Sunday, April 28

Cracking Cookstown defies weather and delights supporters

The KDM Hire Cookstown 100 went to plan yesterday despite the inclement weather conditions predicted. With the roads closed by 10am, the Club ran the meeting with military precision much to the delight of the sponsors and spectators present.

Derek McGee deservedly won “Man of the Meeting” with 3 wins in Moto3, Supertwins a Superbike victory.

McGee started the day on a high with a win on the Francesco Faraldo Moto3 machine and would contest another 4 races later in the day. His next outing was in the Supertwins race where he was pushed hard for the win by Adam McClean over the 7 laps but, eventually made a move that stuck. His 3rd win of the day would come in the restarted KDM Hire Superbike feature race that closed the day’s races.

Derek Sheils also banked a Superbike win on the day as he claimed the Royal Hotel Open race from Adam McClean, with McGee completing the podium in 3rd. McClean went 1 better in the Supersport A race, when it was red flagged after 4 laps. Derek McGee was 2nd and Paul Jordan an excellent 3rd place.

Other wins on the day went to Eoin O’Soichru in Junior Support while Tommy Henry won the Senior Support race. Barry Davidson picked up the win in 350cc Classics and Brian Mateer claimed the 250cc prize. In the 500cc class Barry Davidson completed the double and Richard Ford took the top step in the 1000’s. Chris Meyer won the 250GP race, Gareth Keys the Forgotten Era and Paul Williams rode brilliantly earring the Lightweight Supersport accolades.

Overall a very successful meeting and with the closeness of the results, 2019 had the makings of a memorable season in Irish Road Racing.
Huge credit must go out to the Club, Officials, Marshals, Medics, Photographers and spectators that turned out to view the unique spectacle that is Irish Road Racing.

Well done Cookstown, now we look forward to Tandragee

Words – Andy Quinn

Images kind permission of Baylon McCaughey

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