Duke Road Race Rankings Championship 2019

Peter Hickman pictured at the 2019 Ulster Grand Prix - Photo by Jim McGann

HICKMAN ON SONG AT DUNDRDOD

 

Just two words describe the 2019 fonaCAB Ulster Grand Prix – Peter Hickman!

 

Man of the Meeting, the Smiths Racing rider equalled the record of five wins in a day set by Phillip McCallen in 1996 and won a total of seven races from seven starts during the two days of racing over the 7.40-mile Dundrod Course, round 18 of the Duke Road Race Rankings Championship.

 

Champions & Newcomers

 

In the opening Superbike race on Thursday, riding his BMW Superbike, Peter shattered the lap record by over 2 seconds taking 3m 15.316s a speed of 136.415mph to lap the world famous course and reclaim the title of ‘The World’s Fastest Road Race’ after a brief sabbatical in the Isle of Man for the TT Races on the Snaefell Mountain Course.

 

2018 Derek McGee 2017 Dean Harrison 2016 Dean Harrison 2015 William Dunlop 2014 James Cowton 2013 Michael Dunlop 2012 Ryan Farquhar 2011 Ryan Farquhar 2010 Ryan Farquhar 2009 Ryan Farquhar 2008 Ryan Farquhar 2007 Conor Cummins 2006 Ian Lougher 2005 Ian Lougher 2004 Ryan Farquhar 2003 Ryan Farquhar 2002 Ian Lougher

 

Liam Chawke Joe Loughlin Brad Vicars Adam McLean Neil Kernonhan Conor Behan Sam Wilson Ronan Pentoney

 

After Thursday’s near perfect racing conditions, main race day, Saturday morning was greeted with wet roads and thick mist which delayed racing for nearly three hours, but it was worth the wait as those present were rewarded with another fantastic day’s action.

 

Peter Hickman is now the fourth most successful rider ever at the Ulster Grand Prix with 13 wins, having only made his Dundrod debut in 2014!

 

The two Supertwin races were shared between Paul Jordan and Christian Elkin, whilst the Lightweight race honours went to Neil Kernohan with the Ultra Lightweight taken by Michal Dokoupil.

 

Dean Harrison retains his position at the top of the 2019 Duke Road Race Rankings Championship, with Michael Sweeney 154 points behind in second, as Derek Sheils moves into third a further 111 points adrift.

 

Peter Hickman climbs into fourth position up from ninth, as 2018 champion Derek McGee slips to sixth. Lee Johnston climbs four places from 11 th to seventh, whilst Conor Cummins rises 16 places and slots into 10 th .

 

However, highest climber is Christian Elkin up from 100 th spot to 38 th a rise of some 62 places!

 

DUKE ROAD RACE RANKINGS AFTER ULSTER GRAND PRIX

 

Dean Harrison 1493

Michael Sweeney 1339

Derek Sheils 1228

Peter Hickman 1220

Derek McGee 1199

Jamie Coward 1094

Lee Johnston 949

Barry Davidson 756

Michael Dunlop 710

Conor Cummins 696

Dominic Herbertson 678

Vinny Brennan 595

Tommy Henry 572

Paul Jordan 536

Neil Kernohan 525

Davey Todd 494

Richard Ford 491

Darryl Tweed 487

James Hillier 468

Kevin Fitzpatrick 419

Andy McAllister 414

Ed Manly 409

Michael Browne 397

Brian Mateer 389

Darryl Anderson 387

Paul Williams 387

Ian Thompson 381

Thomas Maxwell 377

Rob Hodson 364

Rhys Hardisty 356

Gary Dunlop 351

Kevin Baker 320

Dermot Cleary 298

Michael Rutter 286

Andy Farrell 281

Forrest Dunn 278

Philip Shaw 274

Christian Elkin 272

Freddie Stewart 271

Eoin O'Siochru 269

 
Derek Sheils takes two victories at the Munster 100

DOUBLES FOR SHEILS AND SWEENEY AT MUNSTER 100

 

Both Derek Sheils and Michael Sweeney racked up double race wins at the Munster 100 Road Races, round 17 of the 2019 Duke Road Race Rankings Championship and secured Irish Championship titles on the way.

 

The Burrows Engineering rider took the chequered flag in both the Open Race and the feature Grand Final race, taking the Irish Superbike Title for 2019 whilst Skerries man Michael Sweeney collected the laurel wreaths in the Supersport and Supertwin races and added the Irish Supertwin Championship 2019 to his cv.

 

Dean Harrison remains on the top rung of the Duke Rankings, but his advantage has been reduced to 13 points by Michael Sweeney who slips into second place, with current champion Derek McGee dropping to third with Derek Sheils holding on to fourth, Jamie Coward fifth and Barry Davidson displacing Michael Dunlop in sixth.

 

Current best Newcomer, Vinny Brennan climbs two spots to tenth pushing Lee Johnston down one place. Highest climber is John Ella, up 32 positions from 71st to 39th. 

