MULLINGAR MISSLE SCOOPS MAN OF THE MEETING AWARD AT COOKSTOWN
Derek McGee capped off an amazing season opening performance at the KDM Hire Cookstown 100 by claiming the ‘Man of the Meeting’ award.
McGee was in imperious form, winning three races and finishing on the podium in every other race in which he contested.
A dominant victory on the Faraldo Racing Moto3 machine was quickly followed by a hard fought win in the Supertwin class on board the KMR Kawasaki. That win came after a race long battle with 2018 man of the meeting, Adam McLean. Grand Final success followed after a result was declared following red flag incidents and that marked the hat trick for McGee.
After a 2018 season which saw McGee claim three Irish championships and the Duke Road Race Rankings title, it’s safe to say that he has hit the ground running.
The next meeting on the calendar is the Around-A-Pound Tandragee 100 and that gets underway this weekend. Last year produced some truly spectacular road racing and the grand final, in which McGee played a huge part, will live long in the memory.
KDM HIRE COOKSTOWN 100: RACE DAY REPORT
If the weather reports were to be believed then a total washout seemed likely for the day’s racing at Cookstown. Thankfully, despite some early rain, fans were instead treated to great day of action at the 2019 roads season opener.
Derek McGee, triple roads champion in 2018, got straight back into the winning groove as he romped to a stunning win in the 125/Moto3 class on board the much admired Faraldo Racing Moto3 machine.
McGee took victory by nine seconds over Nigel Moore in second place and Kevin Fitzpatrick who finished in third.
The 2018 Duke Rankings Champion scored another win in the Supertwins class after a ferocious battle with McAdoo Racing’s Adam McLean. Riding his KMR machine, McGee crossed the line just half a second ahead of McLean with Michael Sweeney close behind in third place. The Supertwin class once more proving to be a source for superb racing at national level.
Not yet finished with winning, McGee was to add grand final glory to his tally after being declared the victor following two red flag incidents. Derek Sheils, who was swapping the lead with McGee before the race was called to a halt, finished in second with Adam McLean scoring yet another podium to cap off a stellar day for the McAdoo man.
Supersport spoils for the day went to Adam McLean on board the McAdoo Racing Kawasaki. McLean was declared the winner of the race after the action was called to a halt on lap 4 after a bale had blown on to the road, high winds playing their part. McLean was leading second placed man Derek McGee by 0.3s with Paul Jordan taking a well earned third place.
Ben Rea made did the double in the Open B stakes adding a win to the victory he claimed on Friday evening. Rea finished ahead of Stephen Degnan in second and Noel Carroll in third.
Support honours went to Eoin O’Siochru who produced a fine display to earn a win in the Junior class ahead of Vinny Brennan and Dominic Cottrell. Senior honours went to Tommy Henry who finished ahead of Darren Keys and Dermot Cleary.
Tommy Henry also added a win in the Supertwin B race crossing the line ahead of Martin Currams and James Cottrell.
Barry Davidson scored a classic double taking victory in the C350 and C500 classes. Brian Mateer won the C250 class with Richard Ford tasting C1000 success.
Paul Williams bagged a popular victory in the Lightweight Support finishing ahead of Stephen McKeown and Lloyd Collins. Gareth Keys was the first Forgotten Era machine home and Chris Meyer the only finisher in the 250R class.
The action now moves to Tandragee next weekend. Thanks to the organisers, marshals, medics and volunteers who made today possible.
MCGEE MARCHES TO GRAND FINAL SUCCESS
Derek McGee was declared the KDM Hire Cookstown 100 grand final winner after race organisers were forced to restart the race twice following two red flag incidents.
The ‘Mullingar Missile’ added grand final success to his two earlier victories to claim a hat trick of wins at the season opener.
The original start to the race was shaping up to be a real thriller as both McGee and Derek Sheils tussled for the lead before a red flag called a halt to the action. The second start was quickly red flagged and so the race result was cast back to the previous start and McGee was declared the victor.
Burrows Engineering / RK Racing’s Derek Sheils, a winner in the earlier Open A race, finished in second place with McAdoo Racing’s Adam McLean rounding out the podium places.
MJ Racing’s Michael Sweeney was in 4th place and Paul Jordan finished in 5th, and was the first 600cc machine home.
