ARMOY 2017



Longshot Racing rider Davey Todd impressed at Armoy on his way to winning the best newcomer title. 


The newcomer finished in a superb second place in today’s iOS ing Supersport encounter a mere 0.8s adrift of race winner Derek McGee. 


In the second middleweight race of the day Todd finished fourth before adding another podium in the TorqueTronix superbike race. 


Strong performances throughout the day will no doubt have caught the eye of potential bosses for next year as the Englishman was mightily impressive and with Dundrod around the corner, he will have a further chance to impress and possible seal a move for next season. 

Paul Jordan in action at Armoy - Photo by Matthew Fields


250 Classic
1 Richard Ford 2 Brian Mateer 3 Philip Shaw 4 Martin Lyons 5 Gary Hutton

350 Classic 
1 Barry Davidson 2 Sean Leonard 3 Ian Thompson 4 Bryan Allan 5 Linton Irwin 6 Jonathan Doran 7 Sean Henry 8 Roger Chen

500 Classic 
1 Ed Manly 2 Wattie Brown 3 Freddie Stewart 4 David Carleton 5 Antony Nicholls 6 Kevin Callan

1 Christian Elkin 2 Adam McLean 3 Paul Robinson 4 Ian Lougher 5 Gary Dunlop 6 Paul Jordan
7 Melissa Kennedy 8 Sam Wilson 9 Nigel Moore 10 Sam Dunlop 11 Chris Meyer 12 Sarah Boyes 13 Peter McKillop 14 Jack Sands 15 Jamie O’Brien 16 Bryan Allan 17 Ronnie Scott

1 Neil Kernohan 2 Darryl Tweed 3 Callum Laidlaw 4 Seamus Elliott 5 Tam Nicholl 6 Gareth Keys 7 Aaron Boyd 8 Enda Trearty 9 Brian Loughlin 10 Dave Walsh 11 Roy Beattie 12 Bryan Harding 13 Mark Shields 14 James Rothery

Junior Support
1 Joe Loughlin2 Marc Ironside 3 Glenn Walker 4 Ben Mullane 5 Darryl Anderson 6 Tam Nicholl 7 Derek Wilkie 8 Stephen Morrison 9 Vic Allan 10 Brian Loughlin 11 Daniel Annett 12 John Cahill 13 Kevin Barsby 14 Ken Ruddy 15 Bryan Harding 16 Roy Beattie

Senior Support Race 1
1 Adam Lyon 2 Joe Loughlin 3 David Howard 4 Marc Ironside 5 Alan Johnston 6 Mike Swanson 7 Andy McAllister 8 Tommy Henry 9 John Cahill 10 Derek Wilkie 11 James Field 12 James Reveley 13 John O’Donovan 14 George Scott 15 Kevin Barsby 16 Stuart McCann 17 Tom Vear 18 Stephen Wilson 19 Rodney Little 20 James Christie 21 Matthias Winkenjohann 22 Chris Whitehouse 23 Brian Keohane

Senior Support Race 2
1 Joe Loughlin 2 Adam Lyon 3 David Howard 4 Marc Ironside 5 Tommy Henry 6 Stephen McKeown 7 Alan Johnston 8 Steven Lynd 9 Tom Vear 10 James Reveley 11 James Field 12 Stuart McCann 13 Kevin Barsby 14 Matt Donaldson 15 Derek Wilkie 16 John Cahill 17 George Scott 18 John O’Donovan 19 Sarah Boyes 20 James Christie 21 Rodney Little 22 Matthias Winkenjohann 23 Chris Whitehouse 24 Brian Keohane 25 James Rothery

Super Twins
1 Derek McGee 2 James Cowton 3 Adam McLean 4 Christian Elkin 5 Michael Sweeney 6 Brad Vicars 7 Paul Gartland 8 Marc Ironside 9 Dominic Herbertson 10 Kris Duncan 11 Sam Johnson 12 Stephen McKnight 13 Richard Charlton 14 Tommy Henry 15 Jordan McFerran 16 Kevin Barsby 17 Trevor Matthewson

