Joe Loughlin took five wins at the Race of the South in Walderstown, making him the most successful rider at the weekend.
He won both the non championship and championship races in the Junior and Senior Support classes as well as taking victory in the Supertwins race. Other winners at the event included Adam McLean, Derek McGee and Derek Sheils.
Loughlin beat RJ Woolsey and Ben Mullane in the non championship Junior Support race. He set a new track record for the class on his way to a comfortable 27 second victory. Backing this up, he went on to win the championship race by just over 20 seconds – again from Woolsey. This time Liam Chawke joined them on the podium. It was a closer fought affair in Senior Support, Loughlin’s winning margin just eight seconds in the non championship race. David and Damien Howard joined him on the podium. It was four out of four for Loughlin in the support classes with a nine second victory over Damien Howard in the championship leg of the race. David Howard was third.
Elsewhere, McLean backed up his impressive recent form with another win in the Supersport class. He took his first 600cc victory at Cookstown in April and once again he beat William Dunlop on his way to the chequered flag. It was a narrow margin as he crossed the line just four tenths clear with Paul Jordan a fine third just a further three tenths back. Jordan also set the fastest lap of the race. Michael Sweeney was fourth ahead of road racing newcomer Davey Todd.
Also standing on the top step of the podium was McGee who held off Dunlop to take the victory in the Open race. Sweeney took third place ahead of Sheils and Jordan. Sheils started from pole position for the Grand Final and took the win, setting the fastest lap on the way. McGee was second and Dunlop was third. In the Supertwins the top five were separated by just over three seconds with Loughlin taking the win. McLean finished in second place ahead of Sheils, McGee and Sweeney.
The Classics were also in action with a Junior and Senior race. Barry Davidson beat Richard Ford in the Junior Classic race with Sean Leonard joining them on the podium. Robert McCrum took the victory in the Senior Classic race while Ford was second and Davidson third. Paul Gartland won the 400cc race beating Mark Shiels, Steve Tobin, Aaron Boyd and Gerard Cummins.
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.
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.
William Dunlop took two wins at the weekend when he won both the Supersport and Grand Final races at Walderstown.
In the Supersport race Dunlop beat Seamus Elliott – who won the corresponding race at last week’s Southern 100 – by just over two seconds, with Derek McGee coming home in third. Derek Sheils was fourth ahead of Connor Behan, John Walsh, Andy Farrell, Graham Kennedy, Thomas Maxwell, and Ryan Maher.
It was McGee who took victory in the Supertwins race by nine hundredths of a second over Behan. Farrell took third ahead of Maria Costello, Alan Kenny, David Lumsden, Mark Sheils, Paul Gartland, James Chawke and Noel Bertram. Sean Connolly won the non championship Supertwins race, beating Martin Currams and Donnchadh Healy to the chequered flag. Elsewhere David Howard won the 400cc Championship race ahead of Elliott and Gartland. Howard’s winning advantage was three tenths of a second.
Brian Coomey won the 201cc-400cc Non Championship race ahead of Chawke and Bertram while Martin Currams won the B race. Healy was second and Thomas McEvoy came home in third. Kevin Fitzpatrick took victory in the Senior Support championship race beating Seanie Smith and Dean Campbell. Fitzpatrick also won the B race this time beating Timmy Elwood and Dean Campbell. Barry Davidson secured the win in the 250cc – 350cc Classic race by over seven seconds from Sean Leonard and Herbie Ronan. Robert McCrum won the 500cc – 1000cc Classic race, beating Freddie Stewart and Allan Brew.
In the Open Championship race it was Sheils who beat McGee and Dunlop to victory. The top three were separated by just over three seconds and it was Dunlop who set the fastest lap of the race on the fourth tour. Kenny was fourth ahead of Walsh, Brian McCormack, Elliott, Behan, Kennedy, and Maxwell. Following his win in the Supersport class, Dunlop doubled up by winning the Grand Final – his first ‘big bike’ victory since the Tandragee 100 for Tyco BMW. It was a close fought affair as the top three – completed by McGee and Sheils – were separated by just six tenths of a second. McCormack was in fourth place 15 seconds down on the top three, with Walsh, Kenny, and Elliott who were fifth, sixth and seventh respectively. Behan came home in eighth ahead of Kennedy and Maxwell.
