Road Racing Daily - Cookstown 100

Adam McLean photo by Mick Cooke




Tobermore rider Adam McLean produced a dynamite display of road racing as he racked up a race win and further podium finishes on his way to being named man of the meeting at Cookstown.  


In total, McLean garnered an unrivalled 76 points from his performances in the championship races, further underlining his roads credentials. 


A fifth place in the Open A Race was followed by a second placed finish in the Moto3 Class. Another second spot in the Supersport event was well earned before the McAdoo Kawasaki / Hanna Motors rider capped off a superb weekend with a thrilling supertwin victory. 


McLean had this to say when speaking to Baylon McCaughey: 


“This is bit of a surprise, brilliant! That was a Difficult day for everyone, and a sensible approach was needed. Thankfully the Cookstown club had the foresight to call it a day, I know it was disappointing, not only for the riders, but also for all the race fans, but, Man of the Meeting, that’s super.”


A tough but wise call by the race organisers to abandon racing had to be made with safety the paramount concern. 


All injured riders are ok. Owen Graves was taken to hospital but following X-Rays was given the all clear with just bruising and no broken bones. 


Speedy recovery. 




Quite often the headlines in our sport our grabbed by the big names, and rightly so, but yesterday at Cookstown we were reminded that some of road racing’s brightest stars are those whose careers are still in their relative infancy. 


Adam McLean has been on a meteoric rise since he made his roads bow. The Tobermore rider continues to go from strength to strength and yesterday showed his worth by storming to a well earned Supertwin victory in trying conditions. He also bagged another three podium finishes.


McLean ran fifth in the Open A race behind only Derek Sheils, Michael Dunlop, Michael Sweeney and Derek McGee; a stellar outing all things considered. 


His performance has ensured he leaves Cookstown as the Duke Road Race Rankings leader. 


Billy McKinstry backed rider and Cookstown debutant, Daniel Mettam was in superb from as the New Zealander took the spoils in the Supersport B race. Mettam then went on to grab a second place in the Supertwin event after a great battle with Davey Todd. 


Todd, who has signed with John Burrows for the Cookstown BE Team in 2018 got a well deserved podium finish in the Supertwin race and underlined his big bike credentials with a fantastic eighth spot in the Non-Championship Open A race which was won by teammate Derek Sheils. Michael Dunlop Cookstown 100. Photo by Mick Cooke


The KDM Hire Cookstown 100 was called to an early halt following some trying weather conditions, but not before fans were treated to some stellar racing at the 2018 roads season opener. 

Derek Sheils proved once again that he is the man to beat around the Orritor track as the Cookstown Burrows Engineering Suzuki rider wowed the crowd on his way to another premier class victory. 

The Irishman, a double superbike winner in both 2016 and 2017 won the race on corrected time from the second group besting Michael Dunlop who was 2nd, and Michael Sweeney back in 3rd.
Derek McGee was in 4th place and McAdoo Kawasaki rider Adam McLean was in 5th.

It was a day for the newcomers as both Davey Todd and Daniel Mettam showed their roads potential. New Zealander Mettam, riding for Billy McKinstry, scored a fine victory in the Supersport B race before edging out Todd for a hard earned second spot in the Supertwin event, a race Adam McLean won by a huge margin. 

McLean was consistently quick throughout the day and the Tobermore man once more underlined his growing reputation as a rider to be feared. In challenging conditions, the McAdoo Kawasaki rider produced an unrivalled performance to take victory in the supertwin class. He was also runner up in the Supersport A Invitation and 125/Moto3 classes. 

In what proved to be a successful day for the McAdoo team, their charge James Cowton won the Supersport A race with fellow teammate Adam McLean sharing the podium in second place with Derek Sheils back in third. 

Not to be outdone on the 600, Michael Dunlop claimed his first victory at Cookstown since 2015 as he earned a hard fought victory in the Supersport Invitational. Hot on his heels were the McAdoo duo of James Cowton and Adam McLean who rounded out the podium. Derek Sheils who started on pole, was in fourth spot. 

Paul Williams proved to be a popular winner as he bagged a debut Irish roads win in the Open B event. Darryl Tweed and Forest Dunn came in second and third; two very popular podium finishes which pleased the crowds. 

