Schoots registers best result of the season

Team ILR's Nadieh Schoots had her best result of the series so far, when the eighth round of the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship paid a visit to Cadwell Park over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

With team owner Ian Lougher competing in the Isle of Man Senior and Lightweight Classic TTs on Saturday before travelling to Cadwell overnight, Schoots struggled a bit in qualifying but managed to take her place on the grid for Monday's race.

From the back of the grid, Nadieh had an early dice with Matt Pearce until the safety car

came out on lap four, two laps later they were racing again and Schoots wasted no time getting past her fellow Kawasaki mounted rival to move into 26th.

There were a few fallers in the latter half of the race and Nadieh soon found herself up to 23rd, and when James White and then Darren Ibertson crashed out in front, she crossed the line just one place outside the Top 20 to bring the weekend to a very pleasing conclusion.

Nadieh Schoots:

“I'm really pleased with my best result up to now, and I have lots of confidence for the next round.
Again, a big thank-you to my team, and Bring on Oulton Park!"


EHA Video report Cadwell Park

Highlights of EHA Racing at the Cadwell Park round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship (27-29 August 2016)

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Another great consistent weekend at Caldwell Park for the boys in the Dickies Supersport class. After a slow start in the free practice sessions and qualifying in 12th David turned his weekend around by finishing both races in 6th position. A podium was a strong possibility especially in race two but he struggled with sore arms and found it difficult to hold on so he had to settle for his 6th places. These two good results now leave David 6th in the Championship.

Straight from the the first free practice session Ross was finishing within the top 8 and feeling comfortable. He started the first race in 8th but after a bad start he found himself further down the field but he rode well to come through to 7th by the chequered flag. He felt a bit disappointed with his second race as he ended up in a lonely race by himself finishing in 8th but its another good finish adding points to his championship in which he is currently in 10th.

Sam made good progress over the weekend improving his result in every session he went out in. After qualifying he was starting race one from 19th but rode well to finish in 15th, his lap time in the race gave him a starting position of 17th for race two, in which he managed come through to finish 12th. Sam is now 21st in the championship. In the Pirelli Superstock 1000 class Jeremy’s job was made a little more difficult due to changeable weather conditions. His first practice session was a little damp and Jeremy unfortunately slipped off so that left him with a lot less bike time than what he needed to try to get a good set-up. His qualifying one on Saturday night was cancelled as the weather was really bad and it was just too dark to go out on track. The rest of the weekend we had lovely weather but still struggling for the right set-up, Jeremy ended up with a starting position of 20th for the race on Monday. His race was going well until he was hit by another rider while in 16th position, which was a great disappointment as he was looking strong for more points.


First International podium for Sheils

Cookstown Burrows Engineering Racing once again emphasised their position as one of the leading privateer teams in International road racing with a very successful trip to the Dundrod 150/Ulster Grand Prix meeting.
John Burrows' team took five top ten finishes with the highlight being Derek Sheils' runner-up position in the Supertwins race that gave the popular Dubliner a first visit to an International road race podium.
At last Thursday's Dundrod 150 meeting, Sheils was on pole position for the Superbike race after impressively qualifying faster than Conor Cummins and Michael Dunlop, but his progress in the short, red-flagged race was somewhat hindered by a rear suspension problem and he had to settle for a seventh place finish on the Cookstown Burrows Engineering Suzuki 1000.
Thursday's Supertwins race was cancelled due to a lack of time which was very disappointing for the Tyrone based team as Derek McGee and Sheils had both put their Cookstown Burrows Engineering Racing Kawasaki machines on the front row thanks to splendid qualifying performances.
Thankfully, conditions were much better for Saturday's Ulster GP meeting and the Supertwins race was a thriller. McGee started from pole but had to settle for fifth, amazingly just one second behind winner Dan Cooper, after five pulsating laps. Sheils was in the mix too and thanks to passes on James Cowton and Paul Jordan on the last lap, he claimed second place and his first International top three finish.
Sheils finished ninth and tenth on his Cookstown Burrows Engineering Suzuki in the two Superbike races and claimed seventh in the Superstock race when he was equipped with a Shirlaw's Motorcycles Kawasaki.
John Burrows was more than satisfied with the team's work at the famous Dundrod circuit. He said: "The Supertwins race was obviously the highlight of the meeting for us. It was great to see Derek Sheils on an International podium for the first time and Derek McGee was very unlucky not to be up there with him.
"After this meeting, in my opinion, Derek Sheils has to be considered a rider of International quality. Aside from the Supertwins achievement, the Irish and Ulster Superbike Champion finished top ten in the three Superbike races and broke into the group of elite riders who have lapped the 7.4 miles circuit at over 130 mph. His best lap on Saturday was a more than nifty 131.40 mph."


