750MC Bikesports Championship: Co Antrim racer sets sights on Class A title

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A motorsports competitor from east Antrim is hoping to be the first Northern Irish racer to win the 750MC Bikesports Class A Championship in his own prepared Radical PR6.

Steven Larkham (42), a mechanic from Ballycarry, is flying high near the top of the Class A standings in his first campaign competing in England, having won back to back titles in 2022 and 2023 as part of the 500 Motor Racing Club Ireland (MCRI) organised races at Kirkistown.

Steven, who has had a passion for cars from a young age, got involved in the sport in 2022 after many years of supporting his uncle Jim Larkhamm from Newtownabbey, who was crowned championship winner over consecutive seasons in the Irish Roadsports Class.

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Detailing Steven’s journey into the sport, his wife Lucy explained: “Steven decided he’d like to race alongside his uncle Jim and in late 2021 he purchased his own 1340cc Hayabusa- powered Radical PR6.

Steven Larkham. (Pic: Contributed).Steven Larkham. (Pic: Contributed).
Steven Larkham. (Pic: Contributed).

"The 2022 campaign was Steven’s first year racing and both he and his uncle Jim enjoyed some great racing together at the local Kirkistown track.

"Steven won the championship in 2022 and went on to be awarded the ‘Rookie’ of the year trophy from the 500 MCRI.

"In March 2023 Steven set a new lap record of 58.197 seconds and again went on to better it in May 2023 with a lap record of 57.66 seconds at Kirkistown.

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"In 2023 Steven also travelled across to Anglesey, Donnington and Snetterton to compete in the 750 Motor Club Bikesports Championship, achieving good places and points with a second-placed finish at Snetterton.

"In 2023 he won the local Championship again and was fourth in the 750 MC Bikesports Championship Class A in England.”

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This year has seen Steven compete solely in Britain, racing at iconic tracks including Donnington, Silverstone, Anglesey and Brands Hatch.

The father-of-two’s focus on the 750 Motor Club Bikesports Championship is already proving successful, with podium finishes in the early race meets.

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Lucy added: “Steven was placed third and fourth at Donnington in April and achieved two wins at Silverstone in May.

"The next race is on July 6 at Anglesey in Wales. Steven currently sits high in the Radical UK Bikesports Championship standings thanks to these good results early in the year.

"Steven hopes to be the first Northern Irish racer to win this Class A championship in his own prepared Radical PR6. This season looks promising with Steven continuing to build on his racing success.

“In between fixing cars for customers, Steven does all his own preparation for the racing and funds the sport himself. Myself, his brothers David and Paul and other family members have been supporting him and sharing the trips over to England and his two boys Joel (11) and Will (7) love seeing their dad achieve so much success doing something he loves.

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"Joel has started as a mechanic at a young age and is racing his very own quad this year.”

Steven’s mum Hazel has been enjoying watching his races on YouTube and is looking forward to going to Donnington at the end of the season.

Hazel explained: “Steven always followed his uncle Jim’s career and now he’s enjoying being involved. He’s up against drivers with financial backing from teams and it’s great to see him doing so well.”

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