In the 125/Moto3 Class it was the ‘Mullingar Missle’, Derek McGee who took the win ahead of Adam McLean and Paul Robinson. The keenly contested class always produces great racing and today was no different. Paul Jordan and Joe Loughlin rounded out the top five finishing fourth and fifth respectively. 

The Junior Support A race was won by Barry Sheehan with Jason Cassells in second and Liam Chawke in third. 

The Junior Support B race was won by Enda Trearty, with Dominic Cottrell in second and RJ Woolsey in third. 

Barry Davidson and Richard Ford shared the spoils in the Junior and Senior Classic Races. 

Ultimately the weather dampened the day but thanks must go to the hosting club, the clerk of the course, marshals, medics and volunteers, without whom racing would not have been possible. Their tireless work in tricky conditions ensured that fans got to see some thrilling action in the safest of circumstances.

Barry Davidson Junior Classic winner Cookstown 100 Photo by Mick Cooke



KDM Hire Cookstown 100 Race Results:


Non Championship Open A Race

1 Derek Sheils

2 Michael Dunlop

3 Michael Sweeney

4 Derek McGee

5 Adam McLean

6 James Cowton

7 Alistair Kirk

8 Davey Todd

9 Brian McCormack

10 Thomas Maxwell


Open B Race

1 Paul Williams

2 Darryl Tweed

3 Forest Dunn

4 Paul Gartland

5 Marc Ironside

6 Sam Johnson

7 Vassilios Takos

8 Damian Horan

9 Dean Campbell

10 Richard Charlton


Supersport A Race

1 James Cowton

2 Adam McLean

3 Derek Sheils

4 Michael Dunlop

5 Derek McGee

6 William Dunlop

7 Michael Sweeney

8 Paul Jordan

9 Dan Cooper

10 Davey Todd


Supersport Invitational Race

1 Michael Dunlop

2 Adam McLean

3 James Cowton

4 Derek Sheils

5 Michael Sweeney

6 Paul Jordan

7 Davey Todd

8 Dan Cooper

9 Darryl Tweed

10 Paul Williams


125/Moto 3 Race

1 Derek McGee

2 Adam McLean

3 Paul Robinson

4 Paul Jordan

5 Joe Loughlin

6 Christopher Eder

7 Nigel Moore

8 Jim Hind

9 Chris Meyer

10 Gary Jordan


Supersport B Race

1 Daniel Mettam

2 Kris Duncan

3 Kevin Fitzpatrick

4 Graham Kennedy

5 Darren Cooper

6 Dominic Herbertson

7 Paul Cranston

8 Gareth Evans

9 Richard Charlton

10 Forest Dunn


Junior Support A Race

1 Barry Sheehan

2 Jason Cassells

3 Liam Chawke

4 Alistair Haworth

5 Michael Nagle

6 Eoin O’Siochru

7 Tommy Heaphy

8 James Cottrell

9 Rikki McGovern

10 Michael Rees


Junior Support B Race

1 Enda Trearty

2 Dominic Cottrell

3 RJ Woolsey

4 Francis O’Hara

5 Mark Johnson

6 Brendan Flynn

7 Chris Meyer

8 Robert Cairns

9 Malcolm Love

10 Michael Hoey


Junior Classics Race

1 Barry Davidson

2 Ed Manly

3 Jamie O’Brien

4 Nigel Moore

5 Richard Ford

6 Sean Leonard

7 Linton Irwin

8 Sam Kinkead

9 Ken Parkes

10 Philip Shaw


Senior Classics Race

1 Richard Ford

2 Barry Davidson

3 Morgan Govignon

4 Wattie Brown

5 Billy Lyle

6 Freddie Stewart

7 Anthony Ambler

8 Antony Nicholls

9 Andy Kildea

10 John Leigh Pemberton


Super Twins A Race

1 Adam McLean

2 Daniel Mettam

3 Davey Todd

4 Thomas Maxwell

5 Derek McGee

6 Dominic Herbertson

7 Alistair Kirk

8 Paul Gartland

9 Stephen McKnight

10 Andy Farrell

James Cowton photo by Mick Cooke


James Cowton secured victory in the Supersport A Race at the KDM Hire Cooktown 100.

