Emerging on top from another top calibre, ultra stimulating duel with Derek McGee, Irish Road Race Superbike Championship leader Derek Sheils took the spoils in the showpiece Faugheen 50 Grand Final.
As within the Open Championship race, Noel Doyne backed McGee led throughout with BE Racing In Conjunction with Richardson Kelly Racing’s Sheils, closely matching the pace set by the reigning Duke Road Race Rankings champion.
The sixth and final lap of the Grand Final and of this year’s Faugheen 50 Road Races, saw GSX-R 1000 Suzuki mainstay Sheils time his move to the front perfectly.
Photo by Tommy Vennard
Going onto set the fastest lap of the race, he went onto emerge victorious by 0.329 of a second over gallant race runner up McGee.
Finishing third just 0.3 behind McGee was sole BMW mounted competitor Michael Sweeney, who continues to maintain the form that took him to various notable results at Skerries and the Southern 100.
2018 Junior Manx GP winner James Chawke scooped fourth, Darryl Tweed was a solid fifth as 2018 Newcomers A Manx GP victor Thomas Maxwell rounded out the top six finishers.
Remaining finishers from the six lap Grand Final were Stephen Casey, Damian Horan, Stephen Tobin and Glasson’s Paul Fallon.
Words by Stevie Rial