 

DUKE ROAD RACE RANKINGS TABLE FOLLOWING MUNSTER 100

 

Dean Harrison 1240

Michael Sweeney 1227

Derek McGee 1199

Derek Sheils 1104

Jamie Coward 848

Barry Davidson 756

Michael Dunlop 698

Dominic Herbertson 666

Peter Hickman 605

Vinny Brennan 595

Lee Johnston 593

Tommy Henry 572

Richard Ford 491

Darryl Tweed 487

James Hillier 468

Neil Kernohan 437

Kevin Fitzpatrick 419

Andy McAllister 414

Ed Manly 409

Paul Jordan 400

Michael Browne 397

Brian Mateer 389

Darryl Anderson 387

Ian Thompson 381

Thomas Maxwell 377

Conor Cummins 366

Rob Hodson 364

Rhys Hardisty 356

Paul Williams 339

Gary Dunlop 335

Kevin Baker 320

Dermot Cleary 298

Michael Rutter 286

Andy Farrell 281

Forrest Dunn 278

Philip Shaw 274

Freddie Stewart 271

Eoin O’Siochru 269

John Ella 256

Adam McLean 243

 

Image courtesy of Andy Quinn

Dean Harrison tops Duke Rankings table

TREBLE FOR HARRISON AT BARRY SHEENE FESTIVAL

 

A revitalised Oliver’s Mount witnessed round 16 of the 2019 Duke Road Race Rankings Championship with the running of the Barry Sheene Race Festival.

 

After a twelve-month sabbatical at the seaside venue, Bradford’s Dean Harrison continued where he left off in September 2017 winning – not one race but all three he started, it could have been more, but the infamous ‘sea-fret’ put paid to the final part of Sunday’s racing when it descended on the 2.43-mile course forcing the new race organisers TwoFourThree Road Racing Association to abandon the final five races, which unfortunately included the feature race of the meeting the Barry Sheene Classic Superbike Race.

 

The Silicone Engineering Kawasaki rider was not the only rider to complete a hat-trick of race wins, Lee Johnston also picked-up three laurel wreaths in the ‘Modern Junior’ 600cc races during the two-day event, whilst Rhys Hardisty and making a return to racing, after announcing his withdrawal from the sport, Yorkshireman Joey Thompson won two races apiece – Rhys in the Lightweight Junior and Joey in the Supertwins.

 

In the thirteen solo races that were run, eleven lap records were broken! In all 301 road race competitors have scored points in the 16 rounds held so far this year.

 

2016 & 2017 Duke Champion, Dean Harrison once again moves to the top of the rankings from third by 41 points from current Champion Derek McGee who slips to second, with Michael Sweeney dropping to third. Fourth to ninth remain unchanged, as Lee Johnston climbs from 30th to 10th, up 20 positions. Rhys Hardisty is the highest mover up 30 places from 56

th th to 26. 

 

The Munster 100 Road Races is the next round of the 2019 Duke Road Race Rankings Championship followed by the Ulster Grand Prix.

 

DUKE ROAD RACE RANKINGS TABLE FOLLOWING BARRY SHEENE FESTIVAL

 

Dean Harrison 1240

Derek McGee 1199

Michael Sweeney 1072

Derek Sheils 1004

Jamie Coward 848

Michael Dunlop 698

Barry Davidson 696

Dominic Herbertson 666

Peter Hickman 605

Lee Johnston 593

Tommy Henry 537

Vinny Brennan 491

James Hillier 468

Darryl Tweed 457

Neil Kernohan 437

Richard Ford 426

Kevin Fitzpatrick 419

Andy McAllister 414

Paul Jordan 400

Michael Browne 397

Darryl Anderson 387

Conor Cummins 366

Brian Mateer 365

Rob Hodson 364

Ed Manly 364

Rhys Hardisty 356

Ian Thompson 341

Paul Williams 339

Gary Dunlop 335

Thomas Maxwell 335

Kevin Baker 320

Michael Rutter 286

Andy Farrell 281

Forrest Dunn 278

Eoin O’Siochru 269

Freddie Stewart 263

Dermot Cleary 258

Philip Shaw 258

Adam McLean 243

James Chawke 238

Derek McGee wins three races at Armoy

MAGNIFICENT MCGEE SHINES AT ARMOY

 

Derek McGee produced a high-calibre display of road racing at the Bayview Hotel Armoy Road Races to score three victories and in doing so was named the ‘Man of the Meeting’. 

 

The ‘Mullingar Missile’ got his weekend underway with a thrilling victory in Friday’s Supersport race which saw both he and Paul Jordan tussle for the victory throughout the duration and of the encounter. Both riders crossed the line together with McGee winning by a minuscule 0.002s. 

 

McGee also run out the victor in the 125/Moto3 race after a dominant following a dominant performance onboard the Faraldo Racing machine. The margin of victory was 20s over second place man Gary Dunlop with Melissa Kennedy grabbing the final podium spot. 

