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Armoy: Qualifying Wrap Up

Senior Support:

Powering to Senior Support Class qualifying honours at Armoy, Tommy Henry (1.56.560) got the better of fellow anticipated class front runner Andy McAllister (1.57.192) in the race for pole position.

Just 0.632 covered the pace setters on the time screens, whilst third quickest NJT Racing’s Ryan Fenton finished only a further 0.013 of a second behind 750 Suzuki mounted McAllister.

Dermot Cleary, road racing returnee Chris Cook respectively finished fourth, fifth fastest, whilst respective sixth, seventh quickest Darryl Anderson, Mike Swanson also enjoyed a solid, productive five lap qualifying stint.

Finalising the ten quickest Senior Support class exponents were Stuart McCann, Adrian Heraty and Armoy debutant Dan Ingham.

125/Moto 3:

In dominant form again on the ex Grand Prix Faraldo Racing Honda, Derek McGee secured in commanding fashion 125/Moto 3 qualifying honours.

McGee’s best lap time of 2 minutes 01.548 seconds, gave him an advantage at the helm of the qualifying times sheet of just over 4.5 seconds, with the challenge to the on top form Mullingar racer led by Melissa Kennedy (2.06.189).

Photo by Rod Neill

Third quickest behind Kennedy was national roads stalwart Nigel Moore, who finished only 0.008 of a second faster than German visitor to Armoy, Chris Meyer.

Wayne Kennedy, Armoy debutant Sam Grief, Malcolm Love placed respectively fifth, sixth, seventh fastest, whilst placing’s 8th, 9th and 10th on the 125/Moto 3 times sheet were secured by Paul Gartland, Barry Davidson and Sean Leonard.

Supersport:

Paul Jordan marked his return to pure road racing action in style, by banking pole position for tonight’s opening Supersport encounter at Armoy.

YZF R6 Yamaha mounted Jordan (1.46.258), just had the edge on Derek McGee (1.46.435) to scoop Supersport qualifying spoils by just under 0.2 of a second.

Derek Sheils (1.47.619) placed third fastest, Michael Sweeney (1.48.606) was fourth quickest, whilst quite incredibly fifth quickest was Michael Dunlop, who has shocked many by deciding to compete this week at Armoy, just over two weeks after sustaining multiple injuries from an incident within the Senior race at the Southern 100.

Photo by Rod Neill

Sixth fastest behind the heroic Dunlop was event debutant Michael Browne, who continues to quietly go under the radar with his impressive, accomplished progress at national roads venues.

Wrapping up the top ten in Supersport qualifying were Davies Motorsport’s Dominic Herbertson, Darryl Tweed, DTR supported Sam West, 2018 Junior Manx GP winner James Chawke.

Junior Classics:

Reigning Junior Classic TT champion Dominic Herbertson, having a rare non Manx roads outing aboard the Davies Motorsport 350 Honda, showcased his proven class on route to acquiring Armoy Junior Classics pole position.

Herbertson’s best lap time of 2 minutes 12.098 seconds, placed him just over 1.3 seconds clear of lead chaser, yesteryear racing legend Barry Davidson (2.13.409).

Ed Manly (2.14.179) finished third fastest, whilst leading Junior 250 Classics exponent, fourth fastest overall was Richard Ford (2.17.796).

Lightweight:

There was no stopping Logan Racing’s Neil Kernohan (1.59.277) in Lightweight class qualifying, as the renowned 250 machinery exponent headed a two stroke 1-2, with Gareth Keys (2.01.118) leading the challenge to the multi Ulster GP rostrum finisher.

Third fastest Kris Duncan led the 400 machinery challenge, whilst in total 13 racers registered qualifying times.

Alongside Kernohan, Keys, Duncan, others to show high calibre form included fourth, fifth, sixth quickest respectively Darryl Anderson, class victor at Faugheen David Howard and Stephen Morrison.

Super Twins:

Derek McGee reigned supreme in the Super Twins qualifying session, showcasing why many forecasted him Twins class victor at the 11th running of the Armoy Road Races.

