For the first time in six years, competitive action returned this afternoon to the popular Glanmire based Munster 100 Road Races, which hosts the penultimate round of the 2019 Irish Road Race Championships.
Whilst competitors gained this afternoon valuable track time, all qualifying sessions were non timed due to course conditions affected by a bout of wet weather.
With none of today’s competition timed, the starting order for each of tomorrow’s races is decided upon racer’s present Irish Road Race Championship positions.
This means that pole position for the Open Championship, Grand Final races, goes to recently crowned Ulster Road Race Superbike champion Derek Sheils.
Whilst pole sitter for Sunday’s Supersport encounter is today’s unofficial Open Championship class pace setter, Ballymoney’s Darryl Tweed.
A notable confirmed absentee from competition at Glanmire is Mullingar’s Derek McGee, who last weekend at Armoy claimed a momentous hat trick of victories.
Photo by Tommy Vennard
Racers that have made the trip to Glanmire alongside the aforementioned Sheils and Tweed, additionally include Martin Jones Racing’s Michael Sweeney, Post TT Supersport winner Michael Browne, Senior Support class front runner Tommy Henry and 2018 Newcomers A Manx GP winner Thomas Maxwell.
10 races are set to take place tomorrow at the revived Munster 100, beginning with the District 11 Kitchen + Public House supported Open Championship encounter.
Words by Stevie Rial