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Derek McGee Man of the Meeting at Armoy as Michael Dunlop secures seventh Race of Legends win

Derek McGee Man of the Meeting at Armoy as Michael Dunlop secures seventh Race of Legends win

Whilst all eyes were on Michael Dunlop as he secured his seventh Race of Legends feature race win in a row, it was Derek McGee who came away from the weekend as Man of the Meeting.

The Mullingar man was awarded the accolade after accumulating the most points with a win in the first Supersport race, second in the second Supersport race and the Open, and fourth in the Grand Final.

Practice sessions were held on Friday with times counting for qualifying, with the first two races taking place on Friday evening. In the Senior Support race it was two Armoy newcomers battling for the win. Joe Loughlin – who has been in control of the Junior/Senior Support classes all year – ultimately lost out to Adam Lyon, with the Scottish rider coming from the second group to win on corrected time by just over three seconds. David Howard joined the pair on the podium.

The first Supersport race was red flagged twice and the result was eventually declared after just two racing laps. The first red flag was caused by a incident involving Adam McLean and Paul Jordan. Both riders were OK and returned to the paddock on the back of marshals bikes. When the race was restarted it was red flagged again when weather conditions took a turn for the worse. A heavy downpour coupled with Michael Dunlop’s bike blowing up and leaving oil on the track meant that racing was halted for the night. McGee was declared the winner with road racing newcomer Davey Todd finishing second and Christian Elkin third.

On Saturday changeable weather conditions greeted race organisers and riders but a full programme was run with limited disruption. First up was Junior Support run over seven laps and this race was won by Loughlin who beat Marc Ironside and Glenn Walker. Then came Moto 3/125 won by Elkin riding a Moto 3. McLean was second and the leading 125 rider while Paul Robinson completed the podium in third. Ian Lougher finished fourth just shy of a second ahead of Gary Dunlop in fifth.

The second Supersport race was won by M Dunlop but he didn’t have it all his own way. McGee initially took the lead as Dunlop came through from seventh on the grid. He progressed up the order, overtaking Elkin at the start of the second lap before slotting into second by passing McLean at the start of lap three. He then closed down McGee’s leading margin before overtaking him and eventually securing a three second victory. James Cowton was third ahead of Todd (from the second group), McLean and newcomer Joey Thompson.

There was a red flag incident following three laps of the Classic race and a slight delay as an oil spill was cleared up. Ed Manly was the eventual winner when the race was re-run over four laps. He was joined on the podium by Wattie Brown and Barry Davidson.

Race seven of the event was the Open race and this saw M Dunlop achieve his second win of the day. The race was declared wet following a downpour just before the start and riders were given a sighting lap with the view of returning to the paddock to change tyres should they decide to. McGee returned to the grid straight away and revealed that most of the track – apart from the start – was wet. There was another warm up lap before a six lap race and it was McGee – riding his Kawasaki 600 – who took the initial lead. He started to pull away but M Dunlop soon caught and passed him, eventually winning by just over 4.5 seconds. William Dunlop crossed the line in third after catching and passing Cowton, but it was Todd who took the podium with corrected time from the second group. Paul Jordan was fifth on the IMR Evolution Camping BMW ahead of Cowton, Thompson, Mark Goodings, Dominic Herbertson and Forest Dunn.

Another rain downpour brought a red flag out in the Lightweight Supersport race but it wasn’t delayed for long. Neil Kernohan was the eventual winner, beating Darryl Tweed (who was the first 400cc rider) and Callum Laidlaw. McGee took the win in the Supertwin class after an exciting battle with McLean. The latter had been holding onto second place until the last lap when he was passed by Cowton. Elkin finished in fourth ahead of Michael Sweeney, Brad Vicars and Paul Gartland.

The penultimate race of the meeting was the second Senior Support and this time Loughlin got the better of Lyon, who came from the second group. The pair were once again joined on the podium by Howard who beat Ironside, Tommy Henry, Stephen McKeown and Alan Johnston.

