COUNTY CREST SKERRIES 100 - RACE REVIEW
Racing got underway at the 2019 County Crest Skerries 100 in superb conditions around the Co Dublin course.
The first race to go off was the AXA Open Race which was won by current Irish Superbike Championship leader Derek Sheils. Second placed man Michael Sweeney, on the MJR BMW, was in contention throughout and was stuck to the back wheel of Burrows Engineering RK Raicng’s Sheils with less than half a second between the pair as they crossed the finish line. James Chawke took a richly deserved third place on his Suzuki machine.
Next up was the seven lap Man ‘O War / Hills Cricket Club / Doorsplusfloors Junior Support race and that was won by Vinny Brennan onboard the TRB Racing Suzuki. Eoin O’Siochru secured a fine second place 4.6s back on Brennan with Dundalk rider Noel Smith taking third place on the Smith Racing Kawasaki.
Junior Classic 350 spoils went to Barry Davidson onboard the Dempster Honda. Ballycalre’s Brian Mateer finished first, and third overall combined, in the C250 stakes.
The Kennedy Motorcycles Supersport race produced as close a finish as you’re likely to see. Derek Sheils, riding the Roadhouse Macau Yamaha R6, took victory over fellow countryman Michael Sweeney
by a minuscule 0.064s. The two Yamaha riders diced for the top spot throughout the six lap race and provided the thousands of fans in attendance with a real battle to remember.
Ballymoney’s Darryl Tweed finished in third place with Michael Browne and Steven Procter finishing in fourth and fifth places respectively.
Neil Kernohan took a dominant victory in the Ollie’s Place / C&T Supermarket 250/400 race finishing 14s clear of Saintfield’s Davy Morgan with David Howard in third place. Howard’s was the first 400 machine home with the first two riders both on 250’s.
DELIGHT FOR DUNLOP
There was joy for Gary Dunlop who took the spoils in the Sam Dennigan & Co 125/Moto3 race to make it three wins on the bounce for the Joey’s Bar MCC rider, following on from victories at Kells and Enniskillen.
Dunlop took victory by 11.091s over Melissa Kennedy onboard the KNR Honda. Nigel Moore finished in third place, (the first 125cc machine home), four tenths back on Kennedy. Wayne Kennedy and Malcom Love finished in fourth and fifth places respectively.
Senior Classic honours went to Guy Martin onboard the BSA Rocket. Martin took overall victory but had to work hard for it with Lancashire’s Philip Shaw nipping at his heels onboard the Bob Jackson Norton machine. Martin’s eventual winning margin just 0.067s. Ben Rea was third overall in the combined race and the first C500 rider home to take a class win.
This year’s Des D’Darcy Motors Supertwins Race was a thoroughly engrossing affair with Michael Sweeney finishing in first place on the Keily Heating Kawasaki. Local rider Andy Farrell was in second place onboard the Ollie’s Place Kawasaki machine 1.720s back on Sweeney. Neil Kernohan took third place with Vinny Brennan in fourth.
Ballyclare’s Darren Keys carried last week’s superb Enniskillen form through to Skerries and finished today’s Hughes Sales & Service / Tow My Car Senior Support race with another superb victory. Andy McAllister finished 2.7s back on Keys in second place with Ballymoney man Tommy Henry taking a fine third place on the H O’Kane Motors Yamaha.
The day’s final race was the County Crest Skerries 100 Grand Final and it was Derek Sheils who capped off an already sensational day with another victory to take his tally of wins to three.
The Burrows Engineering / RK Racing rider had to fight off competition from the impressively quick Michael Sweeney but he assuredly did just that, and over the final stages of the eight lap race Sheils broke the tow and crossed the line to take victory by 6.6s. Killeagh’s Michael Browne finished in a fine third place with Neil Kernohan taking fourth.
Darryl Tweed finished in fifth place with James Chawke just behind. Andy Farrell was in seventh with Steven Procter, Davy Morgan and Damian Horan the other finishers.
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SHEILS SECURES TREMENDOUS TREBLE AT SKERRIES
Derek Sheils was in imperious form today at the County Crest Skerries 100 en route to winning securing a big bike double with a further victory coming in the day’s Supersport encounter.
The Burrows Engineering / RK Racing rider was declared the winner in the red flagged AXA Open race by a margin of 0.476s over Michael Sweeney with James Chawke taking the final podium spot.
