Farquhar and Dunlop win at Tandragee 100

Ryan Farquhar and William Dunlop were amongst the race winners at the Tandragee 100 this weekend.

It was a somewhat wet affair on the Saturday but a full programme of racing was run, including the Open race which was moved to Friday evening. With rain forecast for Saturday and a dry evening following practice, the organisers took the opportunity to get one race completed. Dunlop lined up on pole position on his Tyco BMW but it was Farquhar – who was returning to the ‘big’ bike class following his return to the roads last year in the Supertwins – who was the eventual winner, although just by four tenths of a second.

BE Racing’s Jamie Hamilton was the initial leader in the race but admitted on Facebook that a “problem with a new helmet” meant he couldn’t see where he was going so he dropped off the pace. He salvaged a third place just five tenths clear of Derek McGee, who in turn was well ahead of Keith Amor and Davy Morgan. David Mulligan and Seamus Elliott were also in the top ten with Shaun Anderson and Billy Redmayne coming from the second group to round it out on corrected time.

Following his impressive form in the class at Cookstown, Dunlop notched up another Supersport victory on his CD Racing Yamaha. He beat Hamilton and McGee with Sam Wilson in fourth. McGee took victory in the Supertwins class beating Hamilton by over 20 seconds with Rhys Hardistry in third place. Hardistry backed up his podium with a win in the Junior Support class ahead of Tommy Henry and Noel Bertram. Senior Support was won by Kevin Fitzpatrick who beat Joe Newbould and Dean Campbell. Elsewhere Paul Robinson was victorious in the Moto 3 class ahead of Nigel Moore and Paul Jordan, while Ian Morrell beat Anthony McColgan and Paul Gartland in Supersport 400. Farquhar and Dave Walsh were the only two riders in the 450cc class. Neil Kernohan, Paul Robinson, and Michael Sweeney made up the podium positions for 250cc. Jamie O’Brien won the Forgotten Era class ahead of Des Butler and Paul Coward. Farquhar beat Coward and Jeremy McWilliams in the Classic race but was a non starter in the feature race.

In difficult conditions it was Dunlop who won the Tandragee 100 feature race. He was nearly 30 seconds clear of Hamilton with McGee in third.

“It was worthwhile going to Tandragee and I’m a bit more comfortable on the Tyco BMW,” Dunlop said after the event. “[That] was always the plan this weekend. The changes that we made for the second race at Cookstown and the further changes for Tandragee have helped us make big steps forward. Yes, we still have a bit of work to do before the TT, but it was really nice to win on a big bike, which is confidence inspiring.”

The next road race is the first international of the year – the North West 200. The likes of John McGuinness, Alistair Seeley, Michael Rutter and Bruce Anstey will be in attendance. They will be joined by Lee Johnston, Michael and William Dunlop, Dan Kneen, Dean Harrison, Jamie Hamilton, Farquhar, Conor Cummins, and Guy Martin. Ivan Lintin, Horst Saiger, and Maria Costello are just a few more of the riders who will also be in action on the Triangle circuit ahead of the Isle of Man TT next month.

