Road Racing Daily - East Coast Racing Festival 2018

Road Racing Daily Michael ‘Micko’ Sweeney took two wins at the East Coast Racing Festival

EAST COAST RACING FESTIVAL: RACE DAY REVIEW

 

After rain affected Saturday’s qualifying at the East Coast Racing Festival, organisers were hopeful of some better weather today, and that’s what they got with better conditions greeting the spectators lining the course. 

 

Derek McGee made a welcome return to competition following his crash at this year’s Ulster Grand Prix. Still in contention to win two championships, (Irish Supersport and 125/Moto3), the Mullingar man was out first in the opening Supersport Race of the day. 

 

Riding the B&W Racing Kawasaki, McGee fought off stiff competition from Cookstown Burrows Engineering rider Derek Sheils, crossing the line with a mere 0.185s in his pocket. Micko Sweeney took a fine third place to round out the podium positions. 

 

This meant that since Enniskillen earlier this year, McGee had now notched up a 15 race winning streak! 

 

Derek Sheils was another rider making his return to the national scene and he was immediately up to speed taking a hard earned win in the first of the day’s Superbike races. It was a titanic battle with Micko Sweeney throughout the race with only 0.138s the difference as both men crossed the line. 

 

Sheils must have taken note of that because in the second Superbike race of the day, the grand final, he put the hammer down running away with the race with a winning margin of 18s over Sweeney. Paul Jordan who took the final podium place in both Superbike races. 

 

Sweeney, not to be outdone by the two Dereks, was himself to enjoy the winning feeling as the local lad won the second Supersport race of the day as well as securing victory in the supertwins race. 

 

In the Supersport race Sweeney was made to work hard for the victory as he and Paul Jordan fought tooth and nail throughout. It was a nail-biting climax to the race as Sweeney narrowly popped Jordan to the line by a margin of just one tenth of a second. Superb racing from the leading pair. Manx Grand Prix winner Andy Farrell was in third place. 

 

Sweeney had it a little easier in the Supertwin race, winning with a healthier margin of 16s over Cookstown BE rider Davey Todd. Stephen McKnight took a very well deserved third placed finish. 

 

With the 125/Moto3 Championship still up for grabs, all eyes were fixed on the duel for the crown between the returning Derek McGee, and the retiring Paul Robinson. 

 

In one of the more dramatic races of the day it was the veteran Paul Robinson who not only snatched the race win, but the championship as well to roars from the crowds lining the course. 

 

Gary Dunlop was in second place with Melissa Kennedy back in third. Derek McGee was placed in fourth. 

 

Senior support honours went to Liam Chawke who finished 4.6s ahead of Wayne Sheehan in second place with William Hara in third place. Finishing second was good enough to hand Wayne Sheehan the Senior Support Championship. 

 

Junior Support honours went to Brian Loughlin who crossed the line almost 6s ahead of Barry Sheehan. Ben Mullane rounded out the podium places. 

 

As with his brother, Barry Sheehan’s second place was good enough to hand the Irishman the Junior Support Championship crown. 

 

Classic maestro Barry Davidson enjoyed another double today taking wins in the C350 and C500 classes. Phillip Shaw was the victor in the C1000 class with Brian Mateer winning the C250 class. 

 

Davy Morgan won the LWSS race fighting off a very spirited Darryl Tweed who was a mere 0.137s behind Morgan as the chequered flag was waved. David Howard was in third place.

Road Racing Daily Derek Sheils does the double at the East Coast Racing Festival

SHEILS DOES THE DOUBLE AT THE EAST COAST RACING FESTIVAL

 

Derek Sheils made his return to the national scene a successful one today with two Superbike wins at the East Coast Racing Festival. 

 

In the first of today’s Superbike encounters, the Cookstown Burrows Engineering rider was involved in race long duel with Martin Jones backed rider Micko Sweeney. 

 

As with the opening race of the day, it was just a tenth of a second which separated the leading pair with Sheils pipping his rival and fellow countryman to the line by a mere 0.138s. 

 

So, it was a case of picking up where he left off and with the grand final left to run Sheils was the man to beat. 

 

Running over 7 laps, the Suzuki mounted Sheils was in imperious form noticeably quicker than his main rivals. When he crossed the line to take the chequered flag he was 18s ahead of local rider Micko Sweeney with Paul Jordan rounding out the podium places. 

 

That sealed the double for the immensely popular rider and brought a close to the Irish national road racing season.

