Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year
We send this greeting to wish all our members a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous and safe 2018. We had a great year with the very successful Skerries 100. We look forward to 2018 with a change to our date, we have decided to run on Saturday and Sunday this year as it was felt we wouldn't struggle as much to get marshals over the weekend, as Friday had been a struggle for the last number of years. We hope you will all lend a shoulder to the wheel and come along and help us run this famous event. We still meet most Tuesdays in the Bus Bar so come along and help us out.
Dates to remember 1st January 2018 @ 2pm Flag Seminar and Anti-doping
President ~ Tony
It’s the culmination of another year of Real Road Racing and we are all so fortunate that most of the clubs were able to run their events, mainly because of the massive increase in insurance. Although Loughshinny could not afford to run two events at least the Killalane date was not lost on the calendar and I feel we supported East Coast in the best possible way in the provision of all our club equipment from flags, corner board, signs, marshal coats etc etc. It would seem to me that in the future clubs will have to co-operate more to assist each other to try and alleviate expense, and the centre has a role to play here through the road race committee so that equipment of various types should be stored for the club. As clubs need different types to setup their circuits. It is down to a management situation and the Road Race committee should be more proactive in this regard.
Hopefully in 2018 all the races will be run and as its also weather dependent to a degree it is in the “lap of the gods” but it has become extremely difficult financially and getting more difficult as we cannot relax on the safety of the spectators and competitors, providing safe vantage points and protective equipment on courses.
Looking forward to 2018 positively, we will start our preparations for Skerries early in the new year, hopefully we will have the support of all of you and a huge thanks to all of you who continue to support the club in any way, I thank you most sincerely.
Looking forward to seeing you in the New Year and best wishes for Christmas and 2018. Tony Carton
Club Championship 2017
2017 was another fantastic year Loughshinny club riders. The Championships this year were the closest to date.
Derek Sheils won the Road Race Championship by winning more races than Sean Leonard did, as the pair finished on equal points by the end of the season. Michael Sweeney was close behind the pair in third. Derek had a fantastic year winning many races onboard Burrows Engineering machinery and finished runner up in the both the Irish Superbike and Supersport Championships. Sean Leonard won the Classic 350 Irish Championship, and had a podium in every single race through out the whole season. Michael Sweeney had an excellent year finishing 2nd in the Irish Supertwin Championship, 3rd in Irish Superbike Championship and 4th in the Irish Supersport Championship. The Short Circuit Championship proved to be just as exciting, Shane Sweeney taking 1st place by just 7 points from Aaron Clifford. Finglas man Jason Cash was back in 3rd. Shane Sweeney based his year around the Production 650 twin, where he finished 2nd in the Irish Championship. Aaron Clifford spent his year up with the big guns in the Irish Supersport 600 class where he took many race wins and finished 6th overall in the Irish Championship, 3rd in the Mondello masters Championship, as well as racing in the ultra-competitive British Superstock Championship. Jason Cash spent his year riding the Stock twin in Mondello, every race that Jason finished he was on the podium, an excellent achievement. Jason finished 2nd in the Mondello Masters Championship with Sweeney behind him in 3rd.
The Championship also awarded Gavin Duffy for being the best Classic rider in the Short Circuit Championship. Even though the Classics don’t get a run out at half of the races throughout the year, Gavin still managed to finish 7th overall in the Loughshinny Championship.
The Championships are proving to be successful and this year we paid out over €2000 to our riders. I want to take this opportunity to encourage all of our members to continue to support the club so that we can keep championships like these going for the riders benefit. Yours in Sport Wayne Hall