Record entry for Cookstown ‘100’
Wednesday, 12 April 2017
THE countdown for the 2017 KDM Hire Cookstown 100 is well and truly on, with just 18 days to go, writes Baylon McCaughey.
Stroud's Dan Cooper is the latest addition to the entry list. At a packed press launch last week, the club announced a record entry for this year's event, with over 200 entries received.
This will also mean, more races. At time of print the schedule has 21 practice sessions, and four races on the Friday, and 16 races on Saturday.
Cooper, an ex-British 125cc champion, will be joined at the meeting by Guy Martin and 2016 double Superbike winner Derek Sheils on a Cookstown B.E. Racing Suzuki.
He will ride a 600cc Honda and an ER6 Kawasaki at the second Irish national road race of the season.
Martin will be on board the new Honda Fireblade SP2 Superstock machine in the open and feature races at Cookstown, while there remains a possibility that Michael Dunlop will make his roads bow on the Bennetts Suzuki.
Other notable entries for the race include Mullingar's Derek McGee, McAdoo Racing recruit James Cowton, Michael Sweeney, Paul Jordan, Adam McLean and newcomer Alistair Kirk.
Roads close for practice on Friday, 28 April from 12 noon and from 10am on Saturday for racing.
Paul Jordan, who was the 2017 Man of the Meeting award winner will also make his debut on the Evoloution Camping BMW at the Cookstown 100
Thanks to excellent weather, there was a large turnout of stalls and visitors at the Bi Annual Bike show on Saturday last.
The Organisers wish to say a Special thanks to all the riders who gave up their time and to everyone who supported this charity event.
The show was opened by Aussie BSB star, Josh Brookes, who spent the day mingling with the crowds and signing autographs.
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