Same as at Tandragee, Joseph Loughlin showcased his rising status within the world of pure road racing, via victories today at Cookstown, in the Junior Support and Senior Support classes.
Tipped to have an immensely bright future on the roads, the Crossan Motorcycles backed rider was amongst the main stars of race day at the KDM Hire Cookstown 100.
Photo by Rod Neill
Same notion applied to James Cowton, who was victorious in a gripping Super Twins race, holding off determined challenges from Derek McGee and Adam McLean, to provide McAdoo Racing, with their first success around the Orritor Circuit since 2015.
Joey’s Bar Racing’s Sam Wilson took the 125/Moto 3 honours in front of Paul Robinson and Justin Waring, whilst Ballymoney based duo Darryl Tweed and Seamus Elliott, where covered by just over half a second at the end of an enthralling 400 (A) race, with Alistair Haworth not far behind in third.
Classic machinery wise the winners where; Barry Davidson (Junior 250/Overall Junior Classics/Classic 500), Richard Ford (Junior 350), and Robert McCrum (Senior Classic).
Opening race of the day at Cookstown, the Open non championship B race, saw Stoddart Racing’s Robert Wilson acquire a maiden victory at Northern Ireland’s longest running roads event.
M&D Racing’s Darryl Tweed and reigning Ulster GP Super Twins winner Dan Cooper who went onto win the Open B race, where his nearest challengers, whilst Greece’s Vassilios Takos also produced an impressive performance, finishing sixth.
Brad Vicars added Supersport B success to his roads resume, as debutant to the Orritor Circuit, Barry Evans and Dominic Herbertson clinched podium finishes.
RJ Woolsey headed Derek Wilkie in the Junior Support B class, Ben Mullane wrapped up the final spot on the podium.
Paul Gartland despite starting from the third wave, secured the winners laurels on aggregate timing in the Super Twins B race, finishing over four seconds clear of Mark Dangerfield and Scott Miller.
Despite a spate of red flags, patchy rain from mid afternoon, the 2017 KDM Hire Cookstown 100 provided world class action a plenty.
I end this article, with these thoughts as well, that hopefully programs a plenty where sold today at Cookstown, a reminder to everyone, it’s us the public who can help safeguard the future of real road racing.
Words by Stevie Rial