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Joe Loughlin,one to watch

Double winner in the support races at Cookstown last year, Castleblaneys Joe Loughlin went on to take the Double in the Support championship, smashing lap records along the way, just failing to win one race! To many spectators, this was  young unknown rider breaking lap records, but this young ride has been around for a few years.

The bike mad youngster began racing in the 125 Aprillia class, at the tender age of 13, and was denied the championship win by an over zealous official who disqualified him from getting points for race wins, because  his bike hadn’t a transponder on, ( despite winning easily!)

In 2010, Loughlin swept the board to win the 400 short circuit championship.

Joe skipped the 2011 season to concentrate on his leaving certificate, in 2013, he rode a 600 for Crossans  and did the double at the final round of the Mondello Masters, to finish 5th in the championship.

Loughlin again took another year out, to concentrate on more exams, resulting in a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Back on track for the 2016 season, and Loughlin annihilated the opposition in the supertwin short circuit championship, and also took in the supertwin race at the UGP, where he came from the back of the group to mix with the leading guys before a blown engine put paid to a result.

For the 2017 season, Loughlin was again backed by Crossan Motor cycles and G/2 Technical Services LTD.

For some, Joe seemed outta shape at times, but the Blaney rider was in control, and dominated both the Junior and Senior support classes. His first day out with the national riders saw him win the supertwin race, beating the established stars such as McGee, Sheils, McLean etc, before going on to win the well deserved Man of the Meeting award for the Race of the South at Walderstown.( Joe was also awarded the same at Tandragee).

Despite being one of the easiest circuits to learn, Joe actually found the 0rritor circuit hard to learn!” Maybe it was the slow road ends “ he laughs, but youve gotta hand it to the organizing club, they run a damn good ship, despite the changing weather, they got all the practices and races run.

Winner of no less than 17 road races last year, Joe was the recipitent of the Sam McClements Trophy at the MCUI awards night  and is Looking ahead to this years KDM Hire Cookstown 100, Joe will have two Kawasakis at his disposal, both sponsored by  G/2 Technical Services LTD.

Joe will contest both the Supertwin and 600 races, and will also ride his 600 in the open classes.

Joe has asked me to say a Big Thanks to the following, because without their help and support, “I wouldn’t be able to race at all!”

G/2 Technical Services LTD.
Martin Grimes
Tate Hill Stables
Coleman's Tractors
Brady Bike Spares
M & F Racing
The Big Eazy wedding band
Keith & Donna Racing
Ollies Place
Foremost Freight Ltd.
Creighan Contracts Ltd.
Paul Moynagh Bike Breakers
MC Building Chemicals

The Beauty Bar Rush.
Moto Merchants Ltd.
Ian Graham
Brendan and Leslie
NDM
All my family, friends, and not forgetting the  Media, Marshalls, Medics and to the Organising club.

KDM Hire Cookstown 100 2018, Programme of Events.

 Thursday 26th April ( T

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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