Road Racing News Cookstown 100 preview series about the first Irish roads event of the 2020’s, focuses today upon the Senior Support, Junior Support classes that continuously produce leading next generation roads talents.
The Super Seal Windows supported Senior Support class has an impressive 41 strong entry, with the bulk of entrants 600cc machinery mounted.
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Ones to watch will include Enniskillen podium finisher Noel Smith, Tommy Heaphy, Niall Power, brother of BE Racing’s Paul Jordan, Gary Jordan.
Stephen ‘Cargo’ Carr, current Irish Road Race Junior Support Champion Vinny Brennan (PRB Racing), Shaun Wynne, James Rothery (Ambler Racing) and 750cc runners John Cahill, Matt Donaldson and Paul Swords.
Orritor Circuit newcomers to closely monitor include the Isle of Wight’s Ryan Whitehall, who’s entertaining riding style caught the attentions of various Barry Sheene Classic attendees.
Antrim’s Steven Smith, leads the Wilson Craig Racing challenge, which is now run by esteemed ex racer, leading International roads mechanic/crew chief Darren Gilpin. Cookstown 100 site – Wilson Craig Racing Update
Fellow Cookstown first timers, Richard Telford, James Ford and the first Russian competitor Danila Krasniuk all add further depth to the Senior Support line-up.
250’s, 400’s, Super Mono’s, Super Twins are all set to feature within the Mid Ulster District Council Junior Support class.
Although it’s pretty tough to predict who will emerge victorious next week, competitors to keep an eye on include Scottish racing veteran Vic Allan (Tigcraft Kawasaki), RJ Woolsey, John Cahill, Aaron Hatch, Germany’s Chris Meyer.
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Mark Johnston, Shaun Wynne, James Rothery (Ambler Racing), Martin Currams, Yvonne Montgomery and Patch Racing’s Davy Graham.
Newcomers amongst the 25 plus entry list include 14th place finisher from last year’s Lightweight Classic TT, James Ford, Mckillops Motorcycles backed Samantha Scott and Cork’s Anthony Lillis.
Words by Stevie Rial