Cookstown 100: McGee grabs hat-trick

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DEREK McGee scooped a hat-trick of wins in today’s KDM Hire Cookstown 100 Road Races after rain played havoc and shuffled the programme.

In a Friday and Saturday of changing weather conditions, McGee took a comfortable win aboard an ex-grand prix Honda in the Moto3 scrap, beating Nigel Moore to the flag by 2.867 seconds with Kevin Fitpatrick third.

He followed this up with a win in the Supertwin class but this time his winning margin was a lot smaller with only half a second between him and Adam Mclean, while pole man Michael Sweeney took third a further 1.2 seconds behind.

In the first Superbike race, which was postponed from Friday evening, Derek Sheils on the new look Burrows Engineering Suzuki Burrows Engineering/Richardson Kelly GSXR 1000 extended his unbeaten run at the venue to six in a row.

Sheils led from the off and as Mclean and McGee traded places for the runner up spot he opened a gap at the front taking the flag 3.3 seconds ahead of the battling duo, while McLean bagged second place and McGee took third.

Mclean on his McAdoo Racing Kawasaki was declared the winner of the Supersport race cut to four laps when the red flags came out due to a Recticel bale which had been blown onto the circuit.

McGee was second and Paul Jordan third on his Alistair Russell Yamaha R6 .with Derek Sheils on the Roadhouse Macau Racing Yamaha and Michael Sweeney completing the top six.

In the second Superbike outing McGee took the win to complete his hat trick of wins for the day the race was red flagged twice and declared after three laps in the second restart.

McGee’s win ended the dominant run that Sheils had held in this event over the past few years as McLean was third and Michael Sweeney fourth.

BBC One Northern Ireland is set to air a highlights programme at 10:35pm on Tuesday, May 7.

*Click here for results from the Cookstown 100

*Images: Derek Wilson

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