Around-A-Pound Tandragee 100 Awards 2018
Man of Meeting (Billy McClelland Memorial Trophy) - Derek McGee.
Fastest Lap of the Day (Raymond Singleton Memorial Trophy) – Dan Kneen.
Fastest Lap of the Day by Club Member (Trueman Perpetual Challenge Cup) - Shaun Anderson.
Best Overall Newcomer (Daniel Humphreys Memorial Trophy) - Davy Todd.
1st 500 Classic outside Prize Winners (Mervyn Elwood Trophy) - Gary Jamison.
1st 250 in Support Race (Raymond Hanna Memorial Trophy) - Chris Meyer.
1st 600 in Tandragee 100 (Eddie Sinton Memorial Trophy) - Steven Proctor.
Winner of the Tandragee 100 (Bobbie Edgar Memorial Trophy) – Dan Kneen.
The Spirit of Tandragee (Dario Cecconi Memorial Trophy) – Enrico Rocchi.
AROUND-A-POUND TANDRAGEE 100 - FINAL THOUGHTS
In what proved to be an enthralling weekend’s racing around the County Armagh circuit, it was the spirit of the event, and the camaraderie of the road racing family which ultimately won the day, no doubt bolstered by the manner in which the event was hosted by the always welcoming North Armagh Club.
In sometimes trying circumstances, with racing incidents to navigate and a bedraggled paddock field causing mischief, the atmosphere created by the hosting club certainly buoyed everyone’s mood.
As I walked around the paddock I can’t recall having before seen so many smiling faces. It was great to hear some old stories being regaled and to witness first hand what it truly means to be road racing fan; that is to say once you walk through the gate of a paddock, you always have a friend beside you. That couldn’t be more true of Tandragee at the weekend.
Anne Forsythe and her dedicated team made the event run like clockwork and plaudits must go their diligent hard work. Running a road racing event isn’t getting any easier and it’s a thankless job at times which makes it all the more special when you see so many people going about their business with a friendly attitude and a smile on their face.
Bumper spectator numbers only serves to echo my sentiment; that the Tandragee 100 is a very special event indeed. It was extremely encouraging to see so many fans cheering on the racers and and showing the club the support it so richly deserves.
I also noticed lots of programmes being waved; perhaps the word is out and everyone is now willing to dig deep in order to ensure our sport has a firm foundation to grow and flourish so that future generations will be blessed to see the bravest sportspeople in the world do battle on the roads.
No other sport on our island can unite communities the way in which road racing can. It’s a wonderful advertisement for how inclusive sport can be. The sport’s detractors would do well to remember this, and if they ever wish to see it for themselves, there’s no better place than the paddock at Bell’s Crossroads.
They just may need a tractor to pull them out at the end of the day.
As for the racing, well that was just immense. Newcomers taking delight in the thrill of speeding down Cabragh straight, lap records being broken, a thrilling grand final which will live long in the memory, and the ‘Mullingar Missile’ being named man of the meeting.
AROUND-A-POUND TANDRAGEE 100 RACE DAY REPORT
The North Armagh club played host yesterday to some truly spectacular road racing as the finest exponents of the sport went wheel-to-wheel around the circuit under blistering sunshine and in view of bumper crowds around the course.
The Open Race was first to get underway and provided spectators with a thrilling two-way tussle for the lead between Derek McGee and Derek Sheils. With the lead swapping and a threatening Dan Kneen stalking the leading duo, it was impossible to say how this race would play out. By the last lap McGee had edged out the slightest of leads but overshot the final corner and was visibly upset as he saw a sure victory turn to a third place in a matter of seconds.
It was Derek Sheils who kept things steady and ultimately took the win for the Cookstown Burrows Engineering Suzuki Team. Tyco BMW star Dan Kneen was in second. It’s fair to say that mistake by McGee absolutely focused the ‘Mullingar Missile’ as he was on a charge for the rest of the day.
