IT WAS something of a day of comebacks and impressive results for the local contingent at the first round of the Winter Supermoto NI Series held at the Omagh Auction Mart premises on the Gillygooley Road on Sunday.
Five years since last riding competively it seemed that Omagh man Chris Thompson had never been away as he roared to victory in the opening race in the Quad Prestige class.
Despite the slippery and mucky conditions, Thompson stormed into an early lead, albeit it under pressure from Greencastle’s Mark Donnelly.
Mechanical problems though put the skids under Donnelly’s challenge, leaving the way open for Carrickmore’s Cathal McCartan to jostle with Thompson for the openng honour of the day. McCartan though spun off before the finish allowing Thompson to post maximum points.
As for Donnelly he bounced back to claim runners-up spot in Race 2 and rounded the day off by going one better in claiming victory in Race 3 ahead of Justin Reid and Emma McQuaid.
In the Quad Clubman classes Omagh’s Tommy Muldoon registered a first and a second in the three races with brother Michael and Danny Bann also competing.
In the bike classes Alan Morgan was in blistering form in recording a sparkling hat-trick of wins in the Prestige class as he jostled with Ryan Fenton and Philip Wylie.
BJ Toal, returning to action after a long lay-off following a short circuiit crash in Modello a few years back, posted two fourth places, while Mark Spratt claimed one. Spratt was the model of consistency throughout and played his joker to lead the championship from the impressive Morgan.
Meanwhile on three occasions Paul Gormley followed winner Richard Griffiths home in the Clubman class, results that leave the Omagh man leading the recently-introduced production class. Fellow Omagh man Ryan McCaffrey currently lies second. Also competing on the day was Fintona’s David Gordonus.
The next round will be held in Eglinton Airfield on Sunday, November 2.
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