Ballyduff’s O’Carroll makes his Isle of Man debut he ‘could only dream of’

Anthony O’Carroll’s rise to road racing stardom continues after a week the Ballyduff man “could only dream of”. In the space of ten days, he contested three different race meetings in two different countries.

Last weekend marked its fifth meeting in the past month having contested the Mondello Masters, Skerries, Walderstown, The Southern 100 in the Isle of Man and the Faugheen Road Races in Tipperary.

He really came of age last weekend at Faugheen. Last weekend he contested five races at the famous venue near Carrick-on-Suir, taking second place in the Junior Support, Senior Support and SuperTwins races – his best results to date.

He also took third place in another senior race over the weekend, matching his results at Skerries and Kells.

Earlier in the week he was the fastest newcomer in two classes and four races at the Southern 100 on the Isle of Man – a week after finishing fourth in the Junior Support race at Walderstown Road Races near Athlone.

His trip to the Isle of Man is the event everyone is talking about. The Ballyduff man entered two classes in the Southern 100, which took place between Monday and Thursday last week.

He was the fastest newcomer in the Supersport 600 and SuperTwins classes on two different Kawasaki motorcycles. He ran in two different races in each class and in all four races entered he achieved the fastest newcomer.

As a bonus, he was invited to take part in a fifth race – a third on the 600 – but a mechanical problem hampered his race.

“I qualified for an additional challenge race, the fifth race in a week, but the bike started to overheat in that one and I had to slow down to finish,” he said.

“So almost a clean sweep of the fastest newcomer, but just missed because of the bike.”

O’Carroll left the Isle of Man on Thursday evening and traveled to Dublin via Heysham and Holyhead, to take part in the Faugheen event.

This is all part of a larger plan to bring more road racing to the Isle of Man. Next year he hopes to compete in the Manx Grand Prix which takes place on the famous 37-mile TT course, but later in the year (usually August).

It is undecided if he will race this weekend’s Dunlop Masters races at Mondello. His 600cc bike is tired after a hectic summer and needs an engine rebuild.

Nonetheless, there will be plenty of interest in Kerry on the County Kildare track this weekend.

SuperTwins favorite Darragh Crean, another Kerry rider dipping in and out of the road racing scene will be there, as will Emmet O’Grady who took his first-ever Superbike victory at the June meeting. He will also race in the 600cc class and his brother Evan is expected to join him in this race for the first time.

One Kerry racer who won’t be there is Ardfert’s man Stephen Walsh, the classic racer is focusing on the road racing championship this season and recorded a season best eighth place finish at Faugheen on his Honda 350.

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