Strong Ulster GP for Devitt RC Express Racing

The Bristol-based Devitt RC Express Racing Kawasaki team were back in road race action this week at the Ulster Grand Prix, the final International road race of the season, and it proved to be a strong meeting for the team with riders Steve Mercer and Jamie Coward taking a succession of top class results.

With regular team members Ivan Lintin and Alan Bonner continuing to recover from injury, Mercer and Coward were more than able deputies and they opened their account for the week with eighth and ninth respectively in Thursday’s shortened Dundrod 150 Superbike race.

Saturday was the feature Ulster Grand Prix race day and weather conditions improved considerably from the mist and damp that had blighted qualifying on Wednesday and Thursday. The first race was for the Superstock class where both riders had excelled in the damp on Thursday, Steve qualifying third and Jamie fourth.

The race itself saw Steve battling with four other riders for fourth place and although he had to settle for eighth at the chequered flag, a lap of 129.719mph on the Kawasaki ZX-10R showed how well he was riding. Jamie was one further place back in ninth having lapped at 128.459mph.

Next up for Maidstone’s Mercer was the seven-lap feature Superbike race and eighth was again the outcome, this time improving his best lap speed to 131.077mph. He saved the best until last though and although he finished one place further back in the second Superbike race, in ninth, he set a new personal best lap of the 7.4-mile Dundrod circuit at a superb 131.432mph.

Coward, meanwhile, took 12th in the second Superbike race with another 128mph+ lap and he was also in action in the two Supersport 600cc races where he took a brace of 11ths with a best lap just under 124mph.

Steve Mercer: “It was all a bit last minute getting the deal together to stand in for Ivan and whilst it’s never nice taking a ride of an injured rider, it’s been a great week for me. I’m not the biggest fan of racing on the roads in the damp or wet but I’ve never felt as comfortable as what I did on the Kawasaki ZX-10R. The races themselves were held in a lot better weather and I’ve got to be pleased with my results. I’ve set comfortably my fastest ever lap on a road race circuit and the bike’s never missed a beat so a huge thank you to the team for the opportunity.”

Jamie Coward: “It’s been a good week and I’m pleased with how I performed and with the results and lap times I achieved. I’d like to think I’ve done a good job standing in for Alan and to finish in the top 12 in every race, in what was a high quality field, is very pleasing. I’ve set personal best lap times in every class and I can’t complain at all. The bikes are mega and I’ve really enjoyed my time with the team. I can’t thank them enough for all their support and help and they’ve certainly taken my riding to a new level.”

Ben Constable, Team Owner: “I can’t have asked for more from Steve or Jamie this week, they’ve both been a pleasure to work with. Steve had never seen the bike until Wednesday so to take four top ten finishes on the Superstock ZX-10R and lap at 131.4mph is an excellent return. Jamie has also enjoyed a strong, consistent week and he’s finished in the top 12 in all of the races on our bikes so it’s been a good week for the whole team.”

“We were also delighted to have Ian Ayre, Chief Executive of Liverpool Football Club, as a guest of the team at the Ulster GP this week and although conditions weren’t the greatest on Thursday, he thoroughly enjoyed his time at the event. He’s a huge motorbike fan and it’s great to have someone like Ian come along and support not just the Devitt RC Express Racing team but also motorcycling and road racing in general.”