Market Rasen’s Phil Crowe secured a third place and two top 20 finishes in his debut year at the Ulster Grand Prix in Northern Ireland at the weekend.
Following his successful debut at the Isle of Man TT races earlier in the year, Phil was anxious to enter another road race and with the Ulster GP renowned to be the fastest road race in the world he decided to give it a go.
Riding the Handstrans BMW Stock bike Crowe qualified well for the Dundrod National Challenge and rode a superb race around the 7.4 mile road course on Thursday to secure third place in his very first race at the event.
Saturday’s Ulster Grand Prix was affected by the weather making tyre choice a difficult decision. Phil completed the Superstock race in 18th place and went on to ride in the high profile Superbike race pitting his skills against the faster Superbikes on his Superstock bike and taking the chequered flag in a fine 14th place.
Phil said: “The Ulster GP was amazing and what an experience and circuit. I am a little disappointed as I was unable to show my true potential.
“But a few problems, a blown engine, a puncture and wrong tyre choice resulted in lost track time and having to use an uncompetitive bike really held me back.
“But we realise that deep into the top 10 is definitely realistic next time and we just have to get back there and do the job again next year. Thanks to all the people who made it possible and looked after us while we were there. Noel Johnston and his crew were fantastic.”
Phil returns to short circuit racing now as he has a wild card entry into the National Superstock 1000 race at Cadwell over the Bank Holiday weekend.