KMR Kawasaki’s McGee (1.53.388) finished fastest by 0.764 over Michael Sweeney (1.54.152), who joined McGee as one of only two racers to dip under the 1 minute 55 second barrier.

Nigh on 1.4 seconds behind the pace set by fellow Skerries racer Sweeney, was multi Super Twins Manx GP winner Andy Farrell, who in turn was just over 1.2 seconds quicker than fourth fastest, Lightweight class pole sitter Neil Kernohan.

Rounding out the top ten in qualifying were Stephen McKnight, Paul Gartland, Irish Road Race Junior Support Championship leader Vinny Brennan, Senior Support pole sitter Tommy Henry, Barry Davidson and paddock favourite Stephen Morrison.

Senior Classics:

Dominic Herbertson made it a Classics qualifying double victory at Armoy this afternoon, after powering to Senior 1000 Classic, overall Senior Classics qualifying honours.

Herbertson’s impressive leading lap time of 2 minutes 06.608 seconds, placed him 3.1 seconds clear of lead pursuer, respected Senior 1000 Classic machinery exponent Richard Ford (2.09.710).

Overall third quickest, Senior 500 Classics qualifying spoils went to yesteryear racing legend Barry Davidson (2.09.747).

Junior Support:

Maintaining and some the form that’s placed in command of this year’s Irish Road Race Junior Support Championship, ‘The Racing Barber’ Vinny Brennan was in imperious form on route to claiming Junior Support qualifying honours.

Brennan (2.00.399) was almost three seconds faster than nearest pursuer in qualifying, Dominic Cottrell (2.03.374).

NJT Racing supported Ryan Fenton continued his very impressive maiden pure road racing stint, by finishing third quickest, outpacing seasoned Support class exponents such as fourth, fifth, sixth fastest respectively Noel Smith, Nigel Colgan and John Cahill.

Concluding the ten quickest Junior Support qualifiers were runner up in last year’s opening Ultra Lightweight Manx GP race Dan Ingham, Dave Walsh, Mark Johnson and Aidan Cleary.

Qualifying Results:

Results per class from this afternoon’s qualifying action at the Bayview Hotel Armoy Road Races, is as follows:

Senior Support:

1 Tommy Henry 1.56.560
2 Andy McAllister 1.57.192
3 Ryan Fenton 1.57.205
4 Dermot Cleary 1.57.901
5 Chris Cook 1.58.549
6 Darryl Anderson 1.59.219
7 Mike Swanson 1.59.900
8 Stuart McCann 2.00.490
9 Adrian Heraty 2.01.336
10 Dan Ingham 2.02.089
11 Steven Smith 2.02.266
12 Wayne Pither 2.02.941
13 John Cahill 2.04.074
14 Noel Smith 2.04.826
15 Ben Plant 2.05.118
16 Gary Jordan 2.05.194
17 David Robinson 2.06.865
18 Shaun Wynne 2.07.190
19 George Scott 2.07.697
20 James Rothery 2.13.295

125/Moto 3:

1 Derek McGee 2.01.548
2 Melissa Kennedy 2.06.189
3 Nigel Moore 2.07.589
4 Chris Meyer 2.07.595
5 Wayne Kennedy 2.09.518
6 Sam Grief 2.09.989
7 Malcolm Love 2.14.886
8 Paul Gartland 2.17.089
9 Barry Davidson 2.19.643
10 Sean Leonard 2.20.778
11 Raymond Hodges 2.21.183
12 Linton Irwin 2.23.983
13 Peter McKillop 2.26.739
14 Steven Smith 2.30.788
15 Peter Shannon 2.39.392

Supersport:

