Donegal brothers taking British Superteen motor bike season by storm

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Donegal brothers taking British Superteen motor bike season by storm

The Irwin brothers made another mark in the race history books last weekend as the first brothers to occupy the elusive pole position for their races.

Rhys Irwin from Kilmacrennan really is a Superteen as he took his seventh UK win in Round 6 of the British Superteens Aprilia Championship at the International Angelsea Race track, Wales.

Earlier this year he won his first British championship race and has gone from strength to strength, breaking records and enjoying no less than seven wins and 20 podiums this season so far.

Rhys is causing a stir wherever he races, be it UK or Ireland and is one of the five young Irish riders nominated for the Young Irish rider of the year.

Following a nail biting weekend the Superteen Championship leaders 14-year-old Irwin and 17-year-old JJ Scott battled it out with young Irwin enjoying pole position.

In race one Irwin took the holeshot pulling away 1.5 seconds into the lead JJ tried an ambitious pass up the inside crashing into Irwin's left leg taking both riders out.

Rhys after being passed fit for race two, again took the holeshot and stormed home to win the race. The Championship is set to go down to the wire with two rounds to go.

During his post race interview a beaming Rhys said that it was a hard weekend with all the riders watching points so there was no room for error.

'I just love racing and I know I'm pushing my Wee Aprilia to the limit. I don't get the time on the bike that the other riders get due to my geography even by Irish standards and this was my first time here at Anglesea on this bike.'

Meanwhile older brother Caolán is contesting the 450cc Aprilia UK Championship.

With another incredible start to the weekend Caolán secured pole position.

In race one young Caolán took the holeshot and battled at the front with less than 0.5 seconds between the four front runners and finished in fourth place.

Unfortunately for the second time this year his engine seized leaving him with no bike for the rest of the weekend costing him a valuable 75 Championship points.

Both boys thanked their parents for this great opportunity and for all the sacrifices they make so that the brothers can continue race.

They would like also to thank Scott Racing for the bike , team mechanics their dad Ivan and Garry Fleming. Thanks to their personal title sponsor James Gallagher Oasis Bar Letterkenny for both financial support and ongoing encouragement. Thanks also to Wesley and Grace Ann Regan Clean Rubber Sligo/Donegal, Martin Kelly of Kelly's Centra Mountain Top Letterkenny and especially to Eustace McKee of Joe Mac’s Bar Portadown.'