 

McGee then secured his hat-trick in the Supersport race finishing five seconds clear of fellow countryman Michael Sweeney with Derek Sheils rounding out the podium places. 

 

In the day’s only Supertwin race it was McGee who started in pole onboard the KMR Kawasaki but he ran into mechanical trouble one lap from home handing the victory to Andy Farrell who proved to be hugely popular winner. Farrell finished seven seconds ahead of Neil Kernohan with Banbridge rider Steven McKnight finishing third. 

 

In the Junior Support race championship leader Vinny Brennan took another well deserved win a runaway victory over Dominic Cottrell who finished second. Newcomer Ryan Fenton took a well deserved third place. Fenton was to go one better in the Senior Support class as he took snatched victory over Andy McAllister by a mere one tenth of a second. Tommy Henry, a winner in Friday’s Senior Support race, finished in third place. 

 

There was a win for Neil Kernohan in the lightweight support class as he finished seven seconds ahead of second place rider Kris Duncan. David Howard was in third place. 

 

In the classic stakes the races were won by Barry Davidson (350cc and 500cc), Brian Mateer (250cc) and Dominic Herbertson (1000cc). 

 

DUKE ROAD RACE RANKINGS TABLE FOLLOWING ARMOY

 

1 Derek McGee 1199

2 Michael Sweeney 1072

3 Dean Harrison 1040

4 Derek Sheils 1004

5 Jamie Coward 848

6 Michael Dunlop 698

7 Barry Davidson 696

8 Dominic Herbertson 666 

9 Peter Hickman 605

10 Tommy Henry 537

11 Vinny Brennan 491

12 James Hillier 468

13 Darryl Tweed 457

14 Neil Kernohan 437

15 Richard Ford 426

16 Kevin Fitzpatrick 419

17 Andy McAllister 414

18 Paul Jordan 400

19 Michael Browne 397

20 Darryl Anderson 387

21 Conor Cummins 366

22 Brian Mateer 365

23 Rob Hodson 364

24 Ed Manly 364

25 Ian Thompson 341

26 Paul Williams 339

27 Gary Dunlop 335

28 Thomas Maxwell 335

29 Kevin Baker 320

30 Lee Johnston 287

31 Michael Rutter 286

32 Andy Farrell 281

33 Forrest Dunn 278

34 Eoin O’Siochru 269

35 Freddie Stewart 263

36 Dermot Cleary 258

37 Philip Shaw 258

38 Adam McLean 243

39 James Chawke 238

40 Sam West 236

Derek Sheils scores a double win at the 2019 Faugheen 50 Road Races

MCGEE AND SHIELS SCORE DOUBLES AT FAUGHEEN TO INCREASE DUKE RANKINGS POINTS TALLY

 

Derek Sheils and Derek McGee each scored a brace of victories at the Faugheen 50 Road Races resulting in both men increasing their points tally in the 2019 Duke Road Race Rankings Championship. 

 

Burrows Engineering / RK Racing rider Sheils continued his rich vein of form in the premier class as he won two hotly contested Superbike races onboard his Suzuki machine. 

 

Derek McGee also tasted victory with wins coming in the Supersport 600 and 125/Moto3 classes. The Mullingar rider also secured a second place finish in each of the day’s Superbike races to claim the ‘Man of the Meeting’ award. His impressive performances have seen his position on the Duke Rankings table climb from fifth to third. 

 

There was a win for Michael Sweeney in the Supertwins class as the Irishman finished first ahead of fellow countryman James Chawke, with Darryl Tweed taking a well deserved third place finish. 

 

In the support class stakes Dermot Cleary took a win in the Senior Support Championship race with Vinny Brennan continuing his dominance in the Junior Support Class. 

 

Brian Mateer took a class win in the C250 race with Ed Manly taking the other junior class win in the C350 category. In the senior classics John-Leigh Pemberton was the first C500 rider home with Richard Ford taking the class win in the C1000 stakes.  

 

David Howard finished first in the 250/400 race, one tenth of a second clear of Steven Tobin in second place, with Stephen Morrison rounding out the podium positions. 

 

DUKE ROAD RACE RANKINGS TABLE FOLLOWING FAUGHEEN 

 