Derek Sheils doubled up with victories in both the Open race and Grand Final at the Skerries 100 this weekend.
The race meeting was overshadowed by the death of Dr John Hinds, one of the travelling doctors who attended Irish road races and saved a lot of riders lives over the years. He worked as a hospital consultant and was highly regarded by many in the medical field. He suffered a serious accident on Friday evening, during the practice sessions for the event, and sadly passed away on Saturday morning. He was an active campaigner for an air ambulance in Northern Ireland and a petition set up following his death has received over 25,000 signatures already. Dr John will be greatly missed by all and my thoughts remain with his family and friends at this very difficult time.
A number of riders including William and Michael Dunlop, Derek McGee, Sheils and Kells winner Alan Bonner were in action. It was Michael Dunlop’s first race meeting since the injuries he sustained at this year’s Isle of Man TT and it was his brother William’s first race out on the Superbike following his own TT accident.
McGee took a very comfortable victory in the Supertwins class, beating Paul Jordan by over 11 seconds while Michal Dokoupil came home in third just over a tenth of a second off Jordan. Bonner narrowly missed out on a podium spot, finishing ahead of Andy Farrell, Paul Gartland, David Lumsden, Mark Sheils, Brian Coomey and Callum Laidlaw. It was William Dunlop who took the win in the Supersport class finishing just shy of two seconds clear of McGee. McGee was riding his own bike following an amicable split with Wilson Craig Racing last week. Seamus Elliott joined the pair on the podium with John Walsh fourth and Farrell fifth. Thomas Maxwell was sixth ahead of Graham Kennedy, Dokoupil, Paul Cranston, and Stephen Procter.
In the Open race Sheils took a narrow victory over William Dunlop with the gap just four tenths between the pair. Bonner finished in third ahead of McGee, Walsh, Elliott, and Farrell. Alan Connor, Maxwell, and Jordan rounded out the top ten. Sheils doubled up with a win in the Grand Final race, once again beating Dunlop with Walsh on the podium this time. Michael Dunlop was fourth ahead of Elliott, Farrell, Connor, Dokoupil and Cranston.
Barry Davidson beat Ed Manly and Sean Leonard in the 250cc-350cc Classic race while Robert McCrum was victorious in the 500cc-1000cc Classic race. He beat Richard Ford and Manly. Senior Support was won by Procter who beat Kevin Fitzpatrick and Timmy Elwood. Elwood went on to win the Non Championship Support Junior races, beating Jason Cash and John Horgan. There was a win for Jordan in the 125cc/Moto 3 race, beating Paul Robinson and Nigel Moore while Tommy Henry beat Brian Coomey and Noel Bertram to the 201cc-400cc race victory. The Junior 250cc/400cc Championship race was won by Sam Wilson, with Neil Kernoghan and Dokoupil joining him on the podium.
The next Irish road racing action will take place at Walderstown in a fortnights time, while racing commences this week at the Southern 100 on the Isle of Man.
William Dunlop was back on the top step of the podium at this weekend’s race meeting at Walderstown, including his first win with the Superbike following his crash in the Senior TT. The Tyco Suzuki rider won two races – the Open and Supersport races – but had to settle for second place in the Grand Final which was won by Dan Kneen.
In the Open race, which was run over eight laps, Dunlop held on to win by a narrow margin of six tenths of a second over Derek Sheils. Michael Sweeney was around four seconds back on the pair for third. It was Connor Behan who took the spoils in the Supertwins race as he beat Sweeney and Derek McGee by just over a second. It was Kneen who won the Grand Final – again winning at a track he has never raced at before – beating Dunlop with a comfortable six second margin. Sheils added another podium to his tally with a third place finish. Dunlop’s second victory of the day was in the Supersport race in which he beat McGee and Kneen over seven laps.
