Derek show continues at Walderstown Race of the South

Picture: Derek Wilson

Following their superb performances at Skerries last week Dereks Sheils and McGee both took Superbike wins at Walderstown Race Of The South at the weekend.

In the first race of the day, the Open, Shiels led the charge off the line and it looked like the race was going to go his way, but a very rare mistake saw him drop back to fifth place leaving the battle for the win between Derek McGee and William Dunlop, this being Dunlop’s first outing since the Isle Of Man TT.

McGee managed to hold off the rapidly-gaining Dunlop and took the chequered flag a fraction under a second ahead of the Ballymoney man with Michael Sweeney in third, Sheils managed to gain a place back finished in fourth place his first defeat at an Irish National Superbike race this year.

In the second big bike feature race, The Grand Final saw Sheils make amends for his earlier defeat taking a lights to flag win, beating McGee to the finish by nearly six seconds with William Dunlop third.

The 600 supersport class provided great entertainment as usual with a four-way scrap between Adam McClean, William Dunlop, Paul Jordan and Derek McGee. As the laps counted down McGee fell out of contention retiring from second place leaving Dunlop and McClean going into the final lap neck and neck, at the line McClean claimed the win for MSS Kawasaki with Dunlop second and Jordan third with less than one second covering the top three.

Joe Loughlin was the talk of the meeting as he continued his impressive form winning the main supertwin race from Adam McClean and Derek Sheils, Loughlin also won the non-championship Padraig Campbell memorial race as well as both championship and non-championship senior support race wins giving him four wins in a day and the man of the meeting award.

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