KDM HIRE GRAND FINAL RESULT
1 Derek McGee
2 Derek Sheils
3 Adam McLean
4 Michael Sweeney
5 Paul Jordan
6 Neil Kernohan
7 Thomas Maxwell
8 Paul Gartland
9 Stephen McKnight
10 Forest Dunn
11 Darryl Tweed
12 Kevin Fitzpatrick
13 Tom Weeden
14 Damian Horan
15 Brad Vicars
16 Paul Cranston
17 Adrian Harrison
SHEILS STORMS TO SUPERBIKE VICTORY IN OPEN A RACE AT COOKSTOWN
Derek Sheils made it six wins on the bounce as he roared to victory in the Open A race at Cookstown today.
The Burrows Engineering / RK Racing rider finished 3.3s ahead of McAdoo Racing’s Adam McLean in second place with Derek McGee rounding out the podium places.
Sheils hasn’t been beaten in the premier class at Cookstown since 2016 and led from the start with little to choose between himself, McLean and McGee.
As the race settled McGee made a move on McLean to put himself in second spot but McLean soon returned the favour as the two riders battled for position. All this meant that Sheils could open up a lead of 3.3s and cross the line comfortably to take the win. McLean was half a second clear of McGee.
RACE RESULTS FROM COOKSTOWN
Ben Plant took victory in the Senior Support B Race at Cookstown. The Englishman finished in first place ahead of James Cottrell in second place and Stephen Carr in third.
Scotland’s Gillian McGaw scored a victory in only her second road race as she won the Junior Support B Race.
Ben Rea claimed a win in the Open B race ahead of Lloyd Collins with Jonathan Gormley back in third.
Tomorrow roads close around the Orritor Circuit at 10am sharp.
The Royal Hotel Open B (4 Laps)
1 Ben Rea
2 Lloyd Collins
3 Jonathan Gormley
4 Noel Carroll
5 Stephen Degnan
Senior Support Race B result:
1 Ben Plant
2 James Cottrell
3 Stephen Carr
KDM HIRE COOKSTOWN 100 QUALIFYING ROUND-UP
The Irish road racing got underway today at Cookstown amid some mixed weather conditions around the Orritor circuit.
Burrows Engineering / RK Racing’s Derek Sheils came out on top in a hotly contested superbike session narrowly pipping Derek McGee for pole position. McAdoo Racing’s Adam McLean finished in third behind the two Derek’s with Paul Jordan just one tenth of a second back in fourth.
In the supersport session Derek McGee finished in pole ahead of Adam McLean with Paul Jordan in third place. Michael Sweeney finished in fourth spot, one place better off than superbike pole sitter Derek Sheils.
In the Supertwins session Michael Sweeney finished on pole ahead of Adam McLean who was enjoying a superb start to the new season.
Andy McAllister and Eoin O’Siochru topped the Senior and Junior support classes respectively.
Derek McGee finished top of the 125/Moto3 class on board the exquisite Faraldo Racing Moto3 machine. Nigel Moore and Kevin Fitzpatrick finished up in second and third place.
In the classic stakes it was Barry Davidson who topped both the 350 and 500 classes with Richard Ford taking top spot in the 1000 classic stakes. Paul Williams finished top of the tree in the lightweight class.