1 Paul Jordan 1.46.258
2 Derek McGee 1.46.435
3 Derek Sheils 1.47.619
4 Michael Sweeney 1.48.606
5 Michael Dunlop 1.48.703
6 Michael Browne 1.48.876
7 Dominic Herbertson 1.50.180
8 Darryl Tweed 1.50.411
9 Sam West 1.51.737
10 James Chawke 1.51.932
11 Neil Kernohan 1.52.463
12 Tom Weeden 1.52.492
13 Graham Kennedy 1.54.303
14 Davy Morgan 1.54.440
15 Gareth Keys 1.54.497
16 Kris Duncan 1.55.691
17 Ben Rea 1.56.287
18 Dennis Booth 1.56.480

Junior 350 Classics:

1 Dominic Herbertson 2.12.098
2 Barry Davidson 2.13.409
3 Ed Manly 2.14.179
4 Ian Thompson 2.17.980
5 Sean Leonard 2.18.875
6 Ken Parkes 2.19.698
7 George Stinson 2.20.817
8 Mark Purslow 2.20.893
9 Mick Brady 2.21.657
10 Andy Kildea 2.23.498
11 Freddie Stewart 2.23.633
12 Jonathan Doran 2.23.794
13 Linton Irwin 2.24.449
14 Billy Lyle 2.28.491
15 Paul McMahon 2.35.359

Junior 250 Classics:

1 Richard Ford 2.17.796
2 Brian Mateer 2.19.013
3 Philip Shaw 2.24.151
4 Gary Hutton 2.40.251
5 Kyle Parkes 2.40.418
6 Davy Crawford 2.50.785
7 Robert Wright 3.03.558
8 Trevor Stewart 3.05.080
9 Allen Gibson 3.15.822

Lightweight:

1 Neil Kernohan 1.59.277
2 Gareth Keys 2.01.118
3 Kris Duncan 2.01.265
4 Darryl Anderson 2.02.115
5 David Howard 2.02.190
6 Stephen Morrison 2.03.891
7 Paul Williams 2.04.102
8 Chris Meyer 2.07.196
9 Bryan Harding 2.09.322
10 Dan Ingham 2.09.428
11 Brian Loughlin 2.09.977
12 Dave Walsh 2.10.473
13 Darren Duncan 2.13.222

Super Twins:

1 Derek McGee 1.53.388
2 Michael Sweeney 1.54.152
3 Andy Farrell 1.55.549
4 Neil Kernohan 1.56.770
5 Stephen McKnight 1.57.855
6 Paul Gartland 1.59.574
7 Vinny Brennan 2.01.243
8 Tommy Henry 2.01.476
9 Barry Davidson 2.02.504
10 Stephen Morrison 2.03.067
11 Paul Williams 2.03.131
12 Dominic Cottrell 2.03.820
13 Nigel Colgan 2.06.002
14 Noel Smith 2.06.009
15 Mark Johnson 2.10.025
16 Wayne Pither 2.18.358
17 James Rothery 2.19.702

Senior 1000 Classics:

1 Dominic Herbertson 2.06.608
2 Richard Ford 2.09.710
3 Ben Rea 2.10.621
4 Mark Purslow 2.12.220
5 Ian Thompson 2.17.183
6 Philip Shaw 2.23.267
7 Roger Chen 2.45.431
8 Trevor Stewart 3.02.879

Senior 500 Classics:

1 Barry Davidson 2.09.747
2 John Leigh Pemberton 2.13.776
3 Ed Manly 2.14.752
4 Wattie Brown 2.17.359
5 Billy Lyle 2.18.314
6 Freddie Stewart 2.19.492
7 Andy Kildea 2.19.744
8 Ian Boyd 3.22.322

Junior Support:

1 Vinny Brennan 2.00.399
2 Dominic Cottrell 2.03.374
3 Ryan Fenton 2.04.579
4 Noel Smith 2.05.145
5 Nigel Colgan 2.07.394
6 John Cahill 2.07.856
7 Dan Ingham 2.07.862
8 Dave Walsh 2.08.963
9 Mark Johnson 2.09.137
10 Aidan Cleary 2.09.739
11 Bryan Harding 2.10.983
12 Adrian Heraty 2.14.207
13 Davy Graham 2.18.877
14 James Rothery 2.19.032

Words by Stevie Rial

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