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Sheils on Pole for KDM Hire Cookstown 100


Sheils on Pole for KDM Hire Cookstown 100


Dublin rider Derek Sheils,winner of last years KDM Hire Cookstown 100 race is on pole for to morrows Feature race at the KDM Hire Cookstown 100.


In dry, but cold conditions, Sheils took the Burrows Engineering Suzuki round the Orritor circuit in 1.25.159, just 0.491 seconds quicker than  Derek Mcgee with William Dunlop on the Temple Golf Club R1 Yamaha third quickest.


On board the McAdoo Kawasaki Racing/Gortreagh Printing Kawasaki,James Cowton was 4th quickest ahead of Skerries rider Michael Sweeney and Brian McCormack. Up and coming Graham Kennedy on board the ex John Walsh BMW  was 7th just ahead of Davy Morgan, Guy Martin and Adam McLean.


In the hotly contested 600 supersport practice, it was William Dunlop (IC/Caffery Yamaha) who topped the timing 0.561 seconds ahead of local riders Adam McLean on the MSS Kawasaki and Paul Jordan (B&W Sealants Kawasaki). Fourth quickest was Derek McGee ahead of Guy Martin, who was on board the Wilson Craig Honda, ahead of Cowton,Sweeney, Sheils,English visitor,Mike Norbury, and Darryl Tweed.


Moving on to the Supertwins and this time it was Derek McGee who topped the qualifying, just .542 seconds from Michael Sweeney and Derek Sheils.Local lads, McLean and Jordan occupy the next two placings with  James Cowton in 6th ahead of support rider Joesph Loughlin  and Andy Farrel. Circuit newcomer Dan Cooper was getting to grips with the Cookstown circuit was  9th ahead of fellow newcomer Ali Kirk.


Joesph Loughlin topped the Junior support class by over two seconds from Michael Browne and Oisin Watson. Manx rider Jamie Williams lines up in 4thahead of Corks Derek Wilson and Scotlands Dougie Shearer. Anthony Ambler a faithful supporter of the Cookstown event  lines up in 7th ahead of Shaun Wynne, Andrew McMullan and Having his first taste of between the hedges, Eion O Siochru.


 Andy McAlister, who retired on the last lap of the senior support race at Tandragee, topped the senior support class  by a mere 0.068 seconds from Joesph Loughlin.  Up and coming Scottish star,Adam Lyon is third quickest from Davie Howard and Tommy Henry. Dougie Shearer is next on the grid followed by Jamie Williams, Paul Swords, John Cahill and Lloyd Collins


Daryl Tweed heads the 400 brigade from Seamus Elliot and Paul gartland,woth Callum Laidlaw 4th ahead of  Howard,, former winner Alaistair Howarth,ian Simpson,Steve Tobin,Derek Wilkie and Brian Loughlin.


Davy Morgan tops the 250s from Neil Kernohan and Rhys Hardisty, whilst Jamie O Brein heads the forgotten era from Gary Miller.


In the Moto three class, sam Wilson heads the field from Paul Robinson,with Adam McLean splitting the Moto 3 machines on the Hanna Honda. Recent scarborough winner, Justin Waring is 4th on the Kalex, with Neil Kernohan  in 5th ahead of local rider Nigel Moore, Jack Sands, Gary Jordan, Melissa Kennedy and Sam Johnston.


One of the race favourites, Derek McGee, only got one lap in qualifying, and will start at the back of the grid




Barry Davison heads both the 500 and 350 classic practices, with Richard Ford leading  both the 1000 and 250classes!.


The First race on the cards was the Senior Support B Race, and it was  a close fought last lap, with Alan Johnston taking his first ever win on the roads. Second went to Derek Wilkie  Stephen Farrel took third with Billy Mellor a fine fourth. David Murphy took 5th from Tommy Heaphy, followed by Ben Plant,NigelMcAuley,Veronika Hancokvy and Martin Currams.


the 600 Invitiation race,was stopped on lap two, when Michael Dukopil crashed out, he was taken to Hospital for a check up.In the re run over five laps,William Dunlop took the win ,but was hard pressed by Derek McGee. Leader of the race before the red flag, Adam McLean took third ahead of a frantic scrap for fourth, which saw James Cowton get the nod from Derek Sheils, Jordan, Sweeney, Brian McCormack, having his first outing on the WP Racing yanaha, Daryll Tweed , Thomas Maxwell and newcomer, Daniel Cooper.


Racing starts to morrow with the Open B Race,followed by the First Superbike race.


Roads close at 10.00am.


BT Sports Commnetator, Suzi Perry was in attendance to day, and will also be back to morrow again.


To Morrows race programme looks like this;




Open B 6 Laps


Open A,7 Laps


Moto 3


Supersport 600 A


Supersport 600 B


Junior Support A


Junior Support B


250/350 Classic


Supertwins A


Supertwins B


351/1000 Classic


KDM Hire Cookstown 100 A


Kdm Hire Cookstown 100 B


SENIOR Support a


Supersport 400 A


Supersport  400 B


Non Qualifiers


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Wishing Everyone an enjoyable and safe Days racing


Baylon McCaughey


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