ARMOY: THE RACE OF LEGENDS 2018

Road Racing Daily Armoy Road Races halted following bad weather

 

ARMOY ROAD RACES ABANDONED DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER

 

Bad weather has caused the Armoy Road Races to be brought to an early halt. 

 

It is a blow for the popular meeting, celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, but after consultation between the club and senior riders, the difficult decision was made to abandon all racing for today. 

 

Armoy Motorcycle Road Racing Club official statement.

 

“Given the conditions of the course and the weather today, due consideration has taken place by the stewards officiating and the Clerk of the Course, in addition to senior competitors. A decision has been made in the interest of safety to abandon this meeting.

 

The Club would like to thank and acknowledge the support of the competitors, sponsors, volunteers and public. We can only look forward to next year’s event.”

Road Racing Daily Derek McGee secured a pole position clean sweep at Armoy

 

ARMOY QUALIFYING REPORT AS DOMINANT MCGEE SECURES POLE CLEAN SWEEP

 

Derek McGee secured multiple pole positions at Armoy as the current rider in form once more showed his worth on the national scene. 

 

McGee qualified top of the pile in the Superbike, Supersport, Supertwin and 125/Moto3 classes but  faced problems with his Supersport machine and was forced to sit out the first middleweight encounter of the weekend which was won by Paul Jordan. 

 

McGee, unbeaten in the last fourteen races in which he has contested, is in superb form and will be heavily fancied once racing gets underway tomorrow. 

 

In the Classic stakes, Brian Mateer was quickest in the C250 class. Nigel Moore was fastest in the C350 class but nipping at his heels was George Stinson a mere 0.151s behind. Ed Manly was 0.472s quicker than Barry Davidson on his way to obtaining pole in the C500 class. 

 

Liam Chawke topped the Junior Support class by two tenths of a second ahead of Stephen Morrison. It was a terrific performance by Morrison on the less powerful NAB Racing Kawasaki 400cc machine. 

 

Neil Kernohan was quickest in the 250cc class with Davy Morgan second and Chris Meyer in third. Gareth Keys topped the Forgotten Era class. 

 

Stephen Morrison headed the Lightweight ranks ahead of Darryl Tweed and Darryl Anderson. Another stellar performance from Morrison. 

 

Senior Support qualifying spoils went to Darren Keys with Stephen McKeown on second and Mike Swanson in third. McKeown however later went on to take the honours in their first Senior Support race.  

Road Racing Daily Paul Jordan on his way to winning the first Supersport race at Armoy

 

PAUL JORDAN WINS THRILLING SUPERSPORT RACE AT ARMOY

Paul Jordan won a thoroughly gripping four lap Supersport contest at Armoy this evening narrowingly edging out rival Adam McLean by a mere 0.0007s.  

In what was a supremely close race, Magherafelt man Jordan eventually crossed the line to take his first major win this season to the glee of a delighted crowd lining the Armoy course.

Micko Sweeney pipped Cookstown Burrows Engineering rider Davey Todd to cement a richly deserved podium place with Todd taking fourth. Just over one second covered the first four riders.

First4Printing Supersport Race Results:

1 Paul Jordan

2 Adam McLean

3 Michael Sweeney

4 Davey Todd

5 Christian Elkin

6 Graham Kennedy

7 Darren Cooper

8 Darryl Tweed

9 Andy Farrell

10 Dominic Herbertson

11 Marc Ironside

12 Kris Duncan

13 Thomas Maxwell

14 Forest Dunn

15 Mike Norbury

16 Kevin Fitzpatrick

17 Sam Johnson

18 Paul Cranston

19 David McConnachy

20 Alan Johnston

21 Patricia Fernandez

22 Stephen Degnan

Road Racing Daily Stephen McKeown on his way to winning the Senior Support Race today at Armoy

 

MCKEOWN WINS SENIOR SUPPORT RACE 1 AT ARMOY

 

Stephen McKeown won the Armoy Construction / Park Electrical Services Senior Support Race today at Armoy. 

 

Riding his Triumph 675 machine, McKeown powered to victory in the 4 lap race winning by 2.855s. McKeown also set the fastest lap of the race on lap 3 with a time of 1.53.359s giving him an average speed of 95.527mph. 

 

In second place was H O’Kane Motors backed rider Tommy Henry and in third place rounding out the podium finishers was Mike Swanson on the HMD Tuning Yamaha R6. 

