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Faugheen 50: Qualifying Analysis – The Lap Times, The Competition, The Super Heroes Feats Chronicled

Overcast but dry conditions greeted competitors for today’s qualifying sessions at Faugheen, which as showcased from previous articles has been dominated by racing comeback extraordinaire Derek McGee.

Alongside banking Open Championship, Supersport pole positions, Mullingar’s McGee was in untouchable form in 125/Moto 3 timed practice, finishing over three seconds quicker than nearest pursuer Gary Dunlop.

Leading the challenge to McGee in Super Twins qualifying was twice Junior Manx GP winner Michael Sweeney, who finished just over half a second behind his KMR Kawasaki mounted compatriot.

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Reflecting on today’s support class competition, popular paddock favourite Tommy Henry edged out Darragh Trape for Senior Support qualifying spoils, whilst the Junior Support pace was set by the vastly experienced John Ella.

Ella went onto finish runner up in the seven lap Junior Support Non Championship race, which was won in great style by Vinny Brennan.

Racers not mentioned yet to have acquired qualifying victories today, are as follows:

David Howard (250/400), Brian Mateer (Junior 250 Classics), Richard Ford (Senior 1000 Classics) and renowned yesteryear racing specialist Ed Manly (Junior 350 Classics/Senior 500 Classics).

Faugheen 50: Qualifying results per class:

Senior Support:

1 Tommy Henry 1.26.825
2 Darragh Trappe 1.26.888
3 John Ella 1.28.142
4 Noel Smith 1.28.470
5 Niall Power 1.28.480
6 Dermot Cleary 1.29.424
7 Michael Hoey 1.29.882
8 Martin Currams 1.29.896
9 Adrian Heraty 1.30.164
10 Stuart McCann 1.30.255
11 John Cahill 1.30.446
12 Alan Fisher 1.33.080
13 Eugene Morahan 1.33.810

250/400:

1 David Howard 1.29.250
2 Stephen Tobin 1.30.277
3 Stephen Morrison 1.32.770
4 Brian Loughlin 1.33.253
5 Michael Hoey 1.35.530
6 David Broderick 1.37.347

Junior 250 Classics:

1 Brian Mateer 1.40.723
2 Richard Ford 1.41.524
3 Philip Shaw 1.42.560
4 Trevor Stewart 2.13.904

Junior 350 Classics:

1 Ed Manly 1.36.117
2 Ian Thompson 1.39.734
3 Mick Brady 1.41.295
4 Herbie Ronan 1.41.962
5 Sam Kinkead 1.42.644
6 Sean Leonard 1.42.811
7 Freddie Stewart 1.43.156
8 Andy Kildea 1.43.596
9 Gary Hutton 1.44.402
10 Gearoid Hoare 1.47.796
11 Kevin Callan 1.52.501
12 Paul McMahon 1.52.804
13 William Wilson 1.56.698

Super Twins:

1 Derek McGee 1.21.129
2 Michael Sweeney 1.21.643
3 James Chawke 1.22.540
4 Vinny Brennan 1.27.917
5 Stephen Tobin 1.28.809
6 Tommy Henry 1.28.889
7 Alan Smyth 1.28.929
8 John Ella 1.29.200
9 Brian Loughlin 1.29.349
10 Liam Chawke 1.29.497
11 Noel Smith 1.30.516
12 Des Butler 1.30.554
13 Ben Mullane 1.30.922
14 John O’Donovan 1.31.052
15 Martin Currams 1.31.352
16 Brendan Flynn 1.34.422

125/Moto 3:

1 Derek McGee 1.26.908
2 Gary Dunlop 1.30.198
3 Melissa Kennedy 1.31.517
4 Sam Grief 1.32.371
5 Wayne Kennedy 1.33.019
6 Nigel Moore 1.33.093

Junior Support:

1 John Ella 1.27.944
2 Noel Smith 1.29.042
3 John O’Donovan 1.29.044
4 Alan Smyth 1.29.340
5 Martin Currams 1.29.876
6 Keelim Ryan 1.30.016
7 Ben Mullane 1.30.204
8 Anthony Lillis 1.31.374
9 John Cahill 1.32.212
10 Aidan Cleary 1.32.335
11 Brendan Flynn 1.34.668
12 David Broderick 1.34.831
13 Alan Fisher 1.37.398

Senior 1000 Classics:

1 Richard Ford 1.32.653
2 Trevor Stewart 2.11.260

Senior 500 Classics:

1 Ed Manly 1.33.728
2 John Leigh Pemberton 1.35.629
3 Ian Thompson 1.38.329
4 Freddie Stewart 1.40.531
5 Andy Kildea 1.41.214
6 Sean Leonard 1.41.932
7 Pat Murray 1.47.880
8 Thomy Felder 2.42.333

Words by Stevie Rial

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