Mike Browne was the big winner during Saturday's race action at the 2023 Cookstown 100, scoring victories in the Supersport and MOTO 3 races.
However, persistent rain throughout the day led to a premature conclusion due to the deteriorating conditions.
Browne won a double red flagged Supersport race, the first stoppage occurring due to Welshman Matthew Rees crashing out on the warm-up lap on his Wilson Craig Honda.
Browne who started in pole position led the restarted race on his Burrows Engineering/RK racing Yamaha R6, but the race was halted for second time on lap four when Michael Sweeney crashed out heavily. However, the Skerries man was unhurt.
The race was declared giving Browne the win by half a second ahead of a hard chasing Michael Dunlop who had been closing in quickly on the leader. Darryl Tweed took the final place on the podium.
Browne also won the MOTO 3 race. The early laps saw Nigel Moore lead the way but once Browne moved to the front he opened his advantage lap on lap, taking the flag over five seconds ahead of Moore.
Michael Dunlop took his 113th Irish road race win in the Supertwin race with a dominant performance and a win for the local McAdoo Kawasaki Racing team. Daniel Ingham was second some 23.3 seconds in arrears of the Ballymoney man.
The Superbike races were cancelled due to the deteriorating conditions. The riders went out on their sighting laps but decided the conditions were to dangerous.
Anthony O’Carroll won the Senior Support race, Dean Lacey was second and Keith Richardson 3rd.
Darryl Tweed, James Chawke and Shaun Wynne shared the podium in the lightweight Supersport class.
Barry Davidson clocked up his 100th Irish win in the Junior classic 250cc race with Nigel Moore and Andy Hornby 2nd and 3rd.
Davidson also took the win in the 350 classic outing.
The senior classic was won by Andy Hornby ahead of Wattie Brown and Barry Davidson with his third podium of the day.
Words by Derek Wilson