Sheils does a dominant double at Kells - Bikesport News

Sheils does a dominant double at Kells

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Derek Sheils put on a dominant show at the Kells Road races yesterday, winning both of the Superbike races around the County Meath Circuit.

His first outing, the open race, he led on from the off with Skerries man Michael Sweeney putting in a good effort but wasn’t up the challenge and Sheils stretched his lead taking the chequered flag just shy of six and a half seconds ahead of Sweeney with Thomas Maxwell a further seven seconds down the road in third after a race-long battle with Paul Jordan who was on his Yamaha R6 only a tenth in arrears.

In the grand final, Sheils streaked to the front and once again was never challenged when his closest rival in the Open Race dropped out on lap two, this time his winning margin was almost 15 seconds.

As in the first race Paul Jordan and Thomas Maxwell had a race long battle with Jordan coming out on top, the demise of Sweeney promoting him to second place with Maxwell taking the final step on the podium.
With two wins under his belt, Sheils was also named as man of the meeting.

In the Supersport race Sheils and Jordan battled for the lead until on lap two Sheils had to retire with a mechanical issue.

Jordan won the race 4.7 seconds in front of Michael Sweeney and Darryl Tweed in third.

Gary Dunlop won the Moto3/125 race on the Joeys Bar Honda beating Kevin Fitzpatrick by one and a half seconds with Melissa Kennedy just under a second behind in third.

The supertwin race was close fight between Andy Farrell and Kevin Baker both taking their turn at the front but it was Farrell who took the win less than a second ahead of Baker and Vinny Brennan third who was a further six seconds off the pace.

The senior support race which was named in memory of Alan Bonner who died in a crash on the Isle Of Man TT in 2017 was won by Andy McAllister.

Winner of the Junior Support race was Eoin O’Siochru. Ed Manly won the 250-350cc Classic and Richard Ford was winner in the 500-1000cc race.

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