Derek McGee returned this afternoon to the four stroke road race winners circle, following success in a Supersport race which saw him hold off the tenacious, prominent challenge of Michael Browne.
With Open Championship race winner Derek Sheils an early race retirement, it was left to rapid rising national roads star Browne to take the chase to 2018 Duke Road Race Rankings champion McGee.
Closely matched pace wise, McGee’s experience, seasoned front running race craft told in the end, with the Mullingar racer taking the race win by nigh on one second over Browne.
Photo by Tommy Vennard
None the less a second place finish for Browne who set the fastest lap of the race, still ranks as a brilliant result for the Post TT Supersport race victor.
Just over 0.760 behind Browne in clinching a second top three finish of the day, was Skerries Michael Sweeney.
Darryl Tweed placed fourth, whilst Stephen Casey, Damian Horan and Stephen Tobin all enjoyed productive race stints sealing respectively fifth, sixth, seventh place finishes.
Remaining finishers from the six lap race were reigning Irish Road Race Junior Support Championship runner up, Liam Chawke, Noel Carroll and Paul Fallon.
Words by Stevie Rial