The Supersport race was utterly dominated by B&W Racing’s Derek McGee who led the race from start to finish, ultimately crossing the line over 6 seconds ahead of next placed rider, McAdoo Kawasaki’s Adam McLean. William Dunlop was back in third place. McGee pulled a characteristically typical wheelie to treat the huge crowd sat in the grandstand at the finish line. The 2017 Irish Supersport champion looks set to have another bumper season in the Supersport class. Pole sitter Derek Sheils was placed fifth.
When the Supertwin race got underway it was expected that Derek McGee and Adam McLean would be fighting for the win and that’s exactly how it went. KMR backed McGee was followed all the way by Roy Hanna Motors rider McLean. McGee crossed the finish line less than a second ahead of McLean. Davey Todd, riding for Cookstown BE had looked set for a stunning podium finish but the Englishman pulled out at the end of Cooley Hill. When the race ended it was Darren Cooper who had grabbed the final podium position.
McGee didn’t make it out for the 125/Moto3 race and as it got underway it was Adam McLean who, by the time he had reached Cooley Hill, had a commanding lead. Sadly for McLean he was to retire shortly after which left Paul Robinson with a chance for victory as he was six seconds ahead of Joe Loughlin. Loughlin however had other ideas and within half a lap the gap was halved. Ultimately Robinson won by just a few tenths of a second. Nigel Moore was in third spot.
As the sun was baking the crowds the Superbikes were rolled out to begin the Around-A-Pound Tandragee 100 in what turned out to be the race of the day.
Derek Sheils, Derek McGee, Michael Sweeney and Dan Kneen were locked in a four-way fight for the lead throughout.
Kneen didn’t have the best of starts and was back in fourth place at one point but kept chipping away as the lead changed hands in front.
Sheils lost the lead to McGee on lap 4 and Kneen was now ahead of Sweeney. By the penultimate lap Kneen had passed Sheils and only McGee stood in front of him claiming a triple grand final crown at Tandragee.
McGee was using all of his road racing skills to do his best to maintain the lead but Kneen found a way through and won by 0.4 seconds.
Kneen, on his way to victory also smashed the outright lap record with a time of 2:55:11s. This will no doubt fill the Manx rider with confidence ahead of the international season beginning.
William Dunlop and Davey Todd crashed after a coming together at Bell’s that ultimately handed McAdoo rider Adam McLean fifth spot.
Darryl Tweed won a resounding victory in the Junior Support ahead of a very popular second place for Stephen Morrison. Vic Allan was in third place.
Classic honours went to Brian Mateer in the 250 class, Barry Davidson in the 350 class and Dean Stimpson in the 500 class. Trevor Stewart brought the only 1000 Classic home.
Michael Browne was utterly dominant in the Senior Support Race finishing 27 seconds ahead of Wayne Sheehan with William Hara in third.
Gareth Keys won the forgotten era class and set a new lap record on his way to victory.
Junior support spoils went to Wayne Sheehan in first place, Barry Sheehan in second, and Stephen Morrison in third.
A huge thanks must go to the North Armagh Club, Anne Forsythe and her team, marshals, medics and all the volunteers who made the event possible.
Thoughts to the riders who were injured. Let’s hope they’re on the mend soon.
TANDRAGEE RESULTS WRAP UP
Gareth Keys (New Lap Record)
MCCRUM’S MOTORCYCLES OPEN RACE
TANDRAGEE 100 GRAND FINAL
Dan Kneen (New outright lap record).
Man of the meeting award goes to Derek McGee
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DAN KNEEN WINS TANDRAGEE 100 GRAND FINAL AND SETS NEW LAP RECORD
Tyco BMW rider Dan Kneen won the Around-A-Pound Tandragee 100 grand final for a third time in what proved to be the race of the day.
The Manx rider was back in fourth place at one point but kept chipping away as the lead changed hands in front.
After a bad start the Braddan man had his work cut out but he fought his way to the front and earned a hard fought victory against some world class exponents of road racing.
It was a thrilling race that thoroughly captivated the bumper crowed spectating at the Around-A-Pound Tandragee 100.
