Some very interesting points there, and i don tthink there is an easy soloution!
Deffo, reduced, if not no charge for entry fees, BUT where will that money come from?
Yes, we deffo need a leglsation to charge the public to watch,
as regards pr work etc, this is really up to the individual clubs, some clubs do their best, but they cannot determine what their local or national dailies or weekely papers will accept!
give you an example;
earlier this yr, i helped the Cookstown MCC with their pre race PR, Photo shoot was organized with main race sponsor etc, this, along with ALL Sponsor details, main riders/visiting riders/newcomers etc, along with the usual road closure time etc.
Some newspapers made use of it, and the Newsletter did likewise, but choose to use a photo of Guy Martin, instead of the Race sponsors photo!, i queried the reason for this, and was told, guy would be a big attraction (of which i dont disagree), but i said, without the race sponsors, we cant have a race, so i was promised that the pic would be used, ;;; but it never was!
Things like this are out of the clubs control
Re articles in raceprogrammes!
This is something i believe ALL race programmes must have, maybe its because, i enjoy reading this tye of thing myself, but, again, this is an individual choice for the club, and some may see this as valuable pages lost in advertising revenue!!
as for the Bush Programme, It was Me who wrote the article on our lost ones, i had ONE evening to write this!!,( in fact, as i am typing this, I am actually in the process of doing another wee article for a race programme, which i was asked to do ;;; at lunch time to day!!, and when for??? First thing in the morning!!) i am NOT a journalist, i am just someone who loves the sport, and tries to help where and whenever i can, so I apologise for the inacuracies.
As for the clubs, yes, i do agree, that some ( maybe them all!) fail to update/send out a race report or whatever, but lets realize something here, All the aforementioned, is VOLUNTARY!, people trying their best, and probably with very little help.
As most of the posts here are under names unknown to me, I ask, how many of yous are actually involved in helping any club, in any way to promote/help run events?
Road Racing is going through a hard time financially, it prob takes 80/90k to put a national event over, and thats a lot of dough!, it has to come from somewhere, so spectators need to pay.
Positive PR !, reading last saturdays Newsletter , it deffo didnt print a pretty picture as regards the weather prospects for sat, and that it rained all fri night!!, funny, the track dried out very well on fri night!, and on sat, a new lap record was set!
Was the newsletters motor cycle correspondent at the event?
gotta go, we article to be done to night, no doubt, this post will recieve more comments,a nd if helps the sport, then, Brilliant!
ps, ALL my programme articles/photos/club pr, etc are VOLUNTARY as well
The H2 Engineering Bush Road Races
This weekend will see the seventh running of the Bush road races, under the auspices of the Dungannon and District MCC.
Like fellow clubs, the recession has hit hard, and for both organizers and competitors alike, both are finding it extremely hard to make ends meet, but such is the desire and love for the sport, somehow, we all manage to get it together and make it happen, and this weekend should be no different.
With the entry list including local TT Winner, and Man of the Meeting last year, Ryan Farquhar, along with fellow locals, Johnny Burrows, circuit residents, paul Cranston and Nigel Moore but to mention a few.
Throw in the likes of Derek Sheilds, Davy Morgan, Stephen McKnight and Michael Sweeney etc, and it certainly promises to be an exciting days racing.
Here the Tyrone Couriers motor cycle correspondent brings to you a preview of what we can expect to see over the next few days, along with the latest gossip.
Each night, the club will be on track, as there always is a lot of hard work to be done to prepare the circuit for racing at the weekend. Unfortunately, the club, like many around the country, rely on a faithful band of helpers to do this work, It is ALL voluntary, and if you are reading this, and is free any night this week, head up to the circuit, you will find the hard working members, and they will certainly be glad of any help whatsoever.
On Wednesday ( to night) night, there will be a Classic bike run, which will start at the Ballynakelly Working Mens club house, signing on will take place from 6.30pm, with the actual run starting at 7.15pm.
For the paid runners, there will be a BBQ at the end of the run.
Please note, that this run is Not a Race!!. The Police will be there to assist in the safe running of the run, but also to ensure that, road traffic laws are adhered to.
