Team biking.ie‘s Ronan Dunne signs off on a terrific 2018 Irish Downhill Mountain Bike Series with victory at Bike Park Ireland.
Sending it into the off-season as the 2018 Youth Champ, 15-year-old Dunne’s run was also enough to ride away with the fastest time at the third and final stop of the championship.
Rolling on from Rostrevor five weekends ago, round six (the third stop of the curtailed 2018 iDMS season) headed to Tipperary and Bike Park Ireland. Already a fixture of 2018 back in July for the Irish Downhill National Championships, the stage was set for another day of closely fought racing on the short, sharp and busy track for the 128-strong entry.
Keen to grab that outright fastest time before the year was out, Dunne stepped up to the challenge in Bike Park Ireland, setting times few could match. Fastest in seeding, the teenager found another two seconds when it mattered most for his race run to secure the top step of the podium.
Sean Price, another Youth contender, kept Dunne honest stopping the clock overall second fastest and 1.3 seconds behind. Niall Clerkin completed the top three in Youths.
In the Elites, it was a win for Dan Priestley over Michael Lee, with Scott Coyne just one second further back in third.
Although out-dunne (pun intended) by his younger brother, Anthony Dunne carded the third outright fastest time to take the Junior class win. Back from representing Ireland in the UCI World Champs in Switzerland, Cathal Fitzpatrick finished just sixth tenths of a second behind as runner-up, while Ross Ennis, Junior winner last time out, this time came third.
The Women’s category was won by Lois Black from Michele McMullan and Marie Farrell.
In the Enduro category – where both seeding and race runs count for an overall time – the win went to Joseph Clancy finishing seven seconds clears of Dylan Waters and Jay McDowell.
Although absent in Bike Park Ireland, Colin Ross had done enough to take the 2018 Elites title, capping off what’s been an outstanding season for the World Masters Champion.
Anthony Dunne took the Juniors title and Ronan Dunne was crowned Youth champion for 2018.
2018 iDMS League Final Standings
1. Colin Ross 440pts
2. Darragh Walsh 359pts
3. Michael Lee 357pts
4. Dan Priestley 319pts
5. Jack Crowley 282pts
6. Eoin Grant 247pts
7. Olly Cornforth 225pts
8. Ben Reid 200pts
9. Dan Wolfe 190pts
10. Scott Coyne 180pts
Results: iDMS Round 6
Complete championship standings: 2018 iDMS
Lead Image: James Fleming/FMX Photography