1 Dean Harrison 1040

2 Jamie Coward 848

3 Derek McGee 844

4 Michael Sweeney 844

5 Derek Sheils 811

6 Peter Hickman 605

7 Barry Davidson 526

8 Dominic Herbertson 506

9 Michael Dunlop 473

10 James Hillier 468

11 Kevin Fitzpatrick 419

12 Darryl Tweed 401

13 Tommy Henry 372

14 Vinny Brennan 366

15 Conor Cummins 366

16 Rob Hodson 364

17 Darryl Anderson 339

18 Paul Jordan 335

19 Michael Browne 333

20 Kevin Baker 320

21 Andy McAllister 306

22 Richard Ford 303

23 Thomas Maxwell 295

24 Ed Manly 294

25 Paul Williams 291

26 Lee Johnston 287

27 Michael Rutter 286

28 Brian Mateer 285

29 Forrest Dunn 278

30 Gary Dunlop 275

31 Eoin O’Siochru 269

32 Ian Thompson 269

33 Neil Kernohan 249

34 Adam McLean 243

35 Philip Shaw 234

36 Davey Todd 234

37 Michael Evans 232

38 Darren Keys 220

39 Sam Kinkead 205

40 Freddie Stewart 203

Dean Harrison in action at the 2019 Southern 100 Road Races - 17th July 2019 Photo by RC Photos

Wednesday 17th July 2019

 

TRIPLE SOUTHERN 100 SOLO CHAMP DEAN HARRISON TOPS DUKE ROAD RACE RANKINGS TABLE

 

Dean Harrison enjoyed a tremendous Southern 100 campaign winning each race in which he contested, becoming only the third rider in the event’s history to be crowned a three-time solo champion. 

 

Silicone Enginnering rider Harrison has now lifted the Derek Ennett trophy for the past three years and joins Guy Martin and Joey Dunlop who have also completed a hat-trick of solo championships. 

 

Jamie Coward, who is enjoying a superb showing so far this season, climbs to second in the Duke Rankings table following his impressive performances at the Southern 100, as does the ever popular Dominic Herbertson who secured a Supertwins double victory around Billown. 

 

DUKE ROAD RACE RANKINGS AFTER THE SOUTHERN 100

 

1 Dean Harrison 1040

2 Jamie Coward 848

3 Michael Sweeney 721

4 Derek Sheils 711

5 Derek McGee 689

6 Peter Hickman 605

7 Barry Davidson 526

8 Dominic Herbertson 506

9 Michael Dunlop 473

10 James Hillier 468

11 Kevin Fitzpatrick 419

12 Conor Cummins 366

13 Rob Hodson 364

14 Darryl Anderson 339

15 Paul Jordan 335

16 Darryl Tweed 329

17 Vinny Brennan 321

18 Kevin Baker 320

19 Richard Ford 303

20 Paul Williams 291

21 Lee Johnston 287

22 Michael Rutter 286

23 Brian Mateer 285

24 Mike Browne 278

25 Forrest Dunn 278

26 Tommy Henry 277

27 Eoin O'Siochru 269

28 Thomas Maxwell 263

29 Andy McAllister 256

30 Gary Dunlop 255

31 Neil Kernohan 249

32 Ed Manly 249

33 Ian Thompson 245

34 Adam McLean 243

35 Philip Shaw 234

36 Davey Todd 234

37 Michael Evans 232

38 Darren Keys 220

39 Dean Stimpson 197

40 Andy Farrell 189

Derek Sheils in action at the 2019 Skerries 100

DEREK SHIELS IMPROVES DUKE ROAD RACE RANKINGS POSITION FOLLOWING SKERRIES TREBLE

 

Derek Sheils was in imperious form at the County Crest Skerries 100 en route to securing a big bike double with a further victory coming in the Supersport class. 

 

The Burrows Engineering / RK Racing rider was declared the winner in the red flagged AXA Open race by a margin of 0.476s over Michael Sweeney with James Chawke taking the final podium spot. 

 

Sheils then went on to take victory in the Kennedy Motorcycles 600 race onboard the Roadhouse Macau Yamaha R6 following a thrilling race long duel with Michael Sweeney. In what proved to be a nail-biting finish, after six laps the margin of victory was a mere 0.064s. Ballymoney’s Darryl Tweed rounded out the podium places. 

 

In the County Crest Grand Final, Sheils made it a superb hat trick. The Suzuki mounted rider made all the running but Michael Sweeney was within touching distance for the first part of the race. Eventually Sheils broke the tow and at the conclusion of the eight laps his winning margin was 6.605s over Sweeney with Michael Browne taking a well deserved third place finish.

 

DUKE ROAD RACE RANKINGS TABLE AFTER SKERRIES

 

1 Derek Sheils 711

2 Derek McGee 689

3 Peter Hickman 605

4 Michael Sweeney 581

5 Barry Davidson 526

6 Dean Harrison 525

7 Jamie Coward 522

8 James Hillier 468

9 Kevin Fitzpatrick 419

10 Michael Dunlop 413

11 Conor Cummins 366

12 Darryl Anderson 339

13 Paul Jordan 335

14 Darryl Tweed 329

15 Vinny Brennan 321

16 Kevin Baker 320

17 Richard Ford 303

18 Dominic Herbertson 293

19 Paul Williams 291

20 Lee Johnston 287

21 Michael Rutter 286

22 Brian Mateer 285

23 Mike Browne 278

24 Forrest Dunn 278

25 Tommy Henry 277

26 Eoin O’Siochru 269

27 Thomas Maxwell 263

28 Andy McAllister 256

29 Gary Dunlop 255

30 Neil Kernohan 249

31 Ed Manly 249

32 Ian Thompson 245

33 Adam McLean 243

34 Philip Shaw 234

35 Davey Todd 234

36 Darren Keys 220

37 Dean Stimpson 197

38 Andy Farrell 189

39 Ben Rea 186

40 Sam Kinkead 169

 

