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57th Tandragee 100 – Derek Sheils Dominates Open/Senior Open Qualifying

Defending Irish road race Superbike champion Derek Sheils dominated Open/Senior Open qualifying, at the 57th Tandragee 100, as he got his 2017 roads campaign underway in the best possible fashion.

Propelling the Cookstown BE Racing GSX-R 1000 Suzuki to a lap time of 3 minutes point 737 seconds, he finished over four seconds quicker than nearest pursuer William Dunlop, who impressed hugely on the Superstock Mar Train Racing YZF R1M Yamaha.

Derek McGee and Michael Sweeney third and fourth quickest both showed good form, same applied to Davy Morgan aboard the Bumblebee Barn backed ZX10R Kawasaki, finishing a fine fifth fastest in front of Noel Williamson Racing’s Alan Bonner, who lead the BMW Motorrad challenge.

The top ten in qualifying was completed by Kevin Fitzpatrick, leading 600 mounted competitor Paul Jordan, Andy Farrell and Stephen McKnight.

Guy Martin’s high profile return to Irish roads action, saw him finish a lowly 17th quickest.

Photo by Rod Neill

Qualifying times for the Open/Senior Open races, at the Around A Pound Tandragee 100, are as follows:

1 Derek Sheils 3.00.737
2 William Dunlop 3.04.737
3 Derek McGee 3.05.102
4 Michael Sweeney 3.05.632
5 Davy Morgan 3.07.877
6 Alan Bonner 3.08.477
7 Kevin Fitzpatrick 3.12.245
8 Paul Jordan 3.12.415
9 Andy Farrell 3.13.286
10 Stephen McKnight 3.13.587
11 Michael Weldon 3.14.107
12 Richard McLoughlin 3.14.317
13 Seamus Elliott 3.14.318
14 Adam McLean 3.14.907
15 Damian Horan 3.14.922
16 Frank Gallagher 3.15.083
17 Guy Martin 3.15.670
18 Graham Kennedy 3.15.689
19 Gareth Evans 3.16.345
20 Steve Tobin 3.17.090

Words by Stevie Rial