Derek Sheils surged to grand final victory, at the Mid Antrim 150, following a performance of the highest quality from the 2013 Irish road race superbike champion.
Cookstown BE Racing team mate Malachi Mitchell Thomas finished second 4.740 seconds behind, in all it’s been a quite sensational Irish road racing debut for the 2015 senior Manx Grand Prix winner.
Three wins including back to back supersport victories, plus two second place finishes have left many a pure road racing fan dazzled with his display’s on his debut around Mid Antrim.
Michael Sweeney finished third, to end what has been an excellent meeting for the two time junior Manx Grand Prix winner.
Fourth place finisher Colin Stephenson, produced one of the performances of the race, on VRS Racing’s ZX6R Kawasaki.
Vastly experienced Paul Cranston proved he’s still as competitive as ever, as he finished a fine fifth.
Logan Racing’s Neil Kernohan sixth, has been another rider to raise an eye brow or two in the past couple of days around the Clough circuit.
Set to compete for the second time at the Manx Grand Prix this year, don’t be surprised to see him in contention for series of notable results around the Mountain Course.
Wayne Kirwan making a welcome return to pure road racing competition, secured seventh place finish.
Michal Dokoupil finished eighth, following a consistent display on Wilson Craig Racing’s superstock CBR 1000 Honda Fireblade.
In all despite poor weather, tricky conditions, an oil spillage and a mud laden paddock, it’s still been a top draw start to the 2016 Irish road racing season.
Photo by Rod Neill
It’s great to see the Mid Antrim 150 back on the calendar, and long may it continue.
Grand Final Race Results:
1 Derek Sheils
2 Malachi Mitchell Thomas + 4.740
3 Michael Sweeney + 6.139
4 Colin Stephenson + 41.261
5 Paul Cranston + 46.983
6 Neil Kernohan + 57.358
7 Wayne Kirwan + 1:00.627
8 Michal Dokoupil + 1:02.114
9 Allan Brodie + 1:35.800
10 Rob Barber
Words by Stevie Rial