Rewarded for his consistency, BE Racing In Conjunction with Richardson Kelly Racing’s Derek Sheils, powered to open race honours at Walderstown.
Race leader from lap two on-wards, Irish Road Race Superbike Championship leader Sheils gradually pulled away from the evenly matched chasing pack, to ultimately emerge victorious by well in excess of three seconds.
Second place finisher, 3.510 seconds behind Sheils was Martin Jones Racing’s Michael Sweeney, who has maintained the impressive form he showed at the Southern 100.
Wrapping up the rostrum finishers was Mullingar’s Derek McGee, who looked in command of the first premier class encounter at Walderstown, prior to an error on lap 2 curtailing his race winning challenge.
Thomas Maxwell placed fourth, James Chawke acquired fifth whilst fellow rising roads star, leading Supersport 600 mounted competitor Michael Browne finalised the top six finishers.
Ballymoney’s Darryl Tweed was seventh, Manx GP front runner Dave Butler secured a solid eighth place finish as Derek Wilson and national roads returnee Dean Campbell concluded the first ten finishers.
Walderstown: Open race result, is as follows:
1 Derek Sheils
2 Michael Sweeney
3 Derek McGee
4 Thomas Maxwell
5 James Chawke
6 Michael Browne
7 Darryl Tweed
8 Dave Butler
9 Derek Wilson
10 Dean Campbell
11 Liam Chawke
12 Noel Carroll
13 Paul Fallon
Words by Stevie Rial