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