The Irish National Road Racing Calendar returned to County Tipperary, Ireland for the 2019 Faugheen 50 Race Races – held over the weekend of 20th & 21st July 2019.
The first race of the day was the Senior Support Race. In a touching gesture pole position was left empty in memory of fallen rider Darren Keys who lost his life at the the 2019 Walderstown Road Races.
Dermot Cleary won the race from the second group, Tommy Henry who controlled the first group came second by half a second. Darragh Trappe took the third step on the podium.
Next up was the first super bike race. McGee and Shiels (as you would expect this season) were battling for the top spot int his one. McGee led the whole race until the final blink of an eye when Shiels took the win at the line by 0.051 seconds. Micko Sweeney took third 0.142 seconds behind McGee in a unbelievably close race.
The 400s and Moto 3 and 125s all went out in the same race, starting in their own separate classes.
Melissa Kennedy taking the second spot, behind Derek McGee’s ex-GP with her brother taking third.
The Junior Classics race was won in a dominating performance by Edward Manly, Brian Mateer and Mick Brady filled the podium in second and third respectively.
The 600cc machines only had 10 entrants but in what was always going to be a really tight race (during qualifying the top five were only separated by 1 second) Derek McGee took the win from Michael Browne by 0.958 seconds. Micko Sweeney took third.
The Junior Support Race was red flagged twice and was declared null and void.
Supertwins were next on the circuit. Sweeney, McGee and Chalke were battling hard, however Derek McGee retired on lap 4 leaving the victory to Sweeney by 6.785 seconds over James Chalke. Darryl Tweed took the third spot from the second group.
In the Senior Classics Race Richard Ford took the win over John Leigh Pemberton and Ian Thompson in third.
The penultimate race of the day was the Senior Support Non-Championship Race. In a very tight hotly contested race at the top Tommy Henry took the win from Andy McAllister the pair only separated by 0.328 seconds. Darragh Trappe filled the podium taking the third spot.
The Grand Final was a six lap superbike race and like the first superbike race of the day this one was tight. The leader changed more times than the outfits at a Lady GaGa Concert. (I get a lot of racing fans won’t get that reference – but it mean a lot.) McGee, Shiels and Sweeney fought for the win on every fraction of a mile of every lap, by the end the rider to take top spot was Derek Shiels, followed by Derek McGee and Michael Sweeney in third. 0.672 seconds separated the top three! An unbelievable final race that finished the Faugheen 50 Road Races just after 2.30pm.
Race was red flagged twice and declared null and void.
No race results from 21/07/2019.