The Gortreagh Printing McAdoo Kawasaki rider edged out his teammate, Adam McLean with Derek Sheils rounding out the podium positions.

Michael Dunlop was back in 4th spot closely followed by Derek McGee

Daniel Mettam Supersport Race B Winner - Photo by Mick Cooke

Newcomer to the Irish Roads, New Zealander Daniel Mettam won the Supersport B Race the KDM Hire Cookstown 100. 

Riding for Billy McKinstry, Mettam was hugely impressive as he took his debut roads win at the Orritor circuit.

Your results from the Supersport B Race:

1. Daniel Mettam

2. Kris Duncan

3. Kevin Fitzpatrick

4. Graham Kennedy

5. Darren Cooper

6.Domininc Herbertson

7. Paul Cranston.

8. Gareth Evans.

9. Richard Charlton.

10. Forest Dunn.

Derek Sheils photo by Mick Cooke


After some delays due to inclement weather, Cooktown Burrows Engineering rider Derek Sheils won the Open Non-championship A race at the KDM Hire Cooktown 100.

Sheils, who over the past two years has been unbeaten in the premier class won the race on corrected time from the second group besting Michael Dunlop who was 2nd, and Michael Sweeney back in 3rd.

Derek McGee was in 4th place and McAdoo rider Adam McLean was in 5th.

Top 10:

Derek Sheils

Michael Dunlop

Michael Sweeney

Derek McGee

Adam McLean

James Cowton

Alistair Kirk

Davey Todd

Brian McCormack

Thomas Maxwell

Canadian Mel Gantly yesterday fulfilled a lifelong ambition to race on the Irish roads

Hailing from Victoria in British Columbia, Mel has long dreamt of following in the footsteps of his hero, Joey Dunlop.  
Mel intended to ship over his Yamaha YZF-R6 but due to excess shipping costs, Aaron Mellish from AM Road Racing will instead loan Mel a CBR600F2 so he can compete in the senior support class. 

“Yesterday evening I competed in my first Irish road race, and I still can hardly believe it! The day was not without its challenges (it is racing after all), but I once out on the track, it was all worth it. Still not sure where I finished yet but that didn't even matter. I crossed the finish line laughing inside my helmet (and with maybe a tear or two) after doing something I've dreamed about practically all my life. And it's absolutely true what people say: the Irish road racing community is a true family. I've met so many lovely folks here who offer to help, said hello in person after connecting online or just stop by for a chat. Thank you so much to Trebor Quinn for all the driving and help with the bike (we're totally engineers, right?), Jane Quinn for keeping us so very well fed, both of them for welcoming me into their home for these two weeks, Aaron Mellish for providing the bike and all the help, George Leonard for the rides, the craic and the very kind raffling of the framed Joey photo, and the multi-talented Baylon McCaughey for the circuit tour, guidance and the photos. I hope everyone gets to live their dream, whatever it may be.”

Mel is also seeking sponsorship so if anyone is willing to help please contact him via the list below. 
Facebook: Mel Gantly Racing
Instagram/Twitter: @MelGantly


Mullingar rider, Derek McGee underlined his versatility when he qualified on Pole in both the Superbikes and Moto 3 classes for to morrows KDM Hire Cookstown 100.

Qualifying for tomorrows races was held in excellent conditions, however only one race was run before the organizers decided to pull the plug on safety grounds. With low lying sun beginning to cause problems at the back of the circuit, the 600 Invitation race was red flagged after half a lap, as Mike Norbury slipped off at turn one, but riders appeared to be uneasy with the sun, and after talks with the organizers, Clerk of the Course Francis Everard  wisely called it quits for the evening.

Michael Dunlops debut with the TYCO BMW saw him qualify in third spot for the Superbike races behind Michael Sweeney and McGee, with only 0.44 seconds covering the leading trio. Brian McCormack was 4th quickest ahead of James Cowton and William Dunlop. Derek Sheils only got half a lap before his machine expired and he hurriedly returned to the pits and took out his 600 Yamaha, and despite traffic, qualified in 12th place.

