Road Racing Daily - Walderstown 2018

Road Racing Daily Derek McGee took four sensational wins at the 2018 Walderstown ‘Race Of The South’




Derek McGee continued with his dominance on the national roads scene as he stormed to a fantastic four wins at Walderstown. 


The ‘Mullingar Missile’ has been enjoying a remarkable run of results of late and once more produced the goods to further increase his lead across multiple championships and underline his credentials as the current rider to beat. 


Opening his account with a victory in the first of two Superbike races, McGee finished 3.7s ahead of Cookstown Burrows Engineering rider Davey Todd with Thomas Maxwell finishing in third place. 


In the Supertwins race it was Todd who once more finished runner up, this time 13s adrift of the KMR backed McGee. On this occasion James Chawke was in third spot. 


McGee has been in scintillating Supersport from this season and today, on the B&W Racing Kawasaki, he added another victory to his growing tally with a fine middleweight display in trying conditions. 


That left the grand final and McGee, on the Noel Doyne backed Kawasaki ZX10R, was utterly convincing over the 6 lap race to claim more premier class honours. He led from start to finish and crossed the line 6.8s ahead of Davey Todd with Thomas Maxwell in third place. 


McGee’s tally of wins now stands at 11 for this season, a hugely impressive figure already and with further meetings still left to run, its highly probable that the unassuming Irishman will further add to that before the season ends. 


Derek had this to say about his stellar weekend at Walderstown. 


“All went good, brilliant weekend. We had a problem again yesterday with our own 600. Thanks to James Chawke for the lend of his 600. Pity it was wet but can’t really complain. Big thanks to Fore club for great the event and all my sponsors and friends who help me.”


Photo by Stephen Condron

Road Racing Daily Derek McGee on the KMR Kawasaki taking victory at Walderstown




With conditions less than perfect for racing, credit must go to the Fore Club for running an excellent meeting. 


Man of the moment Derek McGee stole the show with four sensational victories. Two superbike wins were followed by a win in both the Supersport and Supertwin classes. 


Rising roads star Davey Todd, riding for Cookstown Burrows Engineering, couldn’t do anything about the pace of the Mullingar Missile but he should be very happy with four runners up spots. 


Barry Davidson, one of the finest exponents of classic racing, took a tremendous double in the 350 classic and 500 classic races. Robert McCrum was the victor in the 1000 classic while 250 classic spoils went to Brian Mateer. 


It was a great day for the Chawke brothers with Liam Chawke winning the Junior Support race and James Chawke finishing third behind Derek McGee and Davey Todd. 


Darryl Tweed won the 400cc LWS Race and Senior Support spoils was taken by Wayne Sheehan who is enjoying a great season. Barry Sheehan won the The Fore MCRG CL Non-Championship Race. 


William Hara enjoyed a win in the Senior Support race finishing ahead of Wayne Sheehan in second and John Cahill in third. 


Two podiums for Thomas Maxwell in both open races must be highlighted as a great result. With only Derek McGee and Davey Todd besting Maxwell, its a sign that he is a rider in form and one of the sport’s rising stars. 


Photo by Stephen Condron 


Road Racing Daily Davey Todd was hugely impressive at Walderstown with four second place finishes.




Cookstown Burrows Engineering rider Davey Todd once more showcased his road racing prowess as he secured four second placed finishes at Walderstown. 


The second fastest newcomer in Isle of Man TT history has so far enjoyed some spectacular results in 2018 and although he didn’t get a victory at the ‘Race Of The South’, in very trying conditions, finishing runner up to the current in-form rider Derek McGee is nothing to be disappointed with. 


Two superbike second places coupled with runners up spots in the Supersport and Supertwins classes added valuable championship points to his already impressive tally and will no doubt help bolster his confidence ahead of the remaining national meetings still to come this season. 


The Saltburn rider has now established himself as one of the premier contenders at the national meetings and his level-headed attitude and approachability has served to endear himself to the Irish fans. 


With more performances like Walderstown, and more miles on the clock with each meeting, you can’t help but feel that it won’t be long before he is heading the pack on a regular basis. 


Photo by Stephen Condron

Road Racing Daily Classic expert Barry Davidson in action at Walderstown


Walderstown results:


