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Cookstown 100 – Open Race Report

The open race at this years Cookstown 100 in good conditions all round. Derek Sheils got the holeshot on the CD racing ZX10 Kawasaki superbike and lead at the end of lap 1 from Derek Mcgee, William Dunlop, Michael Dunlop and Jamie Hamilton. On lap 2 Jamie Hamilton moved into second place with Michael Dunlop now back in fifth, out front positions remained the same but Sheils was quickly pulling out a lead over Mcgee in second place.

By lap 3 Derek Sheils had a 3 second lead and from there maintained a good pace to win the 2014 open race at Cookstown 100. A perfect start to the season for Derek having won supersport invitational race yesterday, Derek Mcgee also competing on a ZX10 Kawasaki superbike finished in second place only 0.7 of a second behind having rode a fine race.

Derek McGee Superbike

Photo courtesy of Rod Neill

William Dunlop recorded a consistent third place finish on the Tyco Suzuki by TAS superbike whilst Jamie Hamilton competing on the Wilson Craig racing CBR 1000 Honda Fireblade finished a good fourth having started sixth on the grid. Michael Sweeney recorded fifth place finish on the Martin Jones racing backed ZX10 Kawasaki, Seamus Elliott another rider Kawasaki mounted rounded out the top six.

Dan Kneen was comfortably leading newcomer on the Cookstown/Burrows Engineering racing GSX-R 1000 Suzuki superbike finishing in seventh place. Alan Bonner making his Isle of Man TT debut this year finished eighth, John Walsh produced a highly accomplished performance to finish in ninth place whilst Davy Morgan on the CMS racing CBR 1000 Honda Fireblade rounded out the top 10.

Shaun Anderson who has start number 22 came home in 11th place on CN Management backed GSX-R 1000 Suzuki. Connor Behan was leading supersport 600 mounted rider, Connor competing for KMR Kawasaki finished in a highly respectable 12th place. Michael Dunlop was a retirement during the race, Michael competing in his first race on his teams superstock S1000RR BMW was running in the top five during the race before mechanical issues struck.

Michael Dunlop Superbike

Photo courtesy of Rod Neill

 

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