Regaining the Grand Final crown that he previously first won in 2016, Derek McGee made it a quite momentous five wins from five starts at Faugheen, following yet another terrific all round performance.
Never headed in the six lap race, reigning Irish road race Superbike champion McGee as in the prior Open, 125/Moto 3, Supersport and Super Twins races was in a class of his own.
Photo by Baylon McCaughey
7.1 seconds clear at the conclusion of the race in front of nearest challenger Cookstown BE Racing’s Davey Todd, Grand Final success took McGee’s 2018 roads victories total to a very impressive 17.
Race runner up Todd, although having to settle for second behind McGee, proved yet again why he is rated so highly and tipped by many to in years to come clinch multiple international road race victories.
Wrapping up the rostrum finishers was Martin Jones Racing’s Michael Sweeney, who showcased his proven class in leading the BMW Motorrad mounted racers challenge.
Thomas Maxwell banked fourth, TAG Racing IRL’s Brian McCormack was a solid fifth as Kevin Fitzpatrick scooped a very respectable sixth place finish.
Cornwall’s Forest Dunn, Ducati mounted Darryl Tweed also enjoyed extremely productive races to finish respectively seventh and eighth. Remaining race finishers in 9th, 10th and 11th were David Murphy, Noel Carroll and Damian Horan.
Race results are as follows:
1 Derek McGee
2 Davey Todd
3 Michael Sweeney
4 Thomas Maxwell
5 Brian McCormack
6 Kevin Fitzpatrick
7 Forest Dunn
8 Darryl Tweed
9 David Murphy
10 Noel Carroll
11 Damian Horan
Words by Stevie Rial