2019 Cookstown 100: Sheils bags Superbike pole - Bikesport News

2019 Cookstown 100: Sheils bags Superbike pole

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Derek Sheils has bagged pole position for tomorrow’s KDM Cookstown 100 Superbike race on a day where racing was brought to a halt because of rain.

Sheils, on his Burrows Engineering/RK Racing Suzuki, is hoping to add to his three-year unbeaten tally on a Superbike around the Orittor circuit topped the timesheets in this afternoon’s qualifying session with a lap time of 1’ 25.164 seconds.

Derek McGee on his Kawasaki ZX-10R was second quickest 0.135 seconds behind and Adam McLean, McAdoo Kawasaki, will start from third spot on the grid with Paul Jordan fourth who is competing on his Yamaha R6.

This evening’s Superbike race was postponed until tomorrow due to bad weather.

In the Supersport class, it was Mulingar’s McGee who threw down the gauntlet, lapping 0.4 seconds quicker than McLean. Local man Paul Jordan was a further four-tenths back closely chased by Michael Sweeney and Sheils.

McGee also posted the quickest time in the Moto3/125 session just shy of three seconds quicker than Nigel Moore and Kevin Fitzpatrick in third.

Michael Sweeney is on pole for the Supertwin races as the first session having an advantage of being held in dry conditions. McLean was second with a deficit of 0.2 seconds.

As the second session started the rain started to fall scuppering race favourite McGee’s chances of a quickest time on his KMR Kawasaki 650. He did however post the quickest time of that session 2.6 seconds ahead of Neil Kernohan.

There were two races held before proceedings were halted, Ben Rea won the Royal Hotel Open B race, Lloyd Collins was second and Jonathan Gormley was third.

Ben Plant won the Bill Eastwood Contracts/ Drew Stewart/Greenvale Hotel combined Junior and Senior support B race from James Cottrell and Stephen Carr.

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