Monday, July 3

Sheils on Country Crest of a wave at AXA Bikecare Skerries Road Races

Derek Sheils issued a statement of intent by winning the 3 Superbike races at the weekend’s Skerries meeting. 

The trophy tally would have been an immense haul it not for a mechanical in the SuperTwins race and being pipped by 1/100th of a second in a classic Supersport encounter with Derek McGee.

The Cookstown Burrows Engineering GSXR was simply unstoppable in the Des D’arcy Open, Donnellan Family Non Championship Open and restarted AXA Bikecare\Country Crest Grand Final, lapping a full 3s quicker than the competition that was Michael Sweeney, Derek McGee and an impressive newcomer Paul Jordan. Even when the conditions changed from dry to wet, there was no catching Sheils whose confidence must be growing with every mile and meeting.

Treble winning Sheils said:
“It’s been a great day apart from the SuperTwins breakdown. The Cookstown Burrows Engineering Suzuki GSXR 1000 Superbike went like a dream and in the three Superbike races I was not really under any pressure at any point. Conditions in the Grand Final were iffy but thankfully I was able to pull away at the front in the early stages and then just back off a little and maintain a good advantage.
“Although I didn’t win it, the Supersport 600 race was my most enjoyable experience of the day. Derek, Michael and I were together the whole time; I hope the fans enjoyed it as much as I did.”

John Burrows was equally impressed with the weekend’s results.
He said: “Derek and the whole team did a great job in my absence. Obviously the big Suzuki GSXR 1000 was working well, that’s partly due to Mark Arnott from Moto Shock who worked late into Friday night to sort out some suspension issues. I’m really pleased for Derek who had a frustrating time at the TT; it’s great to see him back to winning ways.
“Apparently, the 600 race was unreal and a great advertisement for the sport. Mr McGee got the verdict by the width of a sheet of paper but we’ll have another go at him at Walderstown where I’m confident more success will follow for Cookstown Burrows Engineering Racing.”
Words and images Andy Quinn

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