Kneen, riding for local team Tyco BMW, was in imperious form and as Derek Sheils, Derek McGee and Michael Sweeney were tussling for the podium places, Kneen was stalking the trio waiting to pounce.
Sheils lost the lead to McGee on lap 4 and Kneen was now ahead of Sweeney. By the penultimate lap Kneen had passed Sheils and only McGee stood in front of him claiming a triple crown at Tandragee.
McGee was using his road racing skills to do his best to maintain the lead but Kneen found a way through and won by 0.4 seconds.
Kneen, on his way to victory also smashed the outright lap record with a time of 2:55:11s. This will no doubt fill the Manx man with confidence ahead of the international season beginning.
William Dunlop and Davey Todd crashed after a coming together at Bell’s that ultimately handed McAdoo rider Adam McLean fifth spot.
SHEILS WINS OPEN THRILLER AT TANDRAGEE SUPERSPORT
Derek Sheils won a thrilling Open race for the second successive year.
The Cookstown BE rider was locked in a duel with Derek McGee throughout the race with Tyco BMW mounted rider Dan Kneen stalking the pair in third spot.
As the lead chopped and changed it was clear that something had to give and it did in dramatic fashion as McGee overshot at the final corner on the final lap allowing Sheils the slight window he needed to overtake and grab the win.
Kneen managed to slip through and demote McGee to third sport.
It was definitely a case of a missed opportunity for McGee, but equally, Sheils put himself in place throughout and the victory was richly deserved.
William Dunlop was back in 4th with local man Shin Anderson rounding out the top 5.
Top 10 finishers Open Race Tandragee 100
SUPERSPORT SUCCESS FOR DEREK MCGEE AT TANDRAGEE
Derek McGee won in dominant fashion in the Tandragee 100 Supersport event.
McGee, riding for B&W Racing on their Kawasaki machine, led the race from start to finish without ever looking troubled.
The 2017 Irish Supersport champion today proved once more that he is truly world class and a strong favourite to reclaim his crown in 2018.
McGee crossed the line over 6 seconds ahead of McAdoo Racing Kawasaki rider Adam McLean in second, and William Dunlop back in third.
Michael Sweeney was in fourth place and pole sitter Derek Sheils was in fifth spot.
Top 10 SSP
2018 AROUND-A-POUND TANDRAGEE 100 QUALIFYING REPORT
Derek Shiels proved too strong in both the Superbike and Supersport classes at Tandragee as the Irishman claimed a scintillating double pole position ahead of fellow irishman Derek McGee.
McGee however was quickest in the 125/Moto3 class, and also in the Supertwin class on the IEG / KMR Kawasaki.
On a day for local talent, Adam McLean put in some superb performances as he qualified in second in the Supertwin class on the Roy Hanna Motors backed Kawasaki. McLean also starts second in the 125/Moto3 Class with Paul robinson in third spot.
Robert McCrum was quickest in the 1000 Classics with Jamie O’Brien in second and Trevor Stewart in third. Once again in the Classic 350 it was Barry Davidson topping the times. Brian Mateer was quickest in the Classic 250 and Gareth Keys the man to best in the Forgotten Era Class.
Junior Support Pole is held by Wayne Sheehan and in the Senior Support Class, pole is held by Michael Browne.
Darryl Tweed topped the 400 times with Stephen Morrison in second and Vic Allan in third place. In the 250 class Neil Kernohan grabbed pole ahead of Dean Stimpson in second and John McAllister in third place.
Michael Sweeney was in fine form on his way to securing a third place finish in the Superport class.
Davey Todd impressed too as the Englishman qualified in third spot in the Supertwins.
SHEILS STORMS TO SUPERBIKE POLE
Derek Sheils was the main man again today in both Superbike and Supersport classes as the Irishman stormed to a brace of superb pole positions.