Moving on to race weekend, and the action starts on Friday afternoon, when the roads close at 4.00pm, this will be immediately followed by the Circuit Newcomers practice, where no less than 18 circuit newcomers will have their first impressions of the Bush circuit, which comprises of many variations, making it quite a physical track to ride on, which classifies itself as a real road race circuit.
Friday 22nd is Practice Day, and Please Note, that the roads will be closed from 4.00pm, and opening no later than 9.30pm
The first practice will be for the Circuit newcomers only, they will get their compulsory five laps in order to familiarise themselves with the circuit. Amongst the 18 newcomers are Richard McLoughlin, Damian Horan, Tommy Henry, Noel Brennan, Aaron Hatch, Davie Hastings and Tommy Heaphy.
NEWCOMERS, Please Note, Newcomers Bus will leave paddock at one o clock. , there will also be a riders Breifing before practice starts,( and also on race morning again). It is very important, that ALL Competitors attend these briefings, it is quite possible, that there may be a roll call, and failure to attend, could mean disqualification from the meeting!
Each class will then have a five lap timed practice, and depending on time constraints, the Grand Final practice may be decided on the Open class times..
Following this, each class will get a five lap timed session (weather permitting), which will determine the grids for the following days races.
Order of Practice will be; Supertwins, 250/350 classic, 400 Support, 600 supersport, 750 support, Open class, 250 junior and 400 supersport classes, 351/1000 classic, 125gp/Moto 450, Rider recovery will only be if needed, and at the discretion of the Clerk of the Course.
Race day, roads will close at 10.00am, and the first race of the day will be the 8 lap Horta Soils/CRL Supertwins race.
Ryan Farquhar is the odds on favourite for this class, , however never rule out the likes of Burrows, Sweeney , William Davison and Morgan , Julian Kirk is the only other local in this class.
Next up will be the Peoples Classic Race, this novel idea, is where fans have chipped in to cover the costs of the race!!, Manx Man Allan Brew will be hoping his aermacchi has the legs over the Hondas of Freddie Stewart, Keith Costello, Davie Hastings and evergreen Denis Gallagher, in the 250 lass, watch out for Richard Ford and Philip Shaw, locals in this race include Trevor Stewart and Billy Lyle.
The supersport races at the IOM TT produced some of the closest racing, and wouldn’t be great if it were to continue here, as we go to press, Neither of the Dunlops have entered as yet, but Don’t be surprised if you see Michael on the grid!. Ryan Farquhar was in great form at the TT, Johnny Burrows may well be on board Yamaha machinery here, Stephen McKnight has never hidden the fact that the Bush circuit would be amongst his favourite circuits, and can never be ruled out of a podium placing, Stephen McIlvenna, Paul Cranston, Micko Sweeney, Davy Morgan, Willaim Davison and Shaun Anderson are all worthy of top six placings, however dark horse here is Derek Sheilds!. Others to watch out for include, Craig Shirlaw, Ivan Shanley, and Alan Kenny, locals to watch out for, Julian Kirk and Trevor Ferguson.
The junior support is oversubscribed!, so there will be a few disappointed riders!, who will win?, davy Black is the odds on favourite, Ronnie Scott has the expiroence, but riders such as Rodney Patton and Aaron Hatch could well spring a surprise. Visiting riders include Vic Allan, Richard Ford, Alaistair Bayley, and Neil Vicars,. Roy Scott on the Knipe Yamaha, Julian Kirk will be keeping the local flag flying.
The open race, along with the Grand Final (race 7), have practically the same entry list, so, again, If Ryan Farquhar does go ahead and ride here, he will obviously start as favourite, Johnny Burrows has produced some good performances here on the BE Racing/H2 Engineering Suzuki, davy Morgan was a winner here a few yrs ago, Derek Sheilds has proved he can beat the top guys,, the ingredients are there for an exciting race. Paul Cranston and Trevor Ferguson are the other locals in action.
The senior support is another class that has produced full grids, Noel Brennan leads the championship, however Damian Horan is a late entry, Damian having got his machine re built following his get off at Tandragee, both riders are newcomers to the circuit, however, last years winner, Alan Kenny is back in action again, having to miss the Tandragee, sue to unforeseen circumstances, Alan will be out to recoup lost points in the championship stakes.
