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Finnan Wherity proudly displays the FIM Mini Series Ireland champion's bib after three second places at Mondello Park in the previous rounds last month. Photo: Graham Byrne

Finnan Wherity proudly displays the FIM Mini Series Ireland champion's bib after three second places at Mondello Park in the previous rounds last month. Photo: Graham Byrne

Finnan Wherity proudly displays the FIM Mini Series Ireland champion's bib after three second places at Mondello Park in the previous rounds last month. Photo: Graham Byrne

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BALSCADDEN rider Finnan Wherity will once more represent Ireland in the 2022 FIM MiniGP Ireland Series Final in Spain - and this year he will travel as Irish champion following his runner-up finish in the series last year. The talented teenager finished the season when the final race took place at Whiteriver circuit just outside Ardee, but with torrential rain making circuit conditions unsafe, just a single race from the three scheduled was completed. Lewis Mullen continued his outstanding form to make it three wins in a row and ensure his place on the Irish team for the upcoming world final in Spain as runner-up to Finnan. Going into the final weekend of the Irish section of the FIM World Series for 10 to 14-year-olds, Finnan had already grabbed top spot in the championship, leaving Lewis Mullen and Cork’s Fionn O’Connell to fight over the remaining place on the Irish team. It was lucky for Wherity that he could not be caught for the top spot as he was a first-lap faller in the opening race, which was run in very wet conditions. The champion elect remounted and worked his way back to third before falling again, leaving Mullen to take another light-to-flag win. Mullen’s main rival Fionn O’Connell also crashed out, leaving Mullen to win the shortened race from Fionn Stephens and Freddie Cooke. With conditions worsening the decision was taken to cancel the remaining two heats and the results were declared on the finishing order from heat one. Another maximum for Mullen brought him to within four points of Wherity and ensured he took a comfortable second in the championship standings. Fionn O’Connell missed out on the trip to Spain as he finished third in the points, just ahead of Fionn Stephens. Champion Wherity and runner-up Mullen will now receive the award of a place on the plane to the FIM MiniGP World Final, which runs alongside the final MotoGP race of the year in Valencia, Spain. The final will take place on Wednesday and Thursday November 2nd/3rd, with the winner receiving an invitation to race in one of the championships on the FIM’s ‘Road to MotoGP’ programme in 2023. The World Final will be live-streamed, with details of where it can be viewed set for release closer to the event.

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