Cookstown BE Racing enjoyed a dream result in the grand final, at the KDM Hire Cookstown 100, as Derek Sheils lead home team mate and Cookstown newcomer Malachi Mitchell Thomas, to provide John Burrows team, with a 1-2 finish.
Derek Sheils grand final success by over ten seconds!, is the latest momentous feat of what has been a quite brilliant start to his 2016 roads campaign.
Photo by Rod Neill
Malachi Mitchell Thomas’s performances today which include super twins victory, have been made all the more impressive, having crashed out of the opening race of the day, the supersport invitational.
Dan Kneen on Mar Train Racing’s stock YZF R1M Yamaha, finished an excellent third, following a late race charge.
Derek McGee, Noel Williamson Racing S1000RR BMW secured fourth place finish, the reigning Irish road race super twins challenge, goes into the upcoming Vauxhall International North West 200, one to watch.
William Dunlop produced another highly accomplished display on MSS Colchester backed ZX10R Kawasaki, in finishing in fifth place.
The top six was completed by Brian McCormack, who has been impressive all weekend, on the TAG Racing/VTL CBR 1000 Honda Fireblade.
2015 Irish road race senior support champion Kevin Fitzpatrick was seventh, Stephen McKnight was eighth, James Cowton, Cowton Racing by Radcliffe’s CBR 600 Honda, was the leading supersport 600 mounted rider in ninth.
Finalising the top ten was Gareth Keys, on his own teams ZX10R Kawasaki, a great performance, from a rider who has shown an incredible amount of courage and determination in the past year.
Grand Final Results:
1 Derek Sheils
2 Malachi Mitchell Thomas
3 Dan Kneen
4 Derek McGee
5 William Dunlop
6 Brian McCormack
7 Kevin Fitzpatrick
8 Stephen McKnight
9 James Cowton
10 Gareth Keys
Words by Stevie Rial