Road Racing Daily - Duke Rankings 2019

Road Racing Daily Peter Hickman pictured winning the 2019 North West 200 Superstock Race


The 90th Anniversary International North West 200 Road Races, round three of the Duke Road Race Rankings Championship 2019, was certainly a meeting of contrasts. Thursday saw conditions perfect for fast exciting racing – Saturday totally the opposite, not only did the weather gods do their best to stop the meeting, but outside incidents also joined in. However, with the resilience the Coleraine Club has built up over eight decades saw them persevere, with only the feature North West 200 Superbike Race failing to get away due to the deteriorating conditions.

In perfect conditions on Thursday evening, Lee Johnston took the opening race honours, the Tides Restaurant Supersport. Peter Hickman claimed the winner’s laurels in the Bayview Hotel Superstock race before a piece of history was made when Italian Stefano Bonetti won the MCL Insure Tech Supertwin race becoming the first Italian to win a race on the 8.970-mile Triangle Course.

Saturday dawned wet and miserable with racing due away at 10.15am an attempt to get away soon afterwards proved unsuitable after spills on the warm-up laps. Add to the mix a number of non-race incidents and worsening conditions, the days racing was on the verge of being cancelled, however just prior to 3.00pm after a number of course inspections with riders, the Supersport race, sponsored by The Junction Retail & Leisure Park saw Davey Todd take his maiden North West 200 win on his Padgett Honda.

The Anchor Bar Superbike race was won by Glenn Irwin, 0.163 of a second from James Hillier, both on the Quattro Plant Kawasaki machines ending the marques 42 year wait for a Superbike win on the Triangle course!

The third race of the day, the J M Paterson Supertwin race saw Jeremy McWilliams take the chequered flag, with James Hillier taking his first North West 200 victory in the CP Hire Superstock race with a 3.260 second advantage over newcomer Richard Cooper. With the riders on the grid for the feature race, the weather once again closed in and the decision was taken to cancel the race in the interests of safety.

The top four in the 2019 Duke Road Race Rankings remain unchanged, although first, second and third have increased their points total.

Current Champion, Derek McGee didn’t have the best of starts to his North West campaign with two DNF’s in two races on the Thursday, the Mullingar man took second in the Supersport race on the Saturday and set the fastest lap, in his only ride, increasing his points advantage to 328 over second position man, Derek Sheils, who has an 85 point lead on Michael Sweeney in third.

Adam McLean remains in fourth despite him being a non-starter at the North West 200, due to his spill at the previous round, the Tandragee 100.
The first of 14 new entries appears in fifth spot with James Hillier coming having attained a total of 233 points.

Paul Williams slips one position from fifth to sixth, as does Classic only man, Barry Davidson from sixth to seventh. The top ten is completed by another three new entries, Glenn Irwin, Davey Todd and Michael Rutter.

The other ten new entries are Jamie Coward 16th; Lee Johnston 17th; Richard Cooper 19th, 2016 & 2017 Champion Dean Harrison 25th, Conor Cummins 27th, Paul Jordan 29th, Christian Elkin 31st, James Chawke, Michael Dunlop and Peter Hickman - 33rd, 34th & 35th.

The next three rounds are all in the Isle of Man, firstly the Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races, the Isle of Man TT Races and the Colas Post TT Road Races.


Derek McGee - 689
Derek Sheils - 361 
Michael Sweeney - 276
Adam McLean - 243
James Hillier - 233
Paul Williams - 201
Barry Davidson - 160
Glenn Irwin - 152
Davey Todd - 144
Michael Rutter - 136
Brian Mateer - 130
Darryl Anderson - 128
Kevin Baker - 125
Tommy Henry - 125
Philip Shaw - 114
Jamie Coward - 113
Lee Johnston - 112
Richard Ford - 111
Richard Cooper - 108
Eoin O’Siochru - 105
Neil Kernohan - 104
Thomas Maxwell - 104
Andy McAllister - 101
Dean Stimpson - 101
Dean Harrison - 100
Shaun Anderson - 96
Conor Cummins - 96
Kevin Fitzpatrick - 96
Paul Jordan - 94
Nigel Moore - 94 
Christian Elkin -92
Darren Keys - 90
James Chawke - 88
Michael Dunlop - 88 
Peter Hickman - 85
Guy Martin - 85
Ben Rea - 85
Alastair Haworth - 84
John Pemberton -84
Lloyd Collins - 82

Road Racing Daily Derek McGee tops Duke Rankings table following four wins at the Tandragee 100


Derek McGee solidified his lead at the top of the of the Duke Rankings table after securing four victories at the Around-A-Pound Tandragee 100. 

The Mullingar Missile took victory in the 125/Moto3, Supertwin, Supersport and Grand Final races to make it four wins in a day, and seven for this season after only two championship rounds of competition. The reigning Duke Rankings champion also walked away from Tandragee with his second ‘Man of the Meeting’ award of the season following his superb showing at the Cookstown 100. 

Guy Martin appears on the table for the first time this season after his C1000 victory. Barry Davidson secured yet another classic victory in the C350 class with Dean Stimpson and Brian Mateer taking the spoils in the C500 and C250 classes respectively. 