2015: Cookstown 100 Podium Results

Podium results from the Cookstown 100

Supersport

Invitational

  1. William Dunlop
  2. Dean Harrison +5.486s
  3. Jamie Hamilton +5.573s

A

  1. William Dunlop
  2. Derek McGee +0.739s
  3. Dean Harrison +1.120s

B

  1. Andy Lawson
  2. Sam Wilson +1.098s
  3. Michal Dokoupil +10.539s

Superbike

Open A

  1. Guy Martin
  2. Michael Dunlop +0.114s
  3. Derek Sheils +3.832s

Open B

  1. Paul Gartland
  2. Ben Rea +0.057s
  3. Michal Dokoupil* +0.171s

Cookstown 100 A

  1. Guy Martin
  2. Derek Sheils +1.269s
  3. Dean Harrison* +4.916s

Cookstown 100 B

  1. Joe Newbould*
  2. Paul Gartland +3.327s
  3. Michal Dokoupil +6.933s

Supertwins

A

  1. Michael Dunlop
  2. Michael Sweeney +0.535s
  3. Jamie Hamilton +0.663s

B

  1. Paul Gartland*
  2. Barry Sheehan +1.299s
  3. Mark Shiels +7.190s

Junior Support

A

  1. Brian Coomey
  2. Ben Rea +0.127s
  3. Adam McLean +1.468s

B

  1. Wayne Sheehan
  2. Rikki McGovern +0.244s
  3. Colin Bowles +2.320s

C/Supersport 400 B

  1. Derek Wilkie
  2. Michal Dokoupil* +8.566s
  3. Tommy Heaphy* +28.299s

Senior Support

A

  1. Dean Campbell
  2. Kevin Fitzpatrick +1.517s
  3. Seanie Smith +2.650s

B

  1. Sean Seddon
  2. Derek Wilkie* +0.337s
  3. Tam Nicholl +2.563s

Junior Classic

  1. Barry Davidson
  2. Nigel Moore +4.542s
  3. Davie Hastings +27.547s

Senior Classic

  1. Richard Ford
  2. Barry Davidson +17.980s
  3. Wattie Brown +25.493s

Moto 3

  1. Sam Wilson
  2. Nigel Moore +2.728s
  3. Paul Jordan +3.486s

Supersport 400

A

  1. Ian Morrell
  2. Alastair Bayley +9.839s
  3. Seamus Elliott +11.361s

Junior Support C/Supersport 400 B

  1. Derek Wilkie
  2. Michal Dokoupil* +8.566s
  3. Tommy Heaphy* +28.299s

* denotes a rider who came from the second group 

Close racing set to continue on the roads at Tandragee 100

The Irish road racing season is set to continue this weekend at the Tandragee 100. Following exciting and close racing at the Cookstown 100 last weekend, the action resumes with around 350 entries confirmed for Bank Holiday weekend.

The Around-A-Pound Tandragee 100 will take place over two days with the likes of Cookstown’s Man of the Meeting William Dunlop, Ryan Farquhar, and Keith Amor in attendance. They will be joined by by Jamie Hamilton, Davy Morgan, Michael Sweeney, and Derek McGee who were all also in action last weekend. Other names on the entry list include Jeremy McWilliams, Seamus Elliott, Robert McCrum and Connor Behan. As well as many ‘local’ stars and riders from the mainland, there will be a number of overseas competitors set to compete. Dario Cecconi from Italy, Eric Goedhart from Dubai, Fabrice Faivre from France and Rafael Paschoalin from Brazil also feature on the entry list.

Last year saw Dan Kneen, Dunlop and Farquhar take victories while everyone was saddened by the death of Junior Support rider Noel Murphy. It was a momentous weekend in Farquhar’s career as he notched up his 200th road racing victory in the Classics while riding a Paton. He will be making his return to the Superbike class this year, following his comeback last year in just the Supertwins. Dunlop will be hoping to repeat his Supersport victory from last year and if his form is anything like it was at Cookstown on the CD Racing 600 he will be untouchable. McGee finished second in the Supersport race at Cookstown, seven tenths off Dunlop in the Championship race, and he will undoubtedly be another rider to watch out for on his Wilson Craig Hondas as he gears up for his TT debut this year. Two podiums for BE Racing’s Hamilton in Cookstown set a high standard for his year on the roads. He took third in the Supersport Invitational race as well as in the Supertwin class. He backed that up with fourth in the second Supersport race and fifth in the Cookstown 100 race itself. Last year he was third in the Open race at Tandragee. Other riders to keep an eye on include Amor and Sweeney, the former of which was a close second to Dunlop in the Supersport race last year. Sweeney was runner up to Michael Dunlop in the Supertwin class at the Cookstown 100.

While there were 18 races at the Cookstown 100, there will be just nine at Tandragee. The schedule is set to kick off with the First Open Race followed by Junior Support (201cc – 400cc), Supersport, and Classic. The Classic race will be split into three classes: up to 250cc, 250cc – 350cc, and 350cc – 1000cc. Following that the 250cc GPs and Forgotten Era will race, with the sixth race of the day encompassing 125cc, 400cc Supersport, and 450cc. Rounding up the action will be Senior Support (401cc – 750cc), Supertwins, and finally the Tandragee 100 itself.

There will be live race commentary available at www.irish-roadracers-media.com while fans can also follow the Tandragee 100 Twitter account. As well as all the racing action there will also be a Parade Lap and a Richard Britton Tribute Lap to mark 10 years since his passing. Four of his bikes will be on display in the paddock as well as being taken around the circuit. There will be awards for the Best Classic Newcomer Performance (the Joe McKeown Memorial Trophy), Man of the Meeting, and Fastest Lap of the Day.

The Tandragee 100 will be followed by the first International Road Race of the year – the North West 200 which kicks off in a week and a half.

