The event will be the fourth round in the series, which is currently set to take place over six rounds after the Mid Antrim Club stepped in to host the final in Bishopscourt on October 2, following the cancellation of St Angelo’s reunion in Enniskillen. .
Carrick’s Alastair Seeley was the dominant force in the Superbike and Supersport classes as he returned to the national stage in 2021 after struggling to clinch a competitive race in the British Championship.
“I still believe I could race ahead of the British Championship if I had a competitive Supersport bike,” said Seeley.
“But I’m happy to be on a good team with good guys around me and I’m sure the other guys see me as a target after I come home to run but the goal is always to win the race. “
Seeley took the Superbike class by storm on the IFS Yamaha R1, winning all seven races so far for a perfect record.
He leads the championship with 83 points ahead of Ali Kirk, who has been in excellent form over the BMW AKR / McCurry Racing this season.
In the Supersport category, Seeley – a former two-time British champion – also set the tone on the IFS Life Pass Yamaha R6, taking five out of seven wins to open a 48-point advantage over Isle of Man star TT Michael Dunlop.
The Ballymoney Dunlop rider has been a regular on the short circuits this year, with most Irish road races canceled.
The 31-year-old dominated in his home meeting at Armoy with five wins and a new lap record in late July and will once again be the man to beat at the Cookstown 100 next weekend at Co Tyrone, which is the last Irish road. race of the year.
Dunlop highlighted his form with a relentless Supersport victory last weekend at Mondello Park in Co Kildare, when he edged Masters Championship leader Kevin Keyes in a photo finish to win the second race.
Seeley’s goal is to win both Ulster Championships this year with the aim of claiming a racing return to England in 2022, when he also aims for a 25th North West 200 victory.
His opposition in Kirkistown includes Gary McCoy of Cookstown, who denied Seeley a free kick at Bishopscourt last month when he won a second wet Supersport race.
Skerries man Michael Sweeney will also be in action as he prepares for the Cookstown 100, although compatriot Derek Sheils – last year’s “King of Kirkistown” title winner – is not expected to attend the meeting. of this weekend.
Mike Browne from Cork competes on Burrows Engineering / RK Racing Suzuki and Yamaha machines in the Superbike and Supersport classes respectively.
Browne will be Team Dungannon’s sole representative at the Cookstown 100 after Paul Jordan parted ways with John Burrows in an “amicable” split after Armoy.
The man from Magherafelt Jordan now looks set to ride Yamaha machines for Prez Racing.
Qualifying is scheduled to begin at 9 am on Saturday morning, followed by a full racing schedule, with the “King of Kirkistown” Superbike events and the “Prince of Kirkistown” Supersport races headlining.
Admission is by online reservation only, closed on Wednesdays.