Joey’s RC45 the star attraction at Faugheen

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Joey’s RC45 the star attraction at Faugheen thumbnailJason Lynn, now back on top of the Mondello Masters championship after two wins at the weekend.

THE iconic RC45 Honda, that took Joey Dunlop to the emphatic victory over David Jeffries on the 1000 V&M Yamaha at the 1999 Ulster Grand Prix, will be in action at this weekend's Faugheen 50 road races.

Thanks to Gary Dunlop, the machine will get an airing by two of our top road racers, Derek Sheils and Derek McGee.  

Speaking ahead of his run out on this machine, regining Superbike champion, Derek Sheils said: "It's not everyday you get asked if you want to ride your childhood hero's bike. What an honour to have a run on Joey Dunlop's iconic RC45 at the Faugheen 50 road races.

Big Thanks to Gary Dunlop for giving me this opportunity!"

Practice takes place on Saturday at 1pm, with racing on Sunday from 11am. There is camping available, €10 for spot and €20 per adult for entry of races for the weekend.


Lynne edges ahead

Jason Lynne edged ahead in the Mondello Masters Championships last weekend following a double and a second place. After setting pole, Lynn then crashed out when he touched a wet white line and slid for some distance, thankfully without injury.

In race one he blitzed the opposition by winning by 7 seconds, something not heard of in 600 raciing these days. His nearest challenger, Ross Patterson was second, with rising star Eunan McGlinchey third and best of the cup runners.

Race two saw Patterson crash out  on the final lap whilst chasing Lynn,  who went on to take the win. Patterson made amends in race three taking victory, with Lynn wisely settling for second and valuable points.

Richie Ryan looked set to repeat his treble from the previous meeting in the Superbike class, but slid out of contention in the final race, leaving Charles Stuart to take his maiden win at this level.

Earlier in the day, Brian McCormack showed form of old when he took the lead, only to crash out the following lap, leaving his machine in quite a sorry state. He now faces a race against time to be ready for Faugheen next weekend.

Eunan McGlinchey showed why he is the best up and coming rider by again mixing his production twin with the supertwins.  Alan Kenny topped the pre injection class and in doing so set a new class record.


Billy McAlister

Former Race Secretary for the Cookstown and Dist, MCC, Billy McAlister has sadly passed away following a short illness.

A lifelong motor cycle race supporter, Billy attended races here and on the mainland as well as his favourite, the IOM TT.  

Along with Raymond Turkington and Harry Acheson, they formed a small race team, (TMA Racing) and sponsored the late Courtney Junk on 250 and 350 Yamahas.

Billy's popularity was shown by the large crowd that attended his funeral last Thursday, which included some former motor cycle racers from the 60s, including Billy McCosh.

On behalf of the Tyrone Courier motor cycle readers and motor cycle fans everywhere, our deepest sympathies go to Billy's family and family circle.


Young guns back on track

Budding young speed competitors Lewis Mullen and Jack Burrows were both back in action last weekend.

For Lewis Mullen, it was a very successful day at the Irish Youth Meeting at Desertmartin, where the Newmills rider took  three third placings on his KTM.

On to four wheels, and in between road races, the Burrows Engineering team were at Nutts Corner on Saturday for the Ulster Karting Club's meeting, where Jack Burrows took two wins and two seconds to give him the overall win.

The team then drove down south the Athboy for the TKC Championships, where, from a grid of 18, Jack Burrows went on to take an amazing first, second and third places!


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