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East Coast Racing Festival: Sheils Storms To Ninth Superbike Success Of 2017

Powering through high winds around Killalane, Cookstown BE Racing’s Derek Sheils stormed to Open Superbike success.

It’s the Tandragee 100, Cookstown 100, Skerries, Walderstown and Faugheen 50 grand final winner’s ninth big bike success of the season.

Photo by Rod Neill

Race victory though wasn’t enough to stop third place finisher Derek McGee from clinching the Irish road race Superbike crown for the first time, plus overall a hat trick of 2017 championship titles.

In between the two Derek’s, Supersport race winner Michael Sweeney secured second, the latest in a long line of high quality results aboard the Martin Jones Racing S1000RR BMW.

Outside of the rostrum finishers, Seamus Elliott produced arguably his best 1000cc performance of 2017 finishing a great fourth as Davy Morgan and Manx GP Newcomers A runner up Darryl Tweed rounded out the top six.

Graham Kennedy was seventh, roads stalwarts Alan Connor and Paul Gartland were eighth and ninth as fellow experienced Irish roads pilot Stephen McKnight concluded the top ten finishers.

East Coast Racing Festival – Open Superbike Race Results:

1 Derek Sheils
2 Michael Sweeney
3 Derek McGee
4 Seamus Elliott
5 Davy Morgan
6 Darryl Tweed
7 Graham Kennedy
8 Alan Connor
9 Paul Gartland
10 Stephen McKnight
11 Dennis Booth
12 Paul Fallon
13 Thomas Maxwell
14 Donald MacFadyen

Words by Stevie Rial