HAVING just completed a second season in the Young Guns Challenge as part of the Ulster Short Circuit Championship, Cairns twins, Nathan and Andrew are making plans to ensure it’s a case of third time lucky.
The Seskinore siblings, who study together, work together, share a passion for short circuit racing and compete against each other, have been on a steep learning curve over the past 24 months.
But in that time, through developing their bikes and working on their personal fitness, the Cairns brothers have achieved rapid progress, so much so that the dynamic duo have high hopes for next season which begins again in March.
Their recent success in the ‘The Sunflower’ meeting at Bishopscourt, the final round of the championship, was perhaps a sign of things to come. Riding Aprilla 125s Nathan recorded a second in the first race and a third in the second while Andrew was third in race one and second in race two.
Those results meant Nathan finished sixth in the 11-round championship compared to ninth in the first season while Andrew went one better than 12 months ago by finishing third on the podium.
That marked improvement has given the local pair, both of whom are completing an HNC in Mechanical Engineering at Dungannon’s South West College, the motivation to go all out for glory next season.
“The aim for us is to get the best out of ourselves and the machine,” said Nathan.
“In the last two years we have been developing the bikes to get them to go faster while working on our own fitness. The two go hand in hand.
“Part of the thrill for us is developing the bikes and seeing how everything works.
“We find it extremely interesting trying to get the best out of everything.
“In terms of the bikes when you know how everything works, whatever everything does, it means when you hear something is wrong you know straight away what it is.
“We have improved all season, it’s been really enjoyable racing against each other, progressing and getting better and better in the championship.
“We keep each other going and push each other on, which isn’t a bad thing. “At this stage we feel we have developed the bikes to where we want them and, that being the case, we feel we are well positioned to have a real stab at the championship next year. My aim is to finish first, or finish second to Andrew!”
With those goals firmly fixed on their radar, the twins will be getting down to some serious hard work over the coming months.
Away from the thrill and excitement of the race track, Nathan and Andrew, will spend the long winter evenings preparing their bikes in the workshop or building up their personal fitness towards the 2017 season.
“Compared to when we first started out we have come to realise how important our own fitness is. Having a good level of fitness can be a huge benefit in maximising your performance on the bike,” added Nathan.
“The next few months we’ll be working hard on that, out cycling on the roads and what have you.
“Of course there’ll also be a lot of time spent in the workshop as well, servicing and rebuilding the bikes.”
The pair also hope to compete in few rounds of the Ulster Moto 3 Championship just as they did towards the tail-end of last season.
They both recently acquired a Honda GP 125 each and in the final four rounds of that particular championship have mixed it with the likes of household names Gary Dunlop, Christain Elkin and Richard Kerr.