George Scott proved there is nothing to beat experience, as he proved at Tandragee, Richard McLoughlin is another one to watch as is Rodney Patton. Julian Kirk, will again be in action, and no doubt, one of the busiest riders of the day!
The 250 and 400 classes have been combined, but will be as seprate classes, davy Morgan should be the one to watch in the quarter litre class, Seamus Elliot, will be hoping for a much safer outing this year, following his high speed spill in last years race, Elliot has the ability to be on the podium as has Tommy Henry.
In the 400 class, Roy Scott will be looking to give his local sponsors a bit of glory, but he will have to contend with champion, Paul Maguire, Alaistair Bayley, and the visiting Scots, Vic Allan and Craig Shirlaw. Yvonne Montgomery os the only female competitor here, and will ride a 400 kawasaki.
The second Classic race, will be for the larger capacity machines, 500 and 1000. Heading the 500s will be Freddie Stewart, with Allan Brew and Gary Jamieson and Roy Phipps. In the 100 class, John Scott is the odds on favourite, but Richard Ford could have other ideas!. Dave Brough will be on board the Stewart Honda,
The final race of the day, the 125 and moto 450 race, Unfortunately, in the past, this class has been made a mockery of!, both clases should be let of together, at least for the benefit of the race fans if nothing else!
Can anyone stop Farquhar?, Paddy McColgan has been consistent, and Trvor Ferguson is worthy of a podium finish.
In the 125 class, Sam Dunlop goes well here at the Bush, as does seamus Elliot and Adi Coleman. Surprize winner at Tandragee, Paul Robinson is out to win this championship,so he wont be taking any prisoners, Barry davison could well be out on the Moto2 machine, can he give it a historic road race win?, Craig Gibson will be on board Peter Simpsons Honda, and one cannot forget local hero, the quiet and unassuming Nigel Moore, who just lets his results do the talking!,Newcomer to the roads is former clubmans rider, Sam Wilson, he has turned in some excellent performances in recent races, and could well be a dark horse for this event.
So theer you have it, a Breif run down on whos who in each race, I repeat, Please BUY a race programme, if you want to want to see road racing survive, you MUST purchase a race programme, DON’T let your felloe spectator ask for info, tell him/her to go and Buy a programme!.
Wishing the organizing Club and Riders a safe and successful weekend.
When you attend a race meeting, you cannot fail to see the race Marshalls, they will be kitted out in either Orange or Blue overalls!, These guys (and Ladies) are there for YOUR Benefit!. They, like the race officials, have a very important role to play, in the safety of the race meeting. They have been trained , so in case of an accident, or whatever may arise, they are there to help.
They do have a lot to put up with, with quite a lot of the Public, so Please, OBEY the Marshalls. No Marshalls = No Racing!!
When you purchase the programme, not only are you helping to offset the massive costs of the event,
It contains the Full Entry list for all the races, along with some excellent articles, and of course, many photos, past and present.
The organizing club Appeal to EVERYONE to Purchase a Race Programme, as this is really their only means of income.
At last weeks Bush road races Press launch in the CohannonInn, one of the talking points on the night, was the high costs of the running of the event. Not many will believe this, BUT; Please read, and take in what you read!
The running costs for the Bush road races, will easily be approx ninety thousand pounds!!, crippling insurance premiums along with other costs, which we, the ordinary public do not see, make up the bulk of the high charges to the club.
It must ALSO be noticed, that the Riders HAVE to pay to Entertain You, Yes, All competitors who are on the grid, have paid an entry fee for YOUR days entertainment!!, And, lets be honest here, How many times have you PAID to watch a road race meeting?
The Unfortunate thing is, that come Saturday, there will be many so called Race Enthuasists, who will begrudge the Purchase of a race programme, and will probably ignore the Donation buckets!!
Quite Frankly, the sport can do without those irresponsible persons!.
Think about it, if you really want, you could have a whole weekends entertainment, watching the best Road Racers in action; for nothing!!, Now is that helping the sport??
