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Nigel is just champion

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

TO FINISH first, first you have to finish!
A well known phrase and on Sunday last at the final road race of the 2017 race season, local rider Nigel Moore led the 125 championship by a mere two points.
With Paul Robinson the odds on favourite, with his faster Moto 3 bike, all Nigel could do was keep going to the chequered flag, and that's precisely what he did, with Robinson dropping out when leading, leaving his cousin, Gary Dunlop to take his first ever road race win from Nigel, with Melissa Kennedy a fine third.
Nigel has been a model of consistency throughout the season, and his consistency has certainly paid dividends. For Dunlop, his win was also enough for him to clinch the Southern Centre Moto Three Championship from Moore.
On the other end of the scale, the Superbike Championship, Derek Sheils needed a miracle to overhaul leader, Derek McGee, who was returning following his spill at the UGP.
Despite dominating the race, Sheils on the Burrows Enginneering Suzuki won by 16 seconds from local rider Michael Sweeney, McGee inherited third following the demise of Seamus Elliot on the final lap.
Exciting newcomer, Davey Todd was making his race debut on the B.E. Racing Suzuki superstocker, and was lying third when he slipped off uninjured on lap two. Sheils did manage to take the Southern Centre Superbike championship.
In the 600 race, easily the best of the day, it was Michael Sweeney who took the narrow victory from Sheils, the pair swopping places for the last two laps.
Sweeney made it a double when he won the non-championship Darran Lindsay 600 race, when Sheils was again second. Paul Jordan was third in each race, with MGP hero Darryl Tweed in fourth. Jordan was without his Senior machine, as it is being prepared for the Oulton Park BSB meeting this weekend.
Joesph Loughlin easily won the 750 support race, to become the first recipient of the Dario Cecconi Trophy, awarded in memory of the Italian rider who lost his life in a crash at Tandragee at the beginning of the year.
Richard Ford beat Brian Mateer in the 250 classic race, where Trevor Stewart was eighth, while Sean Leonard was second in the 350 Classic race behind winner Barry Davison, but Leonard clinched the championship. Freddie Stewart was third with Ian Thompson in sixth.and Billy Lyle in eighth.
John Ella was best of the 250 runners in the 400 race, which was won by Seamus Elliot, but it was second place man, Paul Gartland who took his first road race title.
Joesph Loughlin was in the lead of the 400 support race when it was red flagged due to heavy rain and strong winds
Following a meeting and inspection of the circuit, the stewards decided to end the meeting, with lying water and leaves around the circuit, bringing the 2017 road race season to a somewhat premature end.
McCord second / Farmer takes double
Jordan McCord recorded his best ever finish in the latest round of the KTM series at Silverstone last weekend.
Making his debut at the Towcester circuit, McCord was over five seconds adrift after his first practice, and in qualifying, things didn't improve, dropping down to 10th and over six seconds behind the polesetter.
But come race time, and the Sandholes rider was in fine form, dicing for the lead, before making a mistake, losing valuable time. Nevertheless, he took second place, only a second behind the winner. Unfortunately, due to heavy rain, his second race was cancelled.
At the same venue, Clogher Bullet Keith Farmer extended his lead to an amazing 103 points, and scored another double in the British 600 Championship; not bad going for someone who didn't have a seat at the start of the year!
B.E Racing
THE 2017 Irish road racing season ended with the Carole Nash East Coast Racing event on the Killalane circuit and once again the Cookstown Burrows Engineering Racing team were to the fore with two riders competing for the John Burrows owned team.
On Killalane duty alongside mainstay Derek Sheils was 21-year-old rising star Davey Todd who had the use of the team's new GSXR 1000 Superstock machine and one of the Kawasaki Supertwins.
Unfortunately, the Grand Final was cancelled due to bad weather so Sheils and Todd only had one Superbike race to compete in - the final round of the Irish Superbike Championship.
Riding the formidable Cookstown Burrows Engineering Racing GSXR 1000, Sheils dominated the race and won by 16 seconds while Todd was unfortunate not to join his new team mate on the podium. The English lad was in a great battle for second place with Michael Sweeney when he suffered a low speed crash.
Davy Woods Memorial meeting
This weekend is a two day meeting at Bishopscourt, for the annual Davy Woods Memorial meeting. There is a top class entry for this meeting, with practice and one set of races on Saturday.

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