Statement from Armoy Motorcycle Road Racing Club:
"It is with much regret that the Armoy Motorcycle Road Racing Club has confirmed that Derek Sheils will not be riding in the Armoy Road Races at the weekend.
"Derek cannot attend practice on Friday due to personal commitments and the Club cannot allow someone to carry out their statutory requirement of five practice laps on Saturday between races.
"Grid positions for Saturday’s races are placed on Friday night. Some of the races are already oversubscribed and there are only 27 spaces on the grid. There will be non-qualifying races run to cater for this. Some 20 entries were also returned post the closing date for entries.
"It would be extremely unfair to other riders to try and slot in one rider. The Club is a big fan of Derek Sheils but sadly practice laps cannot take place on the Saturday."
SUPERBIKE CHAMPION JOSH BROOKES TO MAKE DEBUT AT CLASSIC TT PRESENTED BY BENNETTS ON BOARD ROTARY NORTON
2015 British Superbike Champion Josh Brookes has been confirmed to compete at the 2017 Classic TT presented by Bennetts.
Brookes, fresh from a highly successful campaign at the 2017 Isle of Man TT Races, will make his debut in the August event riding for Wiz Norton Racing.
The Australian ace will ride a 588cc Norton Rotary alongside the team’s regular rider Richard Wilson in the four-lap Motorsport Merchandise Superbike Classic TT Race.
Brookes has been testing the bike at the Donington Park, and the Norton produces approximately 120bhp and and is running an original specification from the era when the likes of Robert Dunlop, Trevor Nation and Ron Haslam all enjoyed success on the British-built machine.
Arguably the Norton’s finest moment though came in 1992 when Steve Hislop won the Senior TT after a race long duel with Carl Fogarty - the race voted the greatest ever by race fans in a 2011 survey to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Mountain Course. The Scot lapped at 123.50mph, the fastest ever lap by a rotary machine, and this is the lap time that Brookes and the Wiz Norton Racing team are aiming to beat.
Earlier this year, 34-year old Brookes made his return to the Mountain Course after a three-year gap and took four top twelve finishes, including sixth place on Ryan Farquhar’s IEG International/KMR Kawasaki in the Bennetts Lightweight Race.
His best performance came in the closing PokerStars Senior Race with another sixth placed finished sixth lapping at 130.883mph on the SG6 Norton to record not only his personal best lap but also the quickest ever by a Norton machine. This followed up the seventh place he had already recorded in the opening RST Superbike Race.
Wilson has competed on a similar Norton Rotary for Wiz Racing in the last three Superbike Classic TT Races finishing 21st in 2014 and 19th in 2016 despite a lengthy pitstop in the latter that dropped him down the order. His fastest lap came in last year’s race at 114.836mph.
Speaking about the news, Josh Brookes commented: “I’ve always been interested in the Rotary Norton racers from the 1990’s and love the engineering ideas that went into this truly iconic motorcycle. I saw the Wiz Norton guys at an event and got talking to them about the project and one thing led to another and it wasn’t long before I was testing the bike. I’m really excited about making my Classic TT debut on such a fabulous motorcycle and getting some more time on the TT Mountain Course.”
AMAZING ACTION AT FAUGHEEN 50
Derek Sheils was once again the dominant force in the premier class as he grabbed both big bike race wins at Faugheen.
The Cookstown Burrows Engineering rider carried his qualifying pace over to race day and was utterly dominant as he first marched to victory in the Tramore Construction & Maintenance Open Race, before sealing a great day with another national grand final win.
In the first superbike race, Sheils was six seconds ahead of Derek McGee in second, with Michael Sweeney only marginally pipping Paul Jordan for third spot. Davy Morgan was an impressive fifth. In the grand final the podium places were the same as in the first open race.
Team IMR sponsored by Evolution Camping has been a hugely refreshing and welcome addition to the road racing scene in 2017. The outfit, spearheaded by rider Paul Jordan, has been consistently scoring better results on their resplendent machinery and today proved no different as they took their first win at national level in the Ground Control Ltd Supersport race.
Paul Jordan, on his team's Yamaha r6 fought off the challenge of Derek Sheils and won by a margin of 0.743 seconds. Michael Sweeney was third and McGee fourth.