Race A of the 201/400cc race was won by Neil Kernohan who beat Melvin Hollingsworth and William Hara. Derek Wilson was classified first in the 400 class. In Race B, the Non Championship race, it was James Chawke who beat Liam Crotty and Stephen Casey. The 125cc race was won by Sam Dunlop, who beat Nigel Moore and William Cowden. Seamus Elliott was the one and only Moto 450 rider.
Elsewhere Neil Lyons was victorious in the Senior Support race, beating Brendan Merrigan and Noel Carroll. Graham Kennedy won the non-championship Senior Support race ahead of Lyons and Carroll. The Classic races were won by Barry Davidson and Robert McCrum, with Davidson leading Moore and Herbie Ronan in the 250/350cc race and McCrum beating Richard Ford and Andy Farrell in the 500/1000cc race. Sweeney beat James Kelly and Paul Robinson to take victory in the 250/400cc race. Second and third place were separated by just six tenths of a second.
Next up for riders is the Armoy Road Races on the 25th and 26th of July. Will the Dunlops dominate at their home race?
In part three of this review of 2013 in road racing, we look back at the Skerries, Walderstown, the Southern 100 and Armoy. The first and second parts can be found here (April and May) and here (June).
Following races on the Isle of Man, it was back to Ireland – Dublin in particular – for the Skerries 100. The meeting was once again dominated by a familiar name – Dunlop – with the brothers winning four races between them. William Dunlop won the 250cc event, beating Davy Morgan and Michael Sweeney. He was also victorious in the Supersport race, edging his brother by 0.5s, who in turn finished ahead of Derek McGee.
There was further success for Jamie Hamilton in the Supertwins class as he led from start to finish, not without pressure from second placed Michael Sweeney, however. Michael Dunlop took double success in the Superbikes, beating Derek Sheils in both races, and riding his own MD Racing Honda Fireblade. He trailed Sheils for four laps in the ‘Grand Final’ but eventually overtook him and beat him by a comfortable 2.5s with a new 110.373mph lap record.
Seamus Elliot won the Moto3 race ahead of Bruce Moulds and Nigel Moore. It was sadly to be Moulds’ last Irish road racing podium before his tragic death at Walderstown just over a week later. Mark Hanna was victorious in the Junior Support race, beating Connor Behan and Shane Egan. Egan went on to win the Senior Support race, beating Behan and James Kelly.
In the Superbike ‘B’ race, Czech Republic rider Michal Dokoupil finished ahead of David Coughlan and Paul Barron. Barry Davidson beat Sean Leonard in the Junior Classic (with Allan Brew third) while Robert McCrum won the Senior Classic, beating John Scott and Brew.
A return to the Isle of Man was on the cards for many riders as they took part in the Southern 100. The event was marred by the tragic death of three riders – Sidecar passenger Paul Thomas, Mark Madsen-Mygdal and David Dukes. M Dunlop returned to winning ways with a victory over Dean Harrison and Guy Martin in the Supersport class. It was a similar podium in the Senior race, but this time with Martin ahead of Harrison but still with Dunlop winning. Tim Reeves and Dan Sayle took another win in the Sidecars, this time beating the Gary Bryan & Jamie Winn partnership. They won again the Sidecar Championship race, beating the Birchall brothers.
Hamilton won the first Supertwins race, with Harrison securing another second place. James Cowton finished in third. Harrison eventually got a win in the Supersport class, beating Martin and M Dunlop. He won again in the second Supertwins race, with Lintin second and Hamilton third. Callum Collister won the 125/400cc race beating Alistair Haworth and Ian Lougher.
Martin took a narrow victory in the Solo Championship race, crossing the line just 0.454 seconds ahead of rival M Dunlop. Harrison racked up another podium finish in third. It was the first time this particular race had been won by Martin since 2009.
