No significant results today in Dungarvan but a good showing all the same from Waterford Racing Club.
In the A2/A3 race we were represented by 4 of our newcomers, the in-form Mark Gunning, Liam Murphy, Brian Crowley and Shane O’Donoghue. Gunning and O’Donoghue (who is just back on the bike after a lengthy break) are veterans at this level by now, however this was Mark Crowley’s first foray into the big boys race and I am pleased to report that he had absolutely no trouble at all raising his game and looked very comfortable indeed throughout.
Ride of the day for Waterford Racing Club however was Liam Murphy who was making his debut in our club colours. None of our riders made it into the winning break of 12 which escaped early on in the race… but that’s racing for you… nonetheless, Liam who has improved a tremendous amount since he started training with us stuck in there with some very tough company indeed right up until the last bend where he was basically taken out of it. Well done Liam, great show.
Meanwhile in the A4 race Eamon Ryan was also making his debut in the club colours (which Club Chairman David Quigley just managed to deliver to him with less than a minute to go as he was standing on the start line). Brian Murphy was our other representative in a course which was seemingly made for him. In the end it came down to a (surprise surprise) bunch sprint, Eamon finished about 10th whilst Murph came in with the rest of the bunch citing technical difficulties with some wheel rub (I told you those wheels were crap for this sort of thing….. no sympathy!)
All in all though, some good experience for a relatively rookie Waterford Racing Club team which will stand to them once the new season gets underway.
Congratulations to Hugh Mulhearne who dominated the main event today and also to his Carrick Wheelers teammate Paul Flynn who was fourth. Also congratulations to Enda Donnelly and Damien Travers of the host club who were 3rd and 6th respectively.