Michael and William Dunlop head an impressive entry list for the opening road race on the 2013 Irish road race calendar.
The works Honda and Yamaha riders will be joined by Tyco Suzukis Guy Martin, and newcomer Dean Harrisson, who will be Kawasaki mounted.
Bringing International flavour to Cookstown, will be Portuguese rider Nuno Caetano, along with Italians Decco Ceconni and David Ansaldi, flying Finn Tukka Korohenen, and, from the Czech Republic, Michael Dukopil and Veronika Hankoey.
Cookstown will also mark the first home appearance of the local based KMR Vauxhall Team riders, Jamie Hamilton, Brian McCormack and newcomers, former BSB rider, Conor Behan and MGP Star James Cowton.
Nigel Moore will also be making his race debut for the BE Racing team, when he rides in the Supertwin class.
There are almost 180 competitors, and no less than 37 Newcomers, entered for the 91st Cookstown 100, sponsored by KDM Hire, Cookstown.
The 18 race programme will also see Michael Dunlop ride in the 250 class, in which, the Moto 450 class will run concurrently.
Those also entered include Enkalon Trophy winner Derek Sheilds, Michael Pearson, Davy Morgan, Derek McGee, Paul Jordan, Shaun Anderson, Rob Barber, winner of the inaugrural Electric bike race at the IOM TT! Andy Farrell, Past Manx Grand Prix winners; Wayne Kirwan, Gavin Lupton and Michael Sweeney.
Classic Races - Maria Costello MBE will again ride Bob Jackson’s T20 Suzuki, Allan Brew makes a return to Cookstown with his 500 Seeley and 350 Aermacchi, Robert McCrum is also entered on a 350 Honda.
Newcomers to watch out for: Nuno Caetano, Andy Lawson, James Cowton, Dean Harrisson, James Kelly, Shane Egan, Conor Behan, Brian Coomey and Dave Hewson amongst many others.
Six International riders - Nuno Caetano, Veronika Hankoey, Tukka Korohenen, Decco Cecconni, David Ansaldi and fans’ favourite Michael Dokupil
Female Competitors - Maria Costello MBE, Veronika Hankoey, Yvonne Montgomery and Sarah Boyes.
Recently retired Ryan Farquhar and John Burrows will both have their riders in action, and John has also taken on a role of “Safety Advisor” for the Cookstown & District MCC.
PROGRAMME OF EVENTS RACE WEEK 2013
THURSDAY 11TH APRIL
Royal Hotel from 7.30pm
SATURDAY 20TH APRIL
Treasure Hunt and BBQ
Sign on Burn Road Car Park from 6.00pm
SUNDAY 21ST APRIL
Annual Bikers Service
Orritor Presbyterian Church 3.30pm
TUESDAY 23RD APRIL
Vintage Vehicle Run
Union Street Car Park from 6.30pm leaving at 7.30pm
THURSDAY 25TH APRIL
Classic Bike Run
Burn Road Car Park leaving at 7.15pm
Sign on from 6.30pm in Burn Road Car Park, Cookstown
FRIDAY 26TH APRIL
Roads Close 12 noon
Newcomers Must travel on the Newcomers Bus, which will leave the Start/Finish area on Friday at 11.00am sharp
ALL Riders MUST attend the riders Breifing, which will take place at the Start/Finish line at 11.45am!
Newcomers will have Two practice sessions, each consisting of Five laps, behind Instructors.
SATURDAY 27TH APRIL
Roads Close 10.00am
The Fastest 23 riders from Friday practice (all classes with 24 or more riders) will qualify to compete in Race “A”, The next fastest 23 riders will qualify to compete in Race “B”.
Race 1 - Moto3/125GP [7 laps]; Sponsored by COOKSTOWN TOWN CENTRE FORUM CARAVANS
Race 2 - 201 - 400cc Support A [7 laps]; Sponsored by GREENVALE HOTAL and COOKSTOWN CARAVANS
Race 3 - 250GP/Moto450 [7 laps]; Sponsored by KDM HIRE and HAYES FUELS
Race 4 - Open Race A [Non Championship] [8 laps]; Sponsored by O2 COOKSTOWN and ROYAL HOTEL,COOKSTOWN
Race 5 - Open Race B [Non Championship] [6 laps];
Race 6 - Supersport 400cc [7 laps]; Sponsored by HAYES FUELS
Race 7 - Up to 250cc Classic [7 laps]; Sponsored by THE BELFAST HOUSE
Race 8 - Supersport Race A [8 laps]; Sponsored by COOKSTOWN & DISTRICT COUNCIL and BRAESIDE BAR & RESTAURANT
Race 9 - Supersport Race B [6 laps]
Race 10 - 251-350cc Classic [7 laps]; Sponsored by CONWAY SNOOKER
Race 11 - Cookstown 100 Race A [10 laps]; Sponsored by KDM and ROYAL HOTEL, COOKSTOWN
Race 12 - 351-1000cc Classic [7 laps]; Classic race, Sponsored by TYRE SAFETY CENTRE
Race 13 - Supertwins Race A [7 laps]; Sponsored by HAYES FUELS and DREW STEWART AUTO REPAIRS.
Race 14 - Supertwins Race B [6 laps]
Race 15 - Cookstown 100 Race B [6 laps]
Further details: www.cookstown100.com or www.facebook.com/groups/cookstown100 Twitter: @cookstown100