Derek McGee enjoyed without a doubt in my opinion, the most momentous moments of his 2016 roads campaign to date, as he secured grand final victory at the Faugheen 50 Road Races.
Competing on the Noel Williamson Racing S1000RR BMW, he produced a first top quality all round performance, to record grand final success for the first time at Faugheen.
Irish road race superbike championship leader Derek Sheils finished in second place, following another highly accomplished display from the Cookstown BE Racing rider.
Bridgestone treaded Brian McCormack completed the podium finishers in third place, as he underlined his status as a specialist at Faugheen on the TAG Racing/VTL backed CBR 1000 Honda Fireblade.
Two time Junior Manx Grand Prix winner Michael Sweeney was next up in fourth, followed by rising roads star Paul Jordan on the B&W Racing CBR 600 Honda.
Finalising the top six finishers was the vastly experienced John Walsh.
Graham Kennedy was seventh, Andy Farrell a highly creditable eighth, Sean Connolly finished ninth as Paul Fallon wrapped up the top ten.
Overall a close fought race between the two Derek’s McGee and Sheils, which saw Derek McGee emerge victorious, holding off his Cookstown BE Racing opponents determined challenge, who along the way set a new Faugheen 50 Road Races lap record.
Faugheen 50 Road Races – Grand Final Race Result:
1 Derek McGee
2 Derek Sheils
3 Brian McCormack
4 Michael Sweeney
5 Paul Jordan
6 John Walsh
7 Graham Kennedy
8 Andy Farrell
9 Sean Connolly
10 Paul Fallon
Words by Stevie Rial