MICHAEL Sweeney will start tomorrow’s Superbike race from pole position after topping qualifying at the KDM Hire Cookstown 100 road races today.
Initially it was Mike Browne aboard local team Burrows Engineering/RK Racing GSXR 1000 who had the advantage as him Prez Racing’s new signing Paul Jordan and Adam Mclean scrapped it out for the top spot.
Sweeney, who was in the group B session, went out and was quickly up to speed lapping in the 1:25sec bracket before finally putting in a time of 1:25.97 to bag himself the front spot for tomorrow’s race along side Browne, who was second quickest, with McLean and Jordan on the second row.
In the Supersport session it was McLean who threw down the gauntlet and grabbed pole for his local McAdoo team, based just outside the circuit. Cork man Browne was second quickest a second in arrears, while Jordan put the PreZ R6 just behind while being closely followed by Superbike pole man Sweeney, the latter duo having had a close tussle throughout the six lap session.
It was the usual suspects in the Supertwins class as Mclean set his second pole time of the day ahead of Sweeney and Darryl Tweed, who completed the front row of the grid.
Browne set the fastest lap in the Moto3 session, just two hundredths of a second ahead of Melissa Kennedy.
As well as qualifying, there were three B group races run on this evening: the Open B, Senior Support B and Supersport B.
The Open B was won by Dan Harrison who started from the second wave and with a clear track in front of him wasted no time making up the deficit and winning the race on corrected time from Anthony Redmond and early race leader Tommy Henry.
Nigel Rea took the victory in the Senior Support outing, with Noel Smith second and Adrian Heraty completing the podium.
In the Supersport B race, veteran Dennis Booth took an early lead and opened a gap of almost four seconds. But in the closing laps, Paul Fallon closed the gap and on the penultimate lap moved to the front.
Booth wasn’t finished though and on the last lap he snatched the lead back as he held on to the flag to beat Fallon, as Rad Hughes scored third.