Munster 100: Race Day Analysis – The Results, The Competition, The Super Heroes Feats Chronicled

Munster 100: Race Day Analysis – The Results, The Competition, The Super Heroes Feats Chronicled

Senior Support:

Dermot Cleary kept at bay a charging Tommy Henry, to make it back to back Senior Support race victories at Glanmire.

Cleary’s final advantage over H.O’Kane Motors supported Henry, who had trimmed and some his fellow class exponent’s race lead, stood at only 0.326 of a second.

John O’Donovan finalised the rostrum finishers, whilst overall all seven of the seven race starters completed the six-lap encounter.

Remaining race finishers were as follows: John Ella 4th, Brian Keohane 5th, John Cahill 6th and Ben Mullane 7th.

Junior Classics:

Ed Manly got the better of fellow yesteryear racing maestro Barry Davidson, to acquire Junior 350, overall Junior Classics success.

At the end of six engrossing laps of competitive action, Manly took the race honours by 2.389 seconds over multi times Irish Road Race Champion Davidson.

The battle for third place overall was won by Junior 250 Classics pace setter Brian Mateer, who edged out fellow class exponent Richard Ford by just 0.157 of a second.


Irish Road Race Lightweight Championship leader David Howard powered to 125/400 race victory at Glanmire, following a flawless all-round performance.

Over 39 seconds clear of nearest pursuer Brian Loughlin, Howard took his total of Lightweight race successes in 2019 into triple figures.

Joining Howard, Loughlin on the rostrum was sole 125 mounted competitor, respected Irish roads stalwart Sean Leonard.

The only remaining finisher from the six-lap race was paddock favourite, eighth place finisher within the 250cc Classic TT from 2013, RJ Woolsey.


Emerging victorious from this afternoon’s Supersport Championship encounter held in mixed conditions, was Martin Jones Racing’s Michael Sweeney.

Skerries Sweeney who’s hit a rich vein of form in recent times, enjoyed a healthy nine second plus advantage over Stephen Casey, after six laps of the over 2.5 miles long Glanmire course.

Paul Fallon finalised the podium finishers, Lloyd Collins placed an excellent fourth as Noel Carroll concluded the race finishers.

Notable race retirements included early pace setter Darryl Tweed and fourth place finisher in this morning’s Open Championship race, Ray Casey.

Junior Support:

Making up for the disappointment of not winning yesterday’s Junior Support race, due to a jump start, ‘Racing Barber’ Vinny Brennan proved peerless in today’s Junior Support encounter at Glanmire, securing in style race honours.

Brennan who’s on course to become 2019 Irish Road Race Junior Support Champion, race winning margin stood at 3.663 seconds over yesterday’s class victor John Ella.

Anthony Lillis placed third, whilst fourth place went to local favourite Ben Mullane. Additional racers to complete the six-lap encounter were Francis O’Hara, David Broderick, RJ Woolsey and John O’Donovan.

Super Twins:

Michael Sweeney doubled his tally of victories at this year’s Keohane Citymix Munster 100 Road Races, following a commanding Super Twins race victory.

Nine seconds ahead of lead chaser Darryl Tweed, Skerries Sweeney showcased again why he is regarded amongst the leading Twin class exponents.

Junior Support race winner Vinny Brennan wrapped up the podium finishers, whilst others to enjoy productive race stints included respective fourth, fifth, sixth place finishers who were John Ella, John O’Donovan and Ben Mullane.

Senior Classics:

Alongside securing Senior 1000 Classic honours, Richard Ford also clinched overall Senior Classics honours.

Leading the chase to the outright race winner, was Senior 500 class victor Barry Davidson, who finished just under 3.6 seconds behind respected yesteryear racing counterpart Ford.

Photo by Tommy Vennard

Andy Kildea, Billy Lyle joined Davidson on the Senior 500 Classics rostrum, whilst overall winner Ford was joined on the Senior 1000 Classics podium by Ian Thompson and Philip Shaw.

Race Results:

Results per class from today’s competitive action at Glanmire, is as follows:

Senior Support:

1 Dermot Cleary
2 Tommy Henry
3 John O’Donovan
4 John Ella
5 Brian Keohane
6 John Cahill
7 Ben Mullane

Junior 250 Classics:

1 Brian Mateer
2 Richard Ford
3 Philip Shaw

Junior 350 Classics:

1 Ed Manly
2 Barry Davidson
3 Ian Thompson
4 Sean Leonard
5 Freddie Stewart
6 Andy Kildea
7 Gearoid Hoare
8 Kevin Callan

Lightweight 400:

1 David Howard
2 Brian Loughlin
3 RJ Woolsey


1 Sean Leonard


1 Michael Sweeney
2 Stephen Casey
3 Paul Fallon
4 Lloyd Collins
5 Noel Carroll

Junior Support:

1 Vinny Brennan
2 John Ella
3 Anthony Lillis
4 Ben Mullane
5 Francis O’Hara
6 David Broderick
7 RJ Woolsey
8 John O’Donovan

Super Twins:

1 Michael Sweeney
2 Darryl Tweed
3 Vinny Brennan
4 John Ella
5 John O’Donovan
6 Ben Mullane
7 Stephen Tobin
8 Des Butler

Senior 1000 Classics:

1 Richard Ford
2 Ian Thompson
3 Philip Shaw
4 RJ Woolsey

Senior 500 Classics:

1 Barry Davidson
2 Andy Kildea
3 Billy Lyle
4 Kevin Callan

Words by Stevie Rial

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