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Dunlop adds name to stellar entry list for Cookstown 100

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Dunlop adds name to stellar entry list for Cookstown 100 thumbnailGuy Martin will be hoping for a better result at this week's KDM Hire Cookstown 100.

IT WAS a frustrating return to road racing for Guy Martin last Saturday at Tandragee.

Guy managed to complete just a couple of miles before tangling with local ace Paul Jordan, but thankfully both crashed without injury.

The feature really needs to get two results at the KDM Hire Cookstown '100' this weekend to go towards getting his mountain licence for his IOM TT return.

Guy Martin's presence this Friday and Saturday should hopefully swell the influx of spectators to the popular Tyrone venue.

Indeed, this is the first time since the heyday of Joey Dunlop and Honda Britain that an official Honda rider has graced the Cookstown '100'

At Tandragee, Derek Sheils was the only rider to lap under the three minute barrier as he won the superbike race, just shy of the lap record.

Another boost for road race fans is the appearance of newcomer Dan Cooper, winner of the Supertwin class at the Ulster Grand Prix.

Whilst the attention may be well focused on Guy Martin's appearance, let's not forget the other high calibre riders in action.

Derek Sheils will again be on board the local based Burrows Engineering Team machines.

Last year's man of the meeting, Paul Jordan, will be in action on the ex Tarran Mackenzie Kawasaki, and will also make his debut on the Evoloution Camping BMW Superstock in the Superbike races.

Add in Derek McGee, the runaway winner at Tandragee in the 600 class, and it is sure to be a tightly contested affair.

Dunlop confirmed

Despite suggestions he may be racing elsewhere, William Dunlop has confirmed he will compete in the Cookstown '100'.

William was penciled in to compete at Snetterton this weekend, as he would get more track time on his 600,

However, with the last minute run out last Saturday on the ex MarTrain Yamaha, he will now be able to avail of four races.

 

William Dunlop is regarded by many as favourite for Supersport honours, unbeaten in the dry for the past couple of seasons in this class, but with the performances of Derek McGee at Tandragee last Saturday, it will certainly make interesting racing.

Brian McCormack will also make his debut on the WP Racing Yamaha in the 600 race.

In the support classes, Joseph Loughlin, Jamie Williams, Michael Browne and Oisin Watson are all entered while international riders include Michael Dukopil, Matthias Winklenjohann, Veronika Hanckovy, Takos Vassilios and Roger Chen.

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