14-year-old Donegal biker wins Irish Masters Championship

Rhys wins title with two rounds of championship to spare

14-year-old Donegal biker wins Irish Masters Championship

Rhys Irwin secured the 125cc/300cc Irish Masters Championship

14-year-old Rhys Irwin secured the 125cc/300cc Irish Masters Championship at Mondello International Race Circuit on Saturday.

With two rounds in hand and 100% race wins under his belt on his little 125cc Aprilia, his achievement is all the more noteworthy as he was up against the more powerful 300cc bikes.

Earlier this season Rhys, from Kilmacrennan, set new lap records at both the National and longer International Mondello Race tracks.

During his last race of the Masters Championship on the International track he blasted away a further 2.9 seconds.

A beaming Rhys said from the podium that he just loved racing Mondello and with repeated perfect two minute laps on the International track he didn't think that there was much left in his wee bike, and that he would have been up with the front runners in the more powerful bike classes.

From his championship winning podium Rhys paid tribute to the tireless team effort of his family, especially his father Ivan for the late nights to have the perfect bike set up for every race and his brother Caolán for always being at the start and finish line with sound advice.

He particularly thanked James Gallagher of Oasis Bar Letterkenny without whose continued financial support it just would not be possible to compete. He also thanked his other sponsors Grace Ann and Wesley Regan of Clean Rubber Sligo /Donegal, Mairtin of Kelly's Centra Mountain Top, Denis Sheridan of DS Waste Kilmacrennan and Uncle Eustace and all the staff in Joe Macs, Portadown.

Rhys now travels with Scott Race Team to the UK in two weeks time for the final round of the British Superteens which he currently leads at Cadwell Park.

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