Thrilling, enthralling road race action of the highest calibre is an absolute guarantee, for this April’s KDM Hire Cookstown 100, which has once again attracted a top quality entry list.
In addition to the likes of proven event front runners Derek Sheils (BE Racing In Conjunction With Richardson Kelly Racing/Road House Macau Racing Yamaha), Derek McGee (McGee Racing/KMR Kawasaki/Faraldo Racing) and McAdoo Kawasaki’s Adam McLean, it was confirmed at last evening’s press launch that countless rising stars were also Cookstown bound.
Amongst a lengthy, diverse, impressive list of rising roads talents heading to Cookstown include Martin Jones Racing’s Michael Sweeney, new Dafabet Devitt Racing signing Paul Jordan, who pilot solely in late April, his own teams YZF R6 Yamaha, plus Manx GP front runners Michael Browne, James Chawke and Darryl Tweed.
Photo by Baylon McCaughey
Additional notable entrants include 350 MV Agusta mounted Andy Jackson, potentially multi world record breaker, TV star, 19 times International road race winner Guy Martin, plus Michal ‘Indi’ Dokoupil, and fellow Czech racer, partner Veronika Hankocyova.
Newcomers wise, 24 competitors are set to tackle the famous Orritor Circuit for the first time, including 2016 Senior Manx GP champ Tom Weeden, Dutch star Nadieh Schoots, Sam Grief, Bradford’s Adrian Harrison, Mountain Course stalwart Lee Hembury and prospective Manx GP newcomer Chris Stuart.
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 2019, 17 races.
Five races are set to take place on Friday the 26th of April, including the first Superbike encounter, whilst Saturday 27th of April, sees 12 races scheduled to take place, including the feature, blue riband KDM Hire Cookstown 100 (A) feature race.
Although overall entries might be down, 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 97th 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