A thoroughly well deserved win from a team and rider going in the right direction.
To the Supertwins and the question on everyone's lips was, could Joe Loughlin repeat his Walderstown success? You bet he could!
The 2017 support class king has been making huge strides and was in lap record breaking form again as he tussled with both Dereks for the victory, eventually seeing off the challenge and beating McGee into second, and Sheils into third. The winning margin was a mere 0.429 seconds.
Loughlin, doubled up again in the Junior and Senior support classes championship races.
It was perhaps fitting that Seamus Elliot left Faugheen with a victory. The popular Ballymoney rider had a horrible accident whilst competing at the 2016 Faugheen 50 meeting, but what a difference a year makes!
No matter what else happened today, for me, Seamus winning is the best result from the 2017 Faugheen 50. Superb character and a steely determination. I couldn't be happier for him!
More results to follow later.
Congratulations to the organising club, thank you for all the hard work in getting the racing underway. Thanks must go to the marshals, medics, and all the volunteers who make road racing possible.
FAUGHEEN 50 QUALIFYING WRAP UP
Derek Sheils proved to be the man once again in the superbike class as he powered his way to pole position ahead of racing getting underway at Faugheen.
The Cookstown Burrows Engineering rider has been in imperious form on his Suzuki GSXR1000 throughout the 2017 national roads campaign. Sheils will start ahead of Derek McGee in second, and Paul Jordan in third.
Sheils also proved to be fastest in the Supersport class only this time it was Paul Jordan who will begin in second place with McGee right behind him.
There was no surprise in the support classes as Joe Loughlin once again showed his worth by taking pole. Loughlin also produced another stellar Supertwins performance as he qualified in third spot behind McGee and Sheils.
Paul Robinson pipped Derek McGee to pole in the 125cc/Moto3 class. In the 250/1000cc classics it was Richard Ford who topped the field as fellow riders Ed Manly and Barry Davidson headed the 350 and 500 classes respectively.
Racing on Sunday gets underway at 11am.
Anstey to return to his roots with two stroke at Dundrod
New Zealand’s Bruce Anstey is to ride a two stroke at Dundrod next month, in what will result in a major shake-up to the Lightweight race, organisers of the MCE Ulster Grand Prix have announced.
The Padgett’s Motorcycles team rider, who became the fastest 250 rider ever at the Lightweight Classic TT in 2016, has never ridden the 250 before at Dundrod, and will this year compete in the Lightweight class the Charles Hurst Motorcycles Dundrod 150 and the Plant Lubrication (NI) Lightweight at the MCE UGP.
Team boss Clive Padgett has also confirmed that Anstey will ride iconic Moto GP bike, the Honda RC213V-S at the Dundrod circuit for the second year running.
Anstey said: “I started my racing career on a Suzuki RGV250 and I still just love racing the 250. I won the Classic TT on the Padgett’s Honda RS250 last year, the majority of the guys from the Classic are racing at the Ulster and I’m looking forward to getting out there with them again.
“I can’t wait to get the RCV out at Dundrod again either, after coming out on top in the Superpole event and almost winning the Superbike last year.
“Both Clive and I love working with both of these machines, the 250 is a thoroughbred racing bike and the RCV is just an absolute weapon,” he added.
Noel Johnston, Clerk of the Course at the MCE Ulster Grand Prix said: “We’re proud to be the only one of the three international road races to run an ultra lightweight / lightweight class, there’s still a great desire to see and hear the two strokes from the fans perspective.
“It’s great to see a rider like Bruce entering this class for no other reason than he really enjoys it. I think it’ll give the race a bit of a shake up, as Bruce’s calibre and track record combined with Clive Padgett’s experience and machinery will surely be very hard to beat.
“I’m pleased too that Clive is bringing the RCV back, it’s one of the most famous bikes in the world and a feast for both the eyes and ears and the spectators loved it.
“It’s been a somewhat subdued season for Anstey so far, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s to never ever discount him for podium contention at the Ulster.
“He’s an incredible competitor who held our lap record for six years until Hutchy broke it in 2016, and I’m looking forward to seeing what he brings to the meeting this year,” he added.
