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On This Day In History: 27th April

Today’s on this day in history signify’s seven, one year respectively since the Cookstown 100’s of 2013 and 2019.

2013 action around the respected Orritor circuit saw Michael Dunlop reign supreme on his own teams Hunts Motorcycles supported Honda Fireblade.

Alongside keeping at bay tenacious challenges from Tyco Suzuki’s Guy Martin to take the Open Championship, Grand Final crowns, he also set a new outright lap record of 1 minute 22.641 seconds, which till this day remains the fastest Orritor course lap time in history.

Added high-points from the 2013 Cookstown meet included future Senior TT Champion Dean Harrison making an impressive event debut, recording three top six finishes including taking third in the Supersport race.

Photo by Rod Neill

Fast forward six years and it was the two Derek’s Sheils & McGee taking centre stage on 1000cc machines at Cookstown.

BE Racing In Conjunction with Richardson Kelly Racing’s Sheils powered to Open race honours whilst the Grand Final went to reigning Duke Road Race Rankings winner McGee who was declared race winner after a series of incidents curtailed competition within the blue riband class.

Mullingar’s McGee would go onto also be crowned Man of the Meeting, following his stellar run of form, securing three victories, five rostrum finishes in total.

Words by Stevie Rial

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