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Around A Pound Tandragee 100: McGee Edges McLean In Gripping Supersport Encounter

Race action at the 59th Around A Pound Tandragee 100, began in style with a gripping, enthralling battle for Supersport honours between Mullingar’s Derek McGee and McAdoo Kawasaki’s Adam McLean.

There was nothing in it throughout between the hugely respected duo, with under 0.34 of a second covering them as they entered the sixth and final lap.

Photo by Tommy Vennard

The final lap of another entertaining, top quality Supersport encounter would see the gap to long term race leader McLean, steadily reduced by McGee, who by the final corner was within ultra close proximity of the former Irish Road Race 125/Moto 3 champion.

The crowds in the grandstand, could sense a close finish was in prospect, and it was but who had clinched the first race spoils of today’s competition at Tandragee.

It was McGee aboard the B&W backed ZX-6R Kawasaki, who just had enough pace, gritty race craft to clinch a hard fought victory by just 0.312 of a second.

Photo by Rod Neill

Finishing in third place, 10 plus seconds behind race runner up McLean, was Derek Sheils who showcased his proven middleweight class qualities on the Road House Macau Racing YZF R6 Yamaha.

Martin Jones Racing’s Michael Sweeney finished a solid fourth, whilst Michael Browne and ‘Tommy Club’ member Steven Procter both impressed on route to respective fifth, sixth place finishes.

Rounding out the first ten finishers were Kevin Fitzpatrick, Preston’s Darren Cooper, current Junior Manx GP champion James Chawke and Spada backed Mike Norbury.

BE Racing In Conjunction With Richardson Kelly Racing’s Tom Weeden (14th), lead the newcomers challenge, whilst others to battle their way to very respectable results included Stephen Tobin (15th), David Murphy (17th), Alan Johnston (18th) and Emmett Burke (21st).

Full results from the Rapid International Tandragee 100 Supersport race, are as follows:

1 Derek McGee
2 Adam McLean
3 Derek Sheils
4 Michael Sweeney
5 Michael Browne
6 Steven Procter
7 Kevin Fitzpatrick
8 Darren Cooper
9 James Chawke
10 Mike Norbury
11 Forest Dunn
12 Davy Morgan
13 Darryl Tweed
14 Tom Weeden
15 Stephen Tobin
16 Michal Dokoupil
17 David Murphy
18 Alan Johnston
19 Kris Duncan
20 Anthony McColgan
21 Emmett Burke
22 Lee Hembury
23 Liam Chawke
24 Lloyd Collins

Words by Stevie Rial