Sheils then went on to take victory in the Kennedy Motorcycles 600 race onboard the Roadhouse Macau Yamaha R6 following a thrilling race long duel with Michael Sweeney. In what proved to be a nail-biting finish, after six laps the margin of victory was a mere 0.064s. Ballymoney’s Darryl Tweed rounded out the podium places.
In the County Crest Grand Final, Sheils made it a superb hat trick. The Suzuki mounted rider made all the running but Michael Sweeney was within touching distance for the first part of the race. Eventually Sheils broke the tow and at the conclusion of the eight laps his winning margin was 6.605s over Sweeney with Michael Browne taking a well deserved third place finish.
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COUNTY CREST SKERRIES 100 - PRACTICE REVIEW
Adverse weather this morning saw all practice at the 2019 County Crest Skerries 100 being ran as untimed sessions ahead of the commencement of racing tomorrow. It was certainly the correct call made by the Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club.
As a result of times having no effect upon proceedings, tomorrow’s grids are based solely on the current Irish Championship standings which means that Burrows Engineering / RK Racing’s Derek Sheils will start on pole in the Superbike class.
Incidentally it was Sheils who set the quickest lap of the day dipping under the 1:37.00 barrier to post a lap of 1:36.786, just over a second quicker than local rider Michael Sweeney.
Enniskillen ‘Man of the Meeting’ Kevin Fitzpatrick continued his rich vein of form when posting the fastest Supersport lap of the day at 1:47:774, and beating Derek Sheils by two tenths of a second with Michael Sweeney going third fastest overall.
Neil Kernohan was quickest in the combined 250/400 class with Alistair Haworth posting the fastest 400 lap, ten seconds off the pace of Kernohan.
Andy Farrell, a winner at Skerries in the Supertwins class last year, produced the fastest lap in the same class today, with last year’s second placed man Michael Sweeney eight tenths behind Farrell in second.
Kevin Fitzpatrick and Sam Grief produced the fastest 125cc and Moto3 laps of the day respectively although it will be Gary Dunlop who starts from pole, and the Joey’s Bar MCC rider will be aiming to secure his third straight win following on from his victories at Kells and Enniskillen.
Richard Ford was the fastest Senior Classic 1000 rider of the day and Ed Manly the same in the Senior Classic 500. Brian Mateer went quickest in the Junior Classic 250 and Barry Davidson was fastest in the C350 class.
In the Junior and Senior support stakes, Junior Support Championship leader Vinny Brennan will start from pole tomorrow and in the Senior Support Class, Andy McAllister will begin on pole.
Road will close tomorrow at 8am with a view to have racing getting underway at 10. Admission, including a race programme, is priced at €25.
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The next round of the Irish National Road Racing Championship turns to the County Crest Skerries 100 this weekend, 6th and 7th July.
Friday 5th June 2019 - 11:35am
The Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club will play host to a thrilling weekend of roads action which will feature some of the sports top stars as they take to the technical and challenging 2.9 miles circuit just outside Skerries, Co Dublin.
Returning to action after missing out Enniskillen is Burrows Engineering / RK Racing rider Derek Sheils, who currently leads the Irish Superbike Championship. Sheils powered to a Superbike double on his last outing at the Kells Road Races in Co Meath and must start as favourite to repeat that feat this weekend.
Competition for premier class honours could come in the form of Michael Sweeney, Kevin Fitzpatrick and Enniskillen Road Races double Superbike winner, Forest Dunn. Thomas Maxwell, who ran Forest so close in last week’s feature Richard Britton Memorial Race will also contest the Skerries races, as will Ballymoney’s Darryl Tweed.
With a host of other riders expected to line up including Senior and Junior Support leaders Andy McAllister and Vinny Brennan, fans should expect some close racing. Gary Jordan, Noel Smith, Shaun Wynne, Ben Plant, and Neil Kernohan have also confirmed their entries ahead of practice and racing getting underway.
Loughshinny Club member Kevin Baker is a notable exemption as he continues to recover from his crash at Enniskillen and we wish him well with his recovery. Other notable exemptions are Adam McLean who continues his road back to fitness, and Paul Jordan who made the announcement on social media that he will be sitting out the event. Derek McGee, who has been out of action since his crash at the Isle Of Man TT, has an entry for Skerries but looks likely to miss the event.
Road closing times for the County Crest Skerries 100 Road Races are as follows with admission, including a race programme, priced at €25.
- Saturday 6th July - 12 noon - 8.30 PM
- Sunday 7th July - 8 AM - 6.30 PM