1 Derek Sheils 1.25.165
2 Derek McGee 1.25.299
3 Adam McLean 1.26.616
4 Paul Jordan 1.26.746
5 Michael Sweeney 1.27.441
6 Thomas Maxwell 1.27.585
7 Neil Kernohan 1.28.656
8 Paul Williams 1.30.083
9 Darryl Tweed 1.31.921
10 Stephen McKnight 1.32.276
11 Michael Browne 1.32.474
12 Kevin Fitzpatrick 1.32.545
13 Damian Horan 1.33.544
14 Andy Farrell 1.33.654
15 Forest Dunn 1.33.831
16 Dean Campbell 1.33.959
17 Paul Cranston 1.34.075
18 Brad Vicars 1.34.226
19 Tom Weeden 1.34.316
20 Lee Hembury 1.35.336
21 Paul Gartland 1.36.307
22 Sean Seddon 1.36.333
23 Adrian Harrison 1.37.112
24 Ben Rea 1.37.177
25 Stephen Degnan 1.37.749
26 Anthony McColgan 1.38.930
27 Noel Carroll 1.39.380
28 Lloyd Collins 1.40.025
29 Jonathan Gormley 1.40.728
1 Derek McGee 1.25.754
2 Adam McLean 1.26.162
3 Paul Jordan 1.26.640
4 Michael Sweeney 1.27.482
5 Derek Sheils 1.27.484
6 Michael Browne 1.27.772
7 Neil Kernohan 1.29.024
8 Darryl Tweed 1.29.553
9 Kevin Fitzpatrick 1.30.002
10 Brad Vicars 1.31.467
1 Michael Sweeney 1.31.403
2 Adam McLean 1.31.645
3 Stephen McKnight 1.35.023
4 Paul Gartland 1.38.504
5 Darryl Tweed 1.38.913
6 Vincent Brennan 1.39.170
7 Eoin O’Soichru 1.39.355
8 Dominic Cottrell 1.41.431
9 Anthony McColgan 1.42.556
10 Brian Loughlin 1.42.785
1 Andy McAllister 1.36.508
2 Dermot Cleary 1.38.452
3 Tommy Henry 1.39.358
4 Darryl Anderson 1.39.733
5 Darren Keys 1.39.841
6 Gary Jordan 1.40.119
7 Stuart McCann 1.40.125
8 John Cahill 1.40.879
9 Kevin Baker 1.41.223
10 Phill Archer 1.43.171
1 Eoin O’Siochru 1.38.557
2 Vincent Brennan 1.39.007
3 Alistair Haworth 1.39.515
4 Dominic Cottrell 1.40.989
5 Mark Kirby 1.41.102
6 Kevin Baker 1.41.804
7 Jason Cassells 1.41.834
8 Noel Smith 1.42.362
9 James Cottrell 1.43.110
10 Martin Currams 1.43.419
1 Barry Davidson
2 Richard Ford
3 Ed Manly
4 Freddie Stewart
5 John Leigh Pemberton
6 Anthony Ambler
7 Billy Lyle
8 Philip Shaw
9 Andy Kildea
10 Gary Hutton
1 Barry Davidson
2 Ed Manly
3 Nigel Moore
4 Brian Mateer
5 Mark Johnson
6 Chris McGahan
7 Ian Thompson
8 Sam Kinkead
9 Freddie Stewart
10 Linton Irwin
1 Richard Ford
2 Philip Shaw
3 Ian Thompson
4 Trevor Stewart
1 Derek McGee
2 Nigel Moore
3 Kevin Fitzpatrick
4 Sam Grief
5 Jack Sands
6 Paul Gartland
7 Malcolm Love
8 Barry Davidson
9 Chris Meyer
10 Ronnie Scott
1 Paul Williams
2 Alistair Haworth
3 Stephen McKeown
4 Darryl Anderson
5 Stephen Morrison
6 Chris Meyer
7 Gareth Keys
8 Aaron Boyd
9 Lloyd Collins
10 Jordan McFerran
DANIEL METTAM TO MAKE ISLE OF MAN TT DEBUT
Newly crowned New Zealand Superbike champion Daniel Mettam is set to make his Isle of Man TT debut this year.
The 23-year old has signed with the TC Racing/DP Coldplaning team and will pilot a Honda CBR600RR in the two Monster Energy Supersport Races.
Mettam is no stranger to roads competition having raced last season on the Irish roads first for Billy McKinstry and later in the season for Wilson Craig.
Mettam made an immediate impact on his debut at Cookstown taking a superb victory in the Supersport B race and scoring a second place finish in the Supertwins race when battling with young guns Adam McLean and Davey Todd. After some strong performances at the North West 200 and then later for Wilson Craig at the Skerries 100, Mettam’s season was cut short due to injury.
The Auckland native will line-up at the 2019 TT for the well established TC Racing outfit and team manager Mick Charnock. TC Racing has a history of nurturing talented newcomers such as Cameron Donald and David Johnson.
Speaking of of his TT Races debut, Mettam said:
“I’ve really enjoyed my road racing experience to date and after last season I now feel ready to make the step up to tackle the Mountain Course. I know that it’s a big challenge and I’ve been preparing for two years to make sure that I’m ready. Racing on the Isle of Man will be a dream come true for me but I’m under no illusion about the task ahead and am just looking to get some miles under my belt and learn the track.”
TOM WEEDEN SET FOR KDM HIRE COOKSTOWN 100
Former Manx Grand Prix winner Tom Weeden will make his KDM Hire Cookstown 100 debut this weekend. The 24 year old Kent rider joined forces with the new look John Burrows race team, rebranded now as Burrows Engineering /Richardson Kelly Racing.
