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Walderstown: Qualifying Round Up

Day 1 of competition at the latest instalment of the hugely popular Walderstown Road Races, saw Irish roads royalty, next gen stars, seasoned campaigners produce an array of tumultuous performances.

Re producing the form that took him to five wins in a day at the newly reincarnated Enniskillen Road Races, Mullingar’s Derek McGee powered to a hat trick of four stroke class pole positions.

Quickest in the Open, Supersport and Super Twins qualifying sessions by over 1 second, the reigning Irish road race Superbike champion underlined why many make him favourite to scoop this weekend, multiple class victories.

Photo by Tommy Vennard

Nearest pursuer to the on top form McGee in Open, Supersport qualifying was Martin Jones Racing’s Michael Sweeney, whilst the challenge to the Bennetts Lightweight TT runner up within Super Twins qualifying was lead by second quickest TT newcomer in history, Cookstown BE Racing’s Davey Todd.

Fans favourite Stephen Morrison topped the Lightweight 400 time sheets as 2nd, 3rd, 4th quickest Brian Loughlin, Aaron Boyd and Gillian McGaw also showed a deft touch on 400 machinery.

Junior Support qualifying honours went to Niall Power, who held off the attentions of fellow next gen roads stars Liam Chawke and Enniskillen victor Darryl Anderson to scoop pole position.

William Hara edged out Wayne Sheehan by just over tenth of a second to head the Senior Support time sheets, whilst classics specialist Barry Davidson reigned supreme in Junior 350 Classics qualifying.

Remaining racers to secure pole positions from a safe, enterprising, compelling day of roads action at Walderstown which also saw Barry Sheehan, Thomas Molloy victorious in the Junior Support Non Championship, Junior Support Non Qualifiers races were Brian Mateer (Junior 250 Classics), Ed Manly (Senior 500 Classics) and Richard Ford (Senior 1000 Classics).

Results per class from today’s qualifying sessions, are as follows:

Open:

1 Derek McGee 1.07.767
2 Michael Sweeney 1.08.786
3 Davey Todd 1.09.912
4 Thomas Maxwell 1.10.355
5 Kevin Fitzpatrick 1.11.435
6 Daniel Mettam 1.12.639
7 Andy Farrell 1.12.718
8 James Chawke 1.13.267
9 Darryl Tweed 1.14.152
10 Damian Horan 1.15.115
11 Paul Fallon 1.15.181
12 Noel Carroll 1.15.947
13 Forest Dunn 1.16.070
14 Graham Kennedy 1.16.786
15 David Murphy 1.19.997

Lightweight 400:

1 Stephen Morrison 1.23.762
2 Brian Loughlin 1.25.230
3 Aaron Boyd 1.25.761
4 Gillian McGaw 1.25.929
5 Michael Hoey 1.28.760
6 RJ Woolsey 1.30.501

Senior Support:

1 William Hara 1.16.608
2 Wayne Sheehan 1.16.719
3 Tommy Heaphy 1.17.173
4 Liam Chawke 1.17.448
5 Kevin Baker 1.17.699
6 John Cahill 1.18.138
7 Darragh Burke 1.18.236
8 Dermot Cleary 1.18.333
9 Matt Donaldson 1.18.532
10 Niall Power 1.18.856
11 Noel Smith 1.18.905
12 Aron Hatch 1.19.106
13 Stuart McCann 1.19.391
14 Jordan McFerran 1.19.646
15 Darryl Anderson 1.20.195
16 Barry Sheehan 1.20.714
17 Martin Currams 1.20.893
18 Robert Cairns 1.21.947
19 Michael Hoey 1.23.069
20 John Byrne 1.25.264
21 Thomas McEvoy 1.26.400
22 RJ Woolsey 1.26.809

Junior 250 Classics:

1 Brian Mateer 1.32.930
2 Philip Shaw 1.34.306
3 Richard Ford 1.34.586
4 Ken Parkes 1.35.577
5 Trevor Stewart 2.03.675
6 Dave Brough 2.17.736

Junior 350 Classics:

1 Barry Davidson 1.28.423
2 Ed Manly 1.31.989
3 Sean Leonard 1.33.930
4 Herbie Ronan 1.34.134
5 Freddie Stewart 1.34.742
6 Andy Kildea 1.36.852
7 Gearoid Hoare 1.36.868
8 Ian Thompson 1.38.591
9 Mark McCloskey 1.38.972
10 Michael Brady 1.39.148
11 Kevin Callan 1.41.687
12 Paul McMahon 1.42.711

Senior 500 Classics:

1 Ed Manly 1.25.934
2 Barry Davidson 1.28.340
3 Freddie Stewart 1.29.522
4 John Leigh Pemberton 1.29.607
5 Sean Leonard 1.31.973
6 Billy Lyle 1.33.118
7 Gary Jamison 1.34.283
8 David Carleton 1.34.824
9 Andy Kildea 1.34.916

Senior 1000 Classics:

1 Richard Ford 1.23.694
2 Robert McCrum 1.24.904
3 Philip Shaw 1.33.770
4 Trevor Stewart 1.52.589
5 Dave Brough 1.58.823

Super Twins:

1 Derek McGee 1.12.391
2 Davey Todd 1.15.007
3 James Chawke 1.16.019
4 Andy Farrell 1.16.414
5 Thomas Maxwell 1.16.704
6 William Hara 1.20.185
7 John Ella 1.20.817
8 Michael Gibbons 1.20.890
9 Brian Loughlin 1.21.932
10 Thomas Molloy 1.21.947
11 Ben Mullane 1.22.372
12 Ray Sheeran 1.22.841
13 Darren O’Rourke 1.23.300
14 Martin Currams 1.23.484
15 Brendan Flynn 1.26.159

Junior Support:

1 Niall Power 1.19.970
2 Liam Chawke 1.20.732
3 Darryl Anderson 1.21.035
4 Michael Gillan 1.21.816
5 Brian Loughlin 1.22.076
6 Ben Mullane 1.22.139
7 Thomas Molloy 1.22.465
8 Stephen Morrison 1.22.565
9 Barry Sheehan 1.22.634
10 Ray Sheeran 1.22.867
11 Michael Gibbons 1.22.961
12 Gillian McGaw 1.23.272
13 John Byrne 1.23.471
14 Jason Cash 1.23.672
15 Martin Currams 1.23.863
16 Robert Cairns 1.24.171
17 James Cottrell 1.24.199
18 Aaron Hatch 1.24.401
19 John Cahill 1.24.600
20 Dominic Cottrell 1.24.667
21 Nigel Colgan 1.24.697
22 Aaron Boyd 1.25.556
23 Brendan Flynn 1.26.972
24 Anthony Derrane 1.30.533
25 Gearoid Hoare 1.31.791
26 Nigel McAuley 1.32.093

Supersport:

1 Derek McGee 1.09.526
2 Michael Sweeney 1.10.537
3 Davey Todd 1.10.847
4 James Chawke 1.11.972
5 Andy Farrell 1.12.379
6 Thomas Maxwell 1.12.751
7 Daniel Mettam 1.12.865
8 Kevin Fitzpatrick 1.12.998
9 Darryl Tweed 1.13.152
10 Damian Horan 1.14.735
11 Forest Dunn 1.15.684
12 Paul Fallon 1.15.878
13 Tommy Heaphy 1.17.482
14 Noel Carroll 1.17.990
15 John Ella 1.18.682
16 David Murphy 1.19.112

Words by Stevie Rial

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