Posted: 11 July 2016
Photo by Jon Jessop Photography 
This weekend saw us at Snetterton in Norfolk and we were back to four riders, David, Ross and Sam in the Dickies British Supersport and Jeremy McWilliams on the Aprilia in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 class.
We are absolutely delighted to say that we achieved our first podium of the 2016 season!!! David finished 3rd in the Supersport sprint race on Saturday afternoon, which is really fantastic and we hope it is the first of many more podiums to come for our team. It was a great weekend all round for David as he qualified 8th and 5th for each of the races, then obviously his 3rd on Saturday and a 6th in the feature race on Sunday. This has really helped his Championship as he has now moved up to 7th.
Ross had a mixed weekend he didn’t have a great qualifying session which saw him start the sprint race in 17th but he rode really well to come through to finish 7th and with a good lap time in that race he started Sundays race from 6th on the grid but unfortunately he crashed out of the race after 7 laps, having a knock on effect to his championship dropping him to 11th.
Sam had his best weekend of the season, he started Saturdays race from 28th on the grid after a crash in his qualifying session but rode great to finish 16th, putting in a good lap time during the race moved him up to 15th for the start of Sundays race, Sam kept things consistent finishing another 16th just missing out on championship points by one position.
It was Jeremy’s first BSB race with us and having very little bike time prior to this weekend we knew we were going to be on the back foot against our competitors regarding bike set-up. We feel our wet weather set-up was better than our dry weather set-up and this certainly showed in qualifying when during the dry session on Friday Jeremy finished 22nd but in the wet session on Saturday he was 4th quickest. With the times on Friday being quicker it was 22nd on the grid that Jeremy had to start Sundays race. He made a good start in the race moving up as far as 14th but after five laps another rider clipped Jeremy’s handlebar causing him to crash out which was a disappointing end to an otherwise positive progressive weekend, we look forward to progressing more in the next round at Thruxton in two weeks time.
After our first podium of the season I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the team for their hard work in making this podium possible and also our sponsors for their valuable input, it really is very much appreciated!!
Posted: 11 July 2016
Photo by Baylon McCaughey 
Cookstown Burrows Engineering Racing team owner John Burrows missed the Walderstown Road Races due to a family holiday but his well drilled lieutenants kept things running like clockwork and the in-form Derek Sheils emerged from the meeting with the ‘Man of the Meeting’ accolade.
Sheils set the fastest lap in both Superbike encounters while he was battling for victories with Michael Dunlop. In the Irish Superbike Championship race Sheils and his Cookstown Burrows Engineering Suzuki looked set for the win but the wily Dunlop took advantage of backmarkers on the last lap and Sheils had to settle for second place.
In the Grand Final Sheils reeled in Dunlop before making a decisive move which brought the Dubliner a well deserved victory in tricky conditions. Sheils did the first of two warm-up laps for the race on full wets but prior to the start of the race the team’s Simon Otterson and William Davidson did a lightning quick rear wheel change which allowed Sheils to take advantage of a rear intermediate tyre. The team’s quick thinking definitely had a bearing on the final result.
Sheils finished fourth in a wet 600 race that saw Derek McGee win from William Dunlop. Sheils and his Cookstown Burrows Engineering Honda 600 were edged out of third by local rider James Kelly.
In the Supertwins race Sheils took the chequered flag just ahead of Paul Jordan and thought he had secured 25 points. However, just seconds before the chequered flag went out a red flag had been waved where Michael Sweeney had slipped off and consequently the result was taken from the end of the penultimate lap and a frustrated Sheils was classified as second behind Jordan.
Speaking from Portugal, Burrows was full of praise for his rider and crew: “Derek and the boys did a great job in County Westmeath. In the two big bike races Derek once again proved he can challenge Michael Dunlop and to win the Grand Final is a great feather for Derek’s cap. Well done to the boys for the wheel change during the warm-up laps, it proves a good crew can influence results. I’m sure Derek would have liked to have won the Superbike Championship race too but second place keeps him well on course for the Irish superbike crown.
“We are still in strong contention for the Supertwins title but feel a little disappointed that we are not five points better off. The red flag robbed Derek of the win and we feel it was not really necessary to stop the race as Michael Sweeney’s crash was a minor one. However, we have to accept the result and I know the official who stopped the race had rider safety in mind and did what he thought was best in the heat of the moment.” The next outing for the Cookstown Burrows Engineering Racing team is at Faugheen Road Races on 23/24 July.
Posted: 27 June 2016
The Fuelpak FP3 has revolutionised for Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Connecting wirelessly by Bluetooth to iPhone or Android smartphones, FP3 uses Flash technology to recalibrate engine parameters and mapping for exhaust systems and other performance upgrades downloaded from the expansive library of calibrations developed by Vance & Hines.
Also standard for the Fuelpak FP3 is an Autotune feature, making use of all factory sensors to add another layer of precision tuning for specific requirements, whether tuning for unique components or different grades of fuel. And with the Fuelpak FP3 module plugged-in, Live Sensor Data can be viewed through the smartphone to display speed, RPM, cylinder head temperature, voltage and other vital information.
Posted: 20 May 2016

