Turkington takes home trophy double thanks to karting joy home and away

Gary Turkington from Portadown following his double trophy triumph at the end-of-season karting awards. Pic by James McCann.INPT50-120''PTMOTORSPORT15
Gary Turkington from Portadown following his double trophy triumph at the end-of-season karting awards. Pic by James McCann.INPT50-120''PTMOTORSPORT15

Gary Turkington checked out of Templepatrick’s Hilton Hotel with some special additional baggage in celebration of another memorable karting campaign.

The Portadown ace picked up two key prizes at the annual motorsport awards evening following progress home and away.

His third-place position in France at the World finals of the Iame X30 Championship was celebrated by the North Of Ireland Karting Association.

That progress around the Le Mans circuit, alongside fine form across a number of European and United Kingdom venues, resulted in the accolade of Ulster Karting Club’s International Driver Of The Year.

MOTOCROSS

Tandragee’s circuit will stage a number of meetings across the Motorcycle Racing Association-organised 2016 schedule.

The MRA Championship programme covers disciplines such as motocross, quadcross and sidecarcross.

Rounds of the Ulster Championship have been planned for June 18 and July 30.

Tandragee is also expected to host the North Armagh club’s Ulster Youth Motocross Championship run on September 3. A round of the Irish tournament will run in Tandragee on April 9.

North Armagh officials have also planned for Junior Quad Ulster Championship dates on April 16, July 9 and September 10.

Other tracks include Wicklow, Desertmartin, Bird Hill, Doon, Clonroche, Tinker Hill, Seaforde, Laurel Bank, Buncranna, Vernon Mount, Gormanstown and Kilcurry.

The senior championship schedules will run as follows:

MCUI Irish Championship: March 12, April 17, May 7, June 5, June 25, July 24, August 14, September 10.

MRA Ulster Championship: March 28, May 2, June 18, July 30, August 30, September 3.

MRA Quadcross/Sidecarcross Ulster Championships: March 19, April 9, June 4, July 2, August 13, September 24.

AWARDS

North Armagh Motorcycle and Car Club’s off-road section members finished in the honours at the recent MRA awards ceremony.

Neil Campbell and Ross Graham finished first in the NI Sidecarcross Supporters’ Club-backed Ulster Sidecarcross Championship over North Armagh club colleagues Tony Willis and Ian Glenn.

Ricky Mairs and Ben Alexander finished third across the class.

Ryan Adair secured third in the Nutt Travel Premier MX1 Championship.

The Meara brothers, John and Jason, each came home fourth - the former in the Nutt Travel Premier MX1 class and the latter across the Norman Watt Motorcycles Premier MX2 Championship.

Steven White - who was also previously on the books at Portadown Football Club - steered a path to the MRA Spence Racing Ulster and MCUI Irish titles within the Clubman’s MX2 Championship programme.

Dean Colhoun finished third within the MRA JMK Sales/Ballymac Hotel Premier Quad Championship. He can add that honour to his under 21s’ British Championship triumph.