Road Racing – The Cookstown 100

Posted on 4 May, 2015 by Stephen Mahon
Derek Sheils leads the Cookstown 100 Stephen Mahon

And they’re off!

The Irish National Road Racing Season got off to a flying start at the famous “Cookstown 100” in County Tyrone on the 25th of April.

2.1-miles of narrow public roads were closed off and became a racetrack for machines ranging from 125cc to full race-spec 1000cc Superbikes.

Among the names in attendance were the cream of the Road Racing crop – England’s Guy Martin and Ireland’s William and Michael Dunlop. International riders also made the trip from as far afield as Hungary, Czech Republic, Holland, Italy and even Dubai.

The very large and enthusiastic crowd were treated to some fine racing throughout the day from all classes and even with the “standard-issue” unsettled Irish weather, the full programme of races was completed and the feature race was an absolute cracker with Derek Sheils, Guy Martin and Michael Dunlop dicing for the early lead.

Michael Dunlop looked well-placed for victory until his high-side on lap 7 called an end to the race, with Guy Martin declared the winner. Dublin’s Derek Sheils and England’s Dean Harrison took the other 2 spots on the podium.

This was Guy Martin’s second win of the day on the Tyco BMW S1000 RR Superstock bike and he will surely have a first TT win firmly in his sights this year.

All-in-all, a very good start to the season and plenty more action to come over the next few months in a jam-packed Road Racing calendar.

James Cowton getting airborne Stephen MahonJames Cowton gets air.

William Dunlop at Cookstown 100 Stephen MahonWilliam Dunlop finds a line through the leaves.

Sam Wilson on the Joeys Bar 125cc Stephen MahonSam Wilson on the Joey’s Bar 125cc.

Marc Marquez First in flight

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