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Walderstown: Derek Sheils Chalks Up ‘Race Of The South’ Superbike Pole Position

Cookstown BE Racing’s Derek Sheils chalked up pole position, for the Open and Grand Final races at Walderstown, as he continued his Superbike dominance within the Irish national roads scene.

Derek’s time of 1 minute 08.021 seconds, was in excess of 0.6 quicker than nearest pursuer Derek McGee, who in turn was just over half a second clear of William Dunlop on the Temple Golf Club limited backed YZF R1M Yamaha.

Next up on the time sheets was Martin Jones Racing’s Michael Sweeney, then it was Brian McCormack and Graham Kennedy evenly matched in finishing fifth and sixth fastest.

Paul Jordan secured seventh in qualifying, whilst former Irish road race Senior Support champion Kevin Fitzpatrick eighth quickest, was only 0.005 of a second quicker than ultra impressive Walderstown debutant, Davey Todd.

Additional notable performances included Andy Farrell 10th fastest in front of fellow roads stalwart Michael Weldon.

Walderstown ‘Race of the South’ Open/Grand Final qualifying results, as follows:

1 Derek Sheils 1.08.021
2 Derek McGee 1.08.719
3 William Dunlop 1.09.304
4 Michael Sweeney 1.09.986
5 Brian McCormack 1.11.160
6 Graham Kennedy 1.11.304
7 Paul Jordan 1.12.647
8 Kevin Fitzpatrick 1.13.260
9 Davey Todd 1.13.265
10 Andy Farrell 1.13.461
11 Michael Weldon 1.13.738
12 Paul Barron 1.13.946
13 Stephen Casey 1.14.676
14 James Chawke 1.15.214
15 Thomas Maxwell 1.15.322
16 Sean Connolly 1.15.506
17 Raymond Casey 1.15.585
18 Paul Gartland 1.15.943
19 Steve Tobin 1.16.359
20 Paul Fallon 1.19.568
21 Emmett Burke 1.21.143

Words by Stevie Rial