Reigning Duke Road Race Rankings champion William Dunlop secured pole position for the open and grand final races at Kells, following a close fought qualifying session.
Piloting his own teams YZF R1M Yamaha, William lapped at 1 minute 14.117 seconds to edge out nearest pursuers Michael Sweeney and Derek Sheils, for the top spot in qualifying.
Derek McGee, Noel Williamson Racing S1000RR BMW was fourth fastest, Brian McCormack continued his impressive recent form in qualifying fifth quickest.
Starting sixth on the grid tomorrow will be Seamus Elliott, who showed highly accomplished pace on his ZX10R Kawasaki mount.
Rising star Paul Jordan was next up in seventh followed by Michal Dokoupil, who recently enjoyed an excellent TT 2016 campaign, wrapping up series of top class results.
Seasoned competitor John Walsh and Dean Campbell one of the most improved riders on the roads this year in my opinion, finalised the top ten qualifiers.
Open/Grand Final Qualifying Results:
1 William Dunlop 1.14.117
2 Michael Sweeney 1.14.219
3 Derek Sheils 1.14.267
4 Derek McGee 1.14.805
5 Brian McCormack 1.14.855
6 Seamus Elliott 1.16.930
7 Paul Jordan 1.17.101
8 Michal Dokoupil 1.17.243
9 John Walsh 1.18.569
10 Dean Campbell 1.18.707
Securing pole position for the feature supersport race at Kells was Derek McGee, who showed once again today, why he is considered amongst the leading supersport 600 exponents on the roads.
Lapping at 1 minute 16.710 seconds, Derek edged a close fought battle for pole with fellow YZF R6 Yamaha mounted rider William Dunlop.
Leading the non Yamaha challenge was Derek Sheils, Cookstown BE Racing CBR 600 Honda.
Michal Dokoupil was next up, followed by B&W Racing’s Paul Jordan and two time junior Manx Grand Prix winner Michael Sweeney.
James Kelly and Darryl Tweed both impressed in finishing seventh and eighth quickest, Brian McCormack and Dean Campbell finalised the ten fastest qualifiers.
Supersport Qualifying Results:
1 Derek McGee 1.16.710
2 William Dunlop 1.16.866
3 Derek Sheils 1.17.274
4 Michal Dokoupil 1.17.663
5 Paul Jordan 1.17.828
6 Michael Sweeney 1.18.178
7 James Kelly 1.18.469
8 Darryl Tweed 1.19.040
9 Brian McCormack 1.19.075
10 Dean Campbell 1.19.141
125-Moto 3/Senior Support:
Adam McLean set the pace in 125/Moto 3 qualifying at an impressive 1 minute 26.828 seconds. Fellow rising stars Paul Jordan and Seamus Elliott finished second and third quickest, whilst Joey’s Bar Racing’s Derek McGee finished fourth fastest.
Top six in qualifying was concluded by Melissa Kennedy and Sam Dunlop.
John Horgan was the dominant force in senior support qualifying, qualifying on pole position following lap time of 1 minute 19.723 seconds.
Brian Coomey was next up on the time sheets followed by Tommy Henry, whilst seventh quickest Darren Cooper a newcomer stated that he’s already a fan of the popular Kells circuit.
Words by Stevie Rial