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Derek Sheils Reflects On Sparkling Skerries Hat Trick

Derek Sheils has recently reflected on his sparkling hat trick of big bike victories, at the Skerries 100, as he maintained his 100 percent Superbike winning record, within the national meetings this year.

Dominating the Open, Open Non Championship and Grand Final races, winning every race by in excess of ten seconds, a delighted Derek couldn’t speak high enough of the Cookstown BE Racing GSX-R 1000 Suzuki.

Photo by Rod Neill

He stated:

“It’s been a great day apart from the Super Twins breakdown. The Cookstown Burrows Engineering Suzuki GSX-R 1000 Superbike went like a dream and in the three Superbike races I was not really under any pressure at any point.

Conditions in the Grand Final were iffy but thankfully I was able to pull away at the front in the early stages and then just back off a little and maintain a good advantage.”

Going onto add his thoughts, about been involved in one of the all time great Supersport races, which saw him finish second just 0.012 of a second behind Derek McGee, he said:

“Although I didn’t win it, the Supersport 600 race was my most enjoyable experience of the day. Derek, Michael and I were together the whole time; I hope the fans enjoyed it as much as I did.”

Cookstown BE Racing, Team Owner, John Burrows, absent at Skerries, due to been at Nutts Corner with his son Jack, who was competing in the Kart races, went onto add:

“Derek and the whole team did a great job in my absence. Obviously the big Suzuki GSX-R 1000 was working well, that’s partly due to Mark Arnott from Moto Shock who worked late into Friday night to sort out some suspension issues.

I’m really pleased for Derek who had a frustrating time at the TT; it’s great to see him back to winning ways.

Apparently, the 600 race was unreal and a great advertisement for the sport. Mr McGee got the verdict by the width of a sheet of paper but we’ll have another go at him at Walderstown where I’m confident more success will follow for Cookstown Burrows Engineering Racing.”

Words by Stevie Rial