JOHN Burrows and his road racing team ventured to North County Dublin last weekend to take part in the annual Skerries Road Races which, this year, attracted thousands of fans.
Burrows had three riders competing for Irish Championship points and a share of the generous prize fund.
Regular Cookstown/BE teamsters Michael Sweeney and Nigel Moore were joined by Kilrea’s William Davison who thrilled TV viewers in May when battling for the lead in the Supertwins race at the North West 200 with Jeremy McWilliams.
Davison was having a guest ride on the Cookstown/BE GSXR 1000 Superbike normally campaigned by Stephen Thompson. From a talented pack of over 30 Superbike riders, Davison qualified in the top half to make the Superbike A and Grand Final races. He finished 14th in the Superbike encounter before being forced to retire from the Grand Final with mechanical problems.
Burrows was satisfied with Davison’s performance level: “Skerries is a difficult circuit at the best of times so to qualify for the two big races on an unfamiliar bike is an achievement in itself.
“William was lapping within two seconds of Superbike regulars Michael Sweeney and John Walsh in the Superbike race and, but for the mechanical problems, he would have gone even quicker and brought home a top ten finish in the Grand Final.”
On his home turf, Sweeney was the team’s top performer on the day. He took the Cookstown/BE Honda 250 to a fine third behind William Dunlop and David Morgan before finishing runner-up to Jamie Hamilton in the Supertwins event.
Nigel Moore was also in the top three results. The Bush man finished third in the 125/Moto 450 race and also continued his progress towards the front of the Supertwins division, taking seventh on the Cookstown/BE 650 Kawasaki in only his fourth ever race in the class.
Cookstown/BE Racing will be in Walderstown this coming weekend, hoping to bring more euro prize money back to the Tyrone base.