KMR Kawasaki and Hamilton end Irish road racing season with more success
KMR Kawasaki ended the 2012 Irish Road Racing season on a positive note on Sunday when 21-year old Jamie Hamilton posted some of his best results of the year at the Killalane meeting. Having his second outing at the 3.6-mile venue, Hamilton notched up wins in the Supertwins and Moto 450cc races and took third in the Grand Final on the orange and black KMR Kawasaki machines, backing up his earlier fifth in the Open race.
With good, dry conditions all around the course, first up for Jamie was the Open race where he opened his account for the day with a solid fifth place, less than a second behind the vastly experienced Adrian Archibald and he immediately followed this up with 2nd overall in the 125cc/Moto 450cc race where he was having his first outing on a 450cc machine. After a race long battle with the 125 Honda of Sam Wilson, Jamie came out on top, also being the first 450cc past the chequered flag.
His penultimate race was the 4-lap Supertwins event which he led from the start and although he came under pressure from Michael Sweeney in the closing stages, Jamie rode an impeccable race to keep his rival firmly at bay for another road race victory. Last up was the Grand Final and having made a few suspension changes to the ZX-10R, Jamie was hopeful of improving his result, which was exactly what he did. Despite being back in eighth on the second lap, he steadily moved his way through the pack and sealed third and the final podium spot on the last lap after a good pass on Brian McCormack.
Recently retired team owner Ryan Farquhar also attended the event, and marked the occasion by completing a tribute lap on the machine of his late uncle, Trevor Ferguson.
Speaking after the meeting, Jamie commented: “It’s been an emotional day for everyone connected with KMR Kawasaki given recent events so I’m really pleased to have given everyone in the camp some good results today. It was a hard day but I kept calm throughout, used my head and am really happy with how the day went. We made a few changes to the big bike so the Open race was more about getting dialled in but I was happy enough with fifth and felt that I could give a better account of myself in the Grand Final. We made some suspension changes and although I was back in eighth on the second lap, I stayed relaxed and kept calm and began to move through the pack. With two laps to go, I could see I was pulling Brian in and on the last lap, I went by and managed to open a gap by the end of the race.”
“I got a big bike podium at the Bush but this was a ‘proper’ one as conditions were perfect and everyone was out on their big bikes so it was a great result for me and the team. The Supertwins race saw me get a good win and although I wasn’t comfortable with the bike initially, I rode a steady race and it was only on the last lap that I realised Michael was on my back wheel! I just concentrated really hard on hitting all my apexes and braked as late as I dared going into the final corner so knew Michael wouldn’t have any room to get by me. The 450cc race was a new experience and something different and although Sam’s 125 was quicker, I rode my own race and it paid off, ending up just a couple of seconds behind William Dunlop for 2nd overall and the first 450cc bike.”
“It’s been a real difficult couple of weeks for the team so I’d like to thank them for their continued support and dedicate my success today to Trevor.”
Jamie now heads to the International Gold Cup at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough whilst Ryan will also attend the meeting where he hopes to complete a parade lap with some of his fellow racers.