Open Cionn Torc MCC - Championship Race


1 Derek McGee

2 Davey Todd

3 Thomas Maxwell

4 Michael Sweeney

5 Kevin Fitzpatrick

6 Darryl Tweed

7 Damian Horan 

8 Forest Dunn

9 Daniel Mettam

10 Paul Fallon

11 David Murphy

12 Noel Carroll


The Niall Scollan Car Sales Senior Support Championship Race


1 William Hara

2 Wayne Sheehan

3 John Cahill 

4 Darragh Burke

5 Noel Smith

6 Matt Donaldson

7 Darryl Anderson

8 Tommy Henry

9 Robert Cairns

10 Liam Chawke

11 Aron Hatch 

12 Jordan McFerren

13 Aaron Boyd

14 Martin Currams

15 Michael Hoey

16 Thomas McEvoy

17 Dermot Cleary 

18 John Byrne 


The Fore MCRG CL Non-Championship Race


1 Barry Sheehan

2 Ray Sheeran

3 Michael Gillan

4 Liam Chawke

5 Michael Gibbons

6 Niall Power

7 Darryl Anderson

8 Brian Loughlin

9 Ben Mullane

10 Gillian McGaw

11 Martin Currams

12 Robert Cairns

13 James Cottrell

14 Aaron Hatch

15 John Byrne

16 Stephen Morrison 


Junior Support NQ Race


1 Thomas Maxwell

2 RJ Woolsey

3 Dominic Cottrell 

4 John Cahill

5 Nigel Colgan

6 Darren O’Rourke

7 Aaron Boyd

8 Anthony Derrane

9 Gearoid Hoare

10 Nigel McCauley 

11 David Smith


The Padraig Campbell Junior Support Non-Championship Race


1 Liam Chawke

2 Darryl Anderson

3 Michael Gibbons

4 Michael Gillan

5 Aaron Hatch

6 Brian Loughlin

7 Martin Currams

8 Robert Cairns

9 Ben Mullane

10 John Cahill

11 Dominic Cottrell

12 Brendan Flynn

13 RJ Woolsey


The Seven Wonders Bar 400cc Championship Race


1 Darryl Tweed

2 Stephen Morrison

3 Brian Loughlin

4 Michael Hoey

5 RJ Woolsey

6 Gillian McGaw


The Magan Turnkey Fit Out Solutions 600cc Championship Race


1 Derek McGee

2 Davey Todd

3 Kevin Fitzpatrick

4 Darryl Tweed

5 Michael Sweeney

6 Forest Dunn

7 Damian Horan 

8 James Chawke

9 Daniel Mettam

10 Paul Fallon

11 David Murphy

12 Noel Carroll

13 John Ella

14 Thomas Maxwell 


The Mary Cash Classic 500-1000cc Championship Race




1 Robert McCrum

2 Philip Shaw

3 Trevor Stewart

4 Richard Ford

5 Dave Brough




1 Barry Davidson

2 Ed Manly

3 John Pemberton

4 Billy Lyle

5 David Carleton

6 Andy Kildea

7 Sean Leonard

8 Roger Chen


The Fore MCRC Classic 250-350cc Championship Race




1 Brian Mateer

2 Richard Ford

3 Philip Shay

4 Alex McVicker

5 Trevor Stewart




1 Barry Davidson

2 Ed Manly 

3 Herbie Ronan

4 Andy Kildea

5 Ken Parkes

6 Sean Leonard

7 Freddie Stewart

8 Ian Thompson

9 Gearoid Hoare

10 Michael Brady

11 Paul McMahon

12 Mark McCloskey


The Dog & Dog 650cc Supertwins Championship Race


1 Derek McGee

2 Davey Todd

3 James Chawke

4 Thomas Maxwell

5 Michael Gibbons

6 Brian Loughlin

7 John Ella

8 Ben Mullane


The Conimac PTY Ltd Senior Support Non-Championship Race


1 Wayne Sheehan

2 John Cahill

3 Darryl Anderson

4 Liam Chawke

5 Darragh Burke

6 Stuart McCann

7 Tommy Heaphy

8 Noel Smith

9 Martin Currams

10 Dermot Cleary

11 Robert Cairns

12 Michael Hoey


The Austin (Specials) Donoghue Memorial Grand Final 


1 Derek McGee

2 Davey Todd

3 Thomas Maxwell

4 Kevin Fitzpatrick

5 Darryl Tweed

6 Paul Fallon 

7 Daniel Mettam

8 Forest Dunn

9 Damian Horan

10 Noel Carroll

11 David Murphy



Road Racing Daily Forest Dunn in action at Walderstown on his new Honda CBR600RR




Derek McGee, the national road racing scene’s current in-form rider was once more the man to beat as he chalked up a string of terrific performances en route to securing three pole positions ahead of racing on Sunday. 


Fresh from winning five races at Enniskillen, McGee was the man heavily fancied to take honours on race day and he didn’t disappoint as he finished top of the table in the Superbike, Supersport and Supertwins classes. 


Taking the fight to McGee in the premier and middleweight classes was fellow Irishman Micko Sweeney whilst the closest rival in the Supertwins class was Cookstown Burrows Engineering’s Davey Todd. 


William Hara and Niall Power secured pole position in the Senior and Junior Support classes respectively whilst Stephen Morrison finished top of the time sheets in the 400cc Lightweight class. 


Brian Mateer was quickest in the C250 as was Barry Davidson in the C350 class. Ed Manly (C500) and Richard Ford (C1000) we’re fastest in the Senior Classic class. 


Two races were also held before the close of action which saw Thomas Molloy grab a win in the Junior Support Non Qualifiers race, and Barry Sheehan take victory in the Junior Support Non Championship Race. 


It all boils down to a mouthwatering day of racing in prospect and our best wishes go to the organising club, riders, medics and marshals for a safe meeting. 


Photo by Stephen Condron

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