Cookstown BE Racing where absolutely delighted with Derek Sheils victory in the grand final, at the Walderstown Road Races.
The 2013 Irish road race superbike champion’s victory on the teams GSX-R 1000 Suzuki was the icing on the cake of what was another highly productive meet for Cookstown BE Racing.
Second place finish in the open race was backed up by fourth place finish in the feature supersport encounter, whilst the super twins race saw Derek finish second, following another top class all round performance.
Increasing his lead in the 2016 Irish road race superbike championship standings, he showed at Walderstown, why he is amongst the most in form riders on the roads.
Photo by Baylon McCaughey
Next roads meeting coming up for Derek is the Faugheen 50 Road Races, on the 23rd to the 24th of July.
Cookstown BE Racing Team Manager John Burrows, was full of praise for Derek, commenting on his recent results at Walderstown, he said:
“Derek and the boys did a great job in County Westmeath. In the two big bike races Derek once again proved he can challenge Michael Dunlop and to win the Grand Final is a great feather for Derek’s cap.
Well done to the boys for the wheel change during the warm-up laps, it proves a good crew can influence results. I’m sure Derek would have liked to have won the superbike Championship race too but second place keeps him well on course for the Irish superbike crown.
We are still in strong contention for the super twins title but feel a little disappointed that we are not five points better off.
The red flag robbed Derek of the win and we feel it was not really necessary to stop the race as Michael Sweeney’s crash was a minor one.
However, we have to accept the result and I know the official who stopped the race had rider safety in mind and did what he thought was best in the heat of the moment.”
Words by Stevie Rial