KDM Hire Cookstown 100: Sheils Holds Off McGee For Open A Pole Position

KDM Hire Cookstown 100: Sheils Holds Off McGee For Open A Pole Position

BE Racing in Conjunction with Richardson Kelly Racing’s Derek Sheils, got his 2019 roads season off to the perfect start today at Cookstown, securing pole position for tonight’s scheduled Open (A) race, having edged out reigning Irish Road Race Superbike champion Derek McGee, for the top spot in qualifying.

Sheils time of 1 minute 25.165 seconds, was just enough to hold off the attentions of 2018 Duke Road Race Rankings victor McGee (1.25.299), who like his fellow Irishman began his latest roads stint, in extremely productive fashion.

Photo by Rod Neill

Third place on the time sheets, went the way of Group B qualifying pace setter, McAdoo Kawasaki’s Adam McLean (1.26.616).

Closely following McLean on the timing screens, was Paul Jordan (1.26.746), whilst fifth quickest Michael Sweeney (1.27.441), also showed accomplished, solid pace.

The top ten in qualifying was completed by Newcomers A Manx GP winner Thomas Maxwell, Logan Racing’s Neil Kernohan, Paul ‘Potchy’ Williams, Team DHR’s Darryl Tweed and Stephen McKnight.

Outside of the first ten qualifiers, Orritor circuit debutant Tom Weeden, impressed in finishing a very respectable 19th fastest, whilst additional event newcomers to show a quick turn of pace included Adrian Harrison and seasoned Mountain Course exponent Lee Hembury, who respectively finished 23rd, 20th quickest.

Open (A) overall qualifying results, are as follows:

1 Derek Sheils 1.25.165
2 Derek McGee 1.25.299
3 Adam McLean 1.26.616
4 Paul Jordan 1.26.746
5 Michael Sweeney 1.27.441
6 Thomas Maxwell 1.27.585
7 Neil Kernohan 1.28.656
8 Paul Williams 1.30.083
9 Darryl Tweed 1.31.921
10 Stephen McKnight 1.32.276
11 Michael Browne 1.32.474
12 Kevin Fitzpatrick 1.32.545
13 Damian Horan 1.33.544
14 Andy Farrell 1.33.654
15 Forest Dunn 1.33.831
16 Dean Campbell 1.33.959
17 Paul Cranston 1.34.075
18 Brad Vicars 1.34.226
19 Tom Weeden 1.34.316
20 Lee Hembury 1.35.336
21 Paul Gartland 1.36.307
22 Sean Seddon 1.36.333
23 Adrian Harrison 1.37.112
24 Ben Rea 1.37.177
25 Stephen Degnan 1.37.749
26 Anthony McColgan 1.38.930
27 Noel Carroll 1.39.380
28 Lloyd Collins 1.40.025
29 Jonathan Gormley 1.40.728

Words by Stevie Rial

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