“We are just going to go out and enjoy ourselves and soak up the experience”

“We are just going to go out and enjoy ourselves and soak up the experience” One of the most exciting ‘under-the-radar’ teams on TikTok is Team NRW Racing Ireland! A bunch of fellas, who so much enjoy their racing, and use this popular social platform to promote and advertise themselves. Two of their riders, Roy Werst and Nick Healy, fresh from podium finishes at the Mondell Masters at the weekend, will make their road race debut this weekend when they line up on the grid for the Junior Support class. 38 Year old Roy, a carpenter by trade from the city of Cork has been racing on and off for the past ten years. For Roy, it all began at Mondello Park back in 2014, where he managed to qualify on the front row for his race, before going on to finish in 5th place! He had to wait until 2022 before he mounted the infamous Mondello Masters podium. I managed to catch up with the lads at last weekend's Mondello Masters for a quick chat, here is what they had to say; Roy Werst; “I always had a passion for bikes from a very young age, watching racing on the TV and dreaming, that maybe, one day I could do the same! I have a huge, huge respect for people who compete on the roads I always wanted to try and with the way the insurance is in a few years it could be a thing of the past so I wanted to try while I still can. Looking towards Cookstown this weekend, I'm just going to go out and enjoy myself and soak up the experience, I will be entering junior support on my zxr400. Last year, we were in a dilemma, with no racing in the South, a few of us got together, formed the team, and called ourselves . Along with Nick Healey, and Steve Roffe aka ‘Wink’, we travelled over to Wales & England and competed in the Wirral 100 series. We had a ball, I managed to win the Wirrall 100 Forgotten Era championship, and was runner-up in the Wirrall 100 Allcomers championship! The second member of the team, Nick Healey, rides in the Pre Injection class, on board his trusty CBR600 Honda. For Cookstown, Nick will also ride an ER6 Kawasaki, where ‘Wink’ will be his crew chief! Steve Roffe, although not competing at Cookstown, is as much part of the team supporting the event, Better known as ‘Wink’ to his friends, Steve began racing in 1974! On a BSA Bantam, however, family duties came along, and it wasn’t until 2022, that he met up with Roy Wetsy, a fellow West Cork man, and the main topic of conversation was, no racing at Mondello in 2023, so three wise heads got together, and formed their wee tea,.where they pooled their sources and set about doing something for themselves, and this they did, by crossing the water to circuits on the mainland! For 2024, the team have taken it upon themselves to explore another avenue of motorcycle racing, and that begins, Road Racing!, the Cemcor Cookstown 100, will be the first up for these lads, and, like everyone else, they cannot wait! Where would we be without our loyal friends and Sponsors? Big shout out to; NRW Racing sponsors; David Corcoran (DC Plastering) Clive Seawright (the water school) John Tyner (JT motorcycles) Tony Kelly (SBK bikes) Roy Werst (Clean Build Carpentry) Ferghal Gallagher (Gallagher Engineering) Stephen Roffe (Roffe Racing) Theresa O’Mahony (Threasa O’Mahony accounting) P O’Connell and Sons Butchers A16 Road and Race. 2024 Cemcor Cookstown 100; Friday/Saturday 26/27 April This is a ‘Closed Event’ Roads Close Friday & Saturday @ 7.30 am Newcomers Bus; Friday @ 10.00am 17 Practice sessions Time permitting, Three races; Supertwin B, Supersport 600( Fastest 23) & Open events(Fastest 23)

 

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