Burrows Engineering Racing rider Davey Todd followed up his impressive debut at the Southern 100 with four runner-up finishes at the Fore Club’s ‘Race of the South’ meeting at Walderstown on Sunday.
Todd was making his second appearance at the event in County Westmeath after his debut at Walderstown in 2017.
Wet weather affected the Irish National road race but Davey acquitted himself well as he tackled the tricky conditions on the Burrows Engineering Racing machines.
Davey pushed Derek McGee hard on the opening laps of the feature Grand Final race but was forced to drop back when his tyre began to deteriorate on the drying roads. He finished as the runner-up behind McGee and also clinched second place in the earlier Open race on the Suzuki GSX-R1000.
In the Supersport event, Davey again sealed the runner-up spot on the BE Racing Honda CBR6000RR and he was also next best behind the experienced McGee in the Supertwins race as the young English racer made more eye-catching progress.
Derek Sheils opted to skip the meeting in light of the recent tragedies that have hit the sport.
The team now turns its attention to the Faugheen Road Races this weekend in County Tipperary.
"Davey was second to Derek McGee in all four races at Walderstown and to be fair, Derek is riding extremely well at the moment after coming off the back of a strong TT. He is the man of the moment but in the last Superbike race Davey pushed Derek hard for the best part of three laps, but then the tyre shredded. We have a good tyre for the wet, but we don’t really have a suitable tyre for drying conditions and Davey was unable to maintain the same pace.
"Davey certainly kept McGee honest in the Grand Final and was beat in the end by over six seconds, so he is starting to show some strong form himself at the Irish National races. He is making excellent progress when you consider he is with a new team this year and is only getting five laps in practice for each class. Davey is racing against riders with a lot more experience so it’s a tall order to get onto that pace, but he is now getting a feel for what he needs to do.
"We go to Faugheen now this weekend with Davey and we will see what the situation is with Derek Sheils. I will back Derek’s decision and if he gives me the call this week to say he wants to race at Faugheen, his bike will be there ready for him. In light of what has happened recently, I am taking deep breaths before each race and hoping everyone gets home safely because it has been a difficult time for the sport.”