Ask your selves, Should the Riders HAVE to Pay to Entertain?
I personally long for the day, when there is a Leglisation in place, that will ensure that everyone will have to pay their way in!
The Biggest problem with ALL road races, is that we have to educate the Spectator to PAY for this entertainment!.
Please, if you are going to the race this weekend, Pay a fiver into the “ I Support the Bush Road Races” Bucket, its only a voluntary subscription!, AND buy a race programme, by doing this, you are going a big way, not only to help the club with their costs, but also, helping to ensure that Road racing continues!, and you have ALL the necessary details regarding the days races, along with some good articles to read, etc.
Tyrone Couriers correspondent, Baylon McCaughey caught up with a few riders, just to see what attracts them to the Bush road races;
A former rival of mine in the early nineties, Newtownards rider, Warren Reeve, whom I used to race with in the ss400 class, since then Warren moved across the water tot the mainland, where he continued racing, a few years ago, he and his family returned to NI, But this time to Co Tyrone!, a couple of years ago, Warren tried his hand at road racing!, and since then has been bitten by the bug!.
“The Bush Road Race is getting closer and my excitement is growing! Last year we went to the meeting hoping to compete in the 125 class.
Practice was wet and I had an absolutely fantastic time out on the bike and really took to the circuit and even though it was un-timed, I wanted to learn it going as fast as I could.
The following day was full of nerves as usual for myself and the team.
As we got ready for our race the bike stalled and took ages to restart.. eventually after about 5 or 10 minutes she fired up just before we were called to the line. Off we went for our warm up lap and all seemed well and I was ready and looking forward to the race.
With having no points in the standings I was placed at the back of the group, which as a new comer suited me.
Despite making the worst possible start, I got half way round loosing speed and noticed the temperature rising up n up! Causing me to retire from the race.
Hopefully this year, I will get to complete the full race distance”
One of the up and coming stars of road racing is Banbridges Shaun Anderson, Shaun, who has just returned from the Isle of Man TT races, where he impressed on his TT debut..
What were his thoughts on the Bush races?
“It is not very often that you can be at the inception of a road race, but I was privileged to attend the Bush road races in their inaugural year of 2006, it almost seems impossible to consider that being just another face in the hedge at the time I would go on to compete in this event. From the off “the bush” has attracted some big name stars, these include the likes of; Cameron Donald and Conor Cummins, not to mention the local talent of Ryan Farquhar, John Burrows and Paul Cranston etc.
The circuit itself has a very unique character; it is a true national road race, from the fast roller coaster that you ride as you exit the village over Spademill jump heading for Killyman, to the super tight and twisty bends of the Coash esses. The track then opens up for the fast and flowing parts which bring you back round to the dead stop Corrainy corner and the quick squirt to the start/finish line. It is probably true that the nature of the track lends itself to the smaller bikes with the outright lap record standing to a 600cc machine, with a bike with good handling outweighing the speed advantage of any of the larger machines.
I myself have tasted some success at the Bush with a tightly fought second place to the late Stephen Larkin in the senior support race of 2010. Knowing the physical toll the Bush can have on man and machine it is always that bit sweeter to achieve a good result knowing that you have had to work extra hard to achieve it. It is for that reason that I return to the Bush each year knowing the challenge it provides, and in that constant search for a better result.
It is on that note that I wish the Club, Sponsors, Medics and competitors a safe days racing “
Keep an eye out for Shaun in both the 600 and 1000 classes.
In what is a male dominated sport, Yvonne Montgomery has been pretty often the only female competitor, but this has never stood in her way, in fact, it is probably those that finish behind here feel the worst!.
Yvonne has raced at the Bush in the past, and speaking to the Courier, she said;
“This year, I am competing on my ZXR400 in the 400cc Supersport Class and in the Senior Support with my GSXR600. The wee 400 is a big change from the Vee Twin 650 which I’ve ridden for the last 4 seasons. It certainly takes a bit of getting used to wringing the neck out of it, but I am really enjoying it. The Bush Road Race has improved enormously since its beginning in 2006 with extensive road surfacing and major safety improvements. The circuit is great for spectator viewing with the tight twisty circuit providing very close and exciting racing. Hopefully we will have a dry meeting with everyone going home with a smile and happy memories of another successful Bush Road Race. “
Damian Horan (Newcomer)
· “I am really looking forward to racing the Bush for the first time as it seems to be a good technical track and the meeting has always been well run. I always remember the excitement with which my good friend Padraig Campbell described to me his first outing at Bush his eyes open wide as he relived his race on a 400 he has just built.
