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Zeal Optics NPS Rd 5 Mallow

Round five of the NPS saw us make a welcome return to Mallow in Cork. Unfortunately, unlike our last trip, the weather had taken a turn for the worst. It rained all day on saturday, making conditions very challenging for all. From the dusty dry track three weeks previous, this weekend riders were pitted against muddy conditions. On saturday practice, the track was very wet, but still riding pretty fast as the amount of rain fall kept the mud loose, and by the end of practice rut's were developing all over the place.

At the bottom of the open section, just after the rock garden, the chute down into a tight step down s bend had cut up quite bad, proving difficult for everyone, more than a few riders ended up getting up close and personal with the ground here.

Dale McMullen had a crash in practice just before entering this section, landing on his chest on top of some rocks and aggravating an injury he sustained in canada a while back. A trip to casualty to be checked out saw him waiting for almost four hours before he was seen to. Not to be deterred, he turned up on sunday to race, obviously in pain, he decided after his first run that enough was enough and sat the second run out. Well done for having a go Dale.

There were less riders this weekend, sixty five turned up on sunday to race. Spikes were the choice of the day, those who had'nt got them suffered. Steve Beattie rode all weekend with a sixteen on the front and a twenty four on the rear, and was still very much in control, his talent shining in the miserable conditions.
After a few practice runs, racing got underway around twelve thirty.

Chris Kilmurray

Conor O'neill won today with a time of 4.36.743. Second place went to Dave McManus with his second run time of 4.47.087, and third place went to Darrell Wade with his time of 4.56.296.

Jason Murphy took his second win of the series with a time of 3.45.954, this would have placed him top five in elite. Second place was Seanan O'Riordan with 3.50.282. Cathal Hickey took third coming in at 3.54.063, some quick times from these young lads.

Once again David McManus took the win with a time of 5.17.985, followed home by Tom Clogher who finished on 5.58.485.

Michelle Macartney stayed true to form and took the win with her time of 6.51.108. Aiofe O'Donoghue took second with a time of 9.49.130. Sarah Davies had been out on saturday for practice, but opted out of racing on sunday. Maybe she will race the next round and give our other ladies some competition.

Another win for Marty McGuigan who finished with a time of 4.08.222, content to relax today in the absence of Joe and Dicko. Local rider, Brian Goode took second place with a time of 4.19.668. Congratulations goes to Ian McIntyre, who got his first podium of the season to finish in third place with a time of 4.27.451. After crashing in his first run, Ian was going to sit out of his second run, being called a big jessie by Michelle Macartney changed his mind though, I'm sure his cheeks were sore after grinning all the way home, well done lad.

Damian Daly

Ricky Lawrence was out to reclaim his spot on the top of the podium, finishing with a time of 3.46.328, almost twenty seconds ahead of second place man, Joey O'Neill who finished on 4.05 424. Third place went to Damian Daly who had a time of 4.12.280.

With the absence of Dan Wolfe, the top spot on the podium was up for grabs. Richard Smith rose to the occasion and took the win with a time of 3.38.213, his entrance into the s bend had to be seen to be believed, awesome. Stephen McClintock graced the podium again to take second place with his time of 3.43.678, almost thirteen seconds ahead of third place, Paul Cummins who finished on 3.56.021.

The Smith brothers dominated this weekend, Andy took the elite win with a time of 3.27.279, just squeezing out John Lawlor who was on the same second, finishing on 3.27.400. Congratulations to Michael Cowan who took his second podium of the season to finish on 3.34.941, obviously feeling at home on board another Azonic Recoil, having left his Gemini at home, well done Michael.

Lawlor | Smith | Cowan
Michelle Macartney

With the racing over it was on to the podiums and prize giving. Trophies for the top three in each category, and prizes supplied by our series sponsor, Zeal Optics.
So once again its time to thank 021 Racing for putting on another great event, and thanks to our sponsor, Zeal Optics. Additional thanks goes to Gatorade for sponsorship of this event as well.

Sad news now, the next round has been canceled, and doubt being shed on the last round to be held in Sligo. On a positive note, the last round of the Munster series has been upgraded to an NPS round. This will be held on Tom Powers White Horse track, and will take place on October 2nd in Waterford. For full details check out

With the worlds looming ever closer, i would like to take this opportunity to advise all riders wishing to be considered for a place on the squad to get their C.V. to team manager, Brian Wolfe. In his first year as manager, Brian is on a steep learning curve, so cut him some slack lads, and help make his job easier by forwarding your C.V.

Check out Stephen McClintock's results this season, he is currently lying second overall in the NPS, will he get a place?

See you all in Waterford.

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