Image courtesy of Donal Glackin

Road Racing Daily Forest Dunn takes two Superbike wins at the Enniskillen Road Races

DUNN CLIMBS DUKE RANKINGS AFTER DOUBLE WIN AT ENNISKILLEN
 
Forest Dunn secured a superb Superbike double victory last week at the Enniskillen Road Races, round number ten of the Duke Road Race Rankings Championship. The Cornwall rider’s two wins and two fastest laps have seen him climb the rankings to 19th, from his previous position of 73rd. 

Last week marked the second running of the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council Enniskillen Road Races. The first race of the scheduled 11 race programme to set off was the McGirr Fuels Junior Support race which was won by Co Meath man Vinny Brennan onboard the TRB Racing Suzuki 650cc.
 
Gary Dunlop claimed victory in the 125/Moto3 race onboard the Joey’s Bar MCC machine, to add to the win he picked up at Kells a fortnight ago. Dunlop crossed the line with a 1.326s margin over Sam Grief on the PR#18 250 Honda. Kevin Fitzpatrick was in third place as the first 125cc rider home. 
 
The day’s two Supersport races were won by Kevin Fitzpatrick and Darryl Tweed, both riders winning by under a second in what proved to be two highly entertaining and competitive middleweight encounters. 
 
The Euro Auctions 600 race was won by Kevin Fitzpatrick with Dominic Herbertson claiming second place and Darryl Tweed finishing in third. The same three riders populated the podium in the second race this time with Tweed on the top step and pole sitter Fitzpatrick in second place. Herbertson rounded out the podium places. 
 
There was joy for Herbertson however as he ran out the victor in the Armstrong Engineering Supertwins race following a great tussle with Paul ‘Potchy’ Williams. The hugely popular Herbertson took his first win at Enniskillen by a margin of 0.9s over Williams with Vinny Brennan securing a fine third place.  
 
There was double delight for Barry Davidson who took the spoils in the C350 and C500 classes. In the Junior C250 it was Richard Ford who claimed the win and in the Senior C1000 race Ian Thompson saw off Philip Shaw to claim victory. 
 
Stephen McKeown won the Lightweight Support race ahead of the charging Paul Williams with Darryl Anderson finishing 8s adrift back in third. In the restarted Senior Support race Darren Keys saw off the challenges of Andy McAllister and Darryl Anderson to secure victory by a margin of 3.8s. 
 
DUNN AT THE DOUBLE

Forest Dunn completed a stellar Superbike double in the day’s two premier class races. In the opening Superbike race, Cornwall’s Dunn finished 3.3s clear of Darryl Tweed with Dominic Herbertson finishing in third place. The closing race of the day was the Richard Britton Memorial Race helps over six laps and it proved to be thrilling encounter. 
 
Thomas Maxwell and Forest Dunn duelled for the lead throughout until Dunn produced a sensational last lap taking the chequered flag by a winning margin of 0.198s over Maxwell. Pole sitter Kevin Fitzpatrick was in third place.

The next round, (Round 11), of the Duke Rankings Championship takes place this weekend with the Skerries 100. The races come thick and fast after that with the Southern 100 next week and Walderstown next weekend. 

DUKE ROAD RACE RANKINGS TABLE AFTER ENNISKILLEN 

1 Derek McGee - 689
2 Peter Hickman - 605
3 Dean Harrison - 525
4 Jamie Coward - 522
5 Derek Sheils - 506
6 James Hillier - 468
7 Michael Dunlop - 413
8 Kevin Fitzpatrick - 407
9 Barry Davidson - 396
10 Conor Cummins - 366
11 Michael Sweeney - 366
12 Paul Jordan - 335
13 Kevin Baker - 320
14 Dominic Herbertson - 293
15 Darryl Anderson - 291
16 Paul Williams - 291
17 Lee Johnston - 287
18 Michael Rutter - 286
19 Forest Dunn - 278
20 Richard Ford - 258
21 Darryl Tweed - 249
22 Thomas Maxwell - 245
23 Adam McLean - 243
24 Davey Todd - 234
25 Tommy Henry - 233
26 Vinny Brennan - 226
27 Brian  Mateer - 220
28 Andy McAllister - 211
29 Ed Manly - 204
30 Eoin O’Siochru - 200
31 Dean Stimpson - 197
32 Gary Dunlop - 195
33 Ian Thompson - 189
34 Mike Browne - 186
35 Philip Shaw - 165
36 Ben Rea - 157
37 Rhys Hardisty - 156
38 Darren Keys - 155
39 Glenn Irwin - 152
40 Gareth Keys - 137

Photo by Jim McGann

Road Racing Daily Derek Sheils pictured at the 2019 Kells Road Races

SHEILS SHOOTS UP DUKE RANKINGS TABLE FOLLOWING DOUBLE WIN AT KELLS

 

Thursday 20th June, 2019. 

