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KDM Hire Cookstown 100: 40 Racers Go Sub 1 Minute 37 Seconds

The quality of competition at the 99th KDM Hire Cookstown 100 was showcased by no less than 40 racers lapping sub 1 minute 37 seconds.

On route to Open class spoils, Derek Sheils illustrated the potential of his new Roadhouse Macau BMW, by going close to surpassing Michael Dunlop’s existing lap record.

Photo by Rod Neill

Sheils best lap time of 1 minute 23.387 seconds, stood just 0.746 shy of Dunlop’s spellbinding record lap time from 2013.

Aside from eight times Cookstown winner, others to register impressive lap times under 1 minute 26 seconds were Michael Sweeney (1.24.001), Thomas Maxwell (1.24.944), Neil Kernohan (1.25.123).

New Super Twins lap record holder Adam McLean (1.25.176), Paul Jordan (1.25.464) and Supersport race runner-up Darryl Tweed (1.25.558) who I’m sure the whole pure road racing fraternity wishes a very speedy recovery, following a heavy fall in the Lightweight 250/400 race.

Fastest Orritor Circuit debutant was 12th fastest competitor overall, Danny Tomlinson Racing’s Dan Harrison (1.30.193).

The overall forty quickest racers from what is the only Irish roads event of 2020, reads as follows:

1 Derek Sheils 1.23.387
2 Michael Sweeney 1.24.001
3 Thomas Maxwell 1.24.944
4 Neil Kernohan 1.25.123
5 Adam McLean 1.25.176
6 Paul Jordan 1.25.464
7 Darryl Tweed 1.25.558
8 Michael Browne 1.26.103
9 Richard Charlton 1.28.935
10 Dean Campbell 1.29.432
11 Graham Kennedy 1.29.787
12 Dan Harrison 1.30.193
13 Rob Barber 1.30.714
14 Davy Morgan 1.31.224
15 Dermot Cleary 1.31.442
16 Carl Phillips 1.31.914
17 Paul Gartland 1.32.041
18 Paul Cranston 1.32.448
19 Andy McAllister 1.32.591
20 Vinny Brennan 1.32.735
21 Ryan Whitehall 1.32.960
22 Stephen Tobin 1.32.967
23 Keelim Ryan 1.33.043
24 Paul Swords 1.33.276
25 Stephen McKnight 1.33.379
26 Stephen Degnan 1.34.476
27 Darryl Anderson 1.34.528
28 Noel Carroll 1.34.563
29 Michael Gillan 1.34.946
30 Mark Johnson 1.35.069
31 Liam Trainor 1.35.312
32 Alan Johnston 1.35.605
33 John O’Donovan 1.36.054
34 Aaron Hughes 1.36.121
35 Shaun Wynne 1.36.385
36 Michael Gahan 1.36.439
37 Donald MacFadyen 1.36.783
38 Anthony O’Carroll 1.36.870
39 Sean Seddon 1.36.927
40 Darragh Trappe 1.36.943

Words by Stevie Rial

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