2018 Faugheen 50 Road Races

Road Racing Daily Derek McGee won five races at the 2018 Faugheen 50 Road Races




Superb conditions meant that the fans lining the Faugheen 50 circuit were treated to some spectacular road racing action today. 


Rider in form, Derek McGee yet again proved to be unbeatable as he romped to an unanswered five victories from five starts. The Mullingar rider is now on a 14 race winning streak and is looking as though he may well go through the rest of the national season unbeaten such is his outright dominance. 


Taking a magnificent win in the 125/Moto3 class and adding in a lap record, McGee was superb on board the Joey’s Bar Racing MCC machine. Kevin Fitzpatrick took third place and Melissa Kennedy finished in a hugely impressive third place. This class also saw the welcome return of Gary Dunlop. 


McGee was also victorious in the Supertwin class on board the expertly prepared KMR Kawasaki. Cookstown Burrows Engineering’s Davey Todd was 15.8s adrift in second with Thomas Maxwell in third. 


In perhaps the race of the day, McGee once more bagged a win in the Supersport class. Riding the B&W Racing Kawasaki, McGee was locked in a race long battle with Paul Jordan, eventually crossing the line 1.5s ahead of his rival with Michael Sweeney rounding out the podium. 


There was a double superbike victory for McGee. In the first Open Race McGee finished ahead of Brian McCormack and Davey Todd. In the Grand Final McGee took the victory ahead of Davey Todd in second with Michael Sweeney in third. 


Senior Support honours were taken by Michael Browne who has been in great form this season. The Irishman took a well deserved double in both the non-championship and championship races. 


Junior support honours were shared between Liam Chawke and Barry Sheehan in the championship and non-championship Races respectively. 


In the Classic stakes Barry Davidson once more showcased his credentials as he romped to a double taking a victory in the C350 and C500 classes. Brian Mateer won the C250 race with Richard Ford winning out in the C1000 race. 


Darryl Tweed took the honours in the Lightweight Support class with Stephen Tobin in second place and Stephen Morrison rounding out the podium places.

Road Racing Daily Derek McGee, pictured here at the 2015 Tandragee 100




Derek McGee produced a stellar display of road racing at the Faugheen 50 Road Races as he took his winning streak to an amazing tally of 14 after winning five races today.  


The Mullingar rider was utterly dominant as he sealed yet another man of the meeting crown. 


With victories in the 125/Moto3, Supertwins, Supersport classes, and with a double in the Superbike class, McGee once more underlined his superb road racing pedigree and further showcased the dominance he has stamped on the 2018 Irish National season. 


Since finishing on the podium in the 2018 Isle Of Man TT Lightweight Race, McGee has seemed to grow in confidence and across all classes he is looking absolutely unbeatable on the roads. 


The likeable and unassuming Irishman has won over an army of fans over the last few seasons and with his current form he must be fancied to take more honours when the Armoy Road Races gets underway next. 

Road Racing Daily Michael Browne (pictured here at Skerries) took a double win in the Senior Support class at Faugheen m






1 Brian Mateer

2 Philip Shaw

3 Alexander McVicar

4 Trevor Stewart




1 Barry Davidson

2 Ed Manly

3 Sean Leonard

4 Ken Parkes

5 Samuel Kincaid

6 Freddie Stewart

7 Gearoid Hoare

8 Andy Kildea

9 Michael Brady

10 Paul McMahon

11 Tim Stephenson

12 Kevin Callan




1 Barry Davidson

2 John Leigh Pemberton

3 Freddie Stewart

4 Sean Leonard

5 William Lyle

6 David Carleton

7 Andy Kildea

8 Roger Chen




1 Richard Ford

2 Philip Shaw




1 Derek McGee

2 Kevin Fitzpatrick

3 Melissa Kennedy

4 Gary Dunlop

5 Nigel Moore

6 Sean Leonard




1 Darryl Tweed

2 Stephen Tobin

3 Stephen Morrison

4 John Ella

5 Michael Hoey

6 Brian Loughlin

7 Gerard Cummins


Junior Support


1 Liam Chawke

2 Barry Sheehan

3 Stephen Morrison

4 Brian Loughlin

5 Mike Gibbons

6 Martin Currams

7 Ben Mullane

8 Michael Hoey

9 James Cottrell

10 Darren O’Rourke

11 Brendan Flynn

12 John Cahill

13 Gearoid Hoare

14 Alan Smyth


Junior Support (Non-Championship)