My season got off to a good start with a second place in Cookstown in the senior support race but didn't go so well the next week in Tandragee.I qualified on pole position and led the race from the start but on the second lap I high sided on the fast left hander before the bomb hole and that was the end of my race . My injuries were mostly soft tissue and bangs and bruises and the bike took a hard knock but is mostly back together and will be on song for the Bush.I have to thank The medical team especially Dr Fred Mcsorley and Dr John Hines who were brilliant and to the marshals who looked after me especially Seamus and Mary Holland. No doubt, I am looking forward to meeting the club organizers, who I have been told are a great bunch of enthuasists”
Local road racer, Timmy Turtle decided after the Manx Grand Prix in 2010, that he was finished with the sport, lack of finance been the mainstay of his decision. He had a brief run at Tandragee in 2011, but hasn’t raced since.
But as we all know, road racing is something else, no other sport in the world gives you the adrenaline rush that we all crave for, and yes, you’ve guessed it, Timmys back!!
“ To be honest Baylon, I just cant keep away! But as I speak, I have been let down!, I had a an arrangement in place, but this has fallen through, so I am in a race against the clock to find a good 600 machine for this weekends race. “
This is indeed a major blow for the Newmills rider, who has finished second in the Senior Support in 2009, and took a 5th in the supertwins in 2010, so lets hope that Timmy gets sorted for the weekend.
Craig Shirlaw (Scotland)
· Road racing is traditional in Ireland, and quite often we get riders from across the water to sample the racing between the hedges, one such rider is Craig Shirlaw from Aberdeen, who made his road race debut here at the Bush a few years ago, he was quite noticeable on that occasion, and caused quite a stir when he arrived with his machine with his unique Sit up and Beg style machine, similar to what Wayne Gardner made famous in the 90s! Since then, Craig has been a familiar face on the road race scene, what was his views on the Bush road races?
· “The Bush races were my first ever road race, and Boy did I fall in love with it!, It’s a very physical circuit, with some good jumps, all being well, I am bringing my supertwin, 400 and 600 with me this year, so I am looking forward to a good run out.
· The organizers are always very friendly and it always has a good atmosphere, and that’s what keeps me coming back!. Fingers crossed for a dry meeting, or we will have call on the tractor boys for a pull out again!”
There will be a few Grandstands put up to help spectators viewing , the return of the Grandstand at McKees cross rds, will no doubt be a popular one with the spectators.
After the race, there will be a Race Dance in the Ballynakelly Working Mens Club, doors open at 9.00pm, and Music is provided by Margaret, this will of course be a great way to wind down from the tow days of hard work and racing, along with the good crack reminicising about the days racing etc, and at the same time, helping the club with their running costs.
Main Sponsor; H2 Engineering
Dungannon & South Tyrone Borough Council
, Horta Soils(supertwins)
The Peoples Race (classic)
Dungannon & South Tyrone Borough Council Supersport Race
CR Print 201cc – 400cc Junior Support Race
Greiner Packaging Bush Open Superbike Race
Dungannon & South Tyrone Borough Council 401cc – 750cc Senior Support
H2 Engineering Superbike Grand Final Race
– Emerald Road Racing 250cc/400cc Supersport Junior
– Cohannon Inn & Auto Lodge 351cc – 1000cc Senior Classic Race
Gerard McHugh & Son Crane Hire Moto3 / Moto 450cc Race
FOR THE BEST IN REPORTS AND PHOTOS FROM THE H2 Engineering Bush Road Races , BE SURE TO GET NEXT WEEKS TYRONE COURIER
For more information on this year’s races visit the clubs official website at www.bushroadraces.com
Or Find them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/bushroadraces/
As for PR in the local race area, I am copying my Bush Race Preview