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Killarney racers battered and bruised after weekend of spills

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Two Killarney motorcycle racers are nursing injuries after incidents while racing last weekend.

OFF ROAD: Kevin Coyne receives help from a marshal following his incident at Brands Hatch on Saturday.

Kevin Coyne will miss the next three rounds of the British Superbike Championship after crashing during qualifying for last weekend’s Brands Hatch event.

He got caught out on a partially wet track while his bike was fitted with dry weather slick racing tyres.

The incident launched him “high-side” off his bike and on landing he damaged his right shoulder.

He will be out of action for at least five weeks and is targeting the Snetterton round in early September for his return to the series.

However, the accident will have an impact on his budget and he now needs a new racing suit, helmet and body flares for his Kawasaki Ninja if he is to continue in the championship.

“On his fastest lap he just ran wide. Unfortunately slick tyres on a wet surface don’t like each other. He got high-sided, but he is ok,” said his father Mark.

“Kevin suffered some damage to the right shoulder which will put him out for four of five weeks but he will hopefully be back for Snetterton in September.”

The team has put out a request for support in an effort to get them back on track.

“With all that said and done, racing is expensive and after the crash we have to replace the suits and helmet with other bike damages. So if anyone would like to help Kevin please feel free to get in touch,” added Mark. He can be contacted via email: markcoyne@ymail.com.

Meanwhile, in Mondello Park over the weekend sidecar racer Siobhan Ardener tore ligaments in her right thumb during a “moment” in her second race. She and her driver, Fergus Woodlock, had already finished third in their opening event and were fighting for podium honours in race two when she nearly fell off the rear platform of the sidecar.

“It was only a moment,” she said. “It can’t be classed as a motor racing incident as I did not come off.”
They were forced to sit out their third and final race as a result of her injuries and issues with the bike’s steering and handling which are the suspected causes of the incident in the first place.

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Triple treat for car lovers this weekend

Killarney car fans are in for a triple treat this weekend with three different events to look forward to over two days. Tomorrow (Saturday), Cannonball will blast through the town. Over one hundred supercars, ranging from firm favourites like McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley are expected to take part […]

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Killarney car fans are in for a triple treat this weekend with three different events to look forward to over two days.

Tomorrow (Saturday), Cannonball will blast through the town.

Over one hundred supercars, ranging from firm favourites like McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley are expected to take part while raising funds for the HOPE Foundation.

The cars will leave Kenmare at around 11.30am and will travel via Moll’s Gap to Killarney and onwards to Farranfore and Tralee.

“The cars will not be stopping in towns this year to avoid gatherings,” said an event spokesperson, but the Killarney Advertiser understands that the high-powered convoy will be stopping in Tralee for a lunch halt before making their way to Tarbert and the Shannon Ferry.

On Sunday, and as revealed by the Killarney Advertiser last week, the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club will host its annual classic motorshow at the racecourse from 11am. This event will raise funds for St Francis’s Special School in Beaufort.

Cars n’Coffee Killarney will join the vintage club on Sunday. After a successful 2019 season at KC Print, Cars n’Coffee is looking for a new home in Killarney, and Sunday’s collaboration with the vintage club could pave the way for further events at the racecourse.

“Having events of this quality in Killarney shows that the town could soon become the car culture capital of Ireland,” said Cars n’Coffee organiser Ger Neeson.

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Racecourse revs up for motor show

Car lovers are in for a treat on Sunday, September 19 when two of Killarney’s best-loved motoring events come together for a car show at the racecourse. Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club has joined forces with Cars N’Coffee Killarney to stage an event that is open to: “Vintage, classic, retro and modern cars,” according […]

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Car lovers are in for a treat on Sunday, September 19 when two of Killarney’s best-loved motoring events come together for a car show at the racecourse.

Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club has joined forces with Cars N’Coffee Killarney to stage an event that is open to: “Vintage, classic, retro and modern cars,” according to event organisers.

Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club usually holds its annual show at Killarney Racecourse but the event has not run since June 2019 as a result of the pandemic.

Cars N’Coffee Killarney held one low-key event last summer after hosting successful monthly meetings in 2019.

Now, the two shows are coming together to create one big motoring event that will cater for all aspects of car culture in the Killarney area.

Over 200 cars, from the 1930s to modern times will be on display at the Ross Road venue.

Tom Leslie, of the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club is a member of the organising committee.

Speaking to the Killarney Advertiser at a special launch event on Wednesday night he said he was looking forward to re-starting the car scene in Killarney.

“It is great to be back in action and we are delighted to be linking with Cars’NCoffee to create one big motor show in the heart of the town,” he said. “We will have everything from the 1930s to the 2000s, featuring vintage, classic, retro and modern cars.”

The event will raise funds for St Francis’ Special School in Beaufort. 

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