Tyco BMW’s Michael Laverty is setting his sights on securing a seventh feature race win at the Northern Irish Bishopscourt Race Circuit this weekend for the 41st Sunflower Trophy Races.
The Toomebridge rider was reunited with local Moneymore-based TAS Racing team in 2017 at the annual end-of-season event, where a race win and two further podium finishes increased his tally to 19 race victories, reinforcing his title as the most successful rider in the history of the prestigious short circuit meeting.
Team-mate Christian Iddon was due to join Laverty in the Tyco BMW line up, however after further aggravating a broken collarbone injury last weekend during the final round of the British Superbike Championship, it was decided that the Stockport rider would sit out the event in order to speed up the recovery process.
The Sunflower Trophy race meeting takes place on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th October at Bishopscourt Racing Circuit. For more information please visit: www.bishopscourt.org
I’m looking forward to coming home for the Sunflower Trophy races, it’s always a great event and an enjoyable way to round out the season. The competition will be tough especially with BSB riders Danny Buchan and Richard Cooper also on the grid. I will give it my best to try and etch my name on the trophy for the 7th time. Bishopscourt is a great venue, the improvements to the circuit really impressed me last year so thanks to Philip and Hector Neill plus the Hillsborough club who have made it possible for me to race there once again.
We always enjoy supporting the Sunflower Trophy Races. The organisers, Hillsborough Club, are a hard working enthusiastic group and the Bishopscourt circuit is first class. We began our relationship with Michael Laverty at the event many years ago and it’s fair to say we have enjoyed considerable success winning four Sunflower Trophies together, it would be fitting to add another trophy to the list this time on a Tyco BMW. Of course we would have liked Christian to join Michael on another Tyco BMW, it was a really close decision in the end and not through lack of effort on Christian’s part, but common sense had to prevail in the end and his re-injured collarbone from Brands Hatch means he must sit out the event for another year.
Philip Neill – Tyco BMW Team Manager