McGee untouchable at wet Walderstown

Picture: Derek Wilson

Derek McGee once again put on a dominant show at his home Race Of The South road races at Walderstown, winning all four races he entered.

Dubliner Derek Sheils decided to sit out this meeting saying he needed time to get over the tragic events of the past week, posting on social media:

“I have decided to sit Walderstown out this weekend to stew on things. After the guts of 10 years sharing a grid with William [Dunlop] and getting to know him plus being a fan and an admirer his accident sort of got to me in a way I’m finding hard to compartmentalise as we normally do…

“Also with the incident at the Southern where James lost his life and Ivan is critically ill left me with more questions than answers. I’d like to thank John Burrows who has been understanding with my decision to skip the meeting and wish everyone going a successful and safe weekend. I’d like to pass on my condolences to James [Cowton] family and friends.”

Held in stark contrast to the perfect conditions of the past few race meetings, the Irish weather was back to its normal. McGee had a lights-to-flag win in an extremely wet Open race, beating up and coming Cookstown Burrows Engineering Suzuki star Davey Todd by 3.8 seconds, Thomas Maxwell was third and last week’s Skerries winner Michael Sweeney fourth, more than 13 seconds behind McGee.

He followed this with another win in the Supersport race, again it was Todd who was runner up with Kevin Fitzpatrick third.

The Supertwins was an unchallenged victory as he set a blistering pace in the difficult conditions. Todd had his third runner-up finish of the day, James Chawke taking the last step on the podium.

With The weather improving slightly for the Feature race, Todd put in a last attempt to deny McGee a clean sweep. In the drying conditions he managed to hang on to the back of the Mullingar Missile for a couple of laps, but McGee was having none of it and pulled the pin, eventually taking the flag 6.8 seconds ahead of Todd with Maxwell getting another podium in third.

In the other championship races, William Hara won the Senior Support race from Barry Sheehan and John Cahill was third.

Barry Davidson was the winner of 250-350 classic race and Robert McRum won the 500cc-1000cc classic.

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