THOUGH the Championship may be called The IMC Snowflake Showdown, winter felt a world away as the sun shone on a dry and bright Kirkistown Motor Racing Circuit for round one of the inaugural IMC Winter Championship.
Hopes were high for a fantastic day of competition and those in attendance were not left disappointed, especially Gortin’s Samuel McFarland who impressed on his Sam Spud Racing machine in the Discount Beds Stock 140cc Group 2 Class in which he finished third overall.
With the weather very much on side the grid was made up of both familiar and new faces, including Skerries competitors Ross Sheridan, Eoin McMahon and Thomas Hogan.
Tom Nicholl, though, took the class by storm, taking three relatively easy wins. Michael Thompson found himself amongst the front runners, one of them being pole setter McFarland, who was bit too eager to get away and wheelied away from the line only to crash down in front of his following competitors.
The race was stopped and Sam was able to borrow another bike,thanks to Davy Sherman.
Having to get used to his strange mount, Sam took ninth in race one, but improved to take third in his next two outings, elavating him to third in the championship. Spectators witnessed one of the closest finishes of the day during race two as Thompson and McFarland battled race long for second spot, Thompson crossing the line first by the narrowest of margins.
Round two of The IMC Snowflake Showdown takes place this Saturday at Bishopscourt Racing Circuit. Practice begins at 10am with racing from approx 12 noon.