Belfast Telegraph

Sheils out to overtake McGee in final race of the campaign

By Roy Harris

The final road race meeting of the 2017 season - hosted by the newly formed East Coast Motorcycle Club with ex-racer Francis Everard at the helm and Carole Nash Insurance as the overall sponsors - will use the 3.6mile Killalane Circuit outside Skerries previously used by the Loughshinney Club.

When the Loughshinney Club could not run the race last season the future of the event was in doubt, but thanks to East Coast Club founder Everard the final road race of 2017 is go, the meeting taking place tomorrow and Sunday.

Everard said: "Carole Nash and Road Racing Ireland magazine have helped ensure the race meeting goes ahead."

The entry list is headed by Derek Sheils - and his Cookstown BE Racing machines - the defending Superbike road race champion, however going into this race he trails championship leader Derek McGee by 17 points.

It is still unclear if Mullingar ace McGee will take his place on the grid as he recovers from a nasty hip injury sustained at the Ulster Grand Prix.

Interest will centre on the Irish Moto3/125GP title with Nigel Moore just four points ahead of Paul Robinson, with Sam Wilson, Gary Dunlop and Adam McLean waiting to cause an upset.

If Robinson happens to clinch the title it would be the final piece of the jigsaw as he tries to emulate his father Mervyn, tragically killed during the 1980 North West 200.

Paul has won at the North West and UGP as his father did, but - unlike Mervyn - he has not won an Irish road race championship.

Roads close tomorrow between 1pm and 7pm and on Sunday at 10am.

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