Biker Damien races to success

THE daring Kilkenny man who followed in the tread marks of the great Joey Dunlop is to be honoured for his achievements.

THE daring Kilkenny man who followed in the tread marks of the great Joey Dunlop is to be honoured for his achievements.

Irish Superbike rider, Damien Byrne from Clogh, Castlecomer had been chosen as the Hotel Kilkenny and Kilkenny People sports star of the month for April.

The daring speed merchant, who could hit speeds of over 180mph on the fastest racing circuits in Ireland, has been honoured following his outstanding victory in the Adelaide Masters Grand final in Mondello Park.

On the fastest parts of Mondello circuit the bikers could hit speeds in excess of 140mph. This was Byrne’s first big win in this premier class, and earned him the magnificent Hutchinson Trophy (pictured) which was first raced for in 1923.

Previous winners included the great Joey Dunlop (five times), Jeremy McWilliams, Alistair Seeley (three times) and Alan Irwin.

Damien has been racing at national level since 2006. The Adelaide Masters win was his biggest victory to date, although he has posted a number of second place finishes.

He will be honoured in the company of the other monthly award winners at the annual Hotel Kilkenny and Kilkenny People banquet which will be held early next year.