Announced at last evening’s press launch, over 190 riders have placed entries in for this years KDM Hire Cookstown 100.
In addition to the likes of proven event front runners Derek Sheils, Derek McGee and William Dunlop, it was confirmed last evening that rising stars such as former TT Privateers champion Dan Cooper, Paul Jordan, Shaun Anderson and Senior Manx GP runner up Barry Evans are all set to return to Cookstown.
Same applies to seasoned IRRC competitor Vassilios Takos, popular Czech Republic duo Michal Dokoupil and Veronika Hankocyova, prospective TT newcomer Adam Lyon, Maria Costello MBE, Melissa Kennedy and Sarah Boyes.
Newcomers wise, 41 competitors are set to tackle the famous Orritor Circuit, including Sidecar TT great Dan Sayle, who’s set to sample the 125/Moto 3 race, plus New Zealand’s Daniel Mettam who’s maiden Irish roads quest will see him under the tutelage of paddock stalwart, Billy McKinstry.
Photo by Baylon McCaughey
The newcomers, rising stars, event stalwarts, established race winning contenders, will have various opportunities for notable results in late April, with race organisers planning to run at the opening Irish roads event of 2018, 19 races.
As showcased as last nights press launch, the popularity, importance and heritage of the Cookstown 100, is no doubt about it, increasing.
The countdown is now very much on, towards the 96th Cookstown 100, which over the years has seen a who’s who of road racing showcase in full, their superhuman road racing ability.
Words by Stevie Rial