 

Round nine of the Duke Road Race Rankings Championship took place at the CC’s Unlimited Kells Road Races and fans were treated to some truly special action. 

 

Derek Sheils was the man on form in the premier class securing both ‘big bike’ wins and looking utterly convincing in the process onboard the Burrows Engineering/ RK Racing Suzuki. 

 

The Irishman won the opening Superbike encounter by 6.3s ahead of Michael Sweeney with Thomas Maxwell finishing in a superb third place. In the grand final Sheils was imperious on his way to securing victory by a margin of 14.9s over Paul Jordan. Thomas Maxwell picked up a brace of Superbike podiums finishing again in third position.  

 

Paul Jordan took the spoils in the day’s only Supersport affair. Riding his own team’s Yamaha R6, Jordan finished 8.5s clear of Michael Sweeney with Ballymoney’s Darryl Tweed rounding out the podium places.

 

There was a popular win for Gary Dunlop in the 125/Moto3 race. With the lead chopping and changing over the course of the race, Dunlop eventually crossed the line to take victory by 1.5s over second placed man Kevin Fitzpatrick. Melissa Kennedy was in third. 

 

In the Classic stakes, Ed Manly scored a double taking victory in the Junior 350 and Senior 500 classes. Brian Mateer run out the victor in the Junior 250 class with Senior 1000 honours going to Richard Ford. 

 

In the Junior Support Race, Eoin O’Siochru was victorious following a hard fought battle with Kevin Baker; the winning margin a mere 0.3s. Vinny Brennan was 5.4s down the road in third place. Senior Support spoils went to Andy McAllister, who is enjoying a real purple patch of late. Kevin Baker made it a brace of second places in the support classes with Dermot Cleary in third places. 

 

Darryl Anderson won the restarted Lightweight Support race after having battled throughout the race with second placed Gareth Keys, and third placed man Stephen Morrison, just 2.4s covered the top three riders.

 

Andy Farrell won the day’s only Supertwins race finishing 0.894s ahead of Kevin Baker with Vinny Brennan finishing in third place.

 

Round 10, the Enniskillen Road Races takes place on 28th & 29th June followed by a very busy July, commencing with the Skerries 100 Road Races, the Southern 100 Road Races, Walderstown ‘Race of the South’ Road Races, Faugheen Road Races and then a double-header weekend, the Armoy ‘Race of Legends’ Road Races and the return of road racing to the unique Oliver’s Mount venue in Scarborough for the Barry Sheene Road Race Festival.

 

DUKE RANKINGS TABLE AFTER KELLS

 

1 Derek McGee - 689

2 Peter Hickman - 605

3 Dean Harrison - 525

4 Jamie Coward - 522

5 Derek Sheils - 506

6 James Hillier - 468

7 Michael Dunlop - 413

8 Conor Cummins - 366

9 Michael Sweeney - 366

10 Paul Jordan - 335

11 Lee Johnston - 287

12 Michael Rutter - 286

13 Kevin Baker - 265

14 Barry Davidson - 256

15 Adam McLean - 243

16 Davey Todd - 234

17 Darryl Anderson - 229

18 Brian Mateer - 220

19 Ed Manly - 204

20 Kevin Fitzpatrick - 201

21 Paul Williams - 201

22 Eoin O’Siochru - 200

23 Richard Ford - 198

24 Dean Stimpson - 197

25 Mike Browne - 186

26 Thomas Maxwell - 185

27 Tommy Henry - 173

28 Andy McAllister - 166

29 Ben Rea - 157

30 Rhys Hardisty - 156

31 Glenn Irwin - 152

32 Ian Thompson - 144

33 Vinny Brennan - 140

34 Alan Oversby - 130

35 Gary Dunlop - 125

36 Rob Hodson - 120

37 Philip Shaw - 120

38 Mike Hose - 117

39 Stefano Bonetti - 110

40 Richard Cooper - 108

Road Racing Daily Mike Browne pictured at the 2019 Post TT Road Races

MIKE BROWNE SHINES AT BILLOWN AND MOVES UP THE DUKE RANKINGS TABLE

 

Newcomer Mike Browne came, saw and conquered at the Colas Post TT Road Races, round seven of the Duke Road Race Rankings Championship 2019, taking his first road race win in the CuPlas Callow 600cc Race and setting the fastest lap of the race at 106.179mph and to prove his liking for the 4.25-mile Colas Billown Course the Cork rider finished third in the feature race of the event, the Colas 1100cc race on the same 600cc Kawasaki behind two 1000cc BMW machines.

