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Skerries Road Races: Derek Shiels roars in at the double

By Paul Lindsay

Dubliner Derek Sheils took both the Open and Grand Final Superbike race victories during yesterday's Skerries Road Races in Co Dublin.

The event was tinged with great sadness after the tragic death of Dr John Hinds during Friday's practice session.

William Dunlop was second in both of the aforementioned races on his Tyco BMW, but did grab a Supersport race victory on Chris Dowd's CD/IC Racing Yamaha.

Derek McGee was second to Dunlop in the 600 race just two seconds adrift with Seamus Elliott third.

Alan Bonnar took third place behind Dunlop and Shiels in the Open race with John Walsh filling the final podium spot in the Grand Final.

Michael Dunlop was fourth in the feature event on his MD Racing BMW, but retired in the Open class.

Mullingar's Derek McGee was the winner of the Supertwins class just days after his split with Wilson Craig Racing.

Magherafelt's Paul Jordan finished second to McGee in the 650cc category, but later went on to take his debut road race win in the 125GP class.

Second and third places behind Jordan were taken by veteran racers Paul Robinson and Nigel Moore.

Sam Wilson was the 250/400cc victor on the Joey's Bar Supporters' Club Honda.

Neil Kernohan was second and Tommy Henry third, with the top six being filled out by John Ella [400cc class winner], Michal Dokoupil and David Howard.

Sheils will be highly delighted with his big bike wins on the BikeBitsNI Kawasaki, but everyone's final thoughts at the event were with the family and friends of Dr Hinds, whose passing is a huge loss to Irish motorcycling and also to the governing body's squad of medics.

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