2019 Tandragee 100: McGee takes four wins

Picture: Derek Wilson

Derek McGee was once again the man to beat at the 2019 Tandragee 100 road races with the reigning Irish roads Superbike champion winning four out of the five races he entered.

His only defeat of the meeting was in the first Superbike race in which Derek Sheils took victory.

McGee opened the meeting with a win in the first clash of the day, the Supersport race, a thrilling battle between himself and Adam McLean.

McGee led off the line closely followed by McLean with Sheils not far off the pace. The leading pair eventually broke clear of Sheils in the second half of the race to fight it out for the win.

McLean moved to the front on the third lap but McGee wasn’t giving in. With barely a bike length between them, on the penultimate lap McGee again took the lead only to lose it again as they entered the final lap of the 5.3 mile circuit.

McLean couldn’t hold off the Mullingar man who in the final part of the race forced his way back to the front taking the chequered flag 0.3 seconds in front of McLean. Sheils took third place ten seconds behind the winning pair and Michael Sweeney a further fifteen seconds in arrears.

In the opening Superbike race, it was again pole sitter McGee who led from the start this time his main challenge camefrom Sheils. McGee held the lead for the first half of the race with Sheils in close contention until the Dublin man pulled the pin and made his move to the front opening a slight gap.

McGee made a final charge and closed the gap but Sheils held on taking his second Superbike win of the year 0.4 seconds from McGee in second and McLean in third. Michael Sweeney was fourth and Shaun Anderson completed the top five.

McGee and pole man McLean set the pace in the Supertwin race. The pair were in their own race at the front until on the final lap McLean ran wide crashing out heavily immediately bringing out the red flags. A statement from McAdoo Racing Team said

“Adam is in the Royal Hospital, Belfast after an accident in the Supertwin race. He has arm, shoulder and pelvic injuries but is in really good spirits and making jokes in the hospital.

“So proud of the lad. Twenty-two-years old and pushing to win these races against way more experienced guys.”

Due to his injuries McLean is expected to miss the W 200 which starts in just over two weeks time.

The race was declared giving McGee the win, Sweeney second and Neil Kernohan third.

The feature Superbike race was another close battle between Sheils and McGee with Sweeny in close contention. The trio in close formation for the entire race.

McGee determined to make amends for the first big bike outing held the lead until the penultimate lap when Sheils made his move, his lead however was short-lived and McGee was back in the lead which he managed to hold for the remainder of the race taking the win, his fourth of the day by 0.195 seconds, Sheils was runner up and Sweeney third.

Guy Martin marked his return to road racing in the classic race with a win on his BSA Rocket.

Andy McAllister won the Senior support race from Darren Keys and Darryl Anderson.

Derek McGee won the Moto3 race, Gary Dunlop was second and Nigel Moore third.

The Junior Support race was won by Kevin Baker from Eoin O’Siochru and Vinny Brennan.

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