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KDM Hire Cookstown 100 – Derek Sheils Eases To Open Race Victory

Reigning Irish road race Superbike champion Derek Sheils, eased his way to open race victory, at the KDM Hire Cookstown 100, following another stellar display from the Cookstown BE Racing rider.

The race, which saw a reduced distance of five laps, due to the original encounter been red flagged, following an incident involving McAdoo Kawasaki’s James Cowton, saw Derek McGee getting the hole shot into race lead.

It wasn’t long though till Derek Sheils overhauled his compatriot, then steadily pulled away, before ultimately emerging victorious by just under 2 and a half seconds.

Photo by Rod Neill

William Dunlop, was not far behind in third aboard the Temple Golf Club Yamaha, whilst Martin Jones Racing’s Michael Sweeney in fourth, also kept close proximity.

Guy Martin starting from the second wave of competitors, on aggregate finished fifth, his strongest ride thus far with Honda Racing’s 2017 Superstock steed.

Brian McCormack rounded out the top six, whilst Graham Kennedy seventh, Logan Racing’s Neil Kernohan eighth and Kevin Fitzpatrick ninth all impressed.

Photo by Baylon McCaughey

MSS/Hotties backed Adam McLean lead the 600 challenge in 10th, additional notable results included Dominic Herbertson finishing a very respectable 13th, Seamus Elliott battles his way to 14th and Welshman Matt Rees wrapping up a creditable 16th place finish.

KDM Hire Cookstown 100 – Open race results, as follows:

1 Derek Sheils
2 Derek McGee
3 William Dunlop
4 Michael Sweeney
5 Guy Martin
6 Brian McCormack
7 Graham Kennedy
8 Neil Kernohan
9 Kevin Fitzpatrick
10 Adam McLean
11 Alistair Kirk
12 Davy Morgan
13 Dominic Herbertson
14 Seamus Elliott
15 Andy Farrell
16 Matt Rees
17 Dean Campbell
18 Michael Weldon
19 Paul Cranston

Words by Stevie Rial