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Andy Mac, waiting to blow the cowebs away

Andy Mac, waiting to blow the cobwebs away!
As we get older, time goes quicker!, but for many motorcycle racers, the off season always seems somewhat “slower”. This is the view shared by most competitors, as they await the opening road race of the season, the KDM Hire Cookstown 100.
One of those such competitors is Andy McAlister, or “Andy Mac” as he is better known to his friends.
This is only Andys third season on the roads, and like most of the riders, really enjoys his road racing, looking ahead to the KDM Hire Cookstown 100, I caught up with the Belfast Plumber, and this is what he had to say:
“I started road racing on my zxr400 in 2015, since then I bought a 750 Suzuki and have had a great time competing in most of our national events in senior / junior support and lightweight ss 400.
At Cookstown 2017 I had mechanical issues with my 750. However, Seamus Dobbin very kindly lent me his Shay De 750,of which I stomped through qualifying and I was in pole position for the first time! I love the Cookstown circuit, It really blows away the cobwebs after a depressing winter. The long dark nights are a distant memory as we bank round the Braeside and snort on full throttle down the orritor road! Unfortunately luck wasn't on my side and during the race on Saturday, I lost the front while leading the race. This year I intend to complete where I finished off and lead the pack to the flag!
This year I am solely riding my 750 Suzuki at Cookstown. I intend to do the rest of our national roads and the southern 100. Also I intend to fulfil my dream and compete at the MANX GP and hopefully Scarborough.
None of this would be possible without the massive effort and kindness given to me, firstly my long suffering girlfriend, my brother, a few great friends and a couple of very kind sponsors. I'd like to thank everyone of them. Jacki, John @PBS Larne for my engine work, Brian Gough @FRSNI Bangor, Jon McClean @motorcyclevaletni, Ernie Coates Race Support, John Mcgahey PT (Bangor Aurora) and everyone else who has quietly made contact with me. Also thank to PRO BOLT, HEL brakelines and Skidmark screens for recently coming on board.
Here's to a great season”
KDM Hire Cookstown 100 2018, Programme of Events.
Thursday 26th April ( To Night)
Annual Classic Bike Run
Sign on from 6.30pm in Burn Road Car Park, Leaving at 7.30 pm
Friday 27th April
KDM Hire Cookstown 100 Practice Day
Roads Close at 12 noon
 
Saturday 28th April
KDM Hire Cookstown 100 Race Day
Roads Close at 10.00 am
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