Fans can buy tickets to attend the MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix and Charles Hurst Motorcycles Dundrod 150 online via Ticketmaster. Tickets will also be available to buy on the roads approaching the circuit during Bike Week and in the race office.
DEAN HARRISON TAKES SOLO CHAMPIONSHIP AS MICHAEL DUNLOP GOES ON A RECORD BREAKING RUN.
Real road racing fans were treated to some of the best racing in years on Southern 100 championship day at Billown.
Jack Fowler won the opening 6 lap Race 7c earlier in the day on board his Triumph 675. In second place was Tommy Henry and third Mark Pattinson.
Tommy Henry's second place was a sign of good things to come as the day was marked by a string of unbelievable performances from the Irish contingent on the island.
In race 7b, Davy Morgan was the victor on board his Yamaha R6. The road racing stalwart's win was greeted with huge celebrations and had to be one of the most popular wins at the Southern for a number of years. Davy was followed home by Stephen Parsons and Stephen Smith.
In the 125/400cc race, Darryl Tweed beat out Seamus Elliot by just over five seconds for the win. Paul Gartland finished in third spot to make it another huge Irish success story.
Dean Harrison continued his winning ways in the Supersport A class as he snatched victory and a race record time ahead of Michael Dunlop and James Cowton. Despite Harrison winning the race it was Michael Dunlop that broke the lap record.
New Supersport lap record: 2:17:423
New Supersport race record: 109.460mph
Ivan Lintin made it two from two in the Supertwin class and underlined his pedigree once again as the man to beat on a 650 machine. He pipped McAdoo Racing's James Cowton who finished second and Rob Hodson in third.
The first big bike race of the day was won by Michael Dunlop on board his Bennett's Suzuki. The Ballymoney man made it three big bike wins from three starts and beat out Dan Kneen and Jamie Coward. Dunlop once again broke the lap and race records on his way to victory.
New Lap record: 2:12:735
New Race record: 113.626
Dunlop wasn't to have it all his own way in the premier class as Dean Harrison upstaged the 2017 Senior Isle Of Man TT winner in the Solo Championship race.
The Silicone Engineering rider stalked Dunlop for the first few laps of the race before making his move. He then battled with Manx rider Dan Kneen for the victory as Dunlop eventually finished third. This was Dean Harrison's first championship at the Southern 100 and a title he has long sought after.
Fans were treated to some of the most competitive and close racing Billown has seen for years and a huge thanks must go to the organising club, marshals, medics and all who made the event possible.
The next meeting is the Faugheen 50 which takes place on the 22nd and 23rd of July.
Southern 100 Road Races
Photo credit: Ryan Crawley RCphotos Twitter: @RCphotosIOM
SOUTHERN 100 WEDNESDAY RACE WRAP UP
Wednesday evening saw some fierce and competitive action at the Southern 100 Road Races as both the solos and sidecars vied for victory around the Billown circuit.
In the seven lap senior race, Michael Dunlop not only won, but smashed the lap and race record to continue his winning start to the meeting. His Bennett's Suzuki never missed a beat but once again he had to fight off stiff competition from Manx man Dan Kneen, the final winning margin a mere 0.12 seconds.
Local team Radcliffe's Butchers and their rider, Jamie Coward, rounded out the podium.
"Dan is riding hard, fair play to him. It was a good tight race in great conditions. I just hit a back marker in the wrong place on the last lap but I held on to win."
The Birchall's, imperious during the Isle Of Man TT, continued their winning ways on the island with victory in the sidecar race. Brothers Ben and Tom beat out team Holden/Cain in second place, and team Lockey/Sayers in third.
The Radcliffe's Butchers 600cc race was won by Silicone Engineering's, Dean Harrison. The current Duke Road Race Rankings leader narrowly fended off the challenge of McAdoo Kawasaki Racing's, James Cowton and Michael Dunlop.
The Supertwin race was won by Dafabet Devitt Racing's Ivan Lintin. James Cowton again took second place in what was an enthralling battle for the lead throughout the 6 laps. Rob Hodson garnered the last podium spot.
