Thursday, June 1

Weather disrupts but doesn't deter Irish riders in Wednesday evening session - RESULTS

The weather played havoc with last nights combined practice\qualifying outing again as the session was stopped when mist descended over the mountain section. An incident at the Gooseneck also shortened the open session meaning less setup time for competitors.

Many Irish riders still impressed in the tricky conditions and low setting sun to produce very respectable times.

Micko Sweeney had a storming run across the mountain and banked a 119 lap. Brian McCormack took a stone to the shoulder in practice earlier in the week but, dismissed the injury and secured another fine time in the limited conditions.

Superbike Qualifying Wednesday May 31st

18th         Michael Sweeney            BMW\MJR Racing                     119 mph
20th         Brian McCormack           BMW\Vanfleet Transport            116 mph

With the conditions uncertain, there were many Superstock bikes on track and again the Irish riders turned up. Derek Sheils continued where he left off logging a 118mph lap.

Superstock Qualifying Wednesday May31st

6th          Michael Sweeney              BMW\MJR Racing                        119 mph
7th         Derek Sheils                      Burrows Engineering Suzuki        118 mph
8th         Brian McCormack             BMW\Vanfleet Transport               116 mph              

The Supersport class was also a popular weapon of choice last night in the declining sunlight and many made the best of it. Certainly newcomer Adam McClean was one who managed a 106 lap with Paul Jordan not far behind on a 104.7. Ben Rea turned up the wick with an impressive 107 on the Rea Racing GSXR.

Supersport Qualifying Wednesday May 31st

11th         Ben Rea                               Rea Racing GSXR                       107 mph
15th         Adam McClean                    MSS Kawasaki                             106 mph
19th         Paul Jordan                         Peoples Bike\B&W sealant          104 mph

Unfortunately there are no Irish sidecars competing at the 2017 TT.

Words: Andy Quinn

Images courtesy of Lucas Croydon Photgraphy, FineArt Photography and Gordon Dewar

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