Derek Sheils, the man who won two Irish and one Ulster road racing titles this year, has agreed to ride for John Burrows’ Tyrone based road racing outfit again for the 2017 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy and other road races.
Another great fillip for the team is the confirmation that Cookstown will continue as title sponsor for an amazing seventh consecutive year.
“I’m extremely happy to announce that Derek Sheils will be the lead rider for Cookstown Burrows Engineering Racing in 2017,” Burrows said. “I’m delighted to have him back as it gives us continuity that we didn’t always have in the past. We know Derek, he know the team and the bikes so we are ready to go already.
“Derek will have Superbike, Supersport 600, Superstock and Supertwins machinery at his disposal for the Isle of Man TT, Ulster GP and the Irish Championship meetings. It has yet to be decided if we will compete at the North West 200. We may field a second rider at certain events if the opportunity arises.
“Derek won the Irish and Ulster Superbike titles in 2016 as well as the Irish Supertwins crown and also claimed his first International rostrum when he finished second in the UGP Supertwins race,” Burrows added. “Next year Derek and the team will focus on gaining more International success and we will have a crack at the Irish Superbike, Supersport and Supertwins championships — that would be a difficult hat-trick to achieve but it’s a challenge we are up for.”
“Next year my focus will be on getting near the sharp end in every international race I take part in,” Sheils said. “At the TT I’m aiming for top ten finishes but with the quality in every race I know that won’t be easy. I know my package will be good enough but sometimes at the TT you need a bit of luck as well.
“At home it would be nice to retain the titles I won in 2016 but I will just take each National meeting as it comes. If I win races every weekend then the championships will take care of themselves.”