SHEILS AND SWEENEY SCORE BRACE OF WINS AT MUNSTER 100
Derek Sheils and Michael Sweeney each came away from the Munster 100 Road Races with two wins apiece to cap off a successful weekend for the Irishmen.
Sweeney notched up a win in the only Supersport race of the weekend finishing ahead of Stephen Casey in second place and Paul Fallon in third. In the Supertwins race Sweeney claimed victory onboard the Keily Heating backed machine and with it, he wrapped up the 2019 Irish Supertwins Championship.
Derek Sheils was also in championship winning form having already secured the Ulster Superbike championship at Armoy. Sheils’s two wins at Glanmire were good enough for the Burrows Engineering / RK Racing rider to be crowned Irish Superbike Champion for 2019.
The Suzuki mounted rider took a Superbike double at Cork with wins in the Open race and the Grand Final. Michael Sweeney finished second in both races to cap off a vintage weekend for both riders.
WELCOME RETURN TO RACING IN COUNTY CORK
Racing returned to County Cork last weekend with the welcome return to the calendar of the Munster 100 Road Races.
It has been five years since racing has been held at the Glanmire Circuit so full credit must go to the hosting club for the hard work and dedication it has taken to revive this race meeting.
Adverse weather on Saturday resulted in all practice and qualifying sessions being untimed and it was announced that grid positions would be taken from the current Irish Championship standings.
Ulster Superbike Champion Derek Sheils added the Irish Superbike crown as he scored a superb premier class double. The Burrows Engineering/ RK Racing rider has been in scintillating form this season and he once more underlined his pedigree finishing ahead of Michael Sweeney in both Superbike encounters. In the Open Race Thomas Maxwell finished third whereas in the Grand Final it was Ray Casey who took the final podium place.
Michael Sweeney was to go one better in the day’s only 600cc affair taking a relatively comfortable win finishing nine seconds clear of Stephen Casey with Paul Fallon in third.
There was to be further joy for Sweeney who won the Supertwin race and with it, he wrapped up the Irish Championship. Ballymoney man Darryl Tweed finished second in the race with Vinny Brennan in third onboard his TRB Suzuki machine.
Brennan, as he has done most of the season, was dominant in the Junior Support race taking victory by a margin of 3.6s over second placed rider John Ella with Anthony Lillis finishing in third. Dermot Cleary was to continue his rich vein of form by securing victory in the Senior Support race. Armoy victor Tommy Henry finished in second place with John O’Donovan r ounding out the podium places.
Classic honours went to Brian Mateer (C250), Ed Manly (C350), Barry Davidson (C500), Richard Ford (C1000).
There was a win for David Howard in the
Lightweight Support Class. Howard totally dominated proceedings finishing almost forty seconds. Sean Leonard took a 125cc class win for Mago Racing.
Photo by Donal Glackin