Following a sighting lap and then a warm-up, the Grand Final – the Race of Legends – was run over seven laps. M Dunlop was in a class of his own on his Hawk Racing Suzuki, as he romped to a 12 second win over his brother William. Sweeney finished the race in third place, mere tenths of a second off second. McGee was fourth ahead of Cowton, Thompson, Todd and Jordan. Davy Morgan led the second group riders to finish in ninth, beating Goodings, Herbertson, Graham Kennedy, Vicars, Dunn and Laidlaw.

While McGee secured Man of the Meeting, Loughlin was named Support Man of the Meeting.

 

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Dean Harrison on form at Cock O’The North

Following his domination at the Spring Cup in April, Dean Harrison was once again the man to beat at Oliver’s Mount. The Silicone Engineering rider took seven wins – including the feature race – at the Cock O’The North meeting last weekend.

Harrison opened his account with a win in the first Junior race, beating Adam McLean by eight and a half seconds. Jamie Coward joined the pair on the podium. He followed that up by winning the Solo Open and the Senior. Ivan Lintin and McLean were the podium finishers in the Solo Open race. Daley Mathison and Lintin were second and third in the Senior race. Harrison also won the second leg of both races. There were podiums for Mathison in both while Lintin and McLean were third and second in the Senior and Junior races respectively.

The Cock O’The North feature race saw Harrison cross the line just over three seconds clear of Harrison. McLean rounded off a successful weekend of racing with his fifth podium of the meeting. Coward was fourth ahead of Mick Goodings, Daniel Frear, Brian Greenfield, Darren Cooper and James Cowton.

Elsewhere Joey Thompson was victorious in both Ultra Lightweight/Lightweight races. In both races he was joined on the podium by Rhys Hardistry and Frear – Hardistry second in race one and Frear second in race two.

Lintin took the win in both Super Lightweight races. It was a narrow victory in race one, beating Cowton by just nine tenths of a second while McLean was 1.4 seconds off the winner. In the second leg the gap was smaller still – down to seven tenths – while Bradley Vicars joined the leading two on the podium.

Joining the riders winning more than one race were Steven Haddow and David Bell. Haddow won both Junior B races beating Ben Shuttlewood and Russell Brook in both. The winning margin was just over a second in both races. Bell won both Classic Superbike races. He beat Peter Boast and Daniel Ingham in both. Paul Marley won the Solo Open B race beating Haddow and Shuttlewood. Brian Greenfield beat Haddow and Marley in the Solo Open B race.

In the Sidecar class it was two out of three for the Steve and Matty Ramsden partnership. They won the second and third race. Lee Crawford and Harry Payne beat the Ramsdens by four tenths of a second in race one. John and Jake Lowther were third. In race two the Ramsdens beat the Lowthers while Conrad Harrison and Andrew Winkle joined them on the podium. This result was replicated in race three.

2017: North West 200 Round-Up

The 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200 saw records broken and extended, new winners and what has been dubbed one of the most exciting races at the event ever.

Practice

Dry and sunny conditions greeted riders for Tuesday and Thursday’s practice sessions and they were able to complete a number of laps in preparation for the racing. Newcomers got the event underway with their practice session on Tuesday morning, giving riders such as Mark Purslow, Joey Thompson, and Neil Kernohan their first taste of the Triangle circuit.

In Tuesday practice Alistair Seeley topped the times in both the Superbike and Supersport classes – the Carrickfergus man aiming to extend his most wins record after surpassing Robert Dunlop’s win tally last year. Martin Jessopp was fastest in the Supertwin class while Michael Rutter led a tight Superstock class. Race organisers and sponsors were left with red faces when the Superstock session had to be red flagged after just a couple of minutes when the course car got stuck on the apex of the chicane at the end of the start finish straight.

On Thursday it was the same men fastest again this time with Seeley topping the Supersport and Superstock times while Rutter went fastest in the Superbike session. Jessopp continued as the fastest Supertwin rider. The Superbike session – the last of the practice sessions – was red flagged following an incident involving John McGuinness. He crashed at Primrose corner and was taken to hospital in Belfast. The Honda team reported that he had a compound fracture to his right lower leg, four broken vertebrae, and three broken back ribs. The team subsequently withdrew Guy Martin from the Superstock and Superbike races as they were unable to investigate the cause of McGuinness’ crash.

