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Dunlop and Sheils to square up as Skerries remembers 'flying doctor'


William Dunlop

William Dunlop

William Dunlop

The Loughshinney Club celebrates the 70th Anniversary of the AXA Bikecare Skerries 100 Road Races today with William Dunlop and Derek Sheils the leading names on the entry list.

Dunlop will be looking to finally exorcise the demons that saw him split with his former team just before the North West 200, and subsequently have a below-par Isle of Man TT following a crash on the opening night of practice.

Now running his own team with the support of Ivan Curran, Caffrey Transport and with the added backing of former Grand Prix rider Eugene McManus - who purchased Dunlop's R1 Yamaha Superbike - the affable Ballymoney man will be looking for gilt-edged performance in Co Dublin.

Dunlop's biggest test will come against the double winner at the 2015 event in Cookstown, B.E Racing's Derek Sheils.

The Dubliner had a solid Isle of Man TT and will start as favourite in the Superbike class with Dunlop the man to beat in the Supersport 600 category.

One man who will be on everyone's mind this weekend will be 'flying doctor' John Hinds, who sadly lost his life while working as a travelling medic at last year's Skerries 100.

Roads will close from 9am with a full race programme scheduled to get under way at 10am.

Belfast Telegraph