1 Barry Sheehan

2 Liam Chawke

3 Martin Currams

4 Mike Gibson

5 Ben Mullane

6 Brian Loughlin

7 John Cahill

8 James Cottrell

9 Alan Smyth

10 Michael Hoey


Senior Support


1 Michael Browne

2 Wayne Sheehan

3 Liam Chawke

4 Kevin Baker

5 Matt Donaldson

6 Tommy Henry

7 Jordan McFerran

8 Barry Sheehan

9 Darragh Burke

10 Stuart McCann

11 Michael Hoey

12 Martin Currams

13 John Cahill

14 Mike Gibson 

15 Alan Fisher


Senior Support (Non-Championship)


1 Michael Browne

2 Wayne Sheehan

3 Liam Chawke

4 Paul Fallon

5 Kevin Baker

6 Darragh Burke

7 Tommy Henry

8 John Cahill

9 Martin Currams

10 Michael Hoey

11 Stuart McCann




1 Derek McGee

2 Davey Todd

3 Thomas Maxwell

4 Michael Browne

5 Barry Sheehan

6 Brian Loughlin

7 Mike Gibbons

8 Ben Mullane

9 John Ella

10 Des Butler

11 Stephen Tobin 

12 Martin Currams

13 Darren O’Rourke

14 Brendan Flynn

15 Tim Stephenson




1 Derek McGee

2 Paul Jordan

3 Michael Sweeney

4 Davey Todd

5 Michael Browne

6 Brian McCormack 

7 Kevin Fitzpatrick 

8 Darryl Tweed

9 Damian Horan

10 Forest Sunn

11 David Murphy

12 Paul Fallon

13 Noel Carroll


Open race (Superbikes)


1 Derek McGee

2 Brian McCormack

3 Davey Todd

4 Thomas Maxwell

5 Paul Jordan

6 Kevin Fitzpatrick 

7 Michael Sweeney

8 Forest Dunn

9 Damian Horan 

10 Noel Carroll

11 Paul Fallon

12 David Murphy


Grand final (Superbikes)


1 Derek McGee

2 Davey Todd

3 Michael Sweeney

4 Thomas Maxwell

5 Brian McCormack 

6 Kevin Fitzpatrick 

7 Forest Dunn

8 Darryl Tweed

9 David Murphy

10 Noel Carroll

11 Damian Horan

Road Racing Daily Derek McGee snatches pole in four classes at the 2018 Faugheen 50 Road Races




Derek McGee set the pace during qualifying for the Faugheen 50 road races today. 


McGee, currently on a winning streak of 9 races, was in scintillating form across all the classes in which he contests and is in prime position to finish this weekend with more victories to his name. 


In good conditions, the Mullingar rider bagged pole position in the Superbike, Supersport, Supertwins and 125/Moto3 classes. 


M&D Racing’s Darryl Tweed was quickest in the Lightweight support class. Michael Browne was fastest in the Senior Support class and in the Junior Support class Barry Sheehan took pole ahead of racing tomorrow. 


Brian Mateer and Barry Davidson were quickest in the Junior Classic 250 and 350 Classes respectively. Ed Manly was fastest in the Senior Classic 500 and Robert McCrum took Pole in the Senior Classic 1000 class. 




Motorcycle road racing has been present in the Carrick–on–Suir area of South Tipperary since the early seventies. The first races were held on a circuit around the village of Rathgormack, this circuit was used in the years 1970,’71 and ’72. No racing was held over the years 1973 to 1975 inclusive.


In 1976 the road racing moved to the 2.3 mile circuit near Faugheen village outside Carrick–on-Suir. Some of the top names of Irish road racing at the time competed in Faugheen. Racers from over seas also raced over the Faugheen circuit, some from as far away as Australia. Sadly the great era came to an end with the chequered flag of the last race in 1986 due to the running cost of the event.


In October 2001 a group of local motorcycle road race enthusiast decided to look at the possibility of resurrecting the event. From that meeting of about 20 people, the Faugheen 50 Road Racing Club Ltd. was launched, today the club has over sixty members from Tipperary and the adjoining counties.


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