Races

Conditions remained dry for Thursday racing and first on the race schedule was the first of two Supersport races. Seeley started from pole and was the man to beat having been fastest in both practice sessions. He failed to complete the first lap, however, pulling into the pits with a bike problem. It was Jessopp from the second row who went on to win after a race long battle with Ian Hutchinson. Both had spells at the front but it was Jessopp who went on to take the victory – his first ever win at the North West 200. James Hillier completed the podium finishers ahead of Dean Harrison and Lee Johnston.

Seeley did not face any problems in the Superstock class as he romped to a 12 second victory over Johnston. He didn’t have it all his own way, however, as Rutter led across the line on the second lap but the Bathams rider unfortunately retired from the race. Seeley and Johnston were joined on the podium by Harrison – his first rostrum result at the event. Hutchinson was fourth with Jessopp coming home in fifth place.

Like waiting for a bus, Jessopp found that after waiting for one North West 200 win that two come along at once. He started from pole position and crossed the line in the lead on every lap. Rutter – a last minute entry to the class on Ryan Farquhar’s KMR bike – was a close second just eight tenths back. Ivan Lintin was third ahead of Dan Cooper and Derek Sheils. Johnston had been considered a contender for the race win but struggled to get away for the warm-up lap and despite a push and getting away, he didn’t make the start. Jessopp also set a new lap record on his way to victory.

The weather was not as kind on Saturday and riders were faced with wet conditions. Up first on the schedule was the second Supersport race.

Riders were given two sighting laps before the race and it eventually got underway in damp conditions. The rain came on during the race and a number of riders raised their hands to get the race stopped at the end of lap 4 however it kept going for the full six. It was Seeley who won, four seconds clear of William and Michael Dunlop. It had been William who led across the line when the conditions deteriorated, but Michael Dunlop suggested after the race that his older brother’s face “didn’t fit the picture” which is why the race wasn’t stopped. Cookstown 100 race winner Adam McLean was an impressive fourth place – just a couple of seconds off a podium – with Hutchinson fifth.

There was a lengthy delay before the next race of the day due to the weather conditions. The Superbikes did get out for a sighting lap but it was red flagged due to oil on the track from Michael Dunlop’s Suzuki. With rain getting heavier it wasn’t until around 3pm in the afternoon when racing resumed. Seeley stormed to a dominant victory over Rutter and Johnston. He was 21 seconds clear by the end of the last lap with Rutter a comfortable seven seconds ahead of Johnston. Irwin was fourth in his first Superbike race appearance at the North West 200 while Peter Hickman finished fifth.

While Seeley extended his win record to 20, Rutter – the next most successful current rider – added another victory to his tally. He took a hard fought win in the Supertwin race after narrowly missing out to Jessopp on Thursday. Rutter led after every lap but could not shake off Cooper who finished just six tenths down. Jessopp finished the race in third place ahead of Michael Sweeney and Marty Lennon. It was a particularly special victory for Rutter as he won for Ryan Farquhar who was involved in a near fatal accident at the event last year. The win was Rutter’s 14th around the Triangle circuit putting him just one win off Robert Dunlop’s 15.

The second Superstock race proved to be yet another victory for Seeley, bringing his win record to 21. The race was red flagged on the fifth lap, leaving Seeley the winner as he crossed the line leading on the previous lap. He very narrowly beat Hutchinson – just two tenths separated the two riders. Rutter joined the pair on the podium with Johnston finishing fourth. The top four were separated by under a second while Hickman was just slightly further back in fifth. Riders were not impressed afterwards that the race had not been red flagged sooner – with a number raising their hands to indicate conditions were too difficult.

