World class, thrilling, captivating, enthralling roads action is an undoubted guarantee this weekend at Skerries, with Irish roads royalty a plenty confirmed to sample the Country Crest titled sponsored Skerries 100.
Dominant in the premier class races at Kells, BE Racing In Conjunction With Richardson Kelly Racing’s Derek Sheils starts as one of the strong favourites for Open, Grand Final race victories.
Formidable in recent times at Skerries, it’s going to take top, top draw performances from his esteemed opposition to stop him adding more race winning feats, to his already impeccable Irish Road Racing CV.
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One of the main competitors to Sheils will no question be Martin Jones Racing’s Michael Sweeney.
Although Sweeney had a challenging maiden Enniskillen Road Races tenure, roads insiders, roads aficionados, his fellow competitors know his capabilities, and it wouldn’t at all be a surprise to see the twice Junior Manx GP champion clinch multiple race wins on Sunday.
Additional ones to watch include rising next gen roads talents Darryl Tweed and Thomas Maxwell, plus Enniskillen Man of The Meeting Kevin Fitzpatrick.
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Lots of focus will also be on Open, Richard Britton Memorial Feature race winner at Enniskillen, Cornwall’s Forest Dunn.
One of International/national road racing’s most popular competitors, the affable Dunn has jumped up a few levels in 2019, elevating his already vastly respected status in the sport.
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Additional racers to have recently confirmed their Skerries 100 entries include Gary Dunlop, Gary Jordan, Ben Plant, Noel Smith, Tommy Henry, Stuart McCann and Manx GP returnee Ben Rea.
Fitness permitting, this weekend’s competition could also potentially see reigning Irish Road Race Supersport, Super Twin, Superbike champion Derek McGee, back in action aboard his own teams Kawasaki mounts.
Competitive action at Skerries gets underway tomorrow afternoon, with roads scheduled to close at 12:00 PM, ahead of the timed practice sessions per class.
Words by Stevie Rial