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O’Neill ends season fifth in standings after final meeting

Barry O'Neill
Barry O'Neill
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Clitheroe’s Barry O’Neill was in action in Anglesey for the final round of the Wirral 100 Motorcycle club race season.

O’Neill’s practice/qualifying didn’t go to plan, as a running problem saw him qualify 25th, sixth in class.

He went out for race one, to find the misfire he had experienced earlier was still there. Finishing 19th – fourth in class – O’Neill went back to the garage to investigate.

Race two saw him set off from ninth position, with the bike a little improved. A great duel with Nigel Rea saw him finish eighth – sixth in class.

Race three didn’t go to plan, setting off eighth, and finishing 16th – 12th in class.

O’Neill decided to take the bike apart to hopefully resolve the problem. Finding nothing definitive, he put everything back together to complete the final race.

Starting 16th, he set off into turn one, and didn’t feel the mysterious misfire, and the bike never missed a beat all race as he set a personal fastest lap of 1:37.8., finishing 12th, ninth in class.

That left him one of only four riders in class to finish and score points in all races, all season, finishing fifth in the championship.

O’Neill thanks wife Abi and son Finlay for their help and support, as well as E&D Plant Hire, Lucas Communications Ltd, and David Johnston Photography.