Outside of now ten times ‘Race of Legends’ Champion Michael Dunlop, an additional eleven racers claimed class victories yesterday at Armoy.
Dave Bell astride the Graham Turnbull Yamaha, sped to Classic Superbike honours ahead of Barry Furber and Aaron Hughes whilst the 125/Moto 3 race would see BE/RK Racing’s Michael Browne take on the starring role.
Cork’s Browne, a farmer by profession, powered to race victory, on route besting the existing class lap record, lapping at 1:59.319 seconds.
Top pursuer to the current Irish Road Race Supersport Champion was Tobermore’s Adam McLean with roads scene veteran Nigel Moore wrapping up the rostrum finishers.
Dave Walsh finished top 450 exponent whilst Supersport 300 spoils were chalked up in commanding fashion by Barry Davidson.
Davidson went onto be declared victor of the red-flagged Junior 350 Classics encounter, increasing his enviable Irish road race victories tally to 104.
Fellow yesteryear machinery maestros Richard Ford and Andy Hornby took the Junior 250, Senior 1000 Classic titles.
John Cliffe joined the Armoy race winners circle via Senior 500 Classics success whilst top racer in both Support class races (Junior & Senior) was prospective Manx GP newcomer Anthony O’Carroll.
Joining O’Carroll on the support class podiums were Jacque Foley, Veronika Hankocyova, Armoy debutant Sean Brolly and Dean Lacey.
Open B race wise, first across the checkered flag was the Isle of Wight’s Ryan Whitehall with Kevin Barsby, Wilson Craig Racing Honda mounted Keelim Ryan the top chasers.
So, that’s the conclusion of Irish road racing for 2023. A short season but one that did not seem a possibility in late February.
Hopefully the powers that be, the organising bodies, the road racing community as a whole can work out what’s needed, get the funding in place, formulate correct business plans for a full enterprising year of real road racing action in 2024.
Photo credit: Derek Wilson
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou