Sunday, May 20

Sheils just shy of podium at Horice Road Races

Derek Sheils just missed out on silverware in the Czech Republic this afternoon with a well deserved 4th place in the Open 1000cc race. Opting to sit out the NW200 and choosing the Czech races for his build up to the TT races on the Penz13 BMW S1000RR, the Dubliner made his debut at Horice at the famous “300 turns” track northeast of Prague.

Wet weather yesterday ruined practise and qualifying for many but, even with minimal track time Sheils started the Superbike race on the 2nd row in 6th alongside the likes of Danny Webb. Getting away cleanly, the Dublin rider picked another 2 positions over the 11 lap race to come home a very credible 4th not far behind Horice regulars Kamil Holan (3rd), Didier Grams (2nd) and winner Marek Cerveny.

Hopefully this momentum will add to Sheils International results as the Fastest Irish ever at the TT heads to the Isle of Man races later this month.

Words and images Andy Quinn

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