The Vauxhall North West 200 race – the feature race of the event – proved to be the most exciting of the day as three riders battled hard for the lead. It was a race long fight between Irwin, Seeley and Hutchinson. Irwin led across the line each time after perfectly timing his move onto the coast road each time. Seeley was able to take advantage through the long slipstreaming sections but Irwin was able to keep with him. Seeley was even onto the grass on the run to University at one stage but he lost nothing as he kept with the front two. Eventually the top three finished just seven tenths apart when Irwin pulled a well timed move on Seeley on the final lap. Hutchinson finished in second with Michael Dunlop fourth. Rutter completed a highly successful North West 200 for him in fifth place. There were huge cheers around the circuit when Irwin crossed the line to win on only his second appearance at the event. He previously raced at the North West 200 in 2015 on a Supersport but he broke down during the race while at the front.

Alistair Seeley’s win record around the North West 200 now stands at 21. Both he and Michael Rutter surpassed Philip McCallen’s podium record of 28. Seeley now has 32 North West 200 podiums while Rutter has 31. Riders will now head to the Isle of Man for TT fortnight (27th May – 9th June).

 

 

Derek Sheils doubles up at Cookstown 100

Derek Sheils doubles up at Cookstown 100

Derek Sheils and Joesph Loughlin were both two time winners at this year’s Cookstown 100.

Over the course of Friday and Saturday there were 15 different winners from the 17 races held. It was a largely dry event, however some rain showers and a number of red flag incidents led to the schedule being re-jigged by race organisers about halfway through the day. They still managed to get the full programme completed.

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Derek Sheils

Sheils’ two victories came in the Open A and Cookstown 100 A races. He started from pole position in the Open race and finished over two seconds clear of Derek McGee with William Dunlop in third. Michael Sweeney narrowly missed a podium position by just tenths of a second. Guy Martin finished a corrected time fifth place from the second group. Sheils’ upped his advantage for the Cookstown 100, beating McGee by 11 seconds while Sweeney put a last lap move on Dunlop to take the last podium spot. James Cowton rounded out the top five finishers.

In the Supersport class there were victories for Dunlop, Adam McLean and Brad Vicars. On Friday evening Dunlop beat McGee by just two tenths of a second in the Invitational race with McLean rounding out the podium finishers. Cowton and Sheils were fourth and fifth respectively. In the Supersport A race on Saturday it was a controlled victory for McLean – his first in the class on the roads. He held off stiff competition from the opposition to beat McGee and Cowton by just two and four tenths respectively. Dunlop was fourth with Sheils fifth. Supersport B was won by Vicars who beat Barry Evans and Dominic Herbertson. Again it was a close podium as the top three were separated by just half a second.

Cowton was the winner in the Supertwin A race with McGee and McLean picking up more podium finishes. Paul Gartland, Mark Dangerfield and Scott Miller completed the top three in the B race. The Moto 3/125 race saw Sam Wilson taking victory on the Joey’s Bar bike beating Paul Robinson and Justin Waring. Nigel Moore was the leading 125 rider, finishing fourth overall, while Gary Dunlop finished fifth on corrected time. The Ballymoney man had been on a charge but this was halted by a red flag – one of many throughout the day.

Joseph Loughlin backed up his Tandragee 100 victories with wins in the Junior and Senior Support classes. In Junior Support A he beat Oisin Watson by over 12 seconds while Jamie Williams finished in third. RJ Woolsey took a corrected time victory over Derek Wilkie and Ben Mullane in the Junior Support B race. Loughlin’s win in the Senior Support A race saw him beat Adam Lyon and David Howard. Senior Support B was won by Alan Johnston on Friday evening. Wilkie was second while Stephen Farrell finished in third place.

Darryl Tweed beat Seamus Elliott in the Supersport 400/Forgotten Era race, with Alistair Haworth in third. Robert Wilson was the victor in the Open B race beating Tweed and Dan Cooper. Cooper then went on to win the Cookstown 100 B race – the last of the meeting – beating Wilson from the third group on corrected time. Gartland was third. In the Classic races Barry Davidson took overall Junior Classic victory on his Honda 350 while Richard Ford was the leading 250 home. Robert McCrum was the winner in the Senior Classic race.

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Riders on their way to the grid 

Next up on the roads is the first International event of the year – the North West 200.

Derek Sheils and Derek McGee win at Tandragee

The 2017 Irish road racing season commenced this weekend in Tandragee.

