Derek McGee dominates Enniskillen with famous five success
Mullingar’s Derek McGee was in imperious form as he joined an elite group of competitors to have won five Irish road races in a meeting during the inaugural Enniskillen Road Races on Saturday.
McGee joins Phillip McCallen, Ryan Farquhar and Joseph Loughlin after winning both Supersport races, the Supertwin and both Superbike events in blistering, hot conditions including the first running of the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council sponsored Richard Britton Memorial race over eight laps of the 3-mile Arney Circuit, where his 104.165mph fastest lap in the Open race sets the marker for future years.
Man of the Meeting McGee said, “That was a savage day. Conditions were really hot. Fair play to the Enniskillen Club getting this new road race up and running and for me to win the Richard Britton race is a sombre moment in memory of a great competitor.” McAdoo Kawasaki rider Adam McLean chased McGee home in all five races coming closest to thwarting the Mullingar Missile in the second Supersport race.
He actually got in front on lap two of six and held first for two laps before the B&W Kawasaki of McGee regained the lead taking the chequered flag just over half a second ahead of the Tobermore rider, both recording their fastest laps on their final circuit, the only two riders over the 100mph mark.
It was a new lap record of 102.258mph for McGee beating his speed of 101.675mph set on his way to winning the first Supersport race of the day, again beating McLean by over 20 seconds, the McAdoo rider taking to a slip road at one stage, but not losing second position.
In the feature 8-lap race McGee hit the front from the off, set his fastest lap of 103.409mph on lap two easing his Superstock Kawasaki to a 13sec victory over McLean with Kennedy taking the final rostrum spot on his BMW.
McGee earlier won the first Superbike race with a handy winning margin of 17secs over McLean, Kennedy again third.
McGee switched to Ryan Farquhar’s Supertwin Kawasaki and again was unstoppable racing to a 12sec victory ahead of McLean with Thomas Maxwell a further half a minute back in third. Kevin Fitzpatrick won the 125GP race with local rider Paul Gartland from Ederney taking first in Lightweight Supersport, Barry Davidson scored a 350 / 500cc classic race double, Brian Mateer won the 250cc Classic and Richard Ford the 1000cc Classic event.
The honour of winning the first ever race at this new road race went to Garvagh’s Darryl Anderson who took his 400cc Shay D Kawasaki to a 20sec victory in the Junior Support race while in a close finish to the six-lap Senior Support Darren Keys (600cc Suzuki) held off the 675cc Triumph of Stephen McKeown by 0.806sec.
A tremendous all-round effort from the Enniskillen Club, rewarded for all the time, planning, effort and raising the finances that went into making this meeting a success.
• Organisers of Skerries road races this weekend have announced 18-time TT winner Michael Dunlop will contest the three Superbike races as well as the Supersport event on Saturday and Sunday.
Michael, the current lap record holder, will be joined by brother William, making his first appearance since pulling out of the TT for personal reasons, Derek Sheils, Derek McGee and Michael Sweeney.