Dunlop brothers share spoils at Skerries 100

William and Michael Dunlop were both winners at last weekend’s Skerries 100 meeting.

William Dunlop was victorious in the Supersport class while Michael Dunlop won the Open Championship race. Adam McLean, Davy Morgan and Michael Sweeney were amongst the other race winners.

In the Open race Michael Dunlop came through from fourth to win, although only by five tenths of a second. The race was mostly led by Derek Sheils who lost out when it really mattered – on the last lap – and therefore had to settle for second. William Dunlop finished in third having had a few laps in second. Alan Bonner was fourth ahead of Michael Sweeney and Derek McGee in a closely fought battle. Seamus Elliott finished in seventh place ahead of John Walsh, Kevin Fitzpatrick and Morgan.

It was the turn of William Dunlop to win in the Supersport class and he led start to finish. He was closely followed by McGee throughout with the final gap between the pair standing at just three tenths of a second. Michael Dunlop was two seconds back from the winner in third with Sheils in fourth and Paul Jordan fifth. Sweeney, Walsh, and Morgan were sixth, seventh and eighth respectively. Andy Farrell and Michal Dokoupil rounded out the top ten.

Sweeney took a nine tenths victory in the Supertwins class, beating Sheils and Jordan. Dokoupil was fourth ahead of Farrell, Paul Gartland, Mark Sheils, and Graham Kennedy. Jason Cash and Paul O’Rourke completed the top ten.

Adam McLean won the 125cc/Moto 3 class, although the only Moto 3 bike – ridden by Melissa Kennedy – failed to finish. It was another narrow victory with McLean just five tenths clear of McGee who had led in the early stages. Jordan picked up another podium with a third place finish while Nigel Moore came home in fourth. Neil Kernohan was fifth ahead of Sam Wilson, Gary Dunlop, – wearing his father Joey’s helmet on the 16th anniversary of his death – Ed Manly, Sam Dunlop and Sean Leonard.

Morgan comfortably won the 250/400 Championship race beating Elliott and Dokoupil. Darryl Tweed finished in fourth with Kernohan in fifth. Morgan, Kernohan, John Ella, and Tommy Henry were the four 250cc riders and finished in that order. In the overall race Ella was eighth with Henry tenth. McGee was the leading 400cc bike home ahead of Dokoupil, Tweed, David Howard, Paul Gartland, and Brendan Merrigan in that class.

Elsewhere Cash took the victory by seven seconds in the Junior Support race ahead of Philip Crosbie and Veronika Hankocyova. Farrell won the Open Non Qualifiers race from Sean Connolly and Stephen Casey. The Supersport Non Qualifiers race was won by Howard with David Lumsden and Connolly completing the podium positions.

In the Classics it was once again Barry Davidson winning the Junior Classic race, beating Leonard and Allan Brew. Manly won the Senior Classic race beating Robert McCrum and Brew. The Grand Final was called off due to the weather conditions.

The next Irish road racing action is this upcoming weekend at Walderstown.

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