Road Racing News

East Coast Racing Festival: Race Day Analysis – The Results, The Competition, The Super Heroes Feats Chronicled

Supersport Non-Championship:

Ran to full distance, the Supersport Non-Championship race held in honour of the late but great Darran Lindsay, saw Skerries Michael Sweeney emerge on top from a thrilling, compelling race long battle for honours with Michael Browne.

There was nothing in it throughout with at the completion of the seven-lap race, just 0.124 of a second covering Sweeney and Post TT Supersport victor Browne.

‘Tommy Club’ member Darryl Tweed secured third as respective fourth, fifth, sixth place finishers Graham Kennedy, 2018 Newcomers Manx GP winner Thomas Maxwell and Irish Roads veteran Dennis Booth also enjoyed productive race stints.

Senior Support:

Originally red flagged following an incident at School House Corner, the re-started five lap Senior Support race at the East Coast Racing Festival, would see event newcomer Frankie Stennett secure a popular class triumph.

Stennett who is hoping to make his Manx Grand Prix debut next year, final race winning margin over newly crowned Irish Road Race Senior Support Champion Tommy Henry, stood at 3.280 seconds.

Dermot Cleary rounded out the podium finishers, whilst in total 16 racers completed the five-lap race.

250/400:

Sole 250 mounted competitor Davy Morgan, claimed overall 250/400 race spoils at Killalane, Skerries, as second place finisher Steve Tobin led the Lightweight 400 class fraternity.

Brian Loughlin, Ben Mullane finalised the first three Lightweight 400 competitors, whilst remaining race finishers were Michael Hoey and Yvonne Montgomery.

125/Moto 3:

K.N.R supported Melissa Kennedy got the better of Paul Robinson backed Sam Grief, to acquire 125/Moto 3 race honours and become the first female Irish National Road Race winner of this decade.

At the end of the five-lap encounter, just over 0.4 of a second covered Kennedy and Grief, whilst the final spot on the podium was banked by new Irish Road Race 125/Moto 3 Champion, Gary Dunlop.

Remaining race finishers were two stroke racing stalwart Nigel Moore and Sean Leonard.

250/350 Junior Classics:

Classic racing greats Barry Davidson and Richard Ford respectively recorded 350, 250cc class successes within the Junior Classics race.

Overall Junior Classics winner Davidson, was joined on the 350cc class podium by Ian Thompson and Sean Leonard.

Whilst additional 250 class podium place finishers alongside multi times Irish Road Race Champion Ford were recently crowned Irish Road Race Junior 250 Classics Champion Brian Mateer and Philip Shaw.

Junior Support:

2019 Irish Road Race Junior Support Champion Vinny Brennan, continued his class supremacy at the East Coast Racing Festival, claiming race honours this afternoon but by only 0.027 of a second!

Agonisingly close to taking class honours today, as aforementioned only 0.027 behind Brennan was pole sitter John Ella.

Behind the ultra-evenly matched duo of Brennan and Ella, the final place on the Junior Support podium was clinched by John O’Donovan.

Supersport Championship Race:

Rewarded for his consistency, persistent impressive performances at national events in 2019, Michael Browne secured this afternoon a great Supersport Championship race success.

Victorious by 3.64 seconds, Browne proved again why he is regarded amongst Ireland’s most highly rated next generation road racing talents.

Fourth in last week’s Senior Manx Grand Prix, Darryl Tweed’s productive racing tenure at Killalane, Skerries continued with a fine second place finish.

Supersport Non-Championship race winner Michael Sweeney, third place finish was more than enough for him to wrap up for the first time the Irish Road Race Supersport Championship title.

Super Twins:

There was no stopping Michael Sweeney within today’s Super Twins race at the Mrs Browns Boys East Coast Racing Festival, as the local favourite secured in commanding fashion class honours.

Victorious by almost 10 seconds, the challenge to the Irish Road Race Super Twins Champion was led by former Newcomers Manx Grand Prix runner-up Stephen McKnight, who finished almost nine seconds in front of Ballymoney’s Darryl Tweed.

Concluding the first six finishers from the six-lap race were Junior Support class front runners Vinny Brennan and John Ella, plus the highly respected Paul Gartland.

500/1000 Senior Classics:

Richard Ford took the Senior 1000 Classics, overall Senior Classics crowns in style, clinching race spoils by 13.336 seconds.

Ford who also proved formidable within the Junior Classics race, produced another accomplished, faultless performance to lead home, leading Senior 500 Classics exponent Barry Davidson.

Wrapping the podium finishers per class were Ian Thompson (2nd-Senior 1000 Classics), Trevor Stewart (3rd-Senior 1000 Classics), Wattie Brown (2nd-Senior 500 Classics) and Freddie Stewart (3rd-Senior 500 Classics).

Words by Stevie Rial

>