Pure Road Racing was to the fore and some at last nights Cornmarket Irish Motorcycling awards ceremony in Belfast, which was attended by a who’s who of the International road racing scene.
Taking home the Irish National Road Racer of the year accolade was deservedly Mullingar’s Derek McGee, who enjoyed last year a quite tremendous season claiming the Irish Road Race Super Twins, Supersport and Superbike championship titles.
Not surprisingly the IFS International Road Racer of the year award went to Mountain Course lap record holder, Pokerstars Senior TT winner Peter Hickman.
Photo by Rod Neill
Whilst the Greenlight Television Special Recognition accolade was won by a team that has shown great courage, bravery, humility in recent times, the hugely respected, vastly successful McAdoo Racing team.
Fittingly the prestigious A.McLean Bookmakers Race of the Year award recognised the talents of the late but great James Cowton, with the 2014 Duke Road Race Rankings champion’s Super Twins race 2 success at the North West 200, voted by the public as the number 1 race from 2018.
Alongside the series of awards, last nights event also celebrated the career of the legendary William Dunlop, who posthumously became an Irish Motorcycling Hall of Fame member.
Words by Stevie Rial