KDM Hire Cookstown 100: Race Day Wrap Up

KDM Hire Cookstown 100: Race Day Wrap Up

Keylite Lintels/Loughran Commercials 125/Moto 3/Supersport 300:

Michael Browne stylishly added Cookstown 125/Moto 3 race victory to his ever-expanding list of roads event achievements.

Likely to have given the Joey’s Bar Racing team it’s final real roads success, he set the tone for his race domination on lap one, quickly opening up a four second lead.

From here there was no stopping the Irishman who’s final race winning margin stood at 37.580 seconds.

Nigel Moore got the better of Melissa Kennedy for second whilst Supersport 300 honours were banked by Barry Davidson with second, third best ‘300’ exponents been RJ Woolsey and Linton Irwin.

VW Audi Bitz Super Twins/Supermono A:

Adam McLean successfully retained the Super Twins A race title at Cookstown, following a thoroughly professional display from the Classic TT podium finisher.

In total command throughout, he emerged post the completion of nine laps around the flowing, technical Orritor Circuit, 29 seconds ahead of Stephen McKnight.

Senior Support race pole sitter Barry Sheehan rounded out the rostrum finishers with positions fourth to sixth clinched respectively by Darryl Anderson, Michael Gillan and Sean Seddon.

Supermono’s wise, sole machinery exponent competing, No.7 plate occupant Dave Walsh placed 13th overall.

VW Audi Bitz Super Twins/Supermono B:

Widely known for his musical exploits, RJ Woolsey hit the right tune during this afternoon’s VW Audi Bitz Super Twins/Supermono B race.

Uncatchable in the nine-lap contest, Woolsey’s lead pursuer was 111 plate holder Noel Smith, who finished just over 7 and a half seconds behind.

The RAF’s Rad Hughes took third, James Rothery banked fourth with remaining finishers been Andrew Castle and Paul Magnay.

JMB Coaches/Bill Eastwood Contracts Junior Support:

Pole sitter Michael Gillan, underlined his favourite status for JMB Coaches/Bill Eastwood Contracts Junior Support honours, on route to taking class spoils.

Prior to red flags emerging on lap four of the second race start, Gillan was holding a nigh on five second advantage over Senior Support B race winner Nigel Rea.

With fifty percent race distance covered, Gillan was declared race winner ahead of Rea with Mick Hogan finalising the top three finishers.

McKinstry Skip Hire Junior Classics A:

Barry Davidson joined a select group of racers to have taken 90 Irish Road Race wins or more, after triumphing within the McKinstry Skip Hire Junior 350 Classics race.

Widely recognised as one of pure road racing’s top yesteryear machinery pilots, he was in fine form again at Cookstown, powering to race honours, finishing almost eight seconds clear of lead chaser Andy Hornby.

Nigel Moore finalised the podium finishers whilst Junior 250 Classics honours went to another yesteryear racing specialist, Brian Mateer.

McKinstry Skip Hire Junior Classics B:

Leon Murphy’s late race charge ultimately proved not enough for the Scotsman to scoop overall McKinstry Skip Hire Junior Classics B race victory.

Gradually reeling in long term pace setter Mark Johnson, the closing race laps saw Manx GP, Mountain Course regular Murphy provide searing pressure to Johnson, holder of the 46 plate mostly associated with Moto GP legend Valentino Rossi.

Despite lapping almost two seconds quicker than Johnson on the ninth, final race lap, it wasn’t quite enough for Murphy, who had to settle for second, finishing 0.160 behind Johnson.

Davy Crawford completed the overall, Junior 350 top three finishers whilst Junior 250 honours were clinched by Trevor Stewart.

Royal Hotel Lightweight Supersport 400/250 GP/Post Classic:

Ballymoney’s Darryl Tweed took in resounding fashion Royal Hotel Lightweight Supersport 400/250/Post Classic combined race honours.

Twice Ultra Lightweight Manx GP winner Tweed, finished the nine-lap contest 9.1 seconds in front of top 250 pilot Davy Morgan.

Stephen Tobin wasn’t to far behind former North West 200, Ulster GP race winner Morgan whilst Kris Duncan, Andy Whale, Alan Johnston also impressed on route to fourth, fifth, sixth place finishes.

Skegness Raceway Senior Classics:

RPS Trident mounted Andy Hornby scooped Skegness Raceway Senior 1000, overall Classics victory, following a first-rate all-round performance.

Respected yesteryear machinery exponent Hornby, emerged at the culmination of the nine-lap race, 20 seconds ahead of Richard Ford.

Barry Davidson, now a 91 times Irish road race winner, headed the Senior 500 Classics fraternity with respective second, third place class finishes mopped up by Wattie Brown and John Leigh Pemberton.

KDM Hire Cookstown 100 B:

Driffield’s Dan Harrison doubled his Irish road race wins after emerging on top from the Grand Final precursor, the KDM Hire Cookstown 100 B race.

Harrison no relation to 2019 Senior TT winner Dean Harrison, as illustrated during Friday evening’s Open B race was not hampered by starting from the second wave of riders, finishing on aggregate timing 12.231 clear of Anthony Redmond.

Vinny ‘The Racing Barber’ Brennan took third with fourth going to Supersport B race conqueror Dennis Booth.

Photo credit: Tommy Vennard

Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou

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