DUNLOP WINS THRILLING SUPERBIKE RACE AT BILLOWN
Michael Dunlop piloted his Bennett's Suzuki GSXR 1000 to win the opening superbike race at the Southern 100 by 0.15 seconds ahead of penz13.com rider, Dan Kneen in second, and Silicone Engineering's, Dean Harrison who rounded out the podium places.
It was a thrilling race and the win means that Dunlop's record at the Southern 100 now stands at 18 wins overall and he has won the superbike race six times in in seven years.
"I felt a bit rusty as I haven't raced since the TT so it's good to be on a bike again. The bike wasn't running 100% but we'll get it sorted."
Surely an ominous sign ahead of championship day.
In the 600cc class it was Joe Thompson who came out on top ahead of Brendan Fargher in second and Darryl Tweed back in third place.
Tweed was to take victory ahead of Seamus Elliot in the 125/400cc class.
WALDERSTOWN WRAP UP
It was another grand final win at Walderstown for, Derek Sheils, as he retained his 'Race of the South' title. The Cookstown Burrows Engineering rider finished ahead of Derek McGee in second and William Dunlop in third.
Earlier in the day during the first open race, Sheils lost his first national superbike race of the year as fellow Irishman, Derek McGee took the spoils. In that race McGee finished ahead of William Dunlop and Michael Sweeney. Sheils was back in fourth place with Paul Jordan fifth.
Walderstown in 2017 however will be remembered for the performances of Joe Loughlin. The rising star of Irish road racing won five races and smashed lap records along the way.
Loughlin has been dominating the support classes in 2017 but on Sunday he won the Supertwin race showing that he can mix it with the best national riders on the scene. This performance in particular underlined his talent.
Fellow rising roads star, Adam McLean produced a stunning ride in the Supersport class to once more showcase his credentials as a rider who needs to be taken seriously.
McLean, on his trusty MSS/Hotties machine, held off strong challenges from Temple Golf Club sponsored rider, William Dunlop and Paul Jordan from the Evolution Camping backed Team IMR. Supersport races are always hotly contested and this one proved no different.
Classic honours went to Barry Davidson in the 350 and 500 class, Robert McCrum in the 1000 class, and in the 250 class it was Robert Ford who took victory.
Open race 1
1. Derek McGee
2. William Dunlop
3. Michael Sweeney
1. Adam McLean
2. William Dunlop
3. Paul Jordan
1. Joe Loughlin
2. Adam McLean
3. Derek Sheils
1 Barry Davidson
2 Patrick Walker
3 Freddie Stewart
1 Robert McCrum
2 Richard Ford
3 Trevor Rufus
1 Richard Ford
2 Brian Mateer
3 Philip Shaw
1 Barry Davidson
2 Sean Leonard
3 Pat Murray
1 Joe Loughlin
2 RJ Woolsey
3 Ben Mullane
1 Joe Loughlin
2 Damien Howard
3 David Howard
Crossan Motorcycles Joe Loughlin Derek Sheils Fore Motor Cycle Racing Club CLG
Huge thanks to Stephen Condron for the photos.
WALDERSTOWN SATURDAY PRACTICE AND RACE ROUND UP
Joe Loughlin won two non-championship races at Walderstown this afternoon ahead of Championship day tomorrow.
Already this season, Loughlin has racked up win after win and today proved no different.
In the 201-401cc Non-Championship race, Loughlin stormed home over 20 seconds ahead of, RJ Wolsey and, Liam Chawke, setting a sizzling lap record of 115.884mph in the process.
In the Senior Support Non-Championship, it was Loughlin again that took the spoils ahead of David Howard and Damien Howard.
The 400cc Championship race was somewhat of a small field but the racing was still stellar and Paul Gartland won from Mark Sheils and Aaron Boyd.
Derek Sheils was too quick for the rest of the field in the superbike practice stakes as he once again put the Cookstown BE Suzuki on pole for racing tomorrow.
The two Dereks were split by Adam McLean in Supersport qualifying. McGee was fastest, McLean in second and Sheils in third. All being stalked by William Dunlop.
Expect this race to be hyper competitive tomorrow.
