Relentless on top at Sunflower.

Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing ensured a strong end to its 2008 racing season with a dominant performance during the Sunflower Trophy Races in Ireland.

Ian Lowry took a brace of dominant wins in the Supersport classes and was also able to take three top-eight finishes from the Superbike races as he took on the challenge of competing in both classes during the event.

"I'm pretty happy with my performances this weekend on the Supersport Suzuki but I would have liked a little bit more from my Superbike rides,” he said. “It's never easy coming in and riding a one-off race against BSB and World Superbike regulars but I enjoyed the experience and got one over on a couple of them!”

Michael Laverty, so often the king of the Bishopscourt Circuit, won two out of the three Superbike races, but was prevented from fighting for a hat-trick in wet conditions when he suffered a front-wheel slide that saw him lose time to the leader.

Up to that point, he had been shadowing brother John and Michael Rutter at the head of the field but was forced to settle for fourth place.

"It's always good to come home and show what we can do in front of the local fans,” he said. “My GSX-R1000 Superbike was faultless over the weekend, as we showed in the two dry races.

“In the wet I had a big front end slide which put paid to any hopes of a third win, but with Ian taking both Supersport wins, I think we did a good job for Relentless Suzuki at the Sunflower. A big end of season thank you must go to everyone in the team and also to our sponsors for all their support this season."

With his riders having taken four wins out of five, team principal Philip Neill declared himself happy with how the weekend had gone, especially in the Supersport class where the team is now unbeaten in four years.

"Both guys performed unbelievably well at the weekend on Relentless Suzuki machinery and to take four wins from five starts is very pleasing. Michael Laverty showed his class in the Superbike races dominating from the very first practice session and only for that front wheel slide in the wet, he could well have made it three wins from three starts.

"It's also great to have kept our Supersport record intact with 8 wins from 8 starts in the past four years. Ian was very impressive on our GSX-R600 Suzuki and he also did an admirable job in the Superbike class with some impressive finishes.

"It's the last race of the year for us - apart from Macau - so I'd like to thank everyone in our team for the effort in 2008. I'd also like to thank our loyal sponsor for all their continued support this year."

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helloyes - Unregistered

October 22, 2008 8:18 PM

A good weekend indeed ! But as everybody knows, that is not a 600, more like 750!! It could''nt get past the Millsport R6 at Silverstone, but drove by it like it was a 400 at the sunflower !!! Why do they do it ? Its not a real win !! HO HUM

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