Burrows signs local talent Jamie Hamilton

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2014 double Irish champion Jamie Hamilton will join former racer John Burrow’s BE Engineering team for the 2015 road racing season. He will replace Dan Kneen at the County Tyrone based team, with the Manxman moving to the new Suzukis of Millsport Racing.

Hamilton, a former National Superstock 600 champion, has built a strong CV since m,aking the switch in diciplines under the guidance of Ryan Farquhar, standing on the podium at the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix as well as finishing his debut Isle of Man TT as best newcomer.

Speaking after the announcement, he commented: “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!”

Burrows concluded: “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. 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.”

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer