Derek Sheils was on near lap record breaking pace around the Orritor circuit, on his way to securing his second successive Grand Final success at the KDM Hire Cookstown 100.
Moving quickly into race lead, he powered clear lap by lap, finishing the eight lap race, over 11 seconds in front of nearest challenger Derek McGee.
For the Mullingar Missile, runner up spot in the Grand Final, made it five races, five second place finishes this weekend at Cookstown!
Michael Sweeney (Martin Jones Racing BMW) edged out William Dunlop (Temple Golf Club Yamaha) for the final spot on the podium, whilst McAdoo Kawasaki’s James Cowton concluded a productive Cookstown campaign by finishing fifth.
Alistair Kirk, produced an eye catching performance in securing sixth, finishing in front of the likes of Brian McCormack (TAG Racing IRL) and Paul Jordan (Evolution Camping BMW).
Guy Martin was a non starter for the eight lap race, as was feature Supersport winner, Adam McLean.
Rounding out the top ten finishers, was WH Racing’s Dominic Herbertson and fellow S1000RR BMW mounted rider, Graham Kennedy.
Kevin Fitzpatrick 11th and Welshman Matt Rees in 15th place, also produced notable performances, in a race which saw Derek Sheils and the Cookstown BE Racing GSX-R 1000 Suzuki, on top song again.
Photo by Rod Neill
With the international roads events, looming ever nearer onto the horizon, the signs are extremely positive for the reigning Irish road race Superbike champion, to enjoy top draw feats a plenty at the North West 200 and TT 2017.
KDM Hire Cookstown 100 Grand Final race results, as follows:
1 Derek Sheils
2 Derek McGee
3 Michael Sweeney
4 William Dunlop
5 James Cowton
6 Alistair Kirk
7 Brian McCormack
8 Paul Jordan
9 Dominic Herbertson
10 Graham Kennedy
11 Kevin Fitzpatrick
12 Davy Morgan
13 Andy Farrell
14 Michael Weldon
15 Matt Rees
16 Paul Cranston
Words by Stevie Rial