McGee doubles up as Kneen sets Tandragee track record
Racing at Saturday's Around A Pound Tandragee 100 was scintillating as Derek McGee, Derek Sheils and Dan Kneen lit up the 5.343mile circuit with a new track record for Tyco BMW's Kneen, a win for Sheils in the Open race and a McGee double in the Supersport and Supertwin races.
Adam McLean also set a new lap record in an enthralling wheel to wheel five-lap battle with race winner McGee in Supertwins.
Tandragee races can be won or lost at Bells Crossroads and the Open six-lap race was no exception, when a last ditch out-braking move by McGee on Sheils sent him wide allowing Sheils to take the chequered flag 0.839secs ahead of Kneen, who capitalised on McGee's error to snatch second with the Mullingar Missile third.
Such was the pace on the final lap that Kneen set an absolute lap record of 2m 55.511secs, a speed of 109.609mph, breaking Michael Dunlop's seven-year-old record by half a second.
The Around A Pound feature Tandragee 100 race was a similar battle with Michael Sweeney joining the flying trio at the front, as Dunlop and newcomer Davey Todd collided at Bells Cross Roads and crashed out unhurt at the end of lap two.
Kneen moved through from fourth and on the final lap timed it to perfection to take the chequered flag from McGee and Sheils, with half a second covering the top three at the finish.
Kneen commented: "I'm happy with the day's work. A win in the Grand Final and a new lap record at what is not an easy circuit. The Tyco BMW boys gave me a motorcycle capable of winning."
Cookstown BE Team Principal John Burrows said: "As a team we were pleased when Derek (Sheils) won the Open race and then had a strong podium in the Tandragee 100 where he set a personal best time."
McGee ran away with the Supersport race to win by six and a half seconds, oblivious to a battle raging behind him that saw McLean snatch second by just over half a second from Dunlop.
McGee said of his successful day: "What a great day's racing. It's thanks to all my sponsors, friends and everyone around the circuit for all their support. Next stop - the North West 200."
Paul Robinson (Moto3 Honda) was a quarter of a second clear in the Moto3/125GP race when the red flags brought proceedings to an early end when a dog was reported to be on the track!
Junior Support saw a four-rider crash at Castle Corner that ended with Michael Nagle from Wexford being air-lifted to hospital where he is in a stable condition while Benjamin Plant from Shropshire is recovering in hospital from multiple fractures including seven broken ribs, a fractured shoulder, collapsed lung and fluid on the chest.
Tandragee 100 results: Around A Pound Tandragee 100 - 1st D Kneen, 2nd D McGee, 3rd D Sheils, 4th M Sweeney, 5th A McLean, 6th T Maxwell
Open: 1st D Sheils, 2nd D Kneen, 3rd D McGee, 4th W Dunlop, 5th S Anderson, 6th M Sweeney
Supersport: 1st D McGee, 2nd A McLean, 3rd W Dunlop, 4th M Sweeney, 5th D Sheils, 6th J Loughlin
Supertwin: 1st D McGee, 2nd A McLean, 3rd D Cooper, 4th J Chawke, 5th N Kernohan, 6th S Elliott
Moto3 / 125GP: 1st P Robinson, 2nd J Loughlin, 3rd N Moore, 4th Melissa Kennedy, 5th J O'Brien, 6th Sarah Boyes
Lightweight Supersport: 1st D Tweed, 2nd S Morrison, 3rd V Allan, 4th R Hughes, 5th L Collins, 6th B Loughlin
Classic Overall: 1st D Stimpson, 2nd M Parrett, 3rd J Pemberton, 4th K Clarke, 5th B Davidson, 6th G Stinson.
Senior Support: 1st M Browne, 2nd W Sheehan, 3rd W Hara, 4th L Chawke, 5th D Murphy, 6th T Henry.
Junior Support: 1st W Sheehan, 2nd B Sheehan, 3rd S Morrison, 4th L Chawke, 5th D Anderson, 6th R Cairns .