 

Senior Support Race Result

 

1 Stephen McKeown

2 Tommy Henry

3 Mike Swanson

4 Liam Chawke

5 Matt Donaldson

6 Dermot Cleary

7 Darryl Anderson 

8 Chris Cook

9 John Cahill

10 Jordan McFerren

11 Stuart McCann

12 Veronika Hankocyova

13 Aaron Boyd

14 Robert Cairns

15 George Scott

16 Mathias Winkenjohann

17 James Rothery

18 Stephen Carr

19 Yvonne Montgomery

 

Road Racing Daily Derek McGee will start as pre-race favourite for the 2018 Armoy Race Of Legends

 

ARMOY ‘RACE OF LEGENDS’ 2018 PREVIEW

 

Now celebrating It’s tenth year, the ever popular Armoy ‘Race Of Legends’ returns this weekend where current in-form rider Derek McGee looks set to start as the pre-race favourite across multiple classes. 

 

With a current winning streak consisting of 14 straight wins, McGee will be the man all other riders will need to beat. 

 

Riders possessing current form capable of causing an upset for McGee will be Cookstown Burrows Engineering rider Davey Todd, MJ Racing’s Micko Sweeney and local talent Paul Jordan. 

 

Todd, who enjoyed a superb third place finish in the open class on his Armoy debut last year, will fancy his chances of more success this time around. With the backing of John Burrows, Todd has gone from strength to strength and has enjoyed a stellar roads season thus far with his debut at the Isle of Man TT certainly being the highlight. 

 

Micko Sweeney can never be discounted and will be heavily fancied to be in the mix when racing gets underway this weekend. Consistently strong performances on the national scene this season has seen the Irishman involved with some momentous battles. His best performance coming at his home race, the Skerries 100. 

 

Paul Jordan has shown good form of late, especially so in the Supersport class. Two of the most exciting and close battles of the season in this class at Skerries and Faugheen has seen Jordan earn very worthy podium finishes which will have bolstered his confidence. 

 

It will still be a huge ask for anyone to expect to beat McGee however as the popular Irishman has gone from strength to strength since finishing on the podium in the Lightweight race at the Isle of Man TT this year. McGee, backed by some supremely quick Kawasaki machinery, is the man with the target on his back.  

Road Racing Daily The 2018 Bayview Hotel Armoy ‘Race Of Legends’

 

2018 ARMOY ROAD RACES OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES AS THE POPULAR MEETING CELEBRATES ITS TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY

 

One of the most popular and well attended national meetings on the calendar, the Armoy Road Races, was officially launched earlier this week with this year marking the event’s ten year anniversary. 

 

The launch was held at the Bayview Hotel in Portballintrae, with the hotel also serving as the ‘Race Of Legends’ title sponsor.

 

This year the Armoy ‘Bike Week’ runs from Sunday 22nd July until Saturday 28th July with racing taking place on Friday 27th July and Saturday 28th July culminating in the ‘Race of Legends’, won for the last seven years by local rider, and 18 time TT winner Michael Dunlop. 

 

To further add to the excitement, John McGuinness will make an appearance at this year’s event as a special guest. It will be the 23 time TT winner’s first visit to the Armoy Road Races and will no doubt add extra spice to an event which already promises to be the best meeting yet. 

 

Over the past ten years fans have been treated to some truly spectacular action at what is now widely regarded as of the most iconic locations in all of road racing. With the event growing exponentially and consistently attracting the brightest and best stars in the sport, this year will prove no different with an array of superb talent on show. 

 

Bill Kennedy MBE, Clerk of the Course: 

 

“As it’s our 10th anniversary, we knew this year had to be extra special and I am thrilled the Bayview Hotel has come on board to help us celebrate, I have no doubt that this will be the best year yet. On behalf of the club and personally, I would like to thank Trevor Kane for his commitment this year to the Armoy Road Races. To be celebrating our 10th anniversary alongside the Bayview Hotel is very poignant and I have no doubt we will be able to honour this milestone for ourselves and for Trevor.”

 

“We’ve come a long way since our very first Armoy Road Races and Race of Legends event in 2009 and I am very proud that we continue the strong association with the heritage of the club. I hope that this is only the first of many milestones, and I look forward to celebrating what we have achieved to date.”

 

Trevor Kane, proprietor of the Bayview Hotel:

 

“The fact that 2018 marks the 10th anniversary of, not only the races but the Bayview Hotel, it seemed only fitting and made for a very easy decision to become title sponsor. I look forward to the celebrations and of course some fantastic road racing at, in my opinion, the best national road race there is.”