While some competed at the Southern 100, others raced at Walderstown. There were victories once again for Elliott and Hanna in the Moto3 and Junior Support races. Egan won the Senior Support race, ahead of Hanna and Gavin Lupton. Elsewhere it was more of the same in the other classes with Hamilton winning the Supertwins race, ahead of Sweeney and Hanna. McGee won the the Supersport race, ahead of Hamilton and W Dunlop.
W Dunlop himself was victorious in both the Superbike races, beating McGee in one and Sheils in the other. Sheils finished third in the first Superbike race and that position was filled by Pearson in the second. Dunlop took victory in the 250cc class as well, making him the most successful rider at the circuit with 11 wins to his name.
Before Armoy, Dean Harrison and Jamie Hamilton dominated at the Cock O’ The North races in Scarborough. Harrison took six race victories, while Hamilton won one. Hamilton finished second to Harrison five races.
At the end of July, the Dunlop brothers returned to their neck of the woods for the Armoy Road Races. It was an action packed programme, celebrating the fifth edition of the event. It also gave racing fans their first glimpse of Sidecars on the circuit as TT champions Tim Reeves and Dan Sayle took part in a couple of parade laps. Saturday was a bright and sunny day and featured 11 races. Christian Elkin was the first winner of the day, as he won the 125cc race ahead of Sam Dunlop and Sam Wilson. Mark Hanna won the Junior Support race ahead of Connor Behan and Shane Egan. Behan was the winner of the Senior Support class, beating Hanna and Egan.
In the first ‘big’ race of the day, there was fierce competition between Michael and William Dunlop, Guy Martin and Jamie Hamilton, for the Supersport victory. M Dunlop started the race from pole position but Martin got a better start and led the first lap, leading Hamilton who impressively moved into second place on his KMR Kawasaki. It was W Dunlop who eventually won, however, finishing ahead of his brother and Martin, with Hamilton having to settle for fourth. There was drama in the Junior Classic race as Kevin Strowger struggled to get away on the warm-up lap. Having originally started on the front row, he dropped way down and only just made it round the track to start at the back of the third group. He eventually finished third in the race on corrected time, the first rider on a 250cc. Barry Davidson won the race, remaining unbeaten in the 350cc class, with Sean Leonard in second. Robert McCrum won the Senior Classic Class, by an impressive 19 seconds, beating Richard Ford and John Scott.
M Dunlop beat Martin once again in the Superbike race, with Derek Sheils in third. There was another victory for M Dunlop in the Race of Legends and this time he finished ahead of his brother, W Dunlop, and Sheils again. Martin had to recover from tenth place after overshooting the chicane at the start of the first lap and he eventually recovered to fourth. W Dunlop won the 250cc class ahead of Wilson and Michael Sweeney. The 400cc class was won by Andy Farrell, who finished ahead of Gavin Lupton and Vic Allan. They were joined in the race by the Moto 450 class which was won by Seamus Elliott.
Hamilton, who was unbeaten in the Supertwins class in the Irish Championship, added yet another victory to his collection, although not without a fight from team-mate Jeremy McWilliams. The pair were separated by just two seconds in qualifying and, while Hamilton led the race, he couldn’t shake McWilliams off. In the end he claimed victory by just 0.082s! William Davison completed the podium.
Following the month of July, Michael Dunlop remained at the front of the Duke Road Racing Rankings with 1713 points. Jamie Hamilton returned to second with 1477 points while Dean Harrison dropped to third with 1342 points. William Dunlop (1052), Guy Martin (947), and James Cowton (724) remained in fourth, fifth and sixth respectively. Derek Sheils moved up to seventh with 522 points and Connor Behan moved up to eighth with 521 points. Michael Pearson dropped one spot to ninth (514) while Gavin Lupton rounded out the top ten with 506 points.
Coming up in part three: August and September – Mid-Antrim, Ulster Grand Prix, Classic TT and Killalane.