On This Day: 30th April

On This Day: 30th April

Five years ago today, the latest edition of Irish Road Racing’s longest running active national road race, the Cookstown 100 provided it’s usual mix of scintillating race action, a top class all round atmosphere and illustrating again what makes pure road racing so unique.

Superbikes wise, it was triple Irish Road Race Champion Derek Sheils who had the edge on the opposition, powering to successive Open, Grand Final race triumphs.

Photo by Baylon McCaughey

Sheils late great BE Racing team mate Malachi Mitchell Thomas, took the honours within the feature Super Twins race whilst the dominant Supersport force was the forever remembered William Dunlop.

2013 Lightweight Manx GP victor Alistair Haworth clinched Lightweight 400 race honours, Paul Jordan took the 125/Moto 3 race title.

Paul Gartland, Paul ‘Potchy’ Williams, Timmy Elwood all enjoyed race wins as did support class winners Leon Murphy, John Horgan, James Chawke and Michael Brookes.

We can’t forget as well Supersport non qualifiers winner Allan Brodie and yesteryear machinery pace setters Philip Shaw, Richard Ford and Barry Davidson.

It’s also worth mentioning that today also marks what would have been the first day of competition at this year’s Tandragee 100, which unfortunately as in 2020 has been forced towards the side-lines due to effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou

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