Michael Dunlop, Derek McGee and Derek Sheils were amongst the race winners at last weekend’s racing at Walderstown – the Race of the South.
A number of the top road racers contested a 11 race schedule. Paul Jordan took his first Supertwins victory, beating Sheils by just four tenths of a second. Sheils started from pole and there was a three way scrap for the win between himself, Jordan and Michael Sweeney. The red flag was brought out on the sixth lap, due to an incident between Sweeney and a backmarker, bringing the results back a lap meaning Jordan was given the win. Andy Farrell joined Jordan and Sheils on the podium with Michal Dokoupil fourth, narrowly beating James Chawke.
The Open race was won by Michael Dunlop with Sheils having to settle for second. He had led much of the race, having started from pole position, but backmarkers cost him. He finished just sixth tenths down on Dunlop with McGee in third. William Dunlop finished in fourth – where he spent all of the race – with Sweeney fifth and Kevin Fitzpatrick sixth.
It was a pole position for McGee in the Supersport class and he went on to win the race by 2.4 seconds from William Dunlop. James Kelly was three seconds back in third with Sheils and Jordan in close pursuit in fourth and fifth respectively. Sweeney finished sixth ahead of Thomas Maxwell, Graham Kennedy, John Walsh and Matthew Rees.
After losing out in the Open race, Sheils fought back in the Grand Final to beat the Dunlop brothers. He started second and overhauled Michael Dunlop to lead the last four laps. Dunlop had to settle for second, 2.4 seconds back, with William Dunlop picking up another podium in third. McGee was fourth ahead of Seamus Elliott, Brian McCormack, and Maxwell. Fitzpatrick, Sweeney and James Kelly rounded out the top ten finishers.
Elsewhere James Chawke won both the Championship and Non Championship Junior Support races. In the Non Championship race he beat Philip Crosbie comfortably by 12 seconds with Tommy Heaphy third. It was the same top two in the second race but this time with Brian Loughlin in third. Senior Support was won by Michael Weldon ahead of Sean Connolly and John Horgan. Horgan won the Non Championship race, beating Weldon and Brian Coomey.
Newcomer to the track Dokoupil was victorious in the Junior 400 class ahead of Elliott by just five tenths of a second. Mark Shiels finished in third place. In the Classics Barry Davidson won the Junior race ahead of Sean Leonard and Brian Mateer. Richard Ford won the Senior Classic, beating Allan Brew and Ed Manly.