Race Preview

Faugheen 50 Road Race – Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st July 2019

Grids are full, with only room in the 125cc and 250cc/300cc/400cc Championships and they look fantastic!  It’s almost as if it’s the complete list of Irish Road Racing ranking from whose leading the Championship in each and every class from top to bottom! Practically every racer has confirmed entry. The list is too long for each class to include below, so I have just highlighted those few generally at the top of their classes.

Leading the charge in Faugheen this year in the National classes are Derek Sheils, Derek McGee, Michael Sweeney, Michael Browne, Thomas Maxwell, Darryl Tweed, James Chawke to name but a few riders entered.   They will all be battling for the Open, Grand Final and 600cc Championship titles.  Without exception, the grids for these National classes have Ireland’s top racers in them.  Should be lots of exciting clashes!  The Supertwins/650cc Championship is by far the biggest grid and if everyone turns up, the there will be a non-qualifier/B race. Leading the charge in this race will be Derek McGee, James Chawke (on the Paton), Michael Sweeney, Darryl Tweed, Vinny Brennan and John Ella will all be battling for the Championship points.

The Support grids are led by Andy McAllister, Tommy Henry, Dermot Cleary, Darryl Anderson, Niall Power in the Senior Support and Vinny Brennan, John Ella, Noel Smith and Club Member Martin Currams in the Junior Support all vying for top positions and Championship points.  

The Classic racing this year is proving to be an eye catcher with tough battles, with
all the top racers in each class coming to Faugheen, these include  Barry Davidson, Ed Manly, Brian Mateer, Sean Leonard, Ian Thompson, Richard Ford, Philip Shaw, John Leigh Pemberton to name but a few.  Again, all those leading their respective classes from top to bottom will be there.

The 125cc/Moto 3 race will be enthralling as Gary Dunlop, Derek McGee, Melissa Kennedy, Nigel Moore, Wayne Kennedy, Sean Leonard and Malcolm Love will all be battling to gain Championship points. 



The narrow roads of Faugheen are buzzing with activity with the build up to the races
around our fantastic and challenging 2.2 mile circuit. Roads close early, we are hoping to get Newcomers out on the grid around 12noon on Saturday and racing will start at 11am on Sunday. With many of the top Irish road racers competing at this national round of the road racing calendar, spectators will have a weekend of pure speed with riders travelling at speeds in excess of 180 mph on closed public roads with viewing vantage points so
close you can see the rider’s eyes as they pass.  Then later you can meet the same
riders in the paddock and see how very normal and down to earth they are without their helmet on.

I would like to ask all spectators to please watch the racing in the safe allocated zones
and observe the Race Marshals instructions and advice. Viewing points on the circuit are noted in the circuit map inside the Club’s programme.  I would also like to thank all of our sponsors, all officials for attending (we could not run the weekend’s racing without them) and a big thanks to all the racers who have confirmed entry and to all of you, the spectators; we hope you have an enjoyable and safe time watching the racing and don’t forget to buy a programme!

And my last wish to you all travelling to Faugheen this weekend is to have a safe journey!


Yours in sport,


Maeve Walsh,
Race Secretary
Faugheen 50 Supporters Club Ltd

One Response to “Race Preview

  • Hi never mis faugheen the best circuit of all it brings a real challenge trickey but fab.

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