Almost one hour ahead of schedule, the seven-lap Roadside Garage Supersport race commenced.
Decent conditions all-round greeted the all-star field as TT winners, rising talents, Armoy specialists did battle.
Unfortunately, the races’ first-start proved a false dawn with the race red-flagged during opening lap proceedings.
Following a small delay, competition re-opened featuring a now reduced six-lap race distance.
Pre-race favourite Michael Dunlop grabbed the initiative as lap one concluded, leading 125/Moto 3 race winner Michael Browne by just 0.152 of a second.
Then on lap two, Dunlop stretched the race-lead to plus eight seconds before red-flags entered the horizon due to pesky rain descending upon Armoy.
The Junior Classics race then took place for three laps before more another sudden racing stoppage, this time because of an oil spillage.
Once the oil was cleared, Supersport action returned with now a five-lap race distance in mixed conditions.
Quickest out of the blocks post the third race start was 25 times TT winner, aforementioned second race-start pace setter Dunlop.
At lap one’s optimisation, Dunlop led Davey Todd by almost one second.
Adam McLean held third with BE/RK Racing’s Browne, Paul Jordan, Dean Harrison wrapping up the top six.
Dunlop continued to prove unrivalled on lap two, extending the race-lead to in excess of four seconds.
Remaining race laps saw ‘Maverick’ maintain a consistent, rapid pace, going onto calmly notch up Irish road race victory No.115.
Super Twins TT runner-up Browne got the better of Todd for third whilst Tobermore’s McLean held off Harrison for fourth.
PreZ Racing’s Jordan placed P6 as Dominic Herbertson, Marcus Simpson, Lightweight Supersport victor Darryl Tweed, WH Racing’s Julian Trummer completed the first ten finishers.
Photo credit: Derek Wilson
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou