2020 Cookstown 100: Sheils bags Superbike pole

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Derek Sheils will start tomorrow’s Cookstown 100 road races on pole position but up until the last minute it was doubtful if the Dubliner would be competing after a mis-understanding with his entry.

Following a wet start to the day causing a delay to the start of qualifying Sheils - a dominant force at Cookstown over the past few years - topped today’s time sheets on his new Roadhouse Macau BMW with a lap time of 1’26 seconds around the 2.1mile Orritor circuit.

He was two seconds quicker than his nearest rival and fellow Southern Irish rider Thomas Maxwell with Michael Sweeney third quickest.

Local man Paul Jordan, on his debut road race for John Burrows Burrows Engineering/RK Racing team, set the target in the first session with a time of 1’29 seconds but this was no match for multi-Cookstown winner Sheils.

Adam McLean - in his first road race since his crash at last year’s Tandragee - was fifth quickest on his McAdoo Racing Kawasaki.

McLean made amends in the Supersport session he will start tomorrow’s 600 race on pole after a blistering final lap in the session of 1’26 seconds with Paul Jordan second quickest almost a second in arrears and Darryl Tweed third and Michael Sweeney fourth.

McLean also set the fastest time in the Supertwins ahead of McAdoo team mate Darryl Tweed and Michael Sweeney.