Both Derek Sheils and Derek McGee notched up Superbike wins at today’s KDM Cookstown 100 road races but it was the Mullingar man who took a majority of the spoils.
In a rescheduled programme due to the ever-changing weather conditions, first out was the Moto3/125 race. McGee on an ex-grand prix Honda took a comfortable win beating Nigel Moore to the flag by 2.867s with Kevin Fitpatrick third.
He followed this up with a win in the Supertwin class, this time his winning margin was a lot less, only half a second between him and Adam McLean with pole man Michael Sweeney in third a further, a 1.2s behind.
The first Superbike race which – postponed from Friday evening – Sheils on the new look Suzuki Burrows Engineering/Richardson Kelly GSX-R1000 extend his unbeaten run at the venue to six in a row.
Sheils led from the off and as Mclean and McGee traded places for the runner-up spot he opened a gap at the front taking the flag 3.3s ahead of the battling duo. McLean finished second and McGee third.
McLean on his McAdoo Racing Kawasaki was declared the winner of the Supersport race which cut to four laps when the red flags came out due to a Recticel bale which had been blown onto the circuit. McGee was second and Paul Jordan third on his Alistair Russell Yamaha R6.
In the second Superbike outing, McGee took the win to complete his hat-trick for the day. The race was red flagged twice and declared after three laps in the second restart. McGee’s win ended the dominant run that Sheils had held in this event over the past few years. McLean was third and Sweeney fourth.