Sheils in super form as Jordan is hot Tipp for future
A terrific day of racing during the Faugheen 50 road race meeting in Co. Tipperary yesterday saw John Burrows' Cookstown BE Racing rider Derek Sheils come away with two Superbike race wins, a new outright lap record, a second in Supersport and third in the Supertwin race.
In the Open race over six laps of the fast, bumpy 2.2mile circuit, Dubliner Sheils had to withstand early pressure from Derek McGee, but was soon in control and on the fifth lap of six set a fastest lap of 105.731mph to take a six second victory over Mullingar's McGee, who had four seconds to spare over Michael Sweeney in third.
Magherafelt rider Paul Jordan rode a terrific race on the Evolution Camping machine to finish a creditable fourth just a fraction of a second behind Sweeney and over 23 seconds ahead of seasoned roads campaigner Davy Morgan.
The absolute lap record of 106.464mph (a third of a second inside his own record) came on the third lap of the Grand Final which Sheils, on his Suzuki, totally dominated from start to finish taking the chequered flag 15.827sec ahead of McGee who had five and a half seconds to spare over Sweeney again in third.
Jordan again demonstrated his talent in fourth with Graeme Kennedy and Morgan completing the top six.
Jordan's moment of glory came in the six lap Supersport race where he rode the Team IMR Kawasaki to three-quarter of a second victory, the first for the partnership in the class, over Sheils on the Cookstown BE Honda.
Sweeney again stood on the rostrum in third position with McGee dropping to fourth, 13 seconds ahead of Raymond Casey in fifth.
Twenty-four year old Joseph Loughlin, from Castleblaney, had an equally impressive day taking three race wins with three lap records, the most notable his Supertwin victory in which he came out on top of a three-way duel with McGee and Sheils to win by less than half a second from McGee with Sheils a further quarter of a second back in third.
Loughlin's lap record came on lap four with a lap of 98.951mph.
He won both the Junior and Senior Support races taking the Senior race by 25secs from David Howard and the lap record of 99.873mph on lap three and the Junior race by 15 seconds from County Cork rider Michael Browne with another lap record of 97.3mph.
Armoy rider Paul Robinson won the 125/Moto3 race on his Honda from McGee and Neil Kernohan, who won the 250cc race from 400cc winner Seamus Elliott.