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57th Tandragee 100: Derek Sheils Takes Commanding Open Race Victory

Derek Sheils surged to open race success, at the 57th Tandragee 100, following a textbook world class display aboard the Cookstown BE Racing GSX-R 1000 Suzuki.

Leading from the start, he ended the six lap race over 14 seconds clear of race runner up William Dunlop, who carried on his good form from qualifying with the Superstock spec Mar Train Racing YZF R1M Yamaha.

Photo’s by Rod Neill

Finalising the top three finishers was Derek McGee, whilst Michael Sweeney (Martin Jones Racing) lead the BMW challenge in fourth place, in front of Noel Williamson Racing’s Alan Bonner.

Davy Morgan was a very creditable sixth, Shaun Anderson piloting his new GSX-R 1000 Suzuki mount finished seventh, Kevin Fitzpatrick impressed in securing eighth as Andy Farrell and Richard McLoughlin completed the top ten.

Additional standout performances included Seamus Elliott on his return to real roads action, finishing 11th and Rigsby Racing’s Steven Procter recording a respectable top 16 finish.

Drama a plenty was the best way to describe Guy Martin’s opening race outing in Honda Racing colours, having been involved in an incident on lap 1 at Marlacoo Corner with Paul Jordan, forcing him out of contention.

57th Tandragee 100, Open race results, are as follows:

1 Derek Sheils
2 William Dunlop
3 Derek McGee
4 Michael Sweeney
5 Alan Bonner
6 Davy Morgan
7 Shaun Anderson
8 Kevin Fitzpatrick
9 Andy Farrell
10 Richard McLoughlin
11 Seamus Elliott
12 Damian Horan
13 Gareth Evans
14 Sean Connolly
15 Darryl Tweed
16 Steven Procter
17 Rhys Hardisty
18 Michal Dokoupil
19 Allan Brodie
20 Paul Cranston

Words by Stevie Rial