Supersport Race 1
1 Derek McGee 2 Davey Todd 3 Christian Elkin 4 James Cowton 5 Michael Sweeney 6 Joe Thompson 7 Darryl Tweed 8 Mark Goodings 9 Andy Farrell 10 Dominic Herbertson 11 Brad Vicars 12 Kris Duncan 13 Graham Kennedy 14 Neil Kernohan 15 Sam Johnson 16 Davy Morgan 17 David McConnachy 18 Callum Laidlaw 19 Paul Cranston 20 Forest Dunn 21 Thomas Maxwell 22 Richard Charlton 23 Paul Fallon 24 Patricia Fernandez

Supersport Race 2
1 Michael Dunlop 2 Derek McGee 3 James Cowton 4 Davey Todd 5 Adam McLean 6 Joey Thompson 7 Christian Elkin 8 Darryl Tweed 9 Dominic Herbertson 10 Michael Sweeney 11 Neil Kernohan 12 Mark Goodings 13 Sam Johnson 14 Brad Vickers 15 Kris Duncan 16 Callum Laidlaw 17 Davy Morgan 18 Forest Dunn 19 Paul Cranston 20 Patricia Fernandez 21 Paul Fallon

TorqueTronix Superbike Race Results
1 Michael Dunlop 2 Derek McGee 3 Davey Todd 4 William Dunlop 5 Paul Jordan 6 James Cowton 7 Joe Thompson 8 Mark Goodings 9 Dominic Herbertson 10 Forest Dunn 11 Kris Duncan 12 Paul Cranston 13 Sam Johnson

Roadside Garages KIA Race of Legends Results
1 Michael Dunlop 2 William Dunlop 3 Michael Sweeney 4 Derek McGee 5 James Cowton 6 Joe Thompson 7 Davey Todd 8 Paul Jordan 9 Davy Morgan 10 Mark Goodings 11 Dominic Herbertson 12 Graham Kennedy 13 Brad Vicars 14 Forest Dunn 15 Callum Laidlaw

Photo by Donal Glackin



Michael Dunlop continued his winning ways in 2017 as he won the feature Roadside Kia 'Race of Legends' at Armoy.


The Ballymoney rider made it seven wins in seven years in the grand final as he rode to victory with a winning margin of over 12 seconds from his brother William in second place, and Michael Sweeney in third. 


In testing conditions throughout, Dunlop was on serious form as he was also victorious in Saturday's Superbike Open race and in Supersport race 2.  


Derek McGee did the double by taking victory in the Supertwin class as well as being declared winner of the shortened Supersport race from Friday evening. 


The 'Mullingar Missle' beat out a strong challenge from James Cowton in the Supertwin race as the McAdoo Racing rider finished in a strong second spot with local lad Adam McLean back in third. 


Earlier in the day, Christian Elkin produced a stunning display in the 125 race as he beat Adam McLean in second with Paul Robinson rounding out the final podium position.  


Joe Loughlin was once again in dominant form as he scampered to wins in the support classes.


Michael Dunlop, MD Racing has confirmed his entry for the Roadside Kia Race of Legends 2017 for the Armoy Road Races on the 28th and 29th July 2017.

28-year-old Michael Dunlop, who has raced at the Armoy Road Races every year, will be entering the two, First4Printing and Bayview Hotel, Supersport races, the Torquetronix Open Race and the biggest race of the day, the Roadside Kia ‘Race of the Legends’.

Michael has a great affinity with Armoy and loves riding one of the greatest events in Ireland’s road racing calendar.

Having won the Race of Legends for six years in a row, Michael will be set on retaining the Roadside Kia Race of Legends title but with many in the mix including McAdoo Racing Kawasaki James Cowton, Mullingar man Derek McGee, and Michael’s brother William Dunlop on a Temple Golf Yamaha, Bill Kennedy believes that Michael will be hard to beat.

“I’m absolutely delighted that Michael [Dunlop] will by racing this year and vying for the sought after title of Roadside Kia Race of Legends Winner. Michael has done exceptionally well this year particularly at the TT and the Southern 100, where in addition to setting a new race record pace and a new lap record, he secured his third Southern 100 Solo Championship. I’ve no doubt Michael will be on fine form at Armoy.

“This year’s event is shaping up to be a really good event. We’ve riders from all over the UK and the South and I am confident that we are going to see some exceptional road racing again this year.
“We’ve 41 newcomers and nine Moto3 riders. There are some exceptional riders this year particularly the up and coming and I’ve no doubt that they will be out there to win,” added Bill.

