Recently crowned Ulster Road Race Superbike champion, BE Racing In Conjunction with Richardson Kelly Racing’s Derek Sheils has enjoyed a stellar summer of national roads competition.
Grand Final victor at Kells, Skerries and the Faugheen 50 Road Races, last weekend’s action at Armoy saw Sheils showcase again his proven talents finishing runner up to Michael Dunlop in the Open Championship, Race of Legends encounters.
Keen to mix it with the likes of Dunlop, Dean Harrison, Peter Hickman, Conor Cummins at the upcoming FonaCAB Ulster Grand Prix, the Metzeler ‘King of The Roads’ series leader recently stated when looking ahead to next week’s UGP competition:
“I’d really like a decent result at the Ulster this year. I just need Lady Luck to be on my side!
I’ve got around Dundrod at 132.041 mph on the old Suzuki in 2017, so the pace is there with the new bike for a top six result. But it has to be up around the 135 mph mark if you want to make the top three.”
Photo by Stephen Davison
Adding about how a touch of wet weather, could improve his chances of contending for rostrum finishes, Sheils who’s set to pilot BE Racing GSX-R 1000 Suzuki, Macau Road House supported YZF R6 Yamaha machinery in the UGP Superstock, Superbike, Supersport races, stated:
“A bit of inclement weather can level things out a touch. Wet conditions can help pull some of the fast boys back a bit and I can get stuck in.”
Prior to returning to Dundrod, Sheils is in action this weekend at the revived Cork based Munster 100 Road Races, as he aims to clinch the Irish Road Race Superbike Championship crown for the third time.
Words by Stevie Rial, quotes provided by Stephen Davison