 

In the opening 600cc race, Wigan’s Rob Hodson finished second with Rhys Hardisty third, the Gilwern rider went two better in the Manx Independent Carriers 650/250cc race taking the chequered flag on his 250cc Yamaha ahead of locals Dave Moffitt and Gavin Brown on the 650cc mounts.

 

Rob Hodson took the victory in the Colas 1100cc race after a close eight-lap battle with Manxie Ryan Kneen by the merest of margins 0.078 of a second.

 

Another local did well taking fourth in the 600cc race and sixth in the 1100cc on his return to racing after on operation on his leg during 2018.

Whilst there are no changes in the top 16 in the Duke Rankings, The Irishman now slots into 17th position, up from 53rd and upwards movement of 36, whilst Rhys Hardisty climbs 41 places from 62nd to 21st.

 

Rob Hodson’s win and second place elevates him into the top forty as a new entry in 28th spot.

 

The next two rounds take place in Finland and Southern Ireland over the weekend of 15th & 16th June, the Imatra Road Races and the Kells Road Races, before moving to Northern Ireland for the Enniskillen Road Races on 28th & 29th June.

 

DUKE RANKINGS TABLE AFTER POST TT RACES

 

1 Derek McGee - 689 

2 Peter Hickman - 605

3 Dean Harrison - 525

4 Jamie Coward - 522

5 James Hillier - 468 

6 Michael Dunlop - 413

7 Conor Cummins - 366

8 Derek Sheils - 361

9 Lee Johnston - 287

10 Michael Rutter - 286

11 Michael Sweeney - 276

12 Adam McLean - 243

13 Davey Todd - 234

14 Barry Davidson - 220

15 Paul Williams - 201

16 Dean Stimpson - 197

17 Mike Browne - 186

18 Paul Jordan - 180

19 Brian Mateer - 175 

20 Ben Rea - 157

21 Rhys Hardisty - 156 

22 Glenn Irwin - 152

23 Alan Oversby - 130

24 Darryl Anderson - 128 

25 Kevin Baker - 125 

26 Tommy Henry - 125

27 Richard Ford - 123 

28 Rob Hodson - 120

29 Mike Hose - 120

30 Philip Shaw - 114 

31 Stefano Bonetti - 110

32 Richard Cooper - 108

33 Eoin O’Siochru - 105 

34 Neil Kernohan - 104 

35 Thomas Maxwell - 104

36 Andy McAllister -101

37 Keith Shannon - 101

38 Shaun Anderson - 96 

39 Kevin Fitzpatrick - 96

40 Dominic Herbertson - 96

 

Photo by RCphotos

Road Racing Daily Road Racing Daily 9th June 2019 - Dean Harrison pictured winning the Isle of Man TT Senior TT Race

HARRISON CLIMBS DUKE RANKINGS TABLE FOLLOWING SENIOR TT VICTORY

Double Duke Road Race Rankings Champion, Dean Harrison secured the most coveted accolade in road racing by winning the blue-riband race of the 2019 Isle of Man TT Races, the Senior TT on the Silicone Engineering Racing Kawasaki Superbike.

The popular Bradford rider also took three – second places and a fourth during a very trying TT period, with the weather playing havoc with practice and race schedules. His results elevate him from 30th in the 2019 Rankings to third with a total of 525 points.

Highest mover, Peter Hickman who amassed three victories, the Superbike, Supersport 2 and Superstock TT’s, plus a second in the Senior, third in Supersport 1 and eighth in the Lightweight, shoots him up 38 places from 40th to 2nd, a mere 84 points behind current Duke Rankings Champion, Derek McGee, who was side-lined due to a practice spill at Greeba Castle on the Monday evening. However, the ‘Mullingar Flyer’ remains top of the rankings, albeit by the merest of margins.

2013 Duke Champion Michael Dunlop took the Lightweight TT honours on the Paton, which combined with two fourths, a fifth and two sixth place finishes puts him in sixth place in the table, a rise of 33 places from 39th.

Another Ulsterman, Lee Johnston took his maiden TT Race win, in the opening Supersport race, plus two other point scoring places, a ninth in the Supersport 2 race and third in the Lightweight puts him in ninth position up from 23rd after the North West 200.

Manxman Conor Cummins also climbs 25 places to seventh as a result of two third places, a fourth, a fifth and a sixth finishing places. The only new entry in the top forty is Australian rider, David Johnson, gaining his first TT podium with third in the Superstock, plus a tenth and seventh he slips into 38th spot.