 

Grand Final

 

1 Derek Sheils

2 Michael Sweeney

3 Paul Jordan

4 Thomas Maxwell

5 Kevin Fitzpatrick

6 Paul Gartland

7 Darryl Tweed

8 Stephen McKnight

9 Paul Fallon

10 Alan Johnson

Road Racing Daily Derek Sheils does the Superbike double at the East Coast Racing Festival

EAST COAST RACING FESTIVAL RESULTS

 

Two wins from Micko Sweeney, two from Derek Sheils on his return to action and two from Barry Davidson. 

 

Full report to follow shortly. 

 

600cc Championship Race 

 

1 Derek McGee

2 Derek Sheils

3 Michael Sweeney

4 Paul Jordan

5 Kevin Fitzpatrick 

6 Graham Kennedy

7 Andy Farrell

8 Darryl Tweed

9 James Chawke

10 Davy Morgan

11 Alan Johnson

12 Paul Fallon

 

Open Championship Race

 

1 Derek Sheils

2 Michael Sweeney

3 Paul Jordan

4 Davey Todd

5 Thomas Maxwell

6 Graham Kennedy

7 Kevin Fitzpatrick 

8 Darryl Tweed

9 Andy Farrell

10 Paul Gartland

11 Stephen McKnight

12 Dennis Booth

13 Darren Cooper

14 Alan Johnson

 

Friends of Alan Bonner Memorial Race - Senior Support 

 

1 Liam Chawke

2 Wayne Sheehan

3 William Hara

4 Kevin Baker 

5 Matt Donaldson

6 Niall Power

7 Dermot Cleary

8 Michael Hoey

9 John Cahill

10 George Scott

11 Ben Wales

12 Noel Smith

13 John Byrne

14 Christopher Stuart

15 James Cottrell

16 Yvonne Montgomery 

17 Adrian Heraty

18 Gary Jordan

19 Stephen Carr

20 Darryl Anderson

 

LWSS Championship 

 

1 Davy Morgan

2 Darryl Tweed

3 David Howard

4 Vic Allan

5 John Ella

6 Michael Hoey

7 Brian Loughlin

8 Aaron Boyd

 

125cc/Moto3

 

1 Paul Robinson

2 Gary Dunlop

3 Melissa Kennedy

4 Derek McGee

5 Kevin Fitzpatrick 

6 Nigel Moore

7 Sean Leonard

8 Gary Jordan

9 John McAllister

10 Andrew Richnau

 

Classic 250

 

1 Brian Mateer

2 Philip Shaw

3 Richard Ford

4 Gavan Duffy

5 Gary Hutton

6 Robert Wright

 

Classic 350

 

1 Barry Davidson

2 Ed Manly

3 Ken Parkes 

4 Brian Mateer 

5 Sean Leonard

6 Freddie Stewart

7 Ian Thompson

8 Nigel Moore

9 Kevin Callan

10 Tim Stephenson

11 Paul McMahon

 

Junior Support

 

1 Brian Loughlin

2 Barry Sheehan

3 Ben Mullane

4 James Cottrell

5 Michael Gillan

6 Dominic Cottrell

7 Stephen Morrison 

8 Michael Hoey

9 John Byrne 

10 Francis O’Hara

11 Nigel Colgan

12 Brendan Flynn

13 John Cahill

14 Darren Duncan

15 Stephen Carr

 

Supersport Race 2 

 

1 Michael Sweeney 

2 Paul Jordan

3 Andy Farrell

4 Darryl Tweed

5 Kevin Fitzpatrick

6 Graham Kennedy

7 Dennis Booth

8 Alan Johnson

9 Paul Fallon

 

Supertwins Race

 

1 Michael Sweeney

2 Davey Todd

3 Stephen McKnight

4 Thomas Maxwell

5 Darren Cooper

6 Paul Gartland

7 William Hara

8 John Ella

9 Brian Loughlin

10 Michael Gillan 

11 James Cottrell

12 Ben Mullane

13 Dominic Cottrell

14 Nigel Colgan

15 Des Butler

 

Classic 500

 

1 Barry Davidson

2 John Leigh Pemberton

3 Freddie Stewart

4 William Lyle

5 David Carleton

6 Herbie Ronan

 

Classic 1000

 

1 Philip Shaw

2 Trevor Stewart 

3 Dave Brough

 

Grand Final

 

1 Derek Sheils

2 Michael Sweeney

3 Paul Jordan

4 Thomas Maxwell

5 Kevin Fitzpatrick

6 Paul Gartland

7 Darryl Tweed

8 Stephen McKnight

9 Paul Fallon

10 Alan Johnson

Road Racing Daily Derek Sheils wins at the East Coast Racing Festival on his return to road racing

SHEILS WINS OPENING SUPERBIKE ENCOUNTER ON HIS RETURN TO ROAD RACING

 

Derek Sheils won the opening Superbike encounter of the day at the Mrs Brown’s Boys East Coast Racing Festival. 

