There’s been major news a plenty, in the run up to the KDM Hire Cookstown 100. Here’s a round up of the news ahead of Friday, Saturday’s action.
Notable event non starters include Dominic Herbertson, Maria Costello MBE, Mike Norbury, David Murphy and 2004 Senior Manx GP winner Davy Morgan.
On a positive note for road racing, Cookstown fans, racers recently confirmed to venture to the opening national roads event of 2019, include Cornwall’s Forest Dunn, Paul ‘Potchy’ Williams, Kevin Baker, Noel Smith, Chris McGahan and Gary Jordan.
MV Agusta will enjoy representation this week, courtesy of prospective Manx GP debutant Andy Jackson. Jackson who will compete on a 350 MV mount, is the first racer to pilot an MV at Cookstown since 1958!
It remains to been as to whether Guy Martin will venture to Cookstown, to compete on his in house built BSA.
19 times International Road Race winner Martin, tackling prior to Cookstown, a desert based event, has it’s fair to say left many puzzled in recent times, about whether he will be racing this week or not.
This isn’t a scenario applicable to the likes of Derek Sheils, Derek McGee, Michael Sweeney, Adam McLean, Paul Jordan, all prime contenders for Open (A), Supersport, Grand Final triumphs.
Photo by Baylon McCaughey
Outside of the anticipated front runners, the high profile newcomers including Tom Weeden and Nadieh Schoots, the newly resurfaced Craigmount, Braeside corners on the Orritor circuit, one topic in particular has been talked about ahead of Friday’s practice, qualifying, race action, the weather!
Present forecasts look interesting to say the least, but lets keep positive, the start of the 2019 Irish Roads season is on the horizon, it’s not a time for negativity, downbeat talk.
Words by Stevie Rial