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Overseas Newcomers, Next Gen Stars, Proven Front Runners Amongst Early Cookstown 100 Entrants

A variety of overseas newcomers, multiple next generation stars and proven event front runners, are amongst the early entries for the 2018 KDM Hire Cookstown 100.

Confirmed international newcomers to Cookstown include seasoned French Mountain Course exponent Morgan Govignon, two stroke specialist from Austria Christopher Eder, Germany’s Kenny Hinck and Canadian racer Mel Gantly.

Prospective TT debutant Daniel Mettam is also set to make his Irish roads debut, on the famous Orritor circuit, as he links up with McKinstry Racing to piloting YZF R6 Yamaha, plus likely a Kawasaki Super Twin machinery.

Next generation road racers Cookstown bound include another high profile newcomer, Cookstown BE Racing’s Davey Todd, plus reigning Newcomers A Manx GP champion Brad Vicars.

Looking towards entrants who have proven front running credentials, recently unveiled entrants include the Czech Republic’s Michal Dokoupil, twice Supersport race winner at Killalane last year, Michael Sweeney and multi Irish road race Superbike champion, Derek Sheils.

Photo by Baylon McCaughey

Nicolas Pautet, Veronika Hankocyova are also both set to begin their 2018 roads campaigns, at Cookstown, plus expect McAdoo Kawasaki duo James Cowton/Adam McLean and reigning Irish roads Super Twin/Supersport/Superbike champ Derek McGee to also be Orritor bound.

Event organisers for the KDM Hire Cookstown 100, would like to add that entries for the season opening Irish roads event of 2018, close on the 31st of March, giving prospective participants just over three weeks to send entries in.

Words by Stevie Rial