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57th Tandragee 100: Qualifying Wrap Up

Today’s qualifying sessions at the 57th Tandragee 100, saw many a standout performance, which included William Dunlop taking Supersport pole position, via lap time of 3 minutes 02.837 seconds.

Showing top class form on the IC Racing/Caffrey International YZF R6 Yamaha, William proved once again today why he is regarded by many as the leading exponent of 600 machinery within the pure roads scene.

Photo by Rod Neill

Nearest challenger to the former Duke Road Race Rankings champion in Supersport qualifying was Derek McGee, whilst Michael Sweeney enjoyed a productive session finishing third fastest in front of Senior Open pole sitter Derek Sheils.

RJ Woolsey topped the time sheets in the Junior Support class, whilst third quickest Joseph Loughlin lead the Senior Support field.

Paul Robinson secured pole in the 125/Moto 3 class in front of Joey’s Bar Racing duo Derek McGee and Sam Wilson, Lightweight 400 qualifying proved in my opinion one of the main highlights of day one of this years Tandragee 100.

Under a second covered the top three fastest competitors, as Darryl Tweed held off Seamus Elliott and Stephen Morrison, to top the 400 leader board.

Robert McCrum was overall quickest amongst a vast array of classic machines, consisting of four classes, A, B, C and D, he also set the pace in the Forgotten Era category.

The likes of Dean Stimpson, Nigel Moore, Sean Leonard, Barry Davidson all showed excellent form aboard their classic mounts, same applied to Tandragee newcomer, Keith Clarke.

Later in the evening, wet conditions greeted competitors for the Super Twins/250 qualifying session.

Despite the tricky conditions, the pace was still ultra rapid as Derek McGee took Super Twins pole by in excess of six seconds over nearest pursuer Shaun Anderson. Prospective TT newcomer Adam McLean showed a depth touch with the wet roads, as he finished third fastest.

Rhys Hardisty lead the 250 challenge, plus finished overall fourth quickest, when combining the times of the 650’s and 250’s.

Words by Stevie Rial