Comeback double for Sheils at Killalane

Picture: Derek Wilson

Derek Sheils made his return to Irish racing in dominant form at Killlane’s East Coast Racing Festival this weekend.

This was Sheils first outing at an Irish event having taken time out to think about his future in road racing following the death of William Dunlop at Skerries in July.

He closed the 2018 season off by blitzing the opposition in the Open Final at the County Dublin circuit, winning the race eighteen seconds ahead of local man Michael Sweeney with Paul Jordan in third.

Earlier in the day, Sheils also won the first sSuperbike race – this time by a closer margin of 0.139 seconds after being pushed all the way by Sweeney. Jordan finished third on his Supersport machine.

Derek McGee maintained his unbeaten run at national level and secured the Supersport 600 Championship with a victory in the opening 600 race which was carried over from Saturday after rain brought an early halt to the day’s proceedings.

This added to the Superbike and Supertwin Championships which he had already won prior to the Killalane event.

It was McGee’s first outing since his crash at the Ulster Grand Prix and was a close fought battle with Jordan, Sheils and Sweeney all having time in the lead, but at the chequered flag it was McGee at the front, followed closely by Sheils and Sweeney getting the final step on the podium.

Having won the championship McGee – still not 100% fit – decided to sit out the second supersport race.

Sweeney had a reasonably easy win in the Supertwin race beating second place man Davey Todd by sixteen seconds, Stephen McKnight was third.

Five podium finishes in five races also earned Sweeney the man of the meeting award.

Having announced his retirement from road racing after this event, Paul Robinson finished his career off in style by winning the Moto3/125 race and the championship.

Starting the race nine points adrift in the championship of McGee, he managed to overhaul the deficit by taking the victory in the race and clinching the championship from McGee who only managed to finish fourth.

Liam Chawke won the Senior Support race from Wayne Sheehan and Barry Loughlin won the junior support ahead of Barry Sheehan.

Davey Morgan won the lightweight race after a close battle with Darryl Tweed.

In the classic races Phillip Shaw and Barry Davidson won in the senior and Junior classes.

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