Having recently tested with his new team Weeden was full of praise for the team,
‘I’ve settled in really well with the boys. Anything I ask for they sort for me. They’re really good lads. John is great to work with, he has been there and done it and knows what a rider needs. I feel like a works rider.’
‘I’m really looking forward to getting back out to Northern Ireland this weekend. Im going to spend Thursday driving round the circuit to familiarise myself and reinforce the onboard laps I’ve watched. I’m putting no pressure on myself for results, I just want to enjoy it and make further steps forward with the RK Racing by Burrows Engineering bikes in prep for the NW200 and TT. The track looks mega and I can’t wait to get the season started onboard the new bikes.’
John Burrows has been instrumental in forging young talent to the sport, in the past nurturing riders such as Davey Todd, Dan Kneen, Malachi Mitchell Thomas and Jamie Hamilton. Along with team returnee Derek Sheils, both riders will be on board new Suzukis in the open races at Cookstown this weekend.
Words and photo: Baylon McCaughey
PROPOSED KDM HIRE COOKSTOWN 100 PRACTICE AND RACE SCHEDULE
PRACTICE SCHEDULE - Friday 26th April
1 Newcomers A
2 Newcomers B
3 Open A
4 Open B
5 Senior Support A
6 Senior Support B
7 Moto 3/125/SS300
8 Junior Support A
9 Junior Support B
10 Junior Classic ( 250/350)
11Supersport 600 A
12 Supersport 600 B
13 Supersport 400 A
14 Supersport 400 B (dependent upon entires)
15 Senior Classic ( 351/1000)
16 Supertwins A
17 Supertwins B
FRIDAY RACE SCHEDULE
1 Junior Support B
2 Supersport 600 B
3 Open A
4 Lightweight 400 B (dependent upon entires)
5 Open B
SATURDAY RACE SCHEDULE - 27th April
1 Senior Support B
2 Moto 3/125/SS300
3 Supersport 600 A
4 Junior Support A
5 Junior Classic
6 Supertwin A
7 Supertwin B
8 Senior Classic
9 Senior Support A
10 Lightweight 400 A
11 KDM Hire Cookstown 100 A
12 KDM Hire Cookstown 100 B
TV COVERAGE CONFIRMED FOR AROUND-A-POUND TANDRAGEE 100
This year’s Tandragee 100 will once more be covered on television with Greenlight TV on board to capture the action.
The North Armagh Motorcycle & Car Club Ltd will play host to the Tandragee 100 for the 59th time on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th May 2019.
The club had this say on the news:
“We are delighted to confirm that Greenlight TV are back on board again in 2019 with a highlights programme to be aired on BBC NI as well as across the globe.
We appeal for everyone to support the Around A Pound Tandragee 100 by purchasing a programme as this is one of the main revenue streams for the event and/or make a donation in the bucket with the programme sellers.”
DEREK MCGEE SET TO SHOWCASE FORMER GRAND PRIX MACHINE AT COOKSTOWN
Derek McGee is set to debut a former Grand Prix Moto 3 bike at the KDM Hire Cookstown 100.
Italian mechanic Francesco Faraldo has secured McGee’s services for the upcoming season and under the banner of Faraldo Racing, will provide the 2018 Duke Rankings champion with an exquisitely built Moto 3 Honda machine.
The bike itself hails from the Gresini Racing / Pasini Racing Team and was formally ridden by Nicolo Antonelli so it has proven racing pedigree in abundance.
McGee scored a superb class victory and a class lap record at the KDM Hire Cookstown 100 last year when riding for the Joey’s Bar Racing Team and the ‘Mullingar Middle’ will no doubt be looking for a repeat performance this time around.
McGee will also be competing in all classes at Cookstown with rides in the Supertwins, (KMR Kawasaki), Supersport 600 (B&W Racing/Cutting Edge Kawasaki), Superbike, (NC Doyne/McGee Kawasaki).
Photo courtesy of Baylon McCaughey
SUPERB START TO SEASON FOR NEW SIDECAR PAIRING COSTELLO & CANIPA
The new all-female racing sidecar team of Maria Costello MBE and Julie Canipa got their season off to a great start as they prepare to race at the Isle of Man TT.
