Derek Sheils doubles up at Faugheen 50 road races

Derek Sheils took two wins at the weekend at the Faugheen 50 road races in Co. Tipperary.

Following a narrow victory for Brian McCormack in the Open Non Championship race, Sheils took the win in both the Open Championship race and the Grand Final. McCormack beat Derek McGee by just a hundredth of a second in the non championship race with William Dunlop taking third, just eight tenths back. Dunlop broke the lap record on the way to his podium. John Walsh and Seamus Elliott completed the top five.

Sheils won the Open Champonship race by two tenths from McGee with Dunlop once again completing the podium. It was McGee who won the Supertwins race, taking a commanding eight second victory over Paul Jordan with Michal Dokoupil in third. This was following his first International victory in the same class at the Ulster Grand Prix. John Horgan finished in fourth with Mark Sheils coming home in fifth. In the Supersport class it was another victory for Dunlop on his CD Racing Yamaha, meaning his maintained his 100% record in the class at Irish Nationals this year. He beat McGee by three seconds with Walsh in third, McCormack fourth and Thomas Maxwell in fifth.

Jordan beat Nigel Moore and Paul Robinson to victory in the 125cc – Moto 3 race while Brian Coomey won both 201cc – 400cc races. In both races he was joined on the podium by John Horgan and Brendan Glover. The Senior Support Non Championship race was won by Dean Campbell, who beat Steve Tobin and Daryl Tweed while Tobin beat Tweed and Stephen Casey in the Championship race. Neil Kernohan, Elliott, and Dokoupil filled the podium positions in Junior Support.

In the Classics it was another victory for Robert McCrum in the 250 – 350cc class, beating Ed Manly by over 24 seconds with Sean Leonard in third. He also won the 500 – 1000cc Classic race by a narrower margin of 16 seconds over Richard Ford with Manly in third.

In the Grand Final Sheils crossed the line marginally ahead of McGee with McCormack coming home third after holding off Dunlop who finished fourth. Walsh rounded out the top five finishers.

Next up on the road racing calendar are the Classic TT and Manx GP which is due to start later this week. The final Irish National road race of the year is Killalane which takes place on the first weekend in September.

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