Heroism, heroic feats, bravery are terms you can apply to all pure road racers, and September’s East Coast Racing Festival saw one rider in particular show these terms in abundance, Mullingar’s Derek McGee.
Involved in an incident with Seamus Elliott during opening Superbike/Superstock qualifying at the MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix, which left him with multiple injuries.
Anticipated to miss the remainder of the season, the dominant national roads force of 2018 surprised many when he ventured to Killalane, to compete at the Mrs. Browns Boys East Coast Racing Festival.
Still steadily getting back to race fitness, it was difficult to tell how competitive he would be, could he contend for podium placings, race wins?.
Photo by Rod Neill
Fourth within the 125/Moto 3 race, the opening six lap Supersport encounter would see him secure a quite sensational race win, on his return to competitive action.
Involved in a thrilling race long battle for honours with Derek Sheils and Michael Sweeney, he just had enough pace, race craft and guile to take yet another Supersport victory, aboard the B&W Racing Kawasaki.
Given the fact that he went through the pain barrier, getting the better of the very much on form duo of Sheils and Sweeney, it was in my opinion a performance which showcased and some why he is now rightly regarded as a racer more than worthy of the title, world class.
Words by Stevie Rial