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Armoy: Peerless McGee Banks Open Superbike Pole Position

Continuing the form that’s taken him in recent weeks to nine successive race victories, Mullingar’s Derek McGee following another peerless, world class display topped this afternoon’s Armoy Open Superbike qualifying session.

Duke Road Race Rankings Championship leader McGee, lap time of 1 minute 43.105 seconds, gave him an advantage at the helm of the big bike time sheets of just over a second, over Cookstown BE Racing’s Davey Todd (1.44.185).

Photo by Rod Neill

Pace setter for a while throughout the Group A session, the ever improving, calm, cool, professional Todd is certain to give pole sitter McGee strong competition tomorrow.

Martin Jones Racing’s Michael Sweeney (1.46.195) leading the BMW Motorrad challenge, just got the better of leading 600 mounted runner Paul Jordan (1.46.215) to finish third quickest.

Fifth fastest behind Sweeney, Jordan, was McAdoo Kawasaki’s Adam McLean (1.47.162), whilst WH Racing’s Dominic Herbertson (1.47.492) impressed in finishing sixth on the time sheets.

Wrapping up the ten fastest combined qualifiers, from the Group A, Group B qualifying sessions were Graham Kennedy (1.48.975), leading Armoy newcomer Darren Cooper (1.49.732), Seamus Elliott (1.49.770) and Kevin Fitzpatrick (1.50.021).

Others to show good form included 15th quickest Kris Duncan (1.51.842) and another of a host of high calibre Armoy debutants, 2016 Senior Manx GP champion Tom Weeden (1.53.939).

Full qualifying results, are as follows:

1 Derek McGee 1.43.105
2 Davey Todd 1.44.185
3 Michael Sweeney 1.46.195
4 Paul Jordan 1.46.215
5 Adam McLean 1.47.162
6 Dominic Herbertson 1.47.492
7 Graham Kennedy 1.48.975
8 Darren Cooper 1.49.732
9 Seamus Elliott 1.49.770
10 Kevin Fitzpatrick 1.50.021
11 Thomas Maxwell 1.50.668
12 Davy Morgan 1.50.863
13 Neil Kernohan 1.51.311
14 Andy Farrell 1.51.381
15 Kris Duncan 1.51.842
16 Darryl Tweed 1.52.073
17 Marc Ironside 1.52.522
18 Forest Dunn 1.52.582
19 Tom Weeden 1.53.939
20 Mark Goodings 1.53.949
21 Stephen McKnight 1.54.369
22 Sam Johnson 1.54.530
23 Paul Cranston 1.54.552
24 Donald MacFadyen 1.55.312
25 Mike Norbury 1.55.780
26 David McConnachy 1.55.988
27 Dennis Booth 1.56.135
28 Alan Johnston 1.56.944
29 David Murphy 1.58.548
30 Patricia Fernandez 1.58.984
31 Andrew Sellars 2.05.312
32 Stephen Degnan 2.05.953

Words by Stevie Rial

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