The Cookstown Burrows Engineering team had put all thoughts of racing into cold storage after star man Jamie Hamilton was seriously injured during Senior TT race.
However, one month later from that June 12 disappointment, now that the young Ballyclare racer has definitely got his feet moving on the road to recovery, team owner John Burrows has allowed himself to think about racing again as the anxiety caused by days of worrying about his protégé begins to subside.
Burrows has just announced that, while Jamie is recuperating, the Cookstown Burrows Engineering bikes will not be idle and are there any better to fill the temporarily vacant seats than Southern 100 master Guy Martin and British Supersport series leader Glenn Irwin, who was a road racing revelation at the North West 200 in May?Also joining the South Tyrone based team is young Mullingar racer Thomas Maxwell.
Burrows spoke about forthcoming plans: “I’ve spoken with Jamie and assured him that the bikes are his to ride as soon as he feels he is fit again. We don’t want to move forward without Jamie but in the meantime we agreed to bring in some guest riders to keep the team sharp and give our great sponsors the coverage they deserve.
“Guy Martin will ride the Kawasaki 650 in Supertwins class at Armoy while the same bike will have Glenn Irwin in the saddle at the Ulster Grand Prix. Our 250 Honda will also be in action at both Armoy and Dundrod. At the minute we plan to have Michael Sweeney on it but if he isn’t fit enough I have a replacement waiting in the wings.
“Thomas Maxwell will race the Cookstown Burrows Engineering 600 Honda at the Armoy and Ulster GP meetings. It will be good to give an up and coming rider the opportunity to shine, it might just be the lucky break he needs. I know from experience how hard it can be to make progress early in your road racing career.”