Duke Road Race Rankings

1 Derek McGee - 689
2 Peter Hickman - 605
3 Dean Harrison - 525
4 Jamie Coward - 522
5 James Hillier - 468
6 Michael Dunlop - 413
7 Conor Cummins - 366
8 Derek Sheils - 361
9 Lee Johnston - 287
10 Michael Rutter - 286
11 Michael Sweeney - 276
12 Adam McLean - 243
13 Davey Todd - 234
14 Barry Davidson - 220
15 Paul Williams - 201
16 Dean Stimpson - 197
17 Paul Jordan - 180
18 Brian Mateer - 175
19 Ben Rea - 157
20 Glenn Irwin - 152
21 Alan Oversby - 130
22 Darryl Anderson - 128
23 Kevin Baker - 125
24 Tommy Henry - 125
25 Richard Ford - 123
26 Mike Hose - 117
27 Phillip Shaw - 114
28 Stefano Bonetti - 110
29 Darren Cooper - 108
30 Eoin O'Siochru - 105
31 Neil Kernohan - 104
32 Thomas Maxwell - 104
33 Andy McAllister - 101
34 Keith Shannon - 101
35 Shaun Anderson - 96
36 Kevin Fitzpatrick - 96
37 Dominic Herbertson - 96
38 David Johnson - 95
39 Ed Manley - 94
40 Nigel Moore - 94

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Road Racing Daily Jamie Coward climbs Duke Rankings table following treble at Pre-TT Classic Road Races

COWARD CLIMBS DUKE RANKINGS TABLE FOLLOWING TREBLE AT PRE-TT CLASSIC

 

29th May 2019

 

Yorkshireman Jamie Coward arrived at the Colas Billown Course for the Blackford Financial Services Pre-TT Classic Road Races with eight wins to his credit, equal with his father Paul and Bob Jackson.

 

At the conclusion of racing on Monday afternoon, the popular rider had added another three race victories to his tally to make it 11 and join Roy Richardson as the sixth most successful rider in this prestigious classic event, which was the fourth round of the Duke Road Rankings Championship 2019.

 

Bolton-le-Sands rider Alan Oversby scored a double taking his total number of wins to 14 and moving to fourth in the Pre-TT Classic Winners table, whilst St Helens Keith Shannon repeated his success of 2018 in the Office Equipment Centre 250cc Singles race.

 

Sandbach rider Jeff Ward and Gilwgrn’s Rhys Hardisty took their maiden race victories at the Pre-TT Classic Road Races.

 

Jamie Cowards treble, plus a new absolute lap record in the 4-Hire Post Classic Superbike race and race record moves up to third in the Duke Rankings a rise of 16 places.

 

Double winner Alan Oversby, who also set a new lap record in the Greystone LLC 500cc Senior Classic race is a new entry into the rankings, slotting into the 16th place ‘vacated’ by the Hebden Bridge man.

 

There are two other new entries to the top-forty, Mike Hose, who currently is the most successful rider at the Pre-TT with 18th race wins moves into 21st, after two thirds and a third place this year, as Keith Shannon moves into 29th, position.

 

The next two rounds of the Duke Road Race Rankings Championship 2019 remain on the Isle of Man for the Isle of Man TT Races and the Colas Post TT Road Races before heading off to Kells Road races and Finland for the Imatra Road Races.

 

1 Derek McGee - 689

2 Derek Sheils - 361

3 Jamie Coward - 342

4 Michael Sweeney - 276

5 Adam McLean - 243

6 James Hillier - 232

7 Barry Davidson - 220

8 Paul Williams - 201

9 Dean Stimpson - 197

10 Brian Mateer - 175

11 Ben Rea - 157

12 Glenn Irwin - 152

13 Davey Todd - 144

14 Michel Rutter- 136

15 Paul Jordan - 130

16 Alan Oversby - 130

17 Darryl Anderson - 128

18 Kevin Baker - 125

19 Tommy Henry - 125

20 Richard Ford - 123

21 Mike Hose - 117

22 Philip Shaw - 114

23 Lee Johnston - 112

24 Richard Cooper - 108

25 Eoin O’Siochru - 105

26 Neil Kernohan - 105

27 Thomas Maxwell - 104

28 Andy McAllister - 101

29 Keith Shannon - 100

30 Dean Harrison - 100

31 Shaun Anderson - 96

32 Conor Cummins - 96

33 Kevin Fitzpatrick - 96

34 Ed Manly - 94

35 Nigel Moore - 94

36 Christian Elkin - 92

37 Darren Keys - 90

38 James Chawke - 88

39 Michael Dunlop - 88

40 Peter Hickman - 85

 

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

SEVEN WINNERS IN SEVEN RACES AT THE FONACAB INTERNATIONAL NORTH WEST 200 IN ASSOCIATION WITH NICHOLL OILS 

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.

DUKE RANKINGS TABLE AFTER THE NORTH WEST 200

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

MCGEE TOPS DUKE RANKINGS TABLE FOLLOWING FOUR WINS AT TANDRAGEE

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 TOPS DUKE RANKINGS AFTER ROUND ONE AT COOKSTOWN 

 

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.

 

DUKE RANKINGS TABLE AFTER COOKSTOWN 100

 

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

REIGNING CHAMPION MCGEE AIMS 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
competitors.

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.

A huge thanks to the Duke Road Racing Championship for the press releases keeping us up to date with the current championship standings after each round. 

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