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Double for Sheils, at KDM Hire Cookstown 100 race meeting

 

Double for Sheils, at KDM Hire Cookstown 100 race meeting

 

Dublin rider, Derek Sheils scooped the feature race of the day at the KDM Hire Cookstown 100, when he romped to victory on board the Burrows Engineering suzuki, Despite unchallenged, Sheils lapped just under the circuit record , whilst Derek McGee took second place, despite running wide and loosing time. William Dunlop was denied the final podium spot on the final lap, when Michael Sweeney nipped past to make it an all Southern Irish podium.

 

James Cowton, none the worse for his spill in the opening superbike race was 5th from Newcomer Alaistair Kirk.

 

Derek Sheils Great to win this race again for the Burrows Engineering Team. The lads really work hard they deserve to share the win, Felt really comfortable, could have went harder if I had been pushed, But ,yes, Happy to take the win again.

 

John Burrows, Team Owner Derek rode a calculated race, This result is good for the  Local sponsors, For the Team, This is our third win in the KDM Hire Cookstown 100 feature race, Dan Kneen in 2014, and Derek winning this last two years.

 

Sheils also won the opening superbike race , when he took the lead on the second lap from early leader and eventual second place man, Derek McGee. William Dunlop took third with Sweeney in 4th.Coming from the second group, Guy Martin was 5th ahead of Brian McCormack.

 

Earlier in the day, Adam McLean scored his debut win in the 600 supersport class, On board the MSS Kawasaki, The 600 race saw the closest finish of the day, as half a second covered the top three, with Derek McGee in second and James Cowton ,with the fastest lap of the race in third.

 

William Dunlop, was an uncustomary 4th ahead of Derek Sheils and Paul Jordan .

 

Guy Martin was 8th behind Michael Sweeney, with Robert Wilson and Brian McCormack competing the top 10.

 

Sam Wilson won a record breaking moto 3 race, in which moto three machines filled the top three places!. Adam McLean, was the only rider to offer Wilson any competition, but was a retirement on lap 3,Paul Robinson took second with Justin Waring in third. Nigel Moore was the best of the two stroke brigade in 4th from Gary Dunlop who finished 5th on corrected time ahead of Jack Sands, on another moto three machine.

 

Derek  McGee looked set to take the win in the supertwin race, but the McAdoo Racing/Gortreagh Printing rider, James Cowton spoiled his party when he nipped past n the final lap to take a decisive victory, In yet another spirited performance, Adam McLean took third ahead of Michael Sweeney, Derek Sheils and Paul Jordan. Newcomer Dan Cooper took 7th ahead of Andy Farrell .

 

Joesph Loughlin was a double winner in the support races, and also set a new lap record for  the Junior Support class.

 

In the senior category he beat Scottish newcomer Adam Lyon and Davie Howard, with Dougie Shearer in 4th ahead of manx rider Jamie Williams and Tommy Henry

 

In the junior support class, Loughlin was in dominant form, just like Tandragee, he set a new class record as he won by  12 seconds from Oisin Watson and Jamie Williams. Cork riders Michael Browne  and Derek Wilson were next home with Shearer competing the top 6..

 

The Supersport 400 race was a close affair, with Seamus Elliot pushing eventual winner Darryl Tweed the whole way. Tweed was the winner, with former winner Alaistair Howarth in 3rd ahead of paul Gartland, Davie Howard and Callum Laidlaw.

 

 

 

In the Classic races, Barry Davison made it 50 road race wins when he did his thrid double in as many years at the Cookstown event, Davison  won both 350 and 500 classes on the Gimbert Hondas

 

 Richard Ford won the 250 class from Brian Mateer and Philip Shaw,Whilst Nigel Moore was runner up in the 350 class ahead of Sean Leonard.

 

Anthony Ambler and Freddie Stewart competed the podium placings in the 500 class, with Robert McCrum taking victory in the 1000 category.

 

Circuit newcomer Dan Cooper took victory on corrected time in the KDM Hire Cookstown 100 B race, and was also  the recipitent of the Trevor Ferguson Memorial award .

 

In the non championship races, there were wins for  R J Woolsley, Paul Gartland, Brad Vicars, and Robert Wilson.

 

In what was a Trying day for the Organizers of the KDM Hire Cookstown 100,,which saw  many races interrupted by Red Flags, Clerk of the Course, Francis Everard  had this to say To Day was one of the hardest for me as CoC. to ALL the Marshalls, Medics Race Personnell, Competitors,Teams, Thank You for your Patience and Co Operation, We managed to get all the races run, Speedy recovery to the injured competitors, and we hope to see you all back here again in 2018

 

Kenny Loughrin, Cookstown & District MCC No matter how much you plan, organize etc, no one can account for the weather,and unforseen incidents, Unfortunately we had quite a number of red Flag incidents, Thankfully no one too badly injured, I wish these riders a speedy recovery, I also want to THANK the  PAYING PUBLIC for their support and to All  the Hard working Club Members, Land Owners, Residents, our Race Sponsors, Officials etc, whom without, the KDM Hire Cookstown 100 would not be possible, lets hope 2018 will be a bit warmer!

 

Baylon McCaughey

 

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