Cookstown BE Racing enjoyed a memorable open superbike race at the Mid Antrim 150, as John Burrows teams GSX-R 1000 Suzuki’s finished first and second.
At the end of a thrilling three lap race, it was Irish road racing newcomer Malachi Mitchell Thomas who made it two wins in a row at Mid Antrim.
Photo by Rod Neill
He edged out his team mate Derek Sheils by just 0.802 of a second, as he continues to showcase why he is rated so highly, on the roads.
Michael Sweeney secured third place finish, following another high quality performance around Mid Antrim, this time on the Martin Jones Racing ZX10R Kawasaki.
Ryan Farquhar’s new venture with BMW Motorrad machinery, begins in productive style with fourth place finish, as he produced a highly accomplished display on his own teams IEG (International Energy Group) backed S1000RR BMW.
Paul Jordan sealed an impressive fifth place, whilst Colin Stephenson continued his good form, finishing sixth.
Neil Kernohan was seventh, Paul Cranston was eighth, reigning Irish road race senior support champion Kevin Fitzpatrick was ninth, whilst Michal Dokoupil piloting Wilson Craig Racing’s superstock CBR 1000 Honda Fireblade, concluded the top ten finishers.
Open Race Results:
1 Malachi Mitchell Thomas
2 Derek Sheils + 0.802
3 Michael Sweeney + 15.407
4 Ryan Farquhar + 17.082
5 Paul Jordan + 38.414
6 Colin Stephenson + 38.426
7 Neil Kernohan + 43.667
8 Paul Cranston + 52.247
9 Kevin Fitzpatrick + 52.435
10 Michal Dokoupil + 52.963
Words by Stevie Rial