Derek Sheils and Derek McGee were among the race winners, winning in the Open and Supersport races respectively.

Sheils won the opening race of the meeting – the Open Superbike non-championship race – from pole position on the Cookstown BE Racing Suzuki. He finished comfortably ahead of William Dunlop with McGee in third. Dunlop was racing Mar-train’s Yamaha R1 following a last minute deal with Tim Martin for the Ballymoney man. Michael Sweeney was fourth, 14 seconds further back on McGee who was 23 seconds behind the race winner. Alan Bonner, Davy Morgan, Shaun Anderson, Kevin Fitzpatrick and Andy Farrell filled positions five to nine while Richard McLoughlin was tenth. Guy Martin’s hotly anticipated return didn’t last long as he tangled with Paul Jordan early in the first lap having started 17th leading to both retiring, thankfully uninjured.

Up next was the Junior Support race which was won by Joseph Loughlin who broke the lap record on his way to a nine second victory. He beat Michael Browne and Jamie Williams with Oisin Watson fourth. Stephen Morrison finished in fifth ahead of Andy McAllister, Tony Leach, RJ Woolsey, Brian Loughlin and Vic Allan.

McGee followed up his podium in the Open race by comfortably winning the Supersport race. He finished over 16 seconds clear of Dunlop with Sheils narrowly finishing third. He beat Jordan by mere tenths of a second. Graham Kennedy was fourth ahead of Paul Williams and Michael Weldon in fifth and sixth respectively, with the latter two having started from the second group. Sean Connolly who also came from the second group,  Darryl Tweed and Paul Cranston rounded out the top ten. The rain came on before the Supersport race with riders being allowed to change tyres as conditions changed.

In the Classic race it was Barry Davidson who was victorious, although he beat Jamie O’Brien by just six tenths of a second. Nigel Moore was third ahead of Robert McCrum, Gary Jamison, Keith Clarke and Philip Shaw. Also in the top ten were Brian Mateer, Freddie Stewart, and Sean Leonard.

Adam McLean, Sam Wilson and Moore were the three podium finishers in the Moto 3/125cc class. Dean Stimpson and Neil Kernohan were fourth and fifth. In the Forgotten Era class the top three were Des Butler, O’Brien and Richard Ford with Tweed notching up a victory in the Lightweight Supersports. Seamus Elliott and Paul Gartland joined him on the podium.

The sixth race of the meeting turned out to be the last when the Senior Support class was red flagged. Loughlin was the winner ahead of Jamie Williams and Jonathan Gormley. A rider involved in the red flag incident is currently in hospital. Due to deteriorating weather conditions the Supertwins and feature Superbike race were cancelled.

Racing continues on the Irish roads next weekend at the Cookstown 100.

Dean Harrison retains Gold Cup at Scarborough

Dean Harrison – the form man at Scarborough this year – has retained the Steve Henshaw Gold Cup at Oliver’s Mount having won it for the first time in 2015.

He took three victories at the Spring Cup back in April, adding seven more at the Cock o’the North event before also winning eight times at the Barry Sheene Festival.

At the Gold Cup Harrison took six victories for Silicone Engineering Racing including the feature race.

Ivan Lintin was first up on the winner’s list, beating Dan Kneen and Daley Mathison in the first leg of the Junior A race. Harrison took the victory in the second leg having been absent in the first. Mathison and Lintin were once again on the podium.

Lintin was also victorious in the Super Lightweight class and beat James Cowton and Adam McLean in the first leg. It was an identical podium for the second leg of the class. In the Lightweight class, Paul Owen and Joe Thompson were victorious in the two races respectively. Owen beat Alistair Haworth and Paul Gartland in the first race while Thompson was victorious over Owen and Haworth in race two.

It was Harrison leading the way in both Solo Open races. In the first he raced to a 3.4 second victory over Derek Sheils with Daniel Hegarty third. Michael Dunlop and John McGuinness were fourth and fifth respectively. In the second leg it was once again just over three seconds of an advantage for Harrison as he beat Lintin and Sheils.

