Carrick’s Graeme Irwin impresses at third annual Glenarm EnduroCross

Graeme Irwin helped attract big crowds to the Glenarm Endurocross.  INLT 31-675-CON
Graeme Irwin helped attract big crowds to the Glenarm Endurocross. INLT 31-675-CON

Carrick rider Graeme Irwin was in dominant form at the third annual, HTM Off-Road EnduroCross last Thursday night taking three wins from three starts in the feature Expert Class.

Over one thousand spectators flocked to Glenarm for a fantastic evening of racing promoted by Carrickfergus & District Motorcycle Club where Irwin, a professional motocross rider in the British Motocross Championship, was racing EnduroCross for the first time.

Irwin used all his motocross and supercross background to adapt putting on a faultless and spectacular show for the crowd.

Jordan Scott (HTM Husqvarna) battled through the pain barrier to finish a commendable second overall on his return to racing following injury but, the Newtownards man will be hoping Irwin is back next year to have a proper go at him when he is back up to full fitness.

You could clearly see that both riders put everything they had into the racing and were given a standing ovation for their efforts during a lap of honour to round off the evening.

Third place overall in the feature class was a more tightly contested affair with Darren Grills (HTM Husqvarna), Harold Crawford & PSI backed rider Chris Brown, all finishing with a third place result to their name.

In the end though, it was Veteran Harold Crawford that took third overall behind Irwin & Scott.

The MTA Process Components Clubmen were split into two random classes for racing and in the ‘A Class’, Ballycarry’s Karl Cassells couldn’t be stopped as he raced to maximum points, also winning the Dalriada Festival Head to Head Clubman Challenge Cup.

Joe Convery and motocross rider Paul Atkinson rounded off the top three in the Clubman ‘A’ while in the Clubman ‘B’ class it was Christopher Hegarty that topped the podium ahead of Paddy Flanagan and Ruairi Hegarty.

The racing throughout the night provided the bumper crowd with plenty of thrills and spills, such is the nature of EnduroCross racing and the club would like to thank everyone that made it happen.

From the riders themselves who put on the show, to the officials, sponsors and spectators that created a unique and brilliant atmosphere in Glenarm.