O’Carroll’s dream come true result at the Cookstown 100
Ballyduff racer Anthony O’Carroll realised his ambition of finishing in the top ten of an Irish National Road Race at the Cookstown 100 on Saturday.
The County Tyrone event was just his third attempt at a Road Race, having made his debut in the discipline at the same event last year.
His main focus this year has been the Dunlop Irish Masters at Mondello Park but he is the only Kerry-based motorcycle racer to take on the challenge of closed road events too.
He narrowly missed out on a top ten at the Armoy Road Races in Antrim in July, finishing 11th in the Senior Support race.
Riding his self-prepared Kawaski 600, he went six places better in Cookstown last weekend and finished the Senior Support Race in fifth place.
The race took a while to settle down and after two re-starts the massive grid eventually got a few laps in before the red flags came out after race leader Barry Sheehan crashed – thankfully without injury.
“The Orritor circuit is a real thriller to ride,” said O’Carroll “I am absolutely delighted to take my first top five finish from 11th on the grid.”
Tommy Heaphy finished fourth in the same event on a similar Kawaski 600 to O’Carroll. Although living in Tipperary since childhood, Heaphy can trace his family roots to Ballylongford where he lived for the first few years of his life.
O’Carroll also contested the Junior Support race on board a Maynooth Cycles supplied Suzuki SV Production Twin.
“I struggled a bit in the Junior Support race, loosing touch with the more powerful Super-Twins, but I am very happy to finish 11th from 15th on the grid. Big thanks to Mark, from Maynooth Cycles, for putting this bike under me.”
O’Carroll’s next outing is Saturday’s Thundersport UK event at Oulton Park in Cheshire. This is the first of two planned meeting across the Irish Sea before the season ends in October.
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