Road Racing Daily - 2019 Cookstown 100

Road Racing Daily Derek McGee claims man of the meeting award at the Cookstown 100

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.

Road Racing Daily Full list of results from the 2019 Cookstown 100

KDM HIRE COOKSTOWN 100 RESULTS

GRAND FINAL

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 

OPEN A 

1 Derek Sheils
2 Adam McLean
3 Derek McGee
4 Thomas Maxwell
5 Paul Williams
6 Neil Kernohan
7 Stephen McKnight
8 Paul Jordan
9 Michael Sweeney
10 Darryl Tweed 
11 Kevin Fitzpatrick 
12 Paul Gartland
13 Forest Dunn
14 Paul Cranston
15 Sean Seddon
16 Damian Hiram
17 Brad Vicars
18 Lee Hembury 
19 Adrian Harrison
20 Tom Weeden

OPEN B

1 Ben Rea
2 Stephen Degnan
3 Noel Carroll
4 Lloyd Collins

SUPERSPORT

1 Adam McLean
2 Derek McGee
3 Paul Jordan
4 Derek Sheils
5 Michael Sweeney 
6 Neil Kernohan 
7 Kevin Fitzpatrick 
8 Brad Vicars
9 Adrian Harrison 
10 Darryl Tweed 
11 Forest Dunn
12 Tom Weeden
13 Michal Dokoupil
14 Lee Hembury
15 Ben Rea
16 Noel Carroll
17 Stephen Degnan
18 Lloyd Collins

SUPERTWIN

1 Derek McGee
2 Adam McLean
3 Michael Sweeney
4 Stephen McKnight
5 Paul Williams
6 Neil Kernohan 
7 Paul Gartland
8 Brad Vicars
9 Darryl Tweed
10 Anthony McColgan
11 Dominic Cottrell
12 Shaun Wynne
13 Mark Kirby
14 Kevin Baker
15 Brian Loughlin
16 Francis O’Hara
17 Ben Plant
18 James Rothery

SUPERTWIN B

1 Tommy Henry
2 Martin Currams
3 James Cottrell 
4 Jason Cassells
5 Nigel Colgan
6 Robert Cairns
7 Tim Stephenson
8 Mark Johnson

JUNIOR SUPPORT

1 Eoin O’Siochru
2 Vinny Brennan
3 Dominic Cottrell
4 Alastair Haworth
5 Jason Cassells
6 Nigel Colgan
7 Mark Kirby
8 James Cottrell
9 Robert Cairns
10 Noel Smith 
11 Darren Duncan
12 Mark Johnson
13 Chris Meyer
14 John Cahill
15 James Rothery
16 Francis O’Hara
17 Yvonne Montgomery 

SENIOR SUPPORT

1 Tommy Henry
2 Darren Keys
3 Dermot Cleary
4 Darryl Anderson
5 Andy McAllister
6 Chris Stuart
7 John Cahill
8 Stuart McCann
9 Shaun Wynne
10 John O’Donovan
11 Wayne Pither 
12 Phil Archer
13 Kevin Baker
14 Gary Jordan
15 Noel Smith
16 Veronika Hankocyova
17 Brian Keohane
18 Yvonne Montgomery
19 George Scott
20 Martin Currams
21 James Rothery
22 Adrian Heraty
23 Aaron Boyd

125/Moto3

1 Derek McGee
2 Nigel Moore
3 Kevin Fitzpatrick 
4 Paul Gartland
5 Samuel Greif
6 Andrew Jackson
7 Chris Meyer
8 Jack Sands
9 Malcolm Love

CLASSIC 250

1 Brian Mateer
2 Philip Shaw
3 Gary Hutton
4 Davy Crawford
5 Kyle Parks

CLASSIC 350

1 Barry Davidson 
2 Ed Manly 
3 Nigel Moore
4 Mark Johnson
5 Anthony Ambler
6 Ken Parkes
7 Linton Irwin
8 Sam Kinkead
9 Andy Kildea
10 Freddie Stewart
11 Ian Thompson
12 Mick Brady

CLASSIC 500

1 Barry Davidson 
2 Ed Manly
3 John Pembury
4 Wattie Brown
5 Mark Parrett
6 Anthony Ambler
7 Gary Hutton
8 Andy Kildea
9 Billy Lyle
10 Freddie Stewart 
11 Sam Kinkead

CLASSIC 100

1 Richard Ford
2 Ian Thompson
3 Philip Shaw
4 Chris McGahan
5 Trevor Stewart

LIGHTWEIGHT

1 Paul Williams
2 Stephen McKeown
3 Lloyd Collins
4 Stephen Morrison
5 Aaron Boyd
6 Darren Duncan
7 Brian Loughlin
8 Jordan McFerren
9 Alastair Haworth
10 Darryl Anderson

F ERA
1 Gareth Keys
2 Richard Ford

250R

1 Chris Meyer

2019 Cookstown 100 Race Day Report

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 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.