Joe Loughlin looks a strong favourite for more support glory tomorrow, and Barry Davidson should join him with another victory in the classic stakes as he qualified on pole.
Supertwin qualifying saw Derek Sheils pip Derek McGee from Michael Sweeney.
WALDERSTOWN - SUPERBIKE QUALIFYING REPORT
Cookstown Burrows Engineering rider, Derek Sheils, starts as favourite for premier class honours when racing gets underway at Walderstown on Sunday.
Sheils secured pole position following a superb display during Saturday's qualifying session. He was over half a second quicker than, Derek McGee, with William Dunlop back in third.
Skerries sensation and new roads star Davey Todd squeezed into the top ten.
Top ten for the Open Championship races:
Skerries 100 round up:
Derek McGee was a triple winner at Skerries as he won in the Supersport, Supertwin, and 125/Moto3 classes.
McGee won a scintillating supersport race as he narrowly edged out rivals Derek Sheils and Michael Sweeney. The eventual winning margin was a mere 0.012 of a second. In the 125/Moto3 race, McGee took the spoils ahead of his team boss and fellow Joey's Bar MCC rider, Gary Dunlop.
In the premier class it was Cookstown Burrows Engineering rider, Derek Sheils who yet again underlined his utter dominance on his Suzuki machinery, as he produced a stellar display to claim all three superbike races, and remain unbeaten at a national event in 2017.
Joe Loughlin tasted more support class glory as he continued his winning ways in 2017. In the non-championship supertwin race, honours went to Ben Mullane.
There was wins for Callum Laidlaw and Neil Kernohan
Classic honours were shared between:
Robert McCrum - 1000
Barry Davidson - 500
Ed Manly - 350
Richard Ford - 250
Paul Jordan got Team IMR's first podium finish to cap off a solid weekend's work.
SHEILS ENJOYS SUPERBIKE SUCCESS AT SKERRIES
Cookstown Burrows Engineering rider, Derek Sheils, once again showcased his superbike dominance on the national scene as he picked up three superbike wins at the Skerries 100.
Sheils, who is unbeaten in the national superbike ranks so far this season was in imperious form and underlined his credentials yet again with a superb performance at his home event.
Coming off the back of a very disappointing TT, the Burrows Engineering rider was utterly convincing in all his superbike outings and in the grand final he crossed the finish line over ten seconds ahead of Derek McGee and Michael Sweeney.
Having already won at Tandragee, and done the double at the Cookstown 100 earlier in the season, and with Walderstown, Faugheen and Armoy around the corner, Sheils is looking unstoppable as he vies for another Irish national championship.
FULL GRIDS FOR SOUTHERN 100
The Isle of Man Steam Packet Southern 100 International Road Races takes place this year on the 10th - 13th July at the world famous Billown circuit.
With nearly 300 Solo entries accepted, the organisers Southern 100 Racing , have added two extra races to accommodate the riders who want to compete at the friendly races, making a total of 14, plus the two popular Sidecar races, which also have full grids of 20.
Monday evening commences with the compulsory Sighting Lap for all Newcomers and is followed by nine Practice sessions.Tuesday evening also starts with a further Newcomers sighting lap and the final three practice sessions.
Then the ‘real action’ gets underway with three solo races.
Wednesday has four races in the schedule, including the first of the Sidecar races over six laps. Championship Day, Thursday morning will see four solo races take place before a short lunch break.The afternoon session will see the final five races run, including the feature Solo and Sidecar Championship Races. The Solo Championship is over nine laps and the Sidecar Championship over eight.
Once the final chequered flag has fallen, there is time to relax and reflect on the 16 races, before heading to the Open Air Prize Presentation in Castletown Square, which commences at 8.30pm.
A fitting way to show your appreciation to all the riders who have entertained the crowds around the 4.25-mile Billown Course during the Isle of Man Steam Packet Southern 100 International Road Races 2017.
The weather may have been rather cool for the Radcliffe Butchers Post TT Road Races, round eight of the Duke Road Race Rankings 2017, but the action was certainly hot with two new lap records being set and a race record smashed as two Yorkshiremen battled for the race honours.
