With today’s race action now delayed till 11:00 AM, due to present course conditions, it’s a good chance to look back on last evening’s competition at the 2019 KDM Hire Cookstown 100.
Unfortunately same as today, wet weather a plenty homed in on Cookstown, forcing event organisers to make changes to Friday’s race schedule.
Due to the course conditions, the Open (A) race was moved over to today’s race schedule, and instead just two support class races would take place.
Although the support class encounters, had only a minimal number of entrants, it took nothing away from the achievements of the racers taking part.
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The twined Junior Support B/Senior B race, saw Benjamin Plant score a hugely popular overall victory, holding off the stern challenge of James Cottrell, to emerge victorious by just 0.267 of a second.
Claiming the final spot on the rostrum was Stephen ‘Cargo’ Carr, whilst Junior Support B class spoils went the way of overall fourth place finisher, Gillian McGaw.
The corresponding Open (B) encounter, saw 2013 Newcomers C Manx GP winner Ben Rea, master the tricky wet, damp conditions around the Orritor circuit, to claim his first Cookstown 100 victory.
Respective second, third place finishers behind Rea, were East Sussex’s Lloyd Collins and Jonathan Gormley. Remaining race finishers were highly respected Irish roads stalwart Noel Carroll, and Oliver’s Mount specialist Stephen Degnan.
Words by Stevie Rial