The Cooktown Burrows Engineering rider was in scintillating form around the County Armagh circuit and following his superb win at Cooktown last week, he proved to everyone at Tandragee that he is the man to beat. Sheils was the only man to go under the 3 minute mark posting a time of 2:59:445 seconds just ahead of fellow countryman Derek McGee.
Tyco BMW rider Dan Kneen was back in third with a mighty fourth spot being held by local rider shaun Anderson.
Derek Sheils 2.59.43
Derek McGee 3.00.22
Dan Kneen 3.01.91
Shaun Anderson 3.03.98
Michael Sweeney 3.04.62
William Dunlop 3.04.86
Adam McLean 3.06.77
Davey Todd 3.07.95
Seamus Elliott 3.09.60
Kevin Fitzpatrick 3.10.00
THRILLING AROUND-A-POUND TANDRAGEE 100 IN PROSPECT
The 58th Tandragee 100 roars into action this weekend and with a list of top class entries it promises to a bumper weekend of road racing at the 5.3 mile County Armagh circuit.
Dan Kneen will be making his 2018 Irish roads bow at Tandragee as the Manx rider is set to compete for local outfit Tyco BMW. Kneen, a past winner at Tandragee, last competed at the event back in 2016 when riding for Mar-Train Yamaha. This time around he will have a BMW S1000RR to do battle on.
Cookstown Burrows Engineering Suzuki rider Derek Sheils will no doubt fancy his chances having claimed victory in the superbike race at Tandragee in 2017. Coming off the back of a win last weekend at Cookstown, many will see the Irishman as a strong favourite for honours when racing gets underway.
McAdoo Kawasaki and Roy Hanna Motors rider, Adam McLean picked up the ‘Man Of The Meeting’ award at Cookstown after a series of outstanding performances, the best of which was a stunning victory in the Supertwin race under very trying conditions.
McLean is rapidly becoming a force to be reckoned with on the roads and can’t be ignored for further honours this coming weekend.
Mullingar rider Derek McGee is set to compete in a multitude of classes. McGee, a triple roads champ in 2017, has the ability to win races on any machinery and cannot be discounted for success when racing gets underway.
Temple Golf Club / Caffrey International backed rider William Dunlop looks to put a disappointing Cookstown 100 behind him as he turns his attention to Tandragee. Dunlop will take part in the Supersport and Superbike classes and will be hopeful for better results as he looks ahead to the international roads season beginning in earnest.
Daniel Mettam has hit the ground running as the New Zealander stormed to an astonishing Open Race B win at Cookstown before adding a further podium finish in the Supertwin class. Fans will be eager to see the Billy McKinstry backed rider in action around the rolling hills of Tandragee.
Michael Sweeney will be fancied to mix it for podium finishes as the MJ Racing rider is vastly experienced and was successful around Orritor last weekend.
Canadian visitor Mel Gantly, who experienced his first taste of roads action at Cookstown, will contest the Tandragee 100. Mel has been bolstered by the support he has been shown by the road racing family and is looking forward to the challenges the Tandragee 100 will present to him.
Other entrants include, Melissa Kennedy, Barry Davidson, Shaun Anderson, Sarah Boyes, Paul Robinson, Rhys Hardisty, Paul Jordan, Darren Cooper, Andy Farrell, Joe Loughlin, Davy Graham, Neil Kernohan, Davey Todd, Seamus Elliot and Dominic Herbertson are also signed up to race.
Road Racing Daily wishes all the North Armagh club, and all entrants a successful and safe weekend’s racing.
Roads close 3pm-9pm Friday and 10am-7pm Saturday.
Programmes £15, Grandstands £5 on Friday & Saturday, Official Car Parks £5. The club would welcome a donation of £5 to help cover the ever growing costs.
The Tandragee 100 Supporters Club will be in the Paddock selling memberships £10. All money goes straight back into the event which is run entirely by volunteers.
There is a car park across the road at Clare Primary School, BT62 2HB, and the paddock is a 2 minute walk.