International riders include many from the Republic as well as newcomers, Mathias Winkenjohann from Germany in the Senior Support race, Chris Meyer from Germany in the 125cc race, Patricia Fernandez from USA in the Supersport and Open races and Roger Chen from Taiwan fulfilling an ambition to race at Armoy in the Classics.

This year there are two races on the Friday night with the Park Electrical Service and Armoy Construction Senior Support Race 1 and First4Printing Supersport 600cc (Race 1).

Bill continues; “Bike week will commence with the Armoy Ride Out on Sunday 23rd July and later that evening the Church Service will also take place at 6.00pm in St Patrick’s Church Hall led by Reverend Easton where everyone is very welcome.

Channel 4, will be there as part of a documentary screening on Sunday 7th August at 7.30pm, followed by race highlights.

“If our VIP corporate hospitality is anything to go by we’ve folk from as far away from Norway, Italy, Aberdeen in Scotland and Wexford in Ireland.

“Our Facebook and Twitter social pages are also extremely busy with lots of engagement, so all we need now is the weather.

Bike Week runs from Sunday 23rd July until Saturday 29th July with the races taking place on Friday 28th July and Saturday 29th July 2017 culminating in the Roadside Kia ‘Race of Legends’. The Armoy Road Races are part funded by Tourism Northern Ireland and the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.

For more information on Armoy Road Races, visit or search for ‘AMRRC’ on Facebook or follow on twitter @ArmoyRoadRaces.

Please support the Armoy Road Races by buying a programme. They are available from the AMRRC office, the Mace Shop in Armoy, the Petrol Station in Armoy, Biesty’s Centra, Ballymoney and theTown Hall in Ballymoney, from the Tuesday 18th July  and cost £15.00 or €17.


Team ILR announced on Thursday morning that Ian Lougher will contest, 'The Race Of Legends' at Armoy on Friday the 28th & Saturday 29th July. 

Ian will line up beside the talented Isle Of Man TT newcomer, Joey Thompson. 

Joey will be competing in the Supersport class for Team ILR & Ian will be taking part in the Moto3 class. 

The Kia Roadside Garages 'Race of Legends' is being held on Friday 28th - Saturday 29th July this year.

2017's fastest newcomer at the Isle Of Man TT, Adam McLean will be in attendance where he will be joined by, Gary Dunlop, Paul Jordan, William Dunlop, Paul Robinson, Dom Herbertson, Christian Elkin, Darryl Tweed and Neil Kernohan amongst others.

Returning from a quite stunning TT, Adam McLean should expect to build on an already successful national roads campaign having already bagged a hugely imnpressive supersport win at the the Cookstown 100 earlier in the year. 

Adam McLean:

"In the Isle of Man I still have a lot to learn and I was pleased with the way things went there, but here at home with winning at Cookstown and finishing fourth at the North West 200, I know that expectations are high, but I'll just be going out to give it my best and see where I end up."

Man of the meeting in 2016, William Dunlop, will be looking to have a successful outing this year at a course he enjoys to race on. His younger brother, Michael has not yet confirmed his attendance but will surely look to compete at his home circuit and protect his winning streak in the feature, 'Race of Legends'.

Last year the action at Armoy was quite simply sublime with the Supertwins race in particular standing out. for my money I haven't seen a race like that in years.

This year, Bike Week runs from Sunday 23rd July until Saturday 29th July with the races taking place on Friday 28th July and Saturday 29th July 2017 culminating in the Roadside Kia ‘Race of Legends’.

The Armoy Road Races are part funded by Tourism Northern Ireland and the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council. For more information on Armoy Road Races, visit or search for ‘AMRRC’ on Facebook or follow on twitter @ArmoyRoadRaces.


The Armoy Armada was established in 1977. The Armada consisted of Mervyn Robinson, Frank Kennedy and brothers Joey & Jim Dunlop. The Armoy Armada quartet covered 3 seasons of racing from 1977 to 1979 and through their exploits they became the inspiration to many of todays road racers. During their time these men demonstrated acts of commitment, dedication, camaraderie and talent proving that the Armoy Armada are the Original legends in the sport of Road Racing.

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