William Dunlop, Derek McGee and Alan Bonner were amongst the winners at Kells Road Races this weekend. The action took place across two days at the Crossakiel Circuit in Co Meath.
Dunlop was back in action just a couple of weeks after the accident that ruled him out of the TT with extensive bruising and a broken rib. He was there with his CD Racing Yamaha and won the Supersport race comfortably from Seamus Elliott and Paul Jordan. Sam Wilson was fourth with McGee in fifth, John Walsh sixth, James Kelly seventh, Andy Farrell eighth, Graham Kennedy ninth and Brian McCormack in tenth. Dunlop then went on to finish sixth in the Open race, a race won by Bonner.
Fresh off the back of impressive top twenty finishes at the TT on only his second visit, Bonner won the Open race by just a tenth of a second over McGee while Alan Kenny completed the rostrum positions. McCormack was in fourth, ahead of Dunlop, Walsh, Elliott, Paul Gartland, Kevin Fitzpatrick, and Farrell. Bonner doubled up by going on to take victory in the Carole Nash Grand Final – the feature race of the event. He again beat McGee – this time by half a second – with McCormack also on the podium. Kenny was fourth, with Walsh fifth, Dunlop sixth, Elliott seventh, and Gartland eighth. Kelly was ninth with Alan Connor rounding out the top ten.
It was Derek McGee who won the Supertwins race – another rider who impressed at the TT this year as he made his debut. He beat Connor Behan by nearly four seconds with Michal Dokoupil in third. Jordan was a further four seconds back in fourth, ahead of Adam McLean, Stephen McKnight, Bonner, Mark Sheils, James Chawke and David Lumsden.
The 125cc/Moto 3 race was won by McLean who beat Paul Robinson by just over a second. Sean O’Neill took third while Behan, Jordan, and Neil Kernohan were fourth, fifth and sixth respectively. Craig Gibson, Paul McKillop, Sarah Boyes, and Steve Boyes rounded out the top ten. McLean doubled up with a win in the 201 – 400cc Championship race, ahead of Brian Coomey and James Chawke. Tommy Henry, John Horgan, Liam Greene, Thomas Whitmore, Brendan Glover, David Howard and Colin Bowles were the other top ten finishers.
Following his top ten result in the Open race, Fitzpatrick took the honours in the Senior Support class by over ten seconds. Timmy Elwood finished in second with Darryl Tweed third. There were top ten finishes for Ryan Maher, Seanie Smith, Coomey, Stephen Casey, Henry, David Holland and Adrian Logue. Kernohan won the Junior 250/400cc race just eight tenths clear of Dokoupil who in turn was nearly ten seconds ahead of John Ella. Howard was fourth, Greene fifth, Henry sixth and Shiels seventh. Rounding out the top ten were Gartland, Vic Allan, and Stephen Morrison.
In the Classics Barry Davidson won the 250cc – 350cc class with a narrow margin of victory over Ed Manly. Herbie Ronan was third ahead of Sean Leonard, Dave Hastings, Freddie Stewart and Sean Henry. Philip Shaw was eighth with Kevin Callan ninth and Richard Ford tenth. The 500cc – 1000cc class was won by Robert McCrum by nearly 15 seconds from Ford and Stewart. Manly finished fourth ahead of Billy Lyle, Pat Murray, Noel Bertram, and Sam Kinkead. Hutton and Callan rounded out the top ten.
Last but not least, in the Non Qualifier races Lumsden and Veronika Hankocy were victorious. Hankocy won the 201cc – 400cc B race by just shy of four seconds over Andy McAllister with Stephen Davison third. Martin Currams was fourth ahead of Jordan McFerran, Morrison, John Byrne, Gavin Brown, Alan Johnston and John McCann. In the Open B race Lumsden was first of five riders, winning by just over a second and a half from Damian Horan. Callum Laidlaw took third with Paul Swords fourth and Noel Carroll in fifth.