Sheils then put his 600 Yamaha on pole for the 600 race just 0.095 seconds ahead of Adam McLean with McGee just a fifth of a second adrift in third. 4th on the grid will be James Cowton just ahead of the Dunlops with Michael in 5th spot.
The top four in the moto 3 class shattered the 5 year old lap record, with McGee taking pole from Adam McLean, Paul Robinson and best of the two strokes, Joesph Loughlin. Local riders Paul Jordan (Moto 3) and Nigel Moore completed the leaderboard.

McLean and Cowton both went under the lap record inn the Supertwins where Joesph Loughlin was third, just  a tenth of the existing lap record. Derek McGee only got one lap before retiring.
Thomas Maxwell qualified in 4th ahead of newcomer Davey Todd and Michael Browne, with New Zealander Daneil Mettam in 7th spot.

Best of the Supermonos was Shaun Anderson in 9th place on the Kramer.

Barry Davison stamped his authority in both the 350 and 500 classic qualifying with Brian Mateer heading the quarter litre class by a whisker from Philip Shaw and Richard Ford.

Nigel Moore qualified second in the 350 ahead of Ed Manly, with  manx man, Chris McGahan in 4th.
In the 1000 class, it is Richard Ford who heads the leaderboard from French newcomer Morgan Govignon and Jamie O Brein.

Second on the grid for the 500 class will be Freddie Stewart with Mark Parret ,riding the Ex works Norton as ridden by Charlie Williams at the MGP two years ago, in 3rd spot.

Schoolteacher Barry Sheehan heads the junior support class from Jason cassels and Alaistair Haworth, with Michael Nagle, Liam Chawke and Rikki McGovern competing the top 6.

Cork rider, Michael Browne heads the senior support from newcomers Darren Keys, Stephen Haddow, Aaron Mellish and Owen Graves.
Darryl Tweed just holds on to pole for the Lightweight supersport from Alaister Haworth, with Seamus Elliot in third ahead of Stephen McKeown, Stephen Morrisson and best of the Forgotten Era riders, Gareth Keys in 6th spot.

The only race to go to night was the senior Support B, and it was Ballymoneys Tommy Henry who won the race on corrected time from David Murphy and John O Donavan.

Roads Close to Morrow ‪at 10.00am‬, for a 17 race programme. The first race will be the Invitation 600 race.

Spectators are reminded, Please BUY A PROGRAMME, AND Respect the surrounding properties.

Words Baylon McCaughey

Road Racing Daily Michael Dunlop Tyco BMW Photo by Graham Thompson


Michael Dunlop will make his Tyco BMW roads bow this weekend at the Cookstown 100. 

The Ballymoney man and 15 times Isle of Man TT winner surprised many when he sensationally switched to Tyco BMW from Hawk Racing Suzuki for the 2018 roads season. 

Dunlop last contested the Cookstown 100 on board the much maligned Yamaha R1, but now that he is back on a BMW, a machine that took him to Senior TT victory and an outright TT lap record, it is reasonable to assume that he will start this season as a huge favourite for further roads glory. 

This weekend will also see Dunlop race in the supersport class on board the MD Racing Honda CBR600RR. 

Holding both lap records at Cookstown in the superbike and supersport classes, Dunlop should be confident of hitting the ground running and few would bet against the Ballymoney rider when racing gets underway. 

Michael Dunlop’s lap records at Cookstown:

Supersport 600: 89.169mph set in 2011. 
Superbike: 91.480mph set in 2013. 

Michael Dunlop pictured testing on the Tyco BMW at Kirkistown. 

Photo by Graham Thompson.

Programme of Events KDM Hire Cookstown 100  2018


Thursday 5th April

Press Launch Royal Hotel from 7.30pm


Thursday 12th April

Liaison Night, Royal Hotel 7.30 pm


Sunday 22nd April

Annual Bikers Service

Race Paddock, Orritor Road

Rev Noel Agnew


Thursday 26th April

Annual Classic Bike Run. Sign on from 6.30pm at Burn Road Car Park, leaving at 7.15pm


Friday 27th April

KDM Hire Cookstown 100 Practice Day

Roads Close at 12 Noon


Saturday 28th April

KDM Hire Cookstown 100 Race Day

Roads Close at 10.00am

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