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Skerries 100: Good Times Return For Derek Sheils And Cookstown BE Racing

After all the bad luck endured at TT 2017, Cookstown BE Racing and Derek Sheils, 2017 roads campaign, is well and truly back on track, showcased by the multiple times Irish road race champion’s dominant Open race success at Skerries.

Never headed in the seven lap race, Derek finished over eight seconds clear of nearest pursuer Derek McGee, in wrapping up in dominant fashion, a fourth successive big bike win, within the Irish national roads scene.

Photo by Rod Neill

Michael Sweeney, concluded the top three finishers, leading the BMW Motorrad challenge, as Davy Morgan held off impressive roads newcomer Davey Todd for fourth.

Paul Jordan was sixth, the experienced Michael Weldon was seventh, rising star Graham Kennedy occupied eighth, whilst Rigsby Racing’s Steven Procter also impressed in sealing ninth.

The top ten was finalised by local hero Andy Farrell, who starts from second on the grid, in the feature Supersport race.

Outside of the first ten finishers, notable performances included Darryl Tweed 11th, Alan Connor 14th and roads stalwart Paul Cranston a very respectable 16th.

Skerries 100 – Open Race Results:

1 Derek Sheils
2 Derek McGee
3 Michael Sweeney
4 Davy Morgan
5 Davey Todd
6 Paul Jordan
7 Michael Weldon
8 Graham Kennedy
9 Steven Procter
10 Andy Farrell
11 Darryl Tweed
12 Sean Connolly
13 Stephen Casey
14 Alan Connor
15 Steve Tobin
16 Paul Cranston
17 Thomas Maxwell
18 James Chawke
19 Paul Gartland
20 Noel Carroll
21 Kevin Fitzpatrick

Words by Stevie Rial