‘I can’t thank the doctors enough who saved my life.’ Ryan Farquhar says in his first interview since his crash during last Thursday’s Supertwins race at the Vauxhall International North West 200. ‘Money couldn’t pay them for what they have done for me.’ the 40 year old Dungannon man said from his bed in the Royal Victoria Hospital.

Farquhar crashed whilst leading the race on the Portrush section of the 8.9 mile Triangle circuit and was airlifted to Belfast after being treated at the roadside by Dr Fred MacSorley and the MCUI Medical team.

“I want to thank Fred and his team. I remember crashing and the marshals telling me not to move until Dr Fred got there. It is unreal how quickly he was able to work out what was wrong with me and when I got to hospital they told me that whoever prepared me for the journey had saved my life.”

Farquhar suffered a lacerated liver which was damaged by the six broken ribs he sustained after being hit by the bike of Dan Cooper who was just behind him. Cooper also crashed, injuring his shoulders in the impact.

“As time went on I knew that I was in bad shape.” Farquhar says. “I was taken straight into surgery when I arrived at the Royal and I was lucky that the top liver surgeon in the country was available to operate on me. He also suffered ankle and foot injuries and he says the protective Daytona boots definitely saved him from worse leg injuries. Farquhar remembers clearly the moment that he knew he was going to crash.

“I lost the front end and I went down hard.” he recalls. “I hit the Recticel bale and bounced back out into the road but everything happened so fast that I don’t really remember being hit by the other bike.”

The Dungannon racer spent several days in the RVH’s intensive care unit before he was able to join fellow racer Paul Gartland, who also suffered a lacerated liver in a NW200 crash, on a normal ward where he will stay for at least another week.

“I am looking forward now to getting myself sorted and getting home with my wife Karen, my girls Keeley and Mya and our two donkeys.” Ryan smiled.

11 year old Keeley and Mya (7) saw their father in intensive care.

“They were here on Sunday and I am sure it was a shock for them to see me with so many wires and leads coming out of me.” he says. “But they are back at school and they both did well in their Sport’s Day so they will be all made up with that.”

In spite of the pain of his broken ribs Ryan was able to take a light hearted look at his injuries.

“It will mean my Dad can cut the grass for the rest of the summer because I don’t think I will be up to it for a while!” he joked.



In spite of his own crash Ryan said he wanted the three riders who were competing at the North West on his SGS/KMR Kawasaki team’s machines to race on in Saturday’s second Supertwins race.

‘They all knew that was what I wanted.” Ryan said.

Jeremy McWilliams, Danny Webb and Darren James followed his wishes, racing the three bikes that Ryan had built himself in his Dungannon workshop as a mark of respect to their team leader.

