The Enniskillen Road Race kicked off again on Saturday after an absence of 66 years on the new Fermanagh race circuit.
The Arney circuit was blessed with very rare 30 degree temperatures, the hottest ever recorded at an Irish road race.
Derek McGee from Mullingar was simply unbeatable as he surged to five victories.
The Enniskillen feature race, the Richard Britton Memorial, was the big one.
McGee claimed the win in this rather emotional race for the club and family.
Mullingar Missile Derek McGee underlined his status as the man to beat at the Enniskillen Road Races after a dominant clean sweep during practice on Friday. The southern Irish rider, fresh from a superb runner-up finish in the Lightweight race at the Isle of Man TT on Ryan Farquhar’s KMR Kawasaki, claimed pole in the Superbike, Supersport, Supertwins and Moto3 classes at the three-mile Arney circuit on Friday.
Derek McGee won a maximum five races as the Enniskillen Road Races returned for the first time in 66 years.
The Mullingar rider was dominant in every class, with the highlight coming in the Enniskillen 100 feature race.
McGee also won the opening Superbike race, as well as recording a Supertwin and two Supersport victories.
Tobermore's Adam McLean claimed second place in all five of the races which McGee won.
McGee, who secured his first Isle of Man TT podium in this year's Lightweight race, was flawless as he won the main Richard Britton Memorial race by just over 12 seconds from McLean and Graham Kennedy.
McGee had earlier taken victory in the opening Superbike race around the Arney Circuit, again from McLean and Kennedy, setting a lap record of 104.165mph in the process.
Another victory followed in the Supertwin class, with Thomas Maxwell claiming the final podium spot.
The 'Mullingar Missile' beat McLean to top honours in both Supersport races to ensure his perfect event, with Kevin Fitzpatrick recording two third-place finishes around the three-mile course.
Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that McGee will be joined by William and Michael Dunlop at the Skerries 100 next weekend.
William makes his return to racing after pulling out of the Isle of Man TT to be with his pregnant partner, while Michael will be hoping to build on his three wins around the TT course.
Police are appealing to motorists ahead of the Enniskillen 100 Road Races to arrive early and follow traffic diversions in place around the event.
Inspector Darren Fox said " The Enniskillen road races are scheduled to take place on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th June 2018. Police have been working closely with the organisers and partners to ensure a safe and enjoyable event for all involved.
“I am appealing to all motorists attending the event to arrive in good time and make use of the designated parking areas. Vehicles must not be parked in an area that would cause an obstruction to public or private entrances or obstruct access to emergency service routes, which must be kept clear at all times. Motorists are advised of traffic disruption around the event and must comply with traffic diversions in place.
“When attending the event, please respect residents property and remain within the designated spectating areas.
“Road closures will be in place on Friday from 1200-2100 hrs and Saturday between 1000-1900hrs.
“Finally, I am urging enthusiasts to behave responsibly and leave the racing to the professionals. We want everyone who comes to the reincarnated Enniskillen 100 to enjoy themselves, but road safety must come first. There will be additional Police on duty at the event and we will be robustly enforcing the law to make our roads safer and keep people safe. #AvoidThatFine
The Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Howard Thornton, today announced the Council’s sponsorship of the Enniskillen Road Races.
Taking place on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 June 2018, Enniskillen Road Races will bring road racing back to Enniskillen after a break of 66 years.
The race schedule will see a full day of practices on the Friday with roads closing from 12 noon to 9pm and on Saturday from 10am, when there will be an 11 Race Program with the Richard Britton Memorial Race to be the showcase of the day.
Set in the shadow of Cuilcagh Mountain, the 3-mile circuit has a ‘little bit of everything’ ranging from wide fast straights with sweeping corners to blind jumps.
Speaking about the Council’s sponsorship of the Enniskillen Road Races, Councillor Thornton said:
“The Council is delighted to be working in partnership with Enniskillen and District Motorcycle Club on this event which has the capacity to attract significant numbers of visitors to the area over the course of the weekend. The event also provides us with the opportunity to showcase the district to a new audience enabling our tourism product to be promoted to a wider market. Such events will generate income for our local businesses through significant spending, particularly in the service and retail sector through the provision of accommodation and food retail outlets.
I understand that the Enniskillen Road Race will be the only event of its kind in the west. Enniskillen is the ideal location as it is effectively the gateway to the North, South, East and West and I look forward to welcoming the many visitors who I am confident will find their way to our district for the event in the last weekend in June.”
Enniskillen and District Motorcycle Club said:
“We are delighted to welcome Fermanagh and Omagh District Council as our title sponsor for the Enniskillen Road Races. We look forward to working together to showcase the county and bring back a ‘no frills, just pure road racing’ event to the area.
Riders from all over Ireland north and south will compete at the event with riders from as far as Germany and England and we are hopeful to put on a show as never seen in this area before. We are proud to bring motorcycle racing back to the area and with visitors already coming from as far as South Africa and Australia we hope we can encourage locals from the area to come and support this event.”
The original Enniskillen 100 was a well-known and prestigious racing event with 17 races taking place between 1929 and 1952.
'In 2012, Fermanagh District Council, with the support of local motorcycle enthusiasts, established the Enniskillen 100 Revival at Enniskillen Airport as a commemorative event. With the assistance of the Cookstown & District Motorcycle Club, the Enniskillen 100 Revival became a championship event in 2014. The local enthusiasts formed the new Enniskillen and District Motorcycle Club in 2015 and the club now runs the Enniskillen 100 Revival.'
After four years of successful championship racing at St Angelo, Enniskillen and District Motorcycle Club is now bringing road racing back to the district at the end of June.
For further information on Enniskillen Road Races please visit www.enniskillenroadraces.co.uk.