Kevin Baker won the Junior Support race with Senior Support honours going to Andy McAllister who romped home with a winning margin of 11 seconds. 

Derek Sheils won a thrilling Open Superbike race at Tandragee after duelling with Derek McGee throughout. The two Irishman swapped places numerous times during the course of the race with the Burrows Engineering / RK Racing eventually coming out on top.

The next round of the Duke Championship is the FonaCAB International North West 200 in association with Nicholl Oils which takes place around the world famous place 8.9 mile Triangle Corcuit in Northern Ireland on the 14th, 16th and 18th May.

Duke Rankings table after Tandragee:

Derek McGee - 624
Derek Sheils - 313
Michael Sweeney - 268
Adam McLean - 243
Paul Williams - 193
Barry Davidson - 160
Brian Mateer - 130
Darryl Anderson - 128
Kevin Baker - 125
Tommy Henry - 125
Philip Shaw - 114
Richard Ford - 111
Eoin O'Siochru - 105
Neil Kernohan - 104
Thomas Maxwell - 104
Andy McAllister - 101
Dean Stimpson - 101
Shaun Anderson - 96
Kevin Fitzpatrick - 96
Nigel Moore - 94
Darren Keys - 90
Guy Martin - 85
Ben Rea - 85
Alastair Haworth - 84
John Pemberton - 84
Lloyd Collins - 82
Vincent Brennan - 78
Ian Thompson - 78
Mike Browne - 76
Stephen McKeown - 75
Mark Johnson - 74
Stephen McKnight - 72
Ed Manly - 70
Tim Stephenson - 68
Kyle Parkes - 64
Gary Dunlop - 60
Trevor Stewart - 56
Dermot Cleary - 53
Ken Parkes - 52
Paul Jordan - 50

Road Racing Daily Derek McGee tips Duke Rankings table after Cookstown 100



Derek McGee, the 2018 Duke Road Race Rankings Champion, started the defence of his title in great style at the opening round of the 2019 road race season, the KDM Cookstown 100 Road Races. 


McGee achieved three wins, a second and a third place, placing him at the top of this year’s rankings 74 points ahead of last year’s third place finisher, Adam McLean. McLean got his 2019 season off to a flying start with a race win, two seconds and a third place.


Slotting into third spot is Derek Sheils who also took a race victory along with a second and a fourth place.


Held in what was far from perfect conditions with heavy rain and wind, the organisers did a fantastic job to get the meeting completed, as did the riders persevering with the changing conditions.


The Mullingar flyer opened his account with a convincing 10 second win in the Moto3 race on the Faraldo Racing Honda, ahead of Nigel Moore and Kevin Fitzpatrick on the Harp Farm Racing 125 Honda.


Next, on the KMR Kawasaki Supertwin he scraped home by 0.557 of a second ahead of Adam McLean on the McAdoo Kawasaki, in the Hayes Fuels Supertwins race as Michael Sweeney took third 0.75 of a second adrift.


The Royal Hotel Open A Race postponed from Friday evening saw Derek McGee finish third, as Derek Sheils took the chequered flag, with Adam McLean the filling in the ‘Derek Sandwich’.


The Mid Ulster District Council sponsored Supersport A Race, McLean and McGee battled wheel to wheel for the lead, until the red flag appeared on the fifth lap and the results was declared at the end of the fourth lap, with the McAdoo man taking the victory by 0.364 of a second from the B&W/Diamond Edge Cutting rider, as Paul Jordan filled the remaining podium spot in third.


The feature race of the meeting the KDM Hire Cookstown 100 A Race, was initially red flagged after the leaders had completed three laps – restarted, which saw a tremendous duel between the two Derek’s, until once again the race was red flagged and the race declared after the riders had completed three laps, with Derek McGee completing his hat-trick taking the win by 0.092 of a second from ‘arch rival’ Derek Sheils, with Adam McLean finishing third 0.650 of a second down.


There was déjà vu in the Classic races, with top Classic rider last year, Barry Davidson completing the double, taking victory in the 500cc and 350cc race, whilst the 250cc class went to Brian Mateer and the Unlimited class saw Richard Ford take the flag.


The Junior Support race was won by Eoin O’Siochru, whilst Tommy Henry claimed with laurel wreath in the Senior Support race. The Lightweight Supersport race was won by Paul Williams by 0.418 of a second from Stephen McKeown and Lloyd Collins.