William Dunlop ‘Man of the Meeting’ at Cookstown 100

William Dunlop was named ‘Man of the Meeting’ at the Cookstown 100 following two wins and two top five finishes.

The Tyco BMW rider was untouchable in both Supersport races, charging to victory on his CD Racing Yamaha. He won the Invitational race by over five seconds from Dean Harrison and Jamie Hamilton while the Championship race was a closer affair. Derek McGee was just seven tenths off Dunlop as they crossed the line with Harrison in third. It was a fifth place on corrected time from the second group for Dunlop in the Open race and he took a fourth from the second group in the feature race.

Guy Martin and Michael Dunlop battle for position © The H Duct

Guy Martin and Michael Dunlop battle for position © The H Duct

It was also a positive day for team-mate Guy Martin who took victories in both the Open and Cookstown 100. Having taken overall victory in the Spring Cup at Scarborough a fortnight ago, there were two more wins for the popular rider at Cookstown. He also won on his last appearance at the Orritor circuit in 2013 when he won the Supersport race having sat out 2014. Martin battled with Michael Dunlop in both races and he narrowly beat the Milwaukee Yamaha rider by a tenth of a second in the Open race. They went wheel-to-wheel again in the feature race but when Dunlop took the lead on the eighth lap he pushed just too hard and came off. Rider was reported to be O.K. but the race was red flagged, giving Martin the win ahead of Derek Sheils and Harrison, the latter of which came from the second group.

“I could have smoked a Woodbine in that last race,” Martin said after the race. “The Superstock BMW was so stable and working just mint. I was never under any pressure and when [Michael] Dunlop came past, I thought ‘this will give me a chance to have a look at what he is doing and plan my pass for the last lap’. We certainly had an advantage on the back part of the circuit and definitely the speed on the front straight to make the pass. It didn’t need to happen, but a good day all round and just what we needed.”

During the race proceedings a presentation was made to TAS Racing’s Team Owner Hector Neill for his services to the sport.

The Supertwins class was hotly contested, with the top four battling for the race win. James Cowton took pole position but ended up finishing fourth while Michael Dunlop won. Michael Sweeney was second just half a second down on Dunlop with Hamilton picking up another podium in third. The top four exchanged fastest laps and broke the lap record with Cowton ending up the eventual holder of it. Paul Gartland won the B race ahead of Barry Sheehan and Mark Sheils.

Derek McGee leads the pack at the start of the Open race © The H Duct

Derek McGee leads the pack at the start of the Open race © The H Duct

Elsewhere in the B races Andy Lawson beat Sam Wilson and Michal Dokoupil in Supersport while Gartland secured victory in the Open B race. He beat Ben Rea by just five hundredths of a second with Dokoupil taking a second group corrected time third place. Dean Campbell beat Kevin Fitzpatrick and Seanie Smith in the Senior Support B race as Sean Seddon took victory in race B ahead of Derek Wilkie and Tam Nicholl. The three Junior Support races were won by Brian Coomey, Wayne Sheehan, and Derek Wilkie in A, B and C respectively. The podium positions were filled by Rea, Adam McLean, Rikki McGovern, Colin Bowles, Dokoupil, and Tommy Heaphy.

Victory in the Senior Classic went to Richard Ford ahead of Barry Davidson and Wattie Brown. Davidson took the win in the Junior Classic race beating Nigel Moore and Davie Hastings. Ian Morrell won the Supersport 400 A race finishing nine seconds clear of Alastair Bayley in second. Seamus Elliott rounded out the podium trio. Wilkie won the B race with Dokoupil picking up yet another podium and Heaphy third. Sam Wilson took his first victory on the Joey’s Bar 125cc Honda ahead of Moore and Paul Jordan in the Moto 3 class.

It was a full day of racing at the Orritor circuit as races which had been rained off on Friday evening were held in the morning. The sun shone after brief showers in the morning, allowing organisers to push ahead with their full schedule. The next Irish road race meeting is the Tandragee 100 this coming weekend ahead of the first International race of the year.

Cookstown 100 set to launch 2015 Irish Road Racing season

Following the first road race of the year in Scarborough the action continues in Cookstown this weekend.

The likes of Michael and William Dunlop, Jamie Hamilton, and Dean Harrison will be in action along with Guy Martin, Derek McGee and Derek Sheils. Martin took overall Spring Cup victory in Scarborough, beating Ivan Lintin and Harrison. Hamilton and Sheils were both victorious over the Easter weekend as the Irish Short Circuit Championship kicked off at Bishopscourt and Kirkistown. Other riders who will be in attendance include Sandor Bitter, Davy Morgan, Maria Costello, James Cowton and Connor Behan.

