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Around A Pound Tandragee 100: Preview – Part 1

Following a great start to the season at Cookstown, that provided a mix of great racing, unpredictable weather and rising stars excelling, attentions within the Irish roads scene, turn this weekend to the Around A Pound Tandragee 100, which has secured an entry list, consisting of nigh on 300 entrants!

One of the undoubted favourites for Open and Grand Final honours, will be the dominant big bike force of recent times, at the Irish nationals, BE Racing In Conjunction With Richardson Kelly Racing’s Derek Sheils.

Winner last weekend in great fashion of the Open A race, at Cookstown, he showcased again why he is touted regularly, as one of the leading Superbike class specialists, on the roads.

Photo by Rod Neill

Alongside being an anticipated front runner within the 1000cc races, the Republic of Ireland’s quickest Mountain Course competitor, will also be one to watch in the Supersport race, aboard the Road House Macau Racing YZF R6 Yamaha.

Grand Final victor, 125/Moto 3 winner, Super Twins (A) winner, KDM Hire Cookstown 100 Man of The Meeting Derek McGee goes into competition at Tandragee, in top form.

Formidable aboard the NJ Doyne backed Superstock Kawasaki, B&W backed ex Gearlink Kawasaki, the proven KMR Kawasaki twin, McGee’s latest Tandragee tenure will also see him pilot the immaculate Faraldo Racing Honda.

Extremely capable of claiming five race wins from five starts, it’s going to take performances of the absolute highest quality, to keep at bay the hugely talented Mullingar racer.

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McAdoo Kawasaki’s Adam McLean is another rider heading into competition at Tandragee, in excellent form.

Formidable on Super Twins and Supersport machinery, the Tobermore racer cannot be discounted as well from scoring on Saturday, a brace of big bike rostrum finishes.

2010 Newcomers A Manx Grand Prix runner up Shaun Anderson, will also be one to keep an eye on aboard the Noel Williamson Racing BMW, whilst BMW Motorrad also enjoys further strong representation courtesy of Martin Jones Racing’s Michael Sweeney.

Consistent, reliable, dependable, accomplished, are amongst a lengthy group of words to describe the amiable Sweeney, who has proven on various occasions his undoubted ability on the fast, flowing, technical Tandragee course.

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Outside of the likes of Sheils, McGee, Anderson, McLean and Sweeney, additional notable entrants within the four stroke classes include Team DHR’s Darryl Tweed, James Chawke, Graham Kennedy, Andy Farrell, Logan Racing’s Neil Kernohan.

Reigning Newcomers A Manx GP champion Thomas Maxwell, Michael Browne, Darren Cooper, Michal ‘Indi’ Dokoupil, Davy Morgan, Paul ‘Potchy’ Williams and Cornwall’s Forest Dunn.

Added ones to watch within the Super Twin, Supersport and Open/Senior Open fields include notable event debutants such as Tom Weeden, Kris Duncan and seasoned Mountain Course exponent Lee Hembury.

Photo by Rod Neill

If all the above isn’t enough info about this years Around A Pound Tandragee 100, your not to worry, as tomorrow will see part two of Road Racing News Tandragee preview series, which will focus upon the yesteryear machinery, two stroke, Lightweight and Junior/Senior Support classes.

Words by Stevie Rial

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