Two for Derek McGee at Faugheen 50

Derek McGee came away from last weekend’s Faugheen 50 with two race wins.

The Co. Tipperary race meeting featured 13 races and saw the likes of McGee go head-to-head with Derek Sheils, Michael Sweeney and Paul Jordan amongst others.

Sweeney won the six lap Supertwin race, beating pole man Sheils by 1.214 seconds. In third was Paul Jordan ahead of Michal Dokoupil and Andy Farrell. Adam McLean, Philip Crosbie, Paul O’Rourke, Jordan McFerran and Veronika Hakocyova also featured in the top ten. The Non Championship Supertwin race was won by David Howard who beat Cathal Phelan and Thomas Whitmore.

Jordan was victorious in the 125cc/Moto 3 Championship race as he raced to a three second victory over McLean. Nigel Moore and Callum Laidlaw were the two other finishers in the race.

In the Open Championship Sheils narrowly beat McGee by just four tenths of a second. The top six all finished in the order they started. In third place was Brian McCormack who finished ahead of Sweeney, Jordan and John Horgan.

Philip Crosbie won the 201-400cc Championship race by just three tenths of a second after six laps. Paul O’Rourke finished in third just over a second off the winner. McFerran and Andy McAllister rounded out the top five. Neil Kernohan beat Dokoupil and Darryl Tweed in the 250/400cc Championship race while Horgan won the Non Championship race as well as the Senior Support class.

McGee’s first of two victories came in the Supersport class where he beat Sheils and Sweeney. Jordan was fourth ahead of Dokoupil, McCormack, Farrell, and James Kelly. Also in the top ten were Graham Kennedy and Walsh. His second came in the Grand Final, although it was a narrow three tenths win over Sheils. McCormack finished in third place. Sweeney came home in fourth ahead of Jordan, Walsh, Farrell, Kennedy, Sean Connolly, and Paul Fallon.

The Classics were also in action with Sean Leonard and Robert McCrum the victors in the Junior and Senior classes respectively. In Junior Classic Leonard beat Sam Kinkead and Philip Shaw. McCrum finished ahead of Richard Ford and Ed Manly.

Brian Coomey and Noel Carroll were injured in a practice accident and both were airlifted to Cork Hospital. Coomey is still in a coma in intensive care. Seamus Elliott was also seriously injured during the event – after an accident in the Open race. He remains in an induced coma at Cork Hospital after suffering head injuries as well as multiple fractures. The latest news suggests an improvement in his condition.

 

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