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Sheils thrilled after powering to a Super double at the Cookstown 100

By Paul Lindsay

Published 02/05/2016

Top gear: William Dunlop on his way to winning the Supersport 2 race at the Cookstown 100
Top gear: William Dunlop on his way to winning the Supersport 2 race at the Cookstown 100

Derek Sheils was the dominant force during Saturday's KDM Hire Cookstown 100 Road Races, the Dubliner taking a delightful double in the Superbike class.

And his Cookstown B.E Racing team-mate Malachi Mitchell-Thomas made it three wins on the day for John Burrows' team after his top step in the Supertwins encounter.

Sheils cruised to the feature Cookstown 100 race victory by some 10 seconds aboard his C.B.E Racing Suzuki Superbike. His 20-year-old team-mate Mitchell-Thomas did a fine job to bring his Superstock Suzuki home in second place ahead of Manxman Dan Kneen on the Mar-Train Racing R1 Yamaha.

Sheils could well have made it a treble at the Orritor circuit having led the Supertwins race, but a mechanical issue forced him down to fifth.

He said afterwards: "I'm really pleased with my results at Cookstown and also pleased to win the big race for John and the team. They all work hard and this win is as much for them as it is for me."

Early rain showers in the County Tyrone village threatened to spoil the party, but the promoting club was able to run the full 18-race programme, with a plethora of winners and numerous talking points.

Fermanagh's Lee Johnston was the guest of honour at the event, where the East Coast Racing combatant said that he is fighting to be fully fit for the Vauxhall International North West 200 after a heavy fall at Scarborough's Spring Cup event.

The Open Superbike race saw Sheils lead from start to finish, with five seconds in hand over Mullingar's Derek McGee, with Mitchell-Thomas again on the podium in third.

Kneen was fourth ahead of Waterford's Honda-mounted Brian McCormack and William Dunlop aboard an MSS Kawasaki.

Mitchell-Thomas' Supertwins win was a hard-fought affair - just over a second covered the top four as they flashed across the line to take the chequered flag.

James Cowton and Michal Dokoupil were second and third respectively, with local man Paul Jordan right in their wheel-tracks in fourth place.

Dunlop didn't feature at the business end of proceeding in the Superbike races, but as has become the norm on the National Road Racing scene, the Ballymoney man took a healthy Supersport double.

Magherafelt's Jordan took the Moto3/125GP victory by five seconds from Adam McLean who got the better of Sam Wilson and McGhee.

Other winners on the day included James Chawke in the Junior Support race, John Horgan topped the Senior Support battle, Seamus Elliott tasted success in the 400 race and Barry Davidson was a double winner in the classic races.

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