The ‘Mullin gar Mis­sile’ equals last year’s tally

Fingal Independent - - SPORT -

MO­TOR Cy­cling Ire­land has sup­plied me with the Ir­ish and South­ern Cen­tre Road Race fi­nal cham­pi­onships, as well as in­for­ma­tion on new Grass Track dates and clubs.

The 2018 sea­son has seen Derek Mcgee equal his Ir­ish Cham­pi­onship tally from last year, and he be­came the first-ever rider to win three cham­pi­onships back to back, and just missed out on a record fourth with Paul Robin­son tak­ing the Moto 3 class at East Coast.

Mcgee took the 650 Su­per­twin class, with Sk­er­ries rider Micko Sweeney fin­ish­ing in eighth. In the 600 class, Mcgee just beat Sweeney by five points, but there was a big­ger gap in the Su­per­bike class, with Sweeney fin­ish­ing 32 points adrift of the ‘Mullingar Mis­sile’. Mcgee also took the 125/Moto 3 South­ern Cen­tre cham­pi­onship, beat­ing Gary Dun­lop, with Sean Leonard fin­ish­ing in sev­enth place, while in the 600 class he had a seven-point win over Micko Sweeney, with Andy Far­rell fin­ish­ing in sev­enth place. Mcgee made it a dou­ble hat-trick in the Su­per­bike class, where Micko Sweeney fin­ished in fourth. Mcgee had to set­tle for run­ner-up in the 650 class where he was beaten by Davy Todd, with Micko fin­ish­ing fifth.

Back to the Ir­ish Cham­pi­onship, and it was John Ella who took the 250 class, with Manx Grand Prix dou­ble win­ner Dar­ryl Tweed tak­ing the 400 class, and he also took the South­ern Cen­tre to cap off a great sea­son. Davy Howard fin­ished in sixth place.

The Shee­han brothers Barry and Wayne had a great year, with Duleek res­i­dent Barry tak­ing the Ir­ish, Ul­ster and South­ern Cen­tre Ju­nior Sup­port cham­pi­onships, while his brother Wayne took the Ir­ish, Ul­ster and South­ern Cen­tre Se­nior Sup­port ti­tles.

In the Clas­sic classes, Brian Ma­teer scored a fine tre­ble, win­ning the 250 Ir­ish, Ul­ster and South­ern ti­tles, while Barry David­son took five cham­pi­onships for his sea­son’s work. He won the Ir­ish, and South­ern 350 and 500 classes, while he also took the 350 Ul­ster Cen­tre cham­pi­onships. Ed Manly fin­ished run­ner-up in the 350 Ir­ish and South­ern, while Sean Leonard fin­ished fourth in the Ir­ish and South­ern, and sixth in the 500 class.

Phillip Shaw had a record-equalling seven Ir­ish 250 Clas­sic ti­tles up to last year, and this year the qui­etly spo­ken English rider took the 1,000cc Ir­ish and South­ern cham­pi­onships.

The South­ern Cen­tre awards will be pre­sented as part of the Loughshinny Clubs Awards night on Satur­day Novem­ber 24th in The Hills Cricket Club, with ad­mis­sion set at €10. The Spe­cial awards for Sk­er­ries, as well at the club road race and short cir­cuit cham­pi­onship, will also take place on the night.

The fol­low­ing pro­vi­sional road race dates have also been sup­plied to me, with Cook­stown kick­ing off the sea­son on April 26th/27th, with Tan­dragee on May 3rd/4th. The North West is on May 14th/16th/18th. Kells is pen­cilled on for June 14th/15th/16th, with En­niskillen on June 29th/30th.

Sk­er­ries are set for Satur­day and Sun­day July 6th/7th, with Walder­stown the fol­low­ing week­end - the 13th/14th. Faugh­een will again be the third week­end of July 20th/21st, with Ar­moy fin­ish­ing off a busy month on Fri­day and Satur­day July 26th/27th. The Ul­ster Grand Prix is on Au­gust 7th/8th and 10th, with a date for a race in Cork on Au­gust 31st and Septem­ber 1st. East Coast will fin­ish off the sea­son on Septem­ber 7th/8th.

There are two new clubs run­ning three Grass Track meet­ings be­tween them over the next few weeks, with the Fin­gal off Road Club run­ning next Sun­day. I have no venue for this, and the Rath­drum Off-road Club are run­ning an event on Sun­day 21st Oc­to­ber. There is an­other event sched­uled to be run by the Fin­gal Off-road Club on Sun­day Oc­to­ber 18th.

Brain Ma­teer (87) took three road race 250 Clas­sic Cham­pi­onships, and he is fol­lowed in this pic­ture by Barry David­son who took five road race cham­pi­onship dur­ing the sea­son in the 350 and 500 class. Photo: Jack Corry

Derek Mcgee had an ex­cel­lent sea­son, tak­ing six cham­pi­onships as well as a se­cond place at the TT in the Su­per­twin class. Photo: Jack Corry

Davy Todd took the Su­per­twin 650 South­ern Cen­tre Cham­pi­onship at East Coast in his first full Ir­ish road race sea­son. Photo: Jack Corry

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