The ever popular Around A Pound Tandragee 100, has this year attracted over 360 entries, ranging from Irish roads royalty, ambitious rising stars, event stalwarts and various high profile newcomers.
Alongside the likes of anticipated Supersport/Superbike/Super Twin front runners such as Derek Sheils, Derek McGee, McAdoo Kawasaki’s Adam McLean, Paul Jordan and Michael Sweeney, next gen road racers such as WH Racing’s Dominic Herbertson and Joe Loughlin are also capable of being in the mix, for notable results.
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Same applies to Shaun Anderson, The Peoples Bike Team’s Rhys Hardisty, multiple Manx GP rostrum finisher Barry Evans, Andy Farrell, Davy Morgan, Michal ‘Indi’ Dokoupil and Seamus Elliott.
Tyco BMW’s Dan Kneen, is also potentially Tandragee bound, as he targets more much needed track time ahead of the Vauxhall International North West 200/TT 2018.
Outside of the four stroke classes additional notable entrants include Sarah Boyes, Nigel Moore, Melissa Kennedy, plus yesteryear specialists Robert McCrum and Gary Jamison.
Not forgetting of course eight times Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup winner Guy Martin, who’s set to pilot his in house built BSA.
Newcomers wise, just some of the 36 racers set to tackle the challenging Tandragee course, which has been dubbed by many as a ‘Mini TT’ include New Zealand’s Daniel Mettam, ECTA Racing’s Mike Norbury, Rad Hughes, Super Twins Manx GP champion Darren Cooper, Canada’s Mel Gantly and Italy’s Enrico Rocchi.
The healthy year in year out intake of ten’s of event newcomers, showcases the appeal of one of pure road racing’s most respected and prestigious events.
Outside of the stellar entry, it’s also been confirmed recently that this years Around A Pound Tandragee 100, will include alongside the eight race schedule, and an overall prize fund of £11,000 pounds, include a £200 pound prize for the man of the meeting award, courtesy of Milne Racing.
Words by Stevie Rial