The new duo are delighted with their first two outings of the season at Oulton Park and Mallory Park.
Northamptonshire racer Costello, racing her Frog Property Developments LCR Kawasaki, and her sidecar partner Canipa, from the Isle of Man, secured two top-10 finishes in the F2 class at the second round of the MRO Championships at Oulton Park.
They followed that by taking another two top-10 (7th & 6th) overall finishes in the EMRA sidecar races at Mallory Park.
Costello said: “I’m over the moon with how we’ve started the season, especially as we have gone straight in to racing without any testing. Julie is a great passenger and we’ve already secured all our signatures for our TT Mountain Course licence and can now look forward to testing some new parts before the TT.”
Julie added: “Maria has been driving brilliantly, with her confidence in our pairing showing in our results. We’ve had a fantastic start to the season.”
Maria added: “Our small team really seems to be gelling well, the MJW Specialist engines are proving great as are the Avon tyres and the Nitron Suspension. I’m also over the moon with the new livery, special thanks to the combined efforts of Pluckley Coachworks, Premier Display & ColourKraft. Thanks also to Frog Property Developments for coming onboard as our main sponsor and to all my sponsors for making this season possible.”
The pair are looking forward to receiving their new matching race suits from RST to finish off their look for 2019 and will now concentrate on testing ahead of the Isle of Man TT meeting, having secured the required signatures for their TT mountain course licence.
MICHAEL DUNLOP ENJOYS FIRST LAPS ON NEW TYCO BMW
Michael Dunlop has finally taken to the track on the all-new Tyco BMW S1000RR ahead of the 2019 season getting underway.
With the German marque releasing a new version of their all-conquering superbike and Tyco BMW having just taken receipt of their machine, it has been a race against time to get the bike prepared.
Dunlop has been at the forefront of BMW’s success on the roads in recent years claiming multiple wins in both the national and international road racing campaigns, most notably scoring a hat-trick of victories on the BMW at the 2014 Isle of Man TT.
Now enjoying a second season with the Tyco BMW team, Dunlop will be keen to build on the success he enjoyed when winning last year’s Superbike TT race, and the goal will doubtless be securing another Senior TT.
Photos courtesy of Jim McGann Photography
XLMOTO AND LEE JOHNSTON PARTNER UP
International road racing star and British Supersport Championship rider Lee Johnston signs for XLMOTO - Europe's largest online motorcycle store.
Pictured here with his Ashcourt Racing Yamaha R6, Lee said "I'm really happy to partner with XLMOTO for the 2019 season and into the future. We have some exciting plans in the pipeline".
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Manager, XLMOTO said " We are really excited to be working with Lee, supporting his season this year and wish him every success in the British Championship and the road season. Not only is he one of the most talented riders on track, he's a great guy and we are looking forward to working with him".
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Lee will be contesting the British Supersport Class in the British Superbike Championship, IOM TT, NW200 and Ulster Grand Prix.
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STAGE IS SET FOR THRILLING AROUND-A-POUND TANDRAGEE 100
The Around-A-Pound Tandragee 100 has received a bumper entry this year ahead of racing getting underway on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th May.
The North Armagh Motorcycle & Car Club will play host to almost 300 entrants with our own Irish talent mixed in with some top class international flair.
Derek Sheils returns for the new look Burrows Engineering RK Racing team where he will be partnered by former Senior Manx Grand Prix winner Tom Weeden.
2019 triple roads champion Derek McGee will also be in attendance to tackle the majestic and challenging County Armagh course and he will be joined by Michael Sweeney, Adam McLean, Davy Morgan, Nigel Moore and Barry Davidson.
International participants include the popular Czech duo of Michal ‘Indi’ Dokoupil and Veronika Hankocyova, and Dutch rider Nadieh Schoots. They will be joined by German rider Chris Meyer, Italy’s Enrico Rocchi, Canadian Mel Gantly and fwn favourite Roger Chen from Taiwan.
With over half this year’s riders hailing from outside of Northern Ireland, this only serves to showcase the popularity road racing still holds and how special an event Tandragee is amongst fans and riders alike.
The club has a prize fund of £11,000 on offer this year and all races, with the exception of the Forgotten Era and Supermono classes, will be classed as Irish/Ulster Championships Races.
The club asks that fans support the Around A Pound Tandragee 100 by purchasing a programme as this is one of the main revenue streams for the event, and/or make a donation in the bucket with the programme sellers.