This was backed up with two further victories for Harrison in the Senior class. Lintin and McGuinness joined him on the podium in race one while Sheils and Paul Gartland were second and third in race two.

Harrison then led start to finish in the Steve Henshaw Gold Cup race beating Lintin and Kneen. Mathison, McGuinness and Mick Goodings were fourth, fifth and sixth respectively with Mark Goodings seventh. Tom Weeden, Cowton, and Brian Greenfield rounded out the top ten finishers. Dunlop failed to finish the race.

Davy Morgan enjoyed a successful day with victories in both Solo B races and one of the Junior B races. In both Solo B races Morgan beat Jamie Williams and Gaz Evans. It was the same podium again in the first of two Junior B races. The second was won by Williams who beat Stephen Degnan and David McConnachy.

Tim Reeves and Patrick Farrance won all three F2 Sidecar races with Steve and Matty Ramsden second in all three. David Bell beat Peter Boast and Owen in the Superbike F1 race first leg, with Paul Coward moving up to third in race two.

 

 

2016: Ulster Grand Prix – Wednesday 10th August Practice

Top 5 results from the first practice sessions at this year’s Dundrod 150 and  Ulster Grand Prix

Dundrod 150

Lightweight (250/400/Moto 450)

  1. Lee Johnston (250) – 4:16.500 – 103.875mph
  2. Neil Kernohan (250)- 4:21.862 – +5.362 – 101.748mph
  3. Olie Linsdell (250) – 4:24.248 – +7.748 – 100.829mph
  4. Paul Owen (250) – 4:25.371 – +8.871 – 100.403mph
  5. Paul Robinson (250) – 4:31.431 – +14.931 – 98.161mph

Ultralightweight (Moto 3/125)

  1. Christian Elkin (Moto 3) – 4:25.953 – 100.183mph
  2. Derek McGee (125) – 4:34.967 – +9.014 – 96.899mph
  3. Adam McLean (125) – 4:37.208 – +11.255 – 96.115mph
  4. Sam Wilson (125) – 4:37.281 – +11.328 – 96.090mph
  5. Paul Jordan (125) – 4:38.209 – +12.256 – 95.770mph

Lee Johnston came off his bike during this practice session and was taken to hospital. He was confirmed to have broken his collarbone, therefore he is ruled out of action for the remainder of the event. Gary Johnson is on his way to ride Johnston’s bikes.

Dundrod 150 National/Challenge

  1. Dean Campbell – 4:02.577 – 109.837mph
  2. Adam McLean – 4:02.878 – +0.301 – 109.701mph
  3. David Jackson – 4:03.370 – +0.793 – 109.479mph
  4. Glenn Walker – 4:03.545 – +0.968 – 109.401mph
  5. Graham Kennedy – 4:06.183 – +3.606 – 108.228mph

Dundrod 150 Superbike

  1. Derek Sheils – 3:47.347 – 117.195mph
  2. Conor Cummins – 3:47.853 – +0.506 – 116.935mph
  3. Michael Dunlop – 3:48.994 – +1.647 – 116.352mph
  4. Dan Kneen – 3:49.251 – +1.894 – 116.227mph
  5. William Dunlop – 3:50.702 – +3.355 – 115.491mph

Ulster Grand Prix

Supertwins

  1. Derek McGee -4:06.459 – 108.107mph
  2. Daniel Cooper – 4:09.357 – +2.898 – 106.851mph
  3. Michael Sweeney – 4:11.462 – +5.003 – 105.956mph
  4. Derek Sheils – 4:12.088 – +5.629 – 105.693mph
  5. Paul Jordan – 4:12.753 – +6.294 – 105.415mph

Supersport

  1. Michael Dunlop – 3:46.214 – 117.782mph
  2. Bruce Anstey – 3:47.503 – +1.289 – 117.115mph
  3. Derek McGee – 3:49.054 – +2.840 – 116.322mph
  4. Dan Kneen – 3:49.066 – +2.852 – 116.316mph
  5. Dean Harrison – 3:50.686 – +4.472 – 115.499mph

Superbike

Results to follow