Road Racing Daily Derek McGee wins the KDM Hire Cookstown 100 Grand Final

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

Road Racing Daily Derek Sheils claims Cookstown 100 superbike glory

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.

Road Racing Daily Cookstown 100 Friday race results

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

Road Racing Daily Cookstown 100 qualifying report

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. 

 

SUPERBIKE QUALIFYING

 

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

 

SUPERSPORT

 

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

 

SUPERTWINS

 

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

 

SENIOR SUPPORT

 

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

 

JUNIOR SUPPORT

 

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

 

CLASSIC 350

 

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

 

CLASSIC 500

 

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

 

CLASSIC 100 

 

1 Richard Ford

2 Philip Shaw

3 Ian Thompson

4 Trevor Stewart

 

125/MOTO3

 

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

 

LIGHTWEIGHT 

 

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

Road Racing Daily 2019 Cookstown 100 TV highlights details confirmed

COOKSTOWN 100 TV HIGHLIGHTS DATE AND TIME CONFIRMED

The KDM Hire Cookstown 100 roars into action this weekend and it will open the 2019 road racing season. 

A special highlights programme showcasing the action from the event will be broadcast on BBC1 Northern Ireland at 10.35pm on Tuesday, May 7. 

Friday Practice at the Cookstown 100 takes place with roads closing at 12 noon. On Saturday roads will close at 10am sharp prior to the commencement of racing. 

Please support the club by purchasing a programme.

Road Racing Daily Derek Sheils in action at the Cookstown 100

RECORD BREAKING KDM HIRE COOKSTOWN 100 IN PROSPECT

The 2019 Irish road racing season gets underway this weekend at Cookstown and it promises to be a record breaker. 

With resurfacing having taken place at the Braeside and Craigmount corners of the circuit, coupled with the newly positioned start-finish area, organisers are expecting lap record to tumble with Michel Dunlop’s six year old 91.48mph lap record possibly set to fall. 

A stellar line-up is on offer for spectators and the new look team from John Burrows / RK Racing should provide some quality racing. 

Derek Sheils, winner of last year’s only superbike race at Cookstown, has been in imperious form at the Orritor Circuit in recent years and will be keen to make an early statement in the premier class. Sheils will also feature in the supersport class on board the Roadhouse Macau Yamaha R6. 

McAdoo Racing Kawasaki rider and last year’s ‘Man of the Meeting’ Adam McLean will also be in attendance and hopeful of repeating last year’s performances. 

Also 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 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.

Road Racing Daily Thrilling 2019 Cookstown 100 in prospect

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

Changes at Cookstown 100

The 2019 KDM Hire Cookstown 100 road races scheduled for 26th/27th April will have a new look this year.

Following discussions with riders and officials, the organizing Club have re positioned the start finish line.

The new look start finish area will be just after the Race paddock area.

This will make things a lot easier for both riders and officials. Since the event was brought back to  the Orrittor circuit, the start/ finish area was ajacadent to the Braeside Bar. Riders were placed in two paddocks, now they will all be in the same paddock.

In the past, riders have felt, that , due to the nature of the circuit, that, If a rider was in the lead at Orritor corner, one could assume that that rider would be the winner, however, with the finish line now moved to below the race paddock exit, it gives the chasing riders a chance to make a pass before the line.

On Sunday last, the MCUI Roads inspection were out around the circuit, and passed the circuit fit for racing in 2019.

And more good news for the riders, the Braeside Corner  and Craigmount could well be re surfaced in time for this years event. This corner saw quite a few crashes over the years, and despite being the first fast left hand bend on the circuit, a contributory factor to most of the spills, the deteriorating surface didn’t help matters.

Entries are starting to come in for  this years event Entries and regulations can be downloaded from the website, www Cookstown100.org

Words: Baylon McCaughey

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