Sheils takes magnificent Skerries hat-trick - Bikesport News

Sheils takes magnificent Skerries hat-trick

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Derek Sheils took a magnificent treble at the Skerries 100 road races. In the scorching sunshine, the Dublin rider on his Burrows Engineering/RK Racing Suzuki won the Open, Supersport and Grand Final races in front of a huge crowd at the county Dublin venue.

He opened his account in the Open Race leading from the start but the race was red-flagged after English rider Forest Dunn crashed out and was taken to hospital with a broken collar bone.

Sheils was declared the winner, Michael Sweeney’s MJR BMW was second with James Chawke, Steven Procter and Darryl Tweed completing the top five.

Sheils followed this up with a win in the Supersport race. Local man Sweeney took the lead from the start as Sheils dropped back into third place. He soon made up for the poor start reeling Sweeney in and eventually making his move to the front on the third lap.

Sweeney made a final attempt to regain the lead but Sheils kept his cool and held on to take the win with only 0.046 seconds separating them at the flag.

Sheils made it a hat-trick of wins winning the feature race, the Grand Final. He showed his class leading from the off a lead he held for the 8 lap at the flag his advantage was 6.6 seconds ahead of Sweeney, Mike Browne was third, the first 600cc machine home followed by Neil Kernohan and Tweed.

Sweeney had a win in the Supertwin race 1.7 seconds ahead of fellow Skerries man Andy Farrell and Kernohan. This win earned him enough championship points to lift the man of the meeting award.

Gary Dunlop’s Joey’s Bar Honda had his third win on the trot with a victory in the Moto3/125 race. Melissa Kennedy was runner up and Nigel Moore was third.

Guy Martin who had a last minute entry won the 500cc-1000cc classic race.

Vinny Brennan won continued his good form in the Junior Support race, while Darren Keys won the Senior Support race.

Kernohan took a win on his 250 ahead of Davy Morgan in the 250-400 Championship race.

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