Cookstown: Marvellous Sweeney Gains Open Race Crown

Cookstown: Marvellous Sweeney Gains Open Race Crown

There were a few notable non-starters for the six-lap re-started Steelweld Cookstown open race, with pole sitter Michael Browne, Paul Jordan not taking part having been involved in a multi-rider incident which curtailed the previous race start.

Despite the absence of the aforementioned, the competition was no less intense, gripping as a host of real roads craftsmen battled it out for 1000cc race spoils.

One second clear of Adam McLean at the end of lap one, Michael Sweeney aboard the winglets featured Martin Jones Racing BMW quickly took charge.

By the fifth and penultimate race lap, Sweeney’s advantage was post three seconds over Supersport conqueror McLean.

Keeping his cool out front, Sweeney went onto take the victory spoils by 3.544 over McAdoo Kawasaki lead rider McLean.

Thomas Maxwell bagged an impressive third place finish whilst Richard Charlton also caught the eye with a strong run to fourth.

Cowton Racing’s Dominic Herbertson fifth, finished lead Supersport mounted pilot as Graham Kennedy finalised the first six finishers.

Michal Dokoupil was a more than creditable seventh whilst positions eighth through to tenth were occupied by Davy Morgan, Darryl Tweed and Paul ‘Potchy’ Williams.

Photo credit Tommy Vennard

Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou

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