Magherafelt’s Paul Jordan enjoyed his first taste of Irish Superbike podium action at Skerries 100 Road Races on Saturday, with the all-new Isle of Man based IMR Evolution Camping team, aboard their BMW S1000RR.
Jordan opened his account with a strong sixth place in the Des D’Arcy Motors Open Championship race, but it was his fine third place in the Donnellan Open race that sealed that maiden podium in national road racing’s premier class, behind the Irish duo of Derek Sheils and Michael Sweeney.
Jordan went on to lead the Grand Final in what looked like becoming a fairy tale debut Irish road racing victory for his IMR team, but a disputable red flag stoppage for inclement weather, left them pondering ‘what might have been’ – but all in all it was a good day’s work from Jordan and Team IMR.
Speaking afterwards, Jordan said: “I have to give a big shout out to team owner Ian Moffit for making all this possible and Lee Bass for coming across from the Isle of Man to help out. I also can’t thank Dwayne McCracken enough. He’s come in as the team crew chief and the difference he made to the big BMW pretty much immediately was unreal.
“We had a couple of small electrical problems that we will have ironed out for Walderstown this weekend, but never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be on a Superbike podium at Skerries, never mind lead the Grand Final. I didn’t think the conditions were bad enough for the race to be stopped, but then again I was on treaded Metzeler Superstock tyres, which were more than good enough for the job. But that’s the way it goes and I’m sure we will get other opportunities to win races on the IMR BMW.”
Concluding he added: “I can’t wait to get to Walderstown now as I already feel so at home on the big bike thanks to Dwayne’s knowledge of set-up. The whole IMR set up is superb and a credit to Ian for putting so much effort into making it such a professional operation. That’s why I was delighted to give him an early birthday present with my Open race podium trophy.”
Ian Moffit – Team Manager: “I love the Skerries circuit and the people who are so passionate about their racing, so to come here with the team and grab a podium was a dream come true. Paul and the boys have done a great job after such a hectic week pulling it all together. Paul just needs to use the experience he now has in his corner with Dwayne and build on it week-on-week, as there’s no fast track to success in road racing. But I am pretty chuffed with that trophy. It made me very happy and the trip home a little shorter.”
Images courtesy of Shaun Lewis…