the likes of Tyco Suzuki and Mar-Train who do this country proud in the British scene.

With three newly crowned British Championship winners in the line up, namely Stuart Easton (Supersport), Luke Hedger (Superstock 600) and Tim Reeves (Sidecars) coupled with our own stars Alastair Seeley, Marshall Neill, David Haire, Nico Mawhinney and Carl Phillips among others entered we have an exciting race meeting ahead.

Adding a truly worldwide flavour to the event is top USA competitor Dane Wesby who last year was runner up in the top American Supersport championship. We are very excited about Dane as all reports suggest he could be a top contender. His travelling companion Patricia Fernandez will also compete on Supersport machinery supplied by committee member Timmy Elwood. Canadian racer Stacey Nesbitt does battle in the Moto 3 class while South African James Egan goes in the Superbike classes having completed a successful season in the British Superstock class

With a healthy line up of sidecars including Tim Reeves, British Champion and TT winner, entered alongside Sean Hegarty and local man John Clarke we can expect an exciting 3 wheel duel.

There are 3 races after timed practice on Friday and on Saturday it’s straight into racing after a very short warm up session. First race will be approx 10.30am so we would appeal to everyone to get their early.

Admission is £20 for the weekend or £15 on the Saturday and this includes a souvenir programme

The Bishpscourt Circuit has transformed into a top class circuit worthy of a BSB event, we are proud do be associated with this circuit and thank them for hard work and hospitality.

Derek McWhirter