2022 Sunflower: Kerr does the Superbike double

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Richard Kerr put on a dominant show at Bishopscourt Racing Circuit today, the Donegal man adding two more wins including the blue riband Sunflower Trophy to his weekends tally adding to the win he had in Fridays superbike opener.

In the feature race the AMD Honda rider took the lead from the start ahead of pole man and Ulster Superbike Champion Alastair Seeley. The race was brought to a halt after one lap when the red flags came out due to an incident at the hairpin.

With the race cut from 12 to 10 laps the restart again saw Kerr take the lead off the line, a lead he was to hold from start to finish, taking the chequered flag 6.2 secs ahead of Seeley on his IFS Yamaha R1, with Jason Lynn, JMcC Roofing Kawasaki picking up the final podium place. Jonny Campbell was fourth ahead of Eunan McGlinchey on a 600 McAdoo Kawasaki in fifth.

Richard Cooper pulled off a double win in the Supersport races on the BPE Yamaha R6, race one he took the win 3.5 secs ahead of Eunan Mcglinchey, Sam Laffins was third and Alastair Seeley suffering his first supersport 600 defeat this year in fourth.

Race two Cooper was in a league of his own this time the gap between him and McGlinchey was 8 secs, Korie McGreevey who crashed out of race one was third and Seeley again was fourth.

Cooper also had wins in both of the Supertwin outings. Race one saw Cooper hold the lead throughout the whole race but back markers came into play on the final lap and McGlinchey took full advantage and the win by just 0.03 secs. Following a protest the McAdoo bike was disqualified and Cooper was awarded the win.

In the second supertwin race with McGlinchey and Laffins absent from the grid due to the protest Cooper took an unchallenged fourth win of the day with a margin of 11 seconds ahead of Gary McCoy and Carl Phillips who had had a close fight for the second and third podium places McCoy taking the flag by only 0.3 seconds.