DUNGANNON based road racing team owner John Burrows has moved quickly to replace Dan Kneen who moved to pastures new after spearheading the team’s 2014 Irish Superbike title winning efforts. This week Burrows can confirm that his rider for next year will be rising Ulsterman Jamie Hamilton who has a wealth of experience despite only being 23-years-old.
Hamilton will bring an impressive CV with him to Burrows Engineering Racing. His initial successes came in the short circuit arena where he captured the 2009 British Superstock 600 title. Ironically, the man who finished fourth in that championship tussle was Manxman Kneen and the two men are destined to lock horns again next year on a regular basis.
Since Hamilton vacated the short circuit world for a road racing career he has left his mark at both national and international level. In 2012 he won the prestigious Best Newcomer award at the Isle of Man TT and has been on the rostrum at both the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix meetings thanks to meritorious Supertwins performances.
In 2013 Hamilton completed a fine Irish title double, finishing top of the Supersport 600 and Supertwins points tables.
Burrows spoke about his new arrival: “I’m delighted to have found a rider of Jamie Hamilton’s calibre to lead Burrows Engineering Racing’s national and international road campaigns in 2015.
“He’s the ideal man for the job and it’s a bonus that he’s a local man too. He’s a proven race and title winner and although 2014 didn’t work out particularly well for him he showed what he is capable of on a number of occasions, especially at Bush where he scored four wins and denied my team two Superbike wins.
“Burrows Engineering Racing was at the forefront of road racing in 2014 and with Jamie onboard some very competitive machinery I’m confident we can again be a top privateer team and give the factory boys something to worry about in 2015.
“It’s great to have all the team’s 2015 plans sorted this far ahead of next year, everyone can get focused and have a happy Christmas. Jamie will ride Superbike, Supersport and Supertwins machinery next season. We will be conducting a full Irish Championship campaign as well as taking part in the North West 200, Isle of Man TT, Southern 100, Ulster Grand Prix and Macau Grand Prix internationals.
“All our sponsors will be announced in due course, there will be some loyal and familiar names on the side of the bike as well as some exciting new ones.”
Jamie Hamilton said: “I’m very happy that I have secured a ride with one of the most professional teams in the sport of road racing. I was very impressed with what John and his team achieved in 2014 and I hope my efforts will bring more success for the team in the coming season. The bikes will definitely be ultra competitive and I’m confident that I’m capable of taking them to top results. Roll on Cookstown!”