With barely time to draw breath, we headed south east to Carrick-on-suir six days later, for the Faugheen 50 where the fine weather was reinstated and a terrific weekend of racing was promised. First off was the Junior Classic with that man Barry Davidson leading the field, flag to flag, to secure yet another win, lapping at 83.956 in the process. Ed Manly took 2nd, Herbie Ronan was challenging for 3rd when his chain came off on the run into Creamery Corner, locking the rear wheel up and being very lucky to stay upright. It was Sean Leonard who took 3rd spot with Ken Parkes and Sam Kinkead enjoying a right ding-dong to finish 4th and 5th respectively. Brian Mateer was on fire on the 250cc Suzuki and took the win a full 12 seconds ahead of Phillip Shaw with Alex Mcvicker 3rd. Less than 90 minutes later the big classics took to the grid and Richard Ford, whose 250 motor had expired on the sighting lap of the Junior race, was a man on a mission as he lapped the Bob Jackson Norton at over 87mph to take a comprehensive win, a good minute ahead of Phillip Shaw.
The 500cc class saw Ed Manly on pole and when the flag went up he shot forward, pulling distance on the rest of the field, lap after lap setting an all-new 500cc lap record on lap two and then breaking it on lap three and again on lap four until, on the final lap while shooting through Carrick Corner, he lost control of the G50 and binned it leaving Barry Davidson suitably placed to take his second win of the afternoon. Davidson and Manly have thrilled spectators for the past few years with their robust duelling on track and many might believe that there is very little love lost between the pair. However, it was both pleasing and noteworthy that, on the slowing down lap, Davidson pulled up at Carrick for Manly to hop on the back and gave him a lift back to the paddock.the 500cc finished up with John Leigh Pemberton taking 2nd and Freddie Stewart 3rd.
Barry Davidson shows determination as he chases Ed Manly in the 500cc race at Faugheen.
Mccrum checks his Weslake as Manly and Davidson prepare to pass him at the start of the Senior Race at Faugheen.
John Leigh Pemberton keeps an eye on Carrick Corner.
Davidson and Manly lead the first group away at the start of the Junior Race at Faugheen.
Ed Manly powers past spectators at Creamery Corner.