 

We wish the club and all participants a safe and successful meeting. Please, if attending, support the sport by purchasing a programme. 

 

The official Armoy Road Races website can be found here via this link: ARMOY ROAD RACES

 

Photo by Martin McCormick

Road Racing Daily The Armoy Road Races celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2018

The Race Of Legends returns with a bang this year as it celebrates its 10th Anniversary. 

The popular road race has gone from strength to strength over its tenure, which has seen local fan favourite Michael Dunlop claim the ‘Race Of Legends’ title a magnificent 7 times! 

Photo by Martin McCormick

ARMOY Motorcycle Road Racing Club is proud to announce the Bayview Hotel as title sponsor of the ‘Race of Legends’ 2018. A joint celebration, as both the Race of Legends event and the Bayview Hotel celebrate their 10th anniversary.

 

Located in Lonely Planet’s best region to visit in 2018, overlooking the Causeway coastline in Portballintrae, the Bayview Hotel is a family run local business, which specialises in promoting Northern Ireland as the perfect alternative holiday destination.

 

The Bayview Hotel has sponsored a race every year since Armoy’s inaugural race in 2009, and Trevor Kane, owner of Bayview Hotel has made the decision to take the lead and drive the 10th anniversary celebrations as a means of commemorating his very own ten-year milestone.

 

Born from an initial idea by the locals in 2007, the Armoy Road Races has continued to grow from strength to strength, now positioning itself as one of the biggest national road races in Ireland, welcoming an increasing number of spectators and bike enthusiasts each year.

 

Bill Kennedy MBE, Clerk of the Course said, “As it’s our 10th anniversary, we knew this year had to be extra special and I am thrilled the Bayview Hotel has come on board to help us celebrate, I have no doubt that this will be the best year yet.

 

“As the races are part funded by Tourism Northern Ireland and the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, one of our main goals this year is to further promote County Antrim and the Causeway Coast and Glens as a popular tourist spot. In saying this, we hope to encourage visitors to lengthen their stay, having the Bayview Hotel as title sponsor will be a key driver in achieving this goal.

 

“We’ve come a long way since our very first Armoy Road Races and Race of Legends event in 2009 and I am very proud that we continue the strong association with the heritage of the club. I hope that this is only the first of many milestones, and I look forward to celebrating what we have achieved to date.”

 

As one of Northern Ireland’s prime motorsport gatherings, the Armoy Road Races has a rich history of bringing together the best known riders both locally and internationally, with this year set to be no different. More information on who will be taking part will be released in the coming weeks and months.

 

Trevor Kane, Owner of Bayview Hotel comments, “Working in the hospitality sector over the past ten years, I have seen how the Armoy Road Races has been significant in welcoming tourism to the area, profiling Northern Ireland as the number one destination for road racing.

 

“As a local company, one of our core beliefs is to serve the community and assist in driving the local tourism sector, therefore this partnership will build on what we, as a community, have achieved to date and encourage its continual growth.”

 

Bill continues, “On behalf of the club and personally, I would like to thank Trevor Kane for his commitment this year to the Armoy Road Races. To be celebrating our 10th anniversary alongside the Bayview Hotel is very poignant and I have no doubt we will be able to honour this milestone for ourselves and for Trevor.”

 

Trevor comments, “The fact that 2018 marks the 10th anniversary of, not only the races but the Bayview Hotel, it seemed only fitting and made for a very easy decision to become title sponsor. I look forward to the celebrations and of course some fantastic road racing at, in my opinion, the best national road race there is.”

 

The Bayview Hotel also sponsors William Dunlop along with Temple Golf Club, Caffrey International and Henderson Food Machinery. William, a strong supporter of the Armoy Road Races, has raced every year since its inauguration. William welcomed the news by saying, “I’m looking forward this to season. I’m just home from some practice in Spain and it is going well.

 

“Having my team and bikes in place in January, the additional time on the bikes, I’m very happy with where things are at the moment. Armoy is a firm favourite with me, it’s very hard to believe it’s 10 years and I wish the Club well.”

 

This year, Bike Week runs from Sunday 22nd July until Saturday 28th July with the races taking place on Friday 27th July and Saturday 28th July 2018 culminating in the ‘Race of Legends’.

 

The festivities begin with a black tie dinner hosted by the Armoy Motorcycle Road Racing Club, which will be held in the Royal Court Hotel on Friday 11th May. To book your ticket, please contact William Munnis on 077 0319 2020 or w.munnis@talk21.com. Tickets are priced at £40.00 per person.

 

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

 

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