FUN TO BE HAD AT COOKSTOWN MOTORCYCLE SHOW
The bi-annual Cookstown Motorcycle Show roars into action this coming Saturday, the 13th April at Cookstown Presbyterian Church grounds.
Hayes Fuels Donaghmore has kindly sponsored this year’s event which will be opened by Isle of Man TT winner Steve Plater at 10 a.m.
Also in attendance is BSB and North West 200 star Glenn Irwin and he will be joined by fellow local rider and short circuit champion Keith Farmer. The ever popular Dominic Herbertson will be making the short trip across the water to be present and will be joined by local talent including Adam McLean, Nico Mawhinny and Eunan McGlinchy.
Other riders making a appearance include KMR man Cameron Dawson, Martin Jones Racing’s Michael Sweeney, Paul Jordan of Dafabet Devitt Racing and Eric Wilson ahead of his upcoming Pike’s Peak challenge.
Some of the younger talent who will be in attendance include Jamie Lyons, Adam Crooks and Andrew Smyth.
Philip McCallen will be present to promote his upcoming ‘Festival Of Speed’, along with former top class racers Ray McCullough and Brian Reid.
Since the show started in 2010 it has generated an amazing £ 35,000 for various charities. Show organiser Deirdre Patterson has been involved in other similar fundraisiers and she has raised over 100k over the past 15 years!
This year proceeds will go to missionary projects, the MCUI Medical Team, and the William Dunlop Foundation with the blessing from the Dunlop family and William’s partner Janine. Thanks to Philip Neil and John Burrows there will be two of Williams race bikes on show.
There is something for every motorcycle enthusiast including an auction, film show, motorcycle stands, memorabilia and classic bikes.
The organizers are also aiming to break their personal best of 108 Bikes on show. The show begins at 10.00am and continues to 5.00pm with an admission charge of £5.00.
BUMPER ENTRY FOR BLACKFORD’S PRE-TT CLASSIC
With entries now closed for the Blackford Financial Services Pre-TT Classic Road Races, organisers, Southern 100 Racing are pleased to confirm that a total of 241 entries have been accepted for this year’s races, which take place on Friday, Saturday and Bank Holiday Monday 24th, 25th & 27th May 2019.
Last year’s race winners, Mike Hose, Keith Shannon, Dominic Herbertson, Steve Ferguson, Michael Evans and Eddy Wright/Kieran Clarke head a list of the crème de la crème of Classic Racers as they compete for a share of the £14,540.00 prize fund over a total of eight races.
The Senior (500cc) and Junior (350cc) races have proved the most popular, both saw Dominic Herbertson take the winners laurels in 2018.
This year in the Greystone LLC 500cc Race the Hexham rider will have the likes of Will Loder, Vic Haskell, Arthur Browning, Chris McGahan, Steve Ferguson, Barry Davidson, Sam Kinkead, Meredydd Owen, Steve Elliott, Mike Hose, Bill Swallow, Alan Oversby, Jamie Coward and Adam McLean to name just a few to contend with before the chequered flag appears after eight hectic laps of the 4.25-mile Colas Billown Course.
The above ‘culprits’ also join the mix for the Friends Provident International 350cc Race, with the addition of Dave Matravers, Ed Manly, Ben Rea, Bob Owen and Keith Shannon adding to the excitement.
The A D Hewett Dental Practice 850cc Race has once again attracted a full grid headed by 2018 winner Steve Ferguson, Bob Owen (2nd), Dave Matravers (3rd), and ensuring a close race, Will Loder, Arthur Browning, Chris McGahan, Jeff Ward, Alec Whitwell, Barry Davidson, Sam Kinkead, Meredydd Owen, Ed Manley, Ben Rea, Steve Elliott, Mike Hose, Bill Swallow, Jamie Coward, Richard Ford, Dominic Herbertson plus others.
Office Equipment Service once again sponsor the 350cc/250cc Singles Race and last year’s winners Mike Hose and Keith Shannon appear to be the men to beat. Amongst those who will be out to do just that include Will Loder, Ian Bainbridge, Ed Poole, Vic Haskell, Arthur Browning, Chris McGahan, Brian Nicholls, Jim Porter, Sam Kinkead, Dave Matravers, Rich Bool, Meredydd Owen, Bill Swallow and Bob Owen.
