The 2019 Irish Road Racing Season got off to a flying start at Cookstown over 26th and 27 April 2019.
With Storm Hannah still showing her venom bringing heavy rain and strong winds right up to the latter part of the morning, the fact that the Cookstown club managed to run a full program is even more impressive. A great days racing that was unfortunately finished just a little bit to early as the feature race, the eight lap Cookstown 100, was red flagged on its first attempt due to weather – resulting in a five lap restarted race – which was red flagged due to a race incident.
Derek McGee looking for another win at the 2019 Cookstown 100
More importantly though no one was seriously hurt over the event and even though the final race was red flagged there was a full schedule and pretty constant day of all day racing.
Guess who decided to match that flying start? Yep, Derek McGee, Derek Shiels, Adam McLean and Michael Sweeney! All were lapping in the Superbike race within 0.3s of each other and less than a single second separated the four at the end of an unfortunately red flagged race (twice).
Derek Shiels off to an impressive start to his 2019 Road Racing Season at the Cookstown 100
There was a little bit of chopping and changing off the schedule over the day due to the ever changing weather conditions. Something which the organisations managed really well and a lesson others could learn well:
Get the right bikes out at the right time as the conditions allow.
Remember the only red flag due to weather that we had was in the final race. This was in a day that the only precipitation we didn’t have was probably snow!Paul Jordan showed a strong start to his 2019 Season
The results as published below represent the running order from the Official Race Program – along with the races that got carried over from the Friday evening session as well.