Tandragee: Sweeney To The Fore In Big Bike Qualifying

Tandragee: Sweeney To The Fore In Big Bike Qualifying

Superbikes, Superstock 1000’s bristling through the rapid, technical Tandragee course always exhilarate, entertain those watching track-side.

Early evening big bike action at Tandragee proved the Michael Sweeney vs Derek Sheils show, as the Irish roads greats battled it out for pole position.

Ultimately Sweeney, fresh from three victories at Cookstown, just had the edge, setting a best lap time of 3 minutes 01.915 seconds.

Second quickest Sheils, a last-minute addition to the Superbike entry, best lap time stood at 3 minutes 02.539 seconds.

Third fastest behind Martin Jones Racing’s Sweeney, Roadhouse Macau supported Sheils was Cookstown Grand Final runner-up Thomas Maxwell.

Graham Kennedy placed fourth fastest whilst Dominic Herbertson having his first competitive outing on the Haith/Rich Energy backed BMW finished fifth fastest.

Wrapping up the top ten in qualifying were James Chawke, Michal Dokoupil, Forest Dunn, Paul ‘Potchy’ Williams and popular Welshman Matt Rees.

Fastest newcomer was Wilson Craig Racing’s Joe Thompson (21st quickest – 3.20.837) whilst in total thirty five racers set representative qualifying lap times.

Photo credit Tommy Vennard

Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou

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