FAUGHEEN 50 ROAD RACES: RACE REVIEW AS MCGEE AND SHIELS SCORE DOUBLES
Derek Sheils and Derek McGee each scored a brace of victories at the Faugheen 50 Road Races
Burrows Engineering / RK Racing rider Sheils continued his rich vein of form in the premier class as he won two hotly contested Superbike races onboard his Suzuki machine.
Derek McGee also tasted victory with wins coming in the Supersport 600 and 125/Moto3 classes. The Mullingar rider also secured a second place finish in each of the day’s Superbike races to claim the ‘Man of the Meeting’ award.
There was a win for Michael Sweeney in the Supertwins class as the Irishman finished first ahead of fellow countryman James Chawke, with Darryl Tweed taking a well deserved third place finish.
In the support class stakes Dermot Cleary took a win in the Senior Support Championship race with Vinny Brennan continuing his dominance in the Junior Support Class.
Brian Mateer took a class win in the C250 race with Ed Manly taking the other junior class win in the C350 category. In the senior classics John-Leigh Pemberton was the first C500 rider home with Richard Ford taking the class win in the C1000 stakes.
David Howard finished first in the 250/400 race, one tenth of a second clear of Steven Tobin in second place, with Stephen Morrison rounding out the podium positions.
DOUBLE DELIGHT AT FAUGHEEN FOR RESURGENT MCGEE
Derek McGee continued his comeback from injury with a stellar showing at last weekend’s Faugheen 50 Road Races.
The ‘Mullingar Missile’ capped off a terrific day of racing with two victories and two second places, meaning he was crowned as the Man of the Meeting.
Having secured pole in the 125/Moto3 class on Saturday, McGee carried his qualifying pace into the race as he stormed to victory onboard the resplendent Faraldo Racing Moto3 machine. Melissa Kennedy was in second place, thirteen seconds behind McGee with Wayne Kennedy rounding out the podium places.
Another victory came in the Supersport 600cc race but this was a closer affair as McGee had to fight off the advances of Mike Browne. McGee crossed the line to take the win, just nine tenths separating the two Irishmen. Michael Sweeney finished in third.
There was also two second places in the day’s Superbike races, which proved to be unbelievably close affairs as McGee diced with Michael Sweeney and Derek Sheils, with Sheils going on to take the win in both races.
Those results meant that McGee was named the rider of the meeting, a tremendous effort.
DEREK SHEILS SECURES SUPERBIKE DOUBLE AT FAUGHEEN
Derek Sheils managed to claim a Superbike double victory at Faugheen to further extend his lead in the Irish Road Race Championship.
The Burrows Engineering / RK Racing rider has been in superb form of late and his double victory today now means he is on a winning streak of seven straight wins in the premier class.
In a hugely competitive Open race, Sheils claimed victory in what proved to be a nail-biting finish, crossing the line a mere 0.051s ahead of rival Derek McGee. McGee had led for virtually the entire race but was bested at the end by Sheils. Third place man Michael Sweeney was only one tenth of a second behind Sheils, the top three providing fans with a race that will live long in the memory.
The Grand Final closed out the day and it was another hotly contested affair with only 6 tenths of a second covering the top three at its climax. Sheils was once more the victor with McGee in second and Sweeney rounding out the podium places.
1 82 Derek SHEILS 7:40.253
2 86 Derek MCGEE +0.329
3 65 Michael SWEENEY +0.672
4 10 James CHAWKE
5 59 Darryl TWEED
6 5 Thomas MAXWELL
7 127 Stephen CASEY
8 115 Damien HORAN
9 92 Noel CARROLL
10 164 Steven TOBIN
11 99 Paul FALLON
Open Championship race
1 82 Derek SHEILS 7:49.892
2 86 Derek MCGEE +0.051
3 65 Michael SWEENEY + 0.142
4 16 Michael BROWNE
5 5 Thomas MAXWELL
6 10 James CHAWKE
7 59 Darryl TWEED
8 127 Stephen CASEY
9 115 Damien HORAN
10 164 Steven TOBIN
11 44 Liam CHAWKE
12 99 Paul FALLON
13 92 Noel CARROLL
FAUGHEEN QUALIFYING RUN DOWN
Derek McGee stole the show today at Faugheen as the Irishman went on to secure no less than four pole positions.
McGee will start from pole in the Superbike, Supersport, Supertwins and 125/Moto3 classes.
McGee lapped at 1:16.245 during a frenetic open qualifying session which was good enough to secure pole ahead of Burrows Engineering / RK Racing rider Derek Sheils (1:16.482). Michael Sweeney qualified in third with Thomas Maxwell and Michael Browne fourth and fifth quickest.
In the middleweight qualifying session McGee put his Kawasaki ZX6R on pole half a second clear of Yamaha mounted Sheils. McGee lapped at 1:17.207 which was just a second off his Superbike pole lap. Michael Sweeney again qualified in third with Michael Browne fourth and Darryl Tweed fifth.
Sweeney went one better in the Supertwin session to qualify second but couldn’t manage to better the time of 1:21.129 set by McGee. James Chawke was third quickest with Vinny Brennan fourth fastest followed by Steven Tobin in fifth.
In the 125/Moto3 class McGee qualified on pole at 1:26.908s onboard the Faraldo Racing machine, enjoying a cushion of four seconds over second quickest man Gary Dunlop (1:30.198). Melissa Kennedy was third quickest with Sam Grief fourth. Wayne Kennedy and Nigel Moore we’re fifth and sixth fastest respectively.
Junior Support pole went to John Ella with Noel Smith second fastest. John O’Donovan qualified in third. Tommy Henry secured Senior Support pole ahead of Darragh Trappe in second with John Ella third fastest.
David Howard was fastest in the 250/400 class lapping at 1:29.250 which was a second clear of Steven Tobin with Stephen Morrison third.
Ed Manly took took pole in both the C350 and C500 classes with Richard Ford going quickest of all in the C1000 class. Brian Mateer was fastest in the Junior C250 Class.
DEREK MCGEE ON FORM AT FAUGHEEN
Derek McGee enjoyed a splendid day of action during qualifying for the Faugheen 50 Road Races as the Irishman went on to secure pole position in four classes.
Still fresh from a return to racing following his injury break, McGee looks set to be the man to beat when racing commences around the Faugheen circuit on Sunday.
In the premier class McGee produced a lap of 1:16.245 to snatch pole from fellow countryman Derek Sheils (1:16.482). The two Derek’s again fought it out in the Supersport class with McGee going quickest of all with a lap of 1:17.207 which was good enough to secure pole from Sheils, who managed a lap of 1:17.645 on the Roadhouse Macau Yamaha R6.
In the 125/Moto3 class, McGee took Pole on the Faraldo Racing Moto3 bike, 3.2s ahead of the in-form Gary Dunlop. McGee’s pole lap was 1:26.908 compared to the 1:30.198 set by the Dunlop onboard the Joey’s Bar Racing machine.
McGee also topped the table in the Supertwins qualifying session lapping at 1:21.129 onboard the resplendent KMR Kawasaki machine. That lap was 0.5s quicker than Michael Sweeney (1:21.643) who was riding the Keily Heating Kawasaki machine.