The six lap Quine & Cubbon Printers Lightweight Race has attracted 23 entries and once again it would appear that Mike Hose will be the man to get the better of on his 250cc Ariel Arrow. The Moreton man will have Jeff Ward, Brian Mateer, Barry Davidson (3rd, 4th & 5th last year), Ian Bainbridge, Chris McGahan, Rich Bool, Bill Swallow, Keith Shannon, Richard Ford, Geoff Bates and Bob Owen and others to keep at bay in his attempt to get to the chequered flag and retain his trophy.
Manxman Michael Evans returns to defend his 2018 race victory in the 4 Hire Post Classic Superbike Race however he will have another 28 competitors vying for the winners laurels, they include Jeff
Ward, Alec Whitwell, Dennis Booth, Colin Croft, Tim Poole, Adrian Kershaw, Ben Rea, Mike Hose, Hefyn Owen, Jamie Coward, Mark Herbertson, Rob Hodson, Rhys Hardisty, Adrian Harrison, Paul Jordan and
Sadly, the Geoff Duke Junior Superbike Race will have a new name on the unique trophy, with James Cowton having dominated this race since its first running in 2014.
With 22 lining up on the grid amongst the favourites will be Barry Davidson, Tom Snow, Rhys Hardisty, Gary Vines and Brian Nicholls on 250cc two-stroke twins, whilst Colin Croft, Tim Poole, Andy Sailor, Andrew Cowie, Gavin Brown and Alistair Haworth will be on 600cc four-cylinder four stoke machines.
The two Sidecar races have the honour of opening and closing the races at this year’s Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races, their first race being on the Saturday afternoon after qualifying has concluded and bring the curtain down on the main race day, Bank Holiday Monday.
Entries are slightly down on last year; however, lack of quantity is made up by the quality of the entry, headed by Eddy Wright and Kieran Clarke, who showed a clean pair of heels (in the case of the passenger) to everyone during the 2018 races, taking three wins from three starts.
This year the Tadcaster pairing will have to contend with the likes of Wally Saunders with Bob Dowty in the chair, Howard Langham & Doug Chandler, Tony Thirkell & Trevor Johnson, Andy Nourish and Dutch passenger Nicolia Klinker, Keith Walters & Alun Thomas, Frenchman Patrick Geffray and Andy Haynes, Greg Lambert & Ben McBride, Rod Bellas & Danny Quirk, Mike Cookson & Kenny Cole and Philip Boote with Jayne Morris in the chair.
It is encouraging to see a total of 11 Newcomers are racing this year, Dean Edwards (Hemel Hampstead), John Cliffe (Whitby), Steve Birtles (Northwich), Andy Farrell (Skerries), Keith Clarke (Shefford, Beds), Dean Stimpson (Doddington, Cambs), Julian Trummer (Austria), David Mead ( Welshpool), Dave Holden (Perth, Scotland), Andy Kildea (Newtownards) and Mark Purslow (Ceredigion, Wales) and three newcomers to the Pre-TT Classic, but have raced on the Colas Billown Course previously, they are Gavin Brown (Port Erin), Richard Ford (Garstang) and Alistair Haworth (Millom).
Southern 100 Racing look forward to welcoming all competitors, officials, marshals and race fans, old and new to the Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races 2019 and wish everyone a safe, exciting and enjoyable time whilst on the Isle of Man.
Photo by RCphotos
THRILLING COOKSTOWN 100 IN PROSPECT
The 2019 Irish road race season roars into life when the KDM Hire Cookstown 100 takes place on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th of this month.
The organizing club, the Cookstown & District MCC, has been working hard ahead of the 2019 event with major re-surfacing having taken place from Craigmount to Braeside as well as a new starting area located at the exit of the pits. Both of these changes have been well received by competitors.
The club has also reduced the number of practice sessions and races. Only 12 races are scheduled for Saturday with the Opening Superbike taking place on Friday evening.
Amongst the entry list is the ‘Mullingar Missile’ and 2018 triple Irish roads champion, Derek McGee, who returns to the KDM Hire Cookstown 100 with view to getting back on the top step of the podium. McGee has entered the Open, Supersport 600, Supertwin and Moto 3 races.
Adam McLean, ‘Man of the Meeting’ in 2018, remains with McAdoo Racing and with a season under his belt with the local team coupled with sterling performances at the opening ISBK Short Circuit meeting last week at Bishopscourt, Adam will be out to reclaim this title.
