Kneen bags treble to seal Irish Superbike title in style

Dan Kneen at the Faugheen 50 Road Races on Sunday
Dan Kneen at the Faugheen 50 Road Races on Sunday

Manxman Dan Kneen was crowned Irish Superbike road racing champion at the Faugheen 50 Road Races yesterday as the Cookstown/B.E. Racing rider blasted to a treble.

Kneen maintained his terrific record at the Irish national meetings this season with victories in the Open Superbike, Grand Final and Supersport 600 classes to set himself up for this week’s Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix at Dundrod.

The Braddan man won the feature race at the 2.2-mile circuit in Co Tipperary by 3.752 seconds from Derek Sheils after eight laps, with Skerries man Michael Sweeney finishing third.

John Walsh, Seamus Elliott and Brian McCormack rounded out the top six.

Kneen earlier won the Open Superbike race to seal the Irish title by 5.7 seconds from Sheils as he quickly found his bearings on his debut at Faugheen.

Sweeney was again third, followed by Walsh, Elliott and McCormack.

He also added a victory in the Supersport 600 class on John Burrows’ Honda, crossing the line with 1.774 seconds in hand over Derek McGee, who clinched the championship overall. Third went to Sweeney, with Elliott, Walsh and Brendan Merrigan the top six.

McGee prevented Kneen from bagging a four-timer as he came out on top in the Supertwin race by 2.345 seconds, with Sweeney third ahead of Irish champion Conor Behan on the SGS International/KMR Kawasaki.

Thomas Maxwell won a closely-fought Senior Support Championship race by 0.477s from Graham Kennedy, with Neil Lyons claiming the final podium place.

The 125GP/Moto3 race went to Elliott from Sam Dunlop and Nigel Moore, while Sweeney secured the 250cc Irish crown in style for the Cookstown/B.E. Racing team with a win over John Ella and Sam Dunlop.

Neil Kernohan won the Junior Support race, while the Senior and Junior Classic wins were shared by Robert McCrum and Barry Davidson respectively.