The friendly rivalry between Driffield's James Cowton and Jamie Coward from Hebden Bridge continued on from their previous tussels around the 4.25-mile Billown Course.
James Cowton on the McAdoo Kawasaki took the CuPlus Callow 600cc Race by 0.773 of a second after an eight lap battle with Jamie Coward on the Radcliffe's Racing Honda, with Taynuilt's Robert Wilson a distant third. Dean Osborne, Paul Smyth and Brendan Fargher, all 'Manxies' completed the top six.
Both Cowton and Coward bettered the lap record during the 34-mile race, with Cowton finally setting it at 108.684mph on his final lap.
Swapping the 4-cylinder 600 McAdoo Kawasaki for the 650cc Twin, James had a relatively easy second victory of the day in the six-lap Supertwins race taking the chequered flag some 18-seconds in front of local rider Dave Moffitt with Winsford's Jonathan Perry third.
The feature race, the Manx Independent Carriers 1100cc Race initially saw a three-way battle between 2016 victor, William Dunlop and the Yorkshire rivals, with Coward keeping the clue-livered BMW
ahead of the familiar maroon Kawasaki, whilst William headed the field.
It looked as though the popular Ballymoney rider was to repeat his success of the previous year, until lap seven when he got baulked by a back-marker giving the lead to Jamie Coward, one he held onto for the remaining lap and a half, taking his first race win for the event sponsor Radcliffe's on the Billown Course.
James Cowton also managed to get past the Ulsterman to claim second. William finished third.
Ryan Kneen finished fourth, Mark Goodings fifth and Robert Wilson completed a good early evening's work taking sixth.
Jamie Coward set a new Lap Record on the fifth of the eight laps at 112.083mph.
James Cowton's double victory moves him into second place, 273 points adrift of fellow Yorkshireman Dean Harrison, with Jamie Coward moving up seven spots to ninth.
Davey Lambert, an English rider based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, has lost his life following an incident which took place at Greeba Castle during Sunday's Superbike TT at the Isle Of Man.
On lap one of Wednesday's Superstock race, Dutch rider, Jochem Van Den Hoek was killed following an incident at the 11th milestone.
Popular Irish racer, Alan Bonner tragically lost his life during Wednesday's practice session. Alan was involved in an incident at the 33rd milestone.
Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to all those who knew and loved these riders.
Revised schedule for 2017 Isle of Man TT Races
Race Day three Wednesday, 7th June 10.45
TT Zero Race (1 lap)
11.45 - RL360 Quantum Superstock (4 laps)
13.40 - Sure Sidecar Qualifier (1 lap)
14.30 - Bennetts Lightweight TT Race (4 laps)
16.00 - Superbike/ Superstock/ Supersport Qualifying (2 laps)
17.00 - Roads Open except Mountain section 18.00 - Roads open around the course
DUNLOP GOES FASTEST OF ALL
Michael Dunlop went fastest of all during Saturday morning's Superbike session at the Isle Of Man TT.
Riding the Bennet's Suzuki, the Ballymoney rider posted a thunderous time of 131.062 from a standing start and in doing so, stamped his authority over the rest of the field.
Dan Kneen lapped the mountain course in his fastest ever time on board the BMW S1000rr with a time of 130.324.
Michael Dunlop - 131.062L1 (17:16.361)
Peter Hickman - 130.629L2 (17:19.799)
Ian Hutchinson - 130.327L2 (17:22.209)
Dan Kneen - 130.324L2 (17:22.232)
Michael Rutter - 130.036L2 (17:24.545)
Bruce Anstey - 129.913L3 (17:25.531)
SUPERBIKE RACE POSTPONED UNTIL SUNDAY
After a tumultuous week of bad weather, Isle of Man TT Clerk of Course, Gary Thompson has been forced to reschedule proceedings and postpone Saturday's superbike race until Sunday.
Instead there will be a full day of practice on Saturday and all classes will have a chance to get in some laps and help dial in their machinery.
Revised Schedule – Saturday 3rd June – Sunday 4th June
Saturday 3rd June
Full day of practice over all classes
Sunday 4th June
14.00 - Superbike Race (6 laps)
16.25 - Sidecar 1 lap practice followed by 1 lap for TT Zero