It will be M Dunlop’s first road racing appearance on the Yamaha R1. Likewise, W Dunlop will be getting his first taste of Tyco’s BMWs on the roads. He will no doubt be hoping to claim victory having been cruelly robbed of the win in the Cookstown 100 feature race last year on corrected time. He was beaten by Dan Kneen, while M Dunlop and Sheils also took wins. While many riders have been in action in various places throughout the month it will be their first time racing on the Irish roads in 2015. As well as there being plenty of riders on new machinery there will also be established riders on proven packages. Hamilton has made the switch to B.E. Racing while McGee fills his vacant bikes at Wilson Craig Racing.

The KDM Cookstown 100 will take place over two days. Roads will close from 12 noon on Friday 24th April and reopen at 9.30pm. On Saturday roads will close at 10am and are due to reopen at 7.30pm.

Guy Martin wins third consecutive Ian Watson Trophy at Oliver’s Mount Spring Cup

Guy Martin won his third consecutive Ian Watson Trophy at Oliver’s Mount over the weekend while contesting the Spring Cup.

The Tyco rider was getting his first pure road racing taste of the team’s new BMW and he won the first leg of the Spring Cup itself on Saturday. In tricky conditions on Sunday he came fourth but it was enough to see him the overall winner of the Ian Watson Trophy, beating Ivan Lintin and Dean Harrison.

Lintin had a highly successful weekend on his racing debut for RC Express Racing. He was the overall class winner of the Junior A and Senior classes as well as finishing runner up in the Spring Cup and Super Lightweight classes. Elsewhere Michael Sweeney came out on top in the Spring Cup B class ahead of Davy Morgan and Adrian Harrison. Darren Cooper beat Ben Rea and Seamus Elliot in the Junior B standings while Paul Owen headed Nick Anderson and Adrian Haworth in the Lightweight class. James Cowton lead the Super Lightweight standings after a win and third place finish in the races, finishing ahead of Lintin and Adrian Harrison. The sidecar class was won by Conrad Harrison and Lee Patterson following a second place and race victory. Finally, Ryan Farquhar topped F1/F2 Classics, ahead of Peter Boast and David Bell. Full results can be found on the Oliver’s Mount Racing website.

The next road racing action takes place next weekend in Cookstown. The likes of William and Michael Dunlop will be in action, along with Jamie Hamilton, Derek McGee, and Maria Costello. #

2015: Oliver’s Mount Spring Cup Podium Results

Podium results from the Spring Cup at Oliver’s Mount.

Junior 

  1. Ivan Lintin
  2. Lee Johnston +0.487s
  3. Dean Harrison +3.015s

B

  1. Seamus Elliott
  2. Darren Cooper +5.003s
  3. Frank Gallagher +8.795s

Lightweight

First leg

  1. Alistair Haworth
  2. Seamus Elliott +8.561s
  3. Paul Owen +9.003s

Second leg 

  1. Alistair Haworth
  2. Nick Anderson +9.251s
  3. Seamus Elliott +20.552s

Super Lightweight

First leg

  1. James Cowton
  2. Ivan Lintin +6.533s
  3. Ryan Farquhar +10.286s

Second leg

  1. Ivan Lintin
  2. Ryan Farquhar +5.950s
  3. James Cowton +10.177s

National F2 Sidecars

First leg

  1. Molyneux/Binns
  2. Harrison/Patterson +16.541s
  3. Ramsden/Ramsden +27.688s

Second leg

  1. Harrison/Patterson
  2. Thirkell/Kilkenny +43.901s
  3. Crawford/Capewell +44.341s

Spring Cup

A – First Leg

  1. Guy Martin
  2. Ryan Farquhar +3.496s
  3. Ivan Lintin +6.727s

B – First Leg

  1. Davy Morgan
  2. Allen Bonner +1.698s
  3. Paul Gartland +13.189s

A – Second Leg

  1. Daley Mathison
  2. Tom Weeden +7.872s
  3. Ivan Lintin +17.922s

Ian Watson Cup 

  1. Guy Martin
  2. Ivan Lintin +3.937s
  3. Dean Harrison +4.693s

Classic F1 & F2

  1. Ryan Farquhar
  2. Jamie Coward +6.666s
  3. David Bell +9.440s

Senior

  1. Dean Harrison
  2. Guy Martin +2.533s
  3. Lee Johnston +3.460s