Last years 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 wont hold back the former pole setter here at Cookstown.
Stepping back form modern day machinery is Lincolshire 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, who will compete in the 350 class on board the Italian MV Agusta!. This is only the second time a MV Agusta has been raced here at Cookstown, the first was Mike Hailwood on a 175 MV in 1958 when he won his first ever road race!
Last years 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 years North West 200, and has forsaken the ICCP Road races to participate here 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 in the pen class on board the Top Gun Tools and Fittings ZX10 Kawasaki.
Despite retiring on the final lap of last years 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 years Irish road race calendar, beginning at the KDM Hire Cookstown 100.
Words and photo by Baylon McCaughey
NADIEH SCHOOTS SET FOR KDM HIRE COOKSTOWN 100
International Female road racer Nadieh Schoots will make her national road racing debut, when she competes at the 2019 KDM Hire Cookstown 100.
Nadieh, who competed at the 2018 North West 200, will compete in both open races as well as the feature Cookstown 100 race on her Rebel Racing R1 Yamaha Superbike.
The 28-year-old Dutch rider has earned her place amongst the fastest female racers in the world having already gained two years of BSB experience where she raced for Team ILR before returning home with a view to competing on road circuits. Since then she has competed in the ICCP series gaining top ten finishes.
Before crashing at last years North West 200, Nadieh became the first woman ever to qualify for a Superbike race at the Triangle with a lap of 110.455mph. After going through the speed trap at over 180 mph Schoots unfortunately crashed out on lap 4 but thankfully escaping serious injury.
KDM HIRE COOKSTOWN 100 PROGRAMME OF EVENTS
- Thursday 4th April Press Launch Royal Hotel from 7.30pm
Thursday 11th April Liaison Night, Royal Hotel 7.30 pm
- Sunday 14thApril Annual Bikers Service Orritor Presbyterian Church 3.30pm
- Thursday 25th April Annual Classic Bike Run Sign on from 6.30pm in Burn Rd, Car Park, leaving at 7.15pm
- Friday 26th April KDM Hire Cookstown 100 Practice Day -
Roads Close at 12 Noon Saturday 27th April KDM Hire Cookstown 100 Race Day - Roads Close at 10.00am
Words and photo by Baylon McCaughey
SHAUN ANDERSON AND NW RACING JOIN FORCES
NW Racing and Shaun Anderson have teamed up ahead of the commencement of the 2019 road racing season. Anderson, a seeded rider at this year’s Isle of Man TT, will be provided with a superstock and superbike spec BMW S1000RR.
The Banbridge rider has firmly established himself as a top class TT competitor over the last few years and has lapped the mountain course in excess of 128mph.
He will make his debut for the team at the Tandragee 100, his local event, where he will have the chance to get to grips with the machinery ahead of the Isle of Man TT. He will also race for the team at the Ulster Grand Prix and other selected events throughout the season.
The news comes as somewhat of a surprise as the team had not expected to be competing following the loss of Darren Cooper just a few weeks ago, but now with the addition of Anderson it is all systems go as they target a lap of 130mph around the famous mountain circuit
Team owner Noel Williamson; “I am delighted to have Shaun on board this season, he is a very underestimated rider, and now we have a seeded rider to ride our BMW 1000 RR at the TT. I am excited to say the least, and Shaun will have two bikes at his disposal for the TT in Superstock and Superbike spec.
Shaun is a talented TT rider, and he has lapped at over 128mph, and what better rider to have on board. Shaun will make his first appearance of the season at Tandragee, where he will have a chance to get used to the BMW on his local course. As well as the TT, Shaun will race at the Ulster Grand Prix, and a number of selected events, during the season. We are quietly confident of a good season together”
Shaun Anderson; “I read about the unfortunate change in NW Racing on line, and I know from seeing Noels team operate in the race paddocks over the past few tears, that they have good bikes as well as a good set up. I believe that this will be a good opportunity for both of us to come together. Being seeded at the TT will be a big help, and along with the help of Stanley and the team, I am hopeful that the partnership will be fruitful this season.
I had a good run in the Superbike race in 2018 finishing in 13th, and despite an intermittent electrical fault in the Superstock race, I still finished in 16th place. A broken steering damper bracket put paid to the Senior race, but this year we are looking forward to the new team, and hopefully our goal of a 130mph lap”
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