 

Marking his comeback to the Irish national scene, the Cookstown Burrows Engineering rider was involved in race long duel with Martin Jones backed rider Micko Sweeney. 

 

As with the opening race of the day, it was just a tenth of a second which separated the leading pair with Sheils pipping his rival and fellow countryman to the line by a mere 0.138s. 

 

In third place was Paul Jordan, 18s down the road. Davey Todd, also riding for John Burrows, was in fourth position. 

 

Sheils winning will certainly be welcomed by all within the road racing fraternity. 

 

Open Championship Race

 

1 Derek Sheils

2 Michael Sweeney

3 Paul Jordan

4 Davey Todd

5 Thomas Maxwell

6 Graham Kennedy

7 Kevin Fitzpatrick 

8 Darryl Tweed

9 Andy Farrell

10 Paul Gartland

11 Stephen McKnight

12 Dennis Booth

13 Darren Cooper

14 Alan Johnson

Derek McGee wins the 2018 Irish Supersport Championship

WINNING RETURN FOR NEWLY CROWNED CHAMPION MCGEE

Derek McGee produced yet another race winning performance today at the Mrs Brown’s Boys East Coast Racing Festival. In what has been a stunning season for the Irish rider, this victory now means the man from Mullingar has won the last fifteen races in which he has contested. 

Making a return to racing following his crash at the Ulster Grand Prix, McGee was made to work for his victory in today’s opening supersport encounter but work he did and this victory now crowns him as the Irish Road Race Supersport champion in 2018. 

Riding the B&W Racing Kawasaki, McGee fought off stiff competition from Cookstown Burrows Engineering rider Derek Sheils, crossing the line with a mere 0.185s in his pocket. Micko Sweeney took a fine third place to round out the podium positions. 

600cc Championship Race 1

1 Derek McGee
2 Derek Sheils
3 Michael Sweeney
4 Paul Jordan
5 Kevin Fitzpatrick 
6 Graham Kennedy
7 Andy Farrell
8 Darryl Tweed
9 James Chawke
10 Davy Morgan
11 Alan Johnson
12 Paul Fallon

Road Racing Daily The East Coast Racing Festival gets underway on the 8th and 9th of September

EAST COAST RACING FESTIVAL REVS UP FOR ACTION AND GETS A NEW TITLE SPONSOR

 

Last year saw the inaugural running of the East Coast Racing Festival held at the Killalane circuit. This year the meeting is back and the East Coast Motorcycling Club has announced an exciting new title sponsor, Mrs Brown’s Boys. 

 

The 2018 Mrs Brown’s Boys East Coast Racing Festival will be held on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th of September. 

 

Racing last year saw some truly momentous results, the highlight for many was seeing Gary Dunlop claim his first ever road racing win. 

 

Gary Dunlop made his roads debut at a wet and wild Mid-Antrim 150 back in 2016 and has since proved his mettle on board his trusty Joey's Bar MCC machinery, but until the 2017 East Coast Racing Festival, the Ballymoney man had been without a win. Thankfully that all changed as Gary won the 125/Moto3 Race. 

 

Another notable result from last year’s event was a double Supersport victory for local lad Micko Sweeney. 

 

Once more the curtain closer for the Irish National Road Racing season, the East Coast Racing Festival is going from strength to strength and we wish them every success.

Road Racing Daily Mrs Brown’s Boys will sponsor the 2018 East Coast Racing Festival

EAST COAST RACING FESTIVAL GETS EXCITING NEW TITLE SPONSOR 

The East Coast Motorcycling Club has announced an exciting new main sponsor ahead of the East Coast Racing Festival later this year. 

The hugely popular TV phenomenon Mrs Brown’s Boys has come on board to support the club. Announcing the partnership the club had this to say:

“So thrilled to announce that our new main sponsor for this year’s East Coast Racing Festival is none other than Mrs Brown’s Boys. We look forward to working closely with all of the team!  

From their family and our road racing family, keep ‘er lit.”

The East Coast Racing Festival, now in it’s second year, takes place on September 8th and 9th and it will close the Irish National Road Racing season. 

Please support the club. You can follow them on twitter @East_Coast_MCC and on Facebook.  

Website: East Coast Motorcycling Club

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