Derek McGee - 204 

Adam McLean - 130 

Derek Sheils - 105

Tommy Henry - 85

Ben Rea - 85 

Barry Davidson - 80 

Lloyd Collins - 74 

Paul Williams - 72 

Ed Manly - 70 

Michael Sweeney- 68 

Nigel Moore - 54 

Philip Shaw - 54 

Neil Kernohan - 52 

Richard Ford - 51 

Paul Jordan - 50 

Noel Carroll - 49 

Stephen Degnan - 46 

Brian Mateer - 45 

Eoin O'Siochru - 45 

Jason Cassells - 36 

Paul Gartland - 36 

Stephen McKeown - 35 

Kevin Fitzpatrick- 32 

Gary Hutton - 32 

Thomas Maxwell - 32 

Stephen McKnight - 32 

Vinny Brennan- 30 

James Cottrell - 30 

Martin Currams - 30 

Darren Keys - 30 

Ian Thompson - 30 

Dermot Cleary - 29 

Anthony Ambler - 28 

Nigel Colgan - 28 

Mark Johnson - 26 

Dominic Cottrell - 24 

Jonathan Gormley - 24 

John Pemberton - 24 

Darryl Anderson - 20 

Wattie Brown - 20 

Davy Crawford - 20 

Alastair Haworth - 20 

Gareth Keys - 20 

Chris McGahan - 20 

Chris Meyer - 20

Road Racing Daily Derek McGee aiming to retain Duke Rankings crown


The Duke Road Race Rankings gets fired-up for its 18th Championship season with the opening round of 2019 the KDM Hire Cookstown 100 Road Races on Friday and Saturday 26th & 27th April, which also kick-starts the Irish Road Race season.

Reigning Champion, Mullingar’s Derek McGee, will commence the defence of his title at what is the first of a total of 25 rounds, as the Duke Rankings organisers warmly welcome back two rounds at the unique Oliver’s Mount Course in July and September, after a 12-month sabbatical.

The organising club, the Cookstown & District MCC have been working hard ahead of this year’s event, with major re-surfacing having taken place from Craigmount to Braeside, along with a new look starting area which will now be at the exit of the pits. Both changes have been well received by

The club has also reduced both the number of practices and races, with only 12 races on Saturday. The opening Superbike race will take place on Friday evening. 

Entries have now closed for this year’s event, and the club is glad to report that all the top Irish road racers will be in action along with a couple of interesting entries.

However, for the first time in many years, the overall entry total is down. 

Amongst the entry list is the Mullingar Missile, Derek McGee, Triple Irish Road Race champion of 2018. Derek returns to the KDM Hire Cookstown 100 with view to getting back on the top step of the podium.

McGee, who last year failed to win any races at the opening road race of the season went on to clinch three road race titles last season and amassed a total of 18 wins. McGee has entered the Open, Supersport 600, Supertwin and Moto 3 races.

Man of the Meeting in 2018, Adam McLean remains with Team McAdoo racing and with a season under his belt, coupled with sterling performances at the opening ISBK Short Circuit meeting last week at Bishopscourt, Adam will be out to reclaim this title.

Last year’s Superbike race winner, Derek Sheils, is reunited with John Burrows in the new look RK Racing team. Sheils will contest both Open and Supersport 600 races (Road House Macau Racing Yamaha).

Man of the Meeting at the final road race of the 2018 season, Michael “Micko” Sweeney has a great finishing record at Cookstown but is eager to get on to the top step in the larger capacity classes. Sweeney will go in Supertwin, Open and Supersport 600 races on the Martin Jones Racing /Kiely Heating bikes. 

Signed for Dafabet Racing at the International road races, Magherafelt rider Paul Jordan will only have the use of one machine for both the 600 and open races. Paul will compete on his own 600 Yamaha despite having a run at Bishopscourt on another machine, but that won’t hold back the former Cookstown pole setter who put in an excellent performance at the opening short circuit meeting to finish second overall behind the reigning 600 short circuit champion Jason Lynn. It’s fair to say Jordan certainly upped his game during the 2018 season.

Stepping back form modern day machinery is Lincolnshire rider Guy Martin. Martin has submitted a provisional entry for the classic race on board his home built 830 BSA.

Another interesting entry in the Classic races comes from Andy Jackson. Andy will compete in the 350 class on board the Italian MV Agusta. This is only the second time a MV Agusta has raced at Cookstown, the first was Mike Hailwood on a 175 MV in 1958 when he won his first ever road race. 

Last year’s Manx Grand Prix stars James Chawke, Mike Browne and Darryl Tweed represent an up and coming breed of road racers and are entered in their respective classes.

Popular Czech duo, Michael “Indi” Dukopil and Veronika Hankocyova will also be in action.
Amongst the newcomers to the Orittor circuit will be Tom Weedon, a former Manx Grand Prix winner, Weedon has signed for RK Racing and will be on board Yamaha and Suzuki machinery.

Another exciting newcomer to have submitted an entry for this event is Dutch Female competitor Nadieh Schoots. Nadieh competed at last year’s North West 200 and has forsaken the ICCP Road races to participate at Cookstown. Nadieh will compete in both Open races.

Adrian Harrison, brother of Ulster Grand Prix and IOM TT Winner Dean Harrison, also makes his debut competing on board the Top Gun Tools and Fittings ZX10 Kawasaki.

Despite retiring on the final lap of last year’s Newcomers race at the Manx Grand Prix, former 50cc short circuit champion Sam Grief did enough to convince the now retired Paul Robinson to put him on board his Championship winning Moto 3 bike for this year’s Irish road race calendar beginning at the KDM Hire Cookstown 100.

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