OPEN SUCCESS FOR DEREK SHEILS AT WALDERSTOWN
Derek Sheils continued his rich vein of form winning the Open superbike race at Walderstown.
The Burrows Engineering / RK Racing rider has been nigh-on unbeatable in the premier class recently and today’s win will further extend his lead in the Irish Road Racing Championship.
Sheils finished 3.5s clear of Martin Jones Racing’s Michael Sweeney and 5.1s ahead of pole sitter Derek McGee who is returning from an injury he sustained at this year’s Isle Of Man TT road races. Sheils also posted the fastest lap of the race with a time of 1:07.843.
Thomas Maxwell finished in a fourth place and he was followed home by James Chawke in fifth. Mike Browne, Darryl Tweed and Dave Butler were the next to finish with Derek Wilson and Dean Campbell completing the top ten.
Open Championship Race result
1 82 Derek SHEILS 8:14.878
2 65 Michael SWEENEY +3.510
3 86 Derek MCGEE +5.129
4 1 Thomas MAXWELL
5 10 James CHAWKE
6 16 Michael BROWNE
7 59 Darryl TWEED
8 91 Dave BUTLER
9 172 Derek WILSON
10 78 Dean CAMPBELL
11 44 Liam CHAWKE
12 92 Noel CARROLL
13 99 Paul FALLON
Image courtesy of Donal Glackin
BRENNAN TAKES VICTORY IN JUNIOR SUPPORT NON-CHAMPIONSHIP RACE AT WALDERSTOWN
Vinny Brennan won today’s Junior Support Non-Championship race at Walderstown.
The current Irish Junior Support Championship leader had earlier qualified his TRB Suzuki on pole with a time of 1:18.988 and led throughout the six lap race to take the chequered flag with a winning margin of 4.5s over Jason Cassells. John Ella finished in third place 8.3s adrift of Brennan.
JUNIOR SUPPORT NON-CHAMPIONSHIP RACE - 6 LAPS
1 79 Vinny BRENNAN 7:54.896
2 43 Jason CASSELLS +4.544
3 173 John ELLA +8.333
4 94 Ray SHEERAN
5 13 Gary MCCOY
6 111 Noel SMITH
7 15 RJ WOOLSEY
8 112 Martin CURRAMS
9 11 John CAHILL
10 9 Keelim RYAN
11 109 Mike GIBBONS
12 68 Aron HATCH
13 130 Nigel MCAULEY
14 5 Gillian MCGAW
15 103 David BRODERICK
16 40 Michael HOEY
17 123 Alan FISHER
18 62 Aidan CLEARY
SUCCESSFUL RETURN TO ACTION FOR DEREK MCGEE AT WALDERSTOWN
Derek McGee made a welcome return to roads competition today at Walderstown and the Irishman was quickly up to speed as he managed to secure pole position in three classes.
McGee, who hasn’t ridden competitively since this year’s Isle Of Man TT road races, will start from the front for tomorrow’s Open, Supersport and Supertwins races.
Setting the fastest lap in the Open Class at 1:07.964s, McGee managed to relegate current Irish Roads Superbike Championship leader Derek Sheils (1:08.204) into second place with local rider Thomas Maxwell a second back on McGee in third.
The two Derek’s were again vying for pole in the middleweight class and it was McGee who qualified on pole (1:09.808), eight tenths quicker than Sheils (1:10.606) onboard the Roadhouse Macau Yamaha R6. Mike Browne (1:10.752) was a further tenth back on Sheils qualifying in a very impressive third place.
McGee managed to make it a hat trick of pole positions when he went quickest in the Supertwins Class onboard the KMR Kawasaki, at 1:13.788s. James Chawke (1:14.294) was a further half second back with last week’s Skerries 100 Supertwins winner Michael Sweeney (1:14.883) qualifying in third on the Keily Heating backed Kawasaki.