DAN KNEEN SET FOR AROUND-A-POUND TANDRAGEE 100
Tyco BMW roads star Dan Kneen is set to make his return to the Tandragee 100 this coming weekend. Kneen last appeared at Tandragee back in 2016 when riding for Mar-Train Yamaha.
Kneen stepped in to the Tyco BMW ranks for the 2017 Ulster Grand Prix following an injury Ian Hutchinson sustained at the Isle Of Man TT, and he immediately impressed at Dundrod showing real pace in what proved to be a record breaking international meeting.
That secured his place with the Moneymore based team for the 2018 roads season and he will be determined to impress at Tandragee ahead of the international season opener at the North West 200.
Consistent performances throughout 2017, including a stunning TT Superstock podium finish, will fill the Braddan man with confidence as he seeks to further underline his roads credentials in 2018.
Kneen will join an already stellar lineup for the County Armagh meeting.
Cookstown 100 superbike winner Derek Sheils will be in attendance and William Dunlop will also be racing at the event hosted by the North Armagh Club.
This year’s Tandragee 100 takes place on the 4th and 5th of May with practice on the Friday and racing on the Saturday.
Road closure times are as follows:
Friday 4th May from 3pm - 9pm
Saturday 5th May from 10am - 7pm
Photo by Mick Cooke
WILLIAM DUNLOP TO CONTEST THE 2018 AROUND-A-POUND TANDRAGEE 100
Mar-train Racing will be bringing William Dunlop to the Tandragee 100 on the Temple Golf Club & Caffrey International Yamaha.
“The North Armagh Motorcycle & Car Club Ltd is delighted to promote the 58th Around A Pound Tandragee 100 on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th May 2018.
We are delighted to announce that Tim Martin has confirmed he is bringing William Dunlop to this year’s Tandragee 100 to compete on the Temple Golf Club / & Caffery International Yamaha. William will compete in the 600 Supersport and the two Superbike races.
After a year away from the sport Tim Martin’s desire to win races has only intensified and he aims to prove just how good both Dunlop and the Mar-Train Yamaha actually are with International victories the absolute target. However, William enjoys Tandragee and the course offers not only a challenge for the competitor but a great opportunity to set up the bike for the internationals that lie ahead.”
In what is a major coup for the club, the attendance of Dunlop will no doubt help draw even more supporters to the already popular event.
Roads close 3pm-9pm Friday and 10am-7pm Saturday.
Programmes £15, Grandstands £5 on Friday & Saturday, Official Car Parks £5. We would welcome a donation of £5 to help cover the ever growing costs.
The Tandragee 100 Supporters Club will be in the Paddock selling memberships £10...all money goes straight back into the event which is run entirely by volunteers.
BT62 2HB is Clare Primary School there is a car park across the road and the paddock is a 2 minute walk.
Also check out the spectator section of the website www.tandragee100.co.uk
The Tandragee 100 is always a highlight of the road racing calendar and in particular, the Irish national scene.
The circuit itself is widely regarded by many as the finest national track and it was also voted 4th best track in all of road racing, finishing behind only the TT, Macau GP and the Ulster Grand Prix. Personally speaking I think it rivals even the mighty Dundrod circuit
The rolling hills which surround the North Armagh village of Tandragee lay home to some of the most thrilling and spectacular sections of any roads circuit in the world and if you’re lucky enough to visit over the course of race weekend you’ll be treated to motorcycle road racing action equally as thrilling as the track itself as you can see in the photo here depicting firm fan favourite, Andy Farrell.
The best exponents of road racing will be on show as usual as it’s not only the fans that hold this event in particular high regard, but it’s the riders themselves that love competing there; the fast flowing straights and technical sections bring out the best in them and prove a huge test for rider and machine.
The North Armagh club which hosts the event is always hugely welcoming and put on a family friendly event. There are numerous vantage points situated around the circuit so you won’t be stuck for somewhere from which to see the racing.
We will be posting all related news as it happens so stay tuned and in the meantime you can click the link to be directed to the club’s website.
** Don’t forget to buy a programme when attending the event **