Faugheen: Sweeney Surges To Open Race Pole

Faugheen: Sweeney Surges To Open Race Pole

In peerless form throughout, Skerries Michael Sweeney fresh from sampling the recent IOM Steam Packet Company Southern 100, surged to Open class qualifying success at the returning Faugheen 50 Road Races.

Aboard the Martin Jones Racing BMW, that he has already this year taken to Superbike victories at Cookstown, Kells and Skerries, Sweeney recorded a best lap time of 1 minute 16.302 seconds.

This put him 1.4 seconds faster than BE Racing/RK Racing’s Michael Browne (1.17.702), who moved up to P2 on the live timing leader board, after a potent late burst of speed.

Back on national roads duty, FHO Racing/Roadhouse Macau’s Brian McCormack (1.18.476) finished third quickest, 2.174 in arrears to qualifying victor Sweeney.

Fourth fastest behind McCormack was 24 plate holder Graham Kennedy (1.19.857) whilst respective fifth, sixth quickest Open class pilots were 2018 Junior Manx GP winner James Chawke (1.20.716) and Stephen Tobin (1.22.836).

Remaining competitors to set representative qualifying times were Liam Chawke (1.24.001), Paul Fallon (1.26.582) and Noel Carroll (1.26.805).

Photo credit: Derek Wilson

Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou

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