‘I want Darren, Danny and maybe Michael Rutter to race my three twins at the TT too even though I won’t be able to be there myself.” he added.

Ryan also says he was “very sad” to learn of the death of 20 year old Malachi Mitchell Thomas who lost his life in a crash at almost exactly the same spot as Farquhar ‘s accident in Saturday’s second Supertwins race at the Vauxhall International North West 200.

The young Chorley rider had been involved in several race battles with the Dungannon man at the Mid Antrim 150 and Tandragee 100 earlier in the season.

“Having raced against Malachi it was obvious to me that he was a huge talent.” the 40 year old reflected. “What has happened to the young fella is very sad. Malachi didn’t do anything more wrong than I did but I am still here to tell the tale and he is not.”

Both Ryan and his wife Karen offered their sincerest sympathies to Malachi’s family and friends and to fellow Dungannon couple Rachel and John Burrows who run the Burrows Racing squad that the 20 year old raced for.

Pictures by Stephen Davison – Pacemaker Press International

Posted: 26 April 2016

Ryan Farquhar became the most successful rider in the history of the Tandragee 100 road races at the weekend when his hat-trick of wins moved him onto a career total of 20, overhauling Joey Dunlop’s long standing total of 18.

Riding the IEG BMW, Ryan’s first win came in the Open race although it wasn’t without controversy. The first attempt at running the race was ended early as a number of jump starts took place and when it was restarted, Dan Kneen and Derek Sheils, were adjudged to have done the same again. It wasn’t until after the race that a protest was made and although Ryan crossed the line in third place behind the aforementioned riders, they were later docked a minute in time relegating them to tenth and 11th respectively. That all meant the officials awarded Ryan the win.

There were no such problems in Ryan’s next race, the Supertwin race, but this time he was locked in battle once more with Malachi Mitchell-Thomas. Riding the SGS International/KMR Kawasaki, Ryan sat behind his younger rival until he made a mistake and so took over at the head of the field earlier than he had planned. Mitchell-Thomas attempted a final lap manoeuvre but Ryan had it covered and got the verdict over the line by exactly a second setting a new lap record on the final lap at 103.694mph.

Next up was the the Lightweight race, and he enjoyed a terrific race long battle with Czech rider Michal Dokoupil. The duo were never more than a few tenths apart and whilst Dokoupil took the win in the 400cc class, Ryan did likewise in the Moto 450 category, also setting a new lap record of 96.857mph.

That just left the Grand Final but with a new set of leathers for the meeting, Ryan had been experiencing arm pump throughout the day and had to ease his pace slightly. He used the race as more practice on the Superstock-spec BMW and brought the bike home for a solid sixth place.

Ryan Farquhar: “It’s been a very good weekend for me and although there was a bit of controversy over the first big bike race, it was one of those where I didn’t feel it was fair for anyone that an advantage had been gained. A protest was made and whilst I didn’t win the race, having crossed the line in third, I was awarded the victory – not necessarily the way you want to get a win but rules are rules. It’s unfortunate but these things happen occasionally.”

“I had a good battle with Malachi in the Supertwin race and when he was in the lead, I decided to sit behind him and make my move on the last lap. His mistake changed that and he tried to do to me what I was planning to do to him but couldn’t get the bike stopped. I’d been experiencing arm pump during the day though due to the new leathers, something I haven’t experienced before, so I just concentrated on getting a finish in the Grand Final. I was really pleased with my lap times and although we’re still fine tuning the BMW, it’s beginning to feel like my bike now. I’m still getting used to the Metzeler tyres so we’re continually making little tweaks here and there and I’m really impressed with the whole package.”

Ryan’s next meeting is the International North West 200 road races on May 10-14 and with a test planned in the next week on the Tyco BMW Superbike, he’s hopeful of securing a deal to campaign the bike at the Causeway Coast meeting.

Pictures by Stephen Davison – Pacemaker Press International 

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