Local hero Michael Sweeney, stole the show today at the returning Skerries 100, banking no less than three qualifying victories.
Dominant within Super Twins qualifying, his best time of 1.44.330 seconds, left him 4.65 seconds in front of top chaser Junior Support pole sitter, Eoin O’Siochru.
Supersport wise, the competition was closer with reigning Duke Road Race Rankings Champion Sweeney, edging BE Racing/RK Racing’s Michael Browne for pole by just under 0.4 of a second.
125/Moto 3 qualifying victor Browne had to give best again to Sweeney in the race for Open, Grand Final races pole position, with the Martin Jones Racing BMW mounted rider nudging into the 1.36’s to steadfastly finish P1 on the times sheet.
Aside from Browne, Sweeney others taking starring roles across Saturday’s timed action included respective yesteryear class pace setters Barry Davidson (Junior 350 Classics), Brian Mateer (Junior 250 Classics), Andy Hornby (Senior 1000 Classics), John Leigh Pemberton (Senior 500 Classics).
Faraldo Racing’s Keelim Ryan sped to Senior Support pole, outpacing Manxman Marcus Simpson and the Isle of Wight’s Ryan Whitehall whilst RJ Woolsey claimed Supersport 300 qualifying honours.
Attentions now turn towards race day, with new faces, established exponents, improving pilots set to battle it out for podiums, victories at Southern Ireland’s oldest real roads meeting.
Photo credit: Derek Wilson
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou