Sheehan counting down the days.

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One of the many newcomers to the KDM Cookstown 100 in 2014 was Barry Sheehan, Having changed from Suzuki power to Kawasaki power for the 2015 season, I caught up with Barry at a cool, but dry Mondello Track day, where he was having his first run on the Kawasaki supertwin!.He was well impressed with his new mount ,admitting, it was a wee bit different to ride, compared with  the Suzuki he rode the previous 2 years.

So, who is Barry Sheehan, and what did he think of the 2014 KDM Cookstown 100,where he made his road race debut?

29year old, school teacher, Barry Sheehan , has been racing bikes for 6 years now, 3 years motocross and 3 years short circuits. 2014 was my first time racing on the roads and the KDM Cookstown was my first event.

I had been to Cookstown for the previous 5 years with my dad and younger brother Wayne as a spectator and enjoyed the racing there. I had always wanted to race on the roads and was delighted when I got the news I got my junior support licence early in 2014.

On Friday morning, I was nervous leading up to practice. We had done a lap on the newcomers bus and got some good info on the track. I then did two cycle laps with Shane Egan who helped me out. He gave me invaluable information that he had received from Davy Morgan the previous year. I would definitely recommend doing a few laps with someone who knows there way around the place. I ended up qualifying 16th in the junior support A race.

The weather cleared slowly Saturday morning and the track had dried to perfection come our race. Lining up on the grid and looking down that hill is something special. The heart was beating faster than my bike would ever be able to in terms of bpm to mph. I got a decent start and off we went. I had a good battle with two riders and finished 16th place.

All in all, it was a super experience for my first time on the road. The community of road racing was very welcoming and I have to say I really enjoyed the weekend. I think it took me until Wednesday of that week to come down off the high. Entry is in for 2015 and to be honest, I cannot wait. My younger brother, Wayne, is also entered along with Paul Hurley from Cork so there will definitely be bragging rights after the weekend. Big thanks to all sponsors from last year and this year’s sponsors who currently include Michael Gibbons Carpentry, Raceprophoto, Kit Roches Bar. I am also running Ians Trust Charity logo on my bike and helmet. Call over for a cuppa and bbq on race weekend to the big green tent.

Barry #75

 

 

Programme of Events ‘Cookstown 100’ 2015

Saturday 18th Treasure Hunt and BBQ

Sign on Burn Road Car Park from 6.00pm

Sunday 19th April

Annual Bikers Service

Orritor Presbyterian Church 3.30pm

Tuesday 21st April

Vintage Vehicle Run

Union Street Car Park from 6.30pm leaving at 7.30pm

Thursday 23rd April

Classic Bike Run

Sign on from 6.30pm in Burn Road Car Park leaving 7.15pm

Friday 24th April

Practice Day

Roads Close 12 noon

Saturday 25th April

Race Day

Roads Close 10.00am