Kilkenny man, Damien Byrne from Cloneen, Clogh was racing (motor super bikes) on Saturday and Sunday in Mondello Park in the Adelaide Masters championship.
He went into the weekend in sixth place and he improved to fourth after collecting valuable championship points.
Damien qualified in second position, and conditions were bad for his first race on Saturaday. He started on wet tyres but the track dried out completely and he ended up in ninth place. Riders with intermediate tyres were able to keep the pace going.
Damien’s tyres were gone after two laps and he struggled to stick with the pace.
On Sunday he was in aciton twice, and then participated in the the Grand final.
In both championship races he finished fifth. There were issues again with grip as the track seemed to be slippier than would normally be the case.
The main thing was that Byrne stayed on the bike. He finished the races and earned points. There had been a number of falls throughout the weekend, including among the main contenders.
The Grand final had to be restarted after the first lap as a rider came down on lap one. The track was then checked to see if anything was causing these falls (like oil) as riders were complaining of no grip. But the race was given the green light.
Byrne made the podium after finishing in third place, which was a great result. So far this year he has been on the podium for both the Masters and Grand finals.
Damien won’t be racing again until July 13 and 14 when he will be in aciton in Bishopscourt in a round of the Irish superbikes championship.