Moved over from Friday’s schedule, the original Lightweight Supersport/250 combined race start didn’t last long, with a non-racing incident forcing red flags out around the 3.03 miles long Armoy course.
Once racing re-commenced, a six-lap distance was in prospect but not for notable non-starter, race pole-sitter Dominic Herbertson.
1.5 seconds clear as lap one concluded, Faraldo Racing’s Keelim Ryan never looked back, going onto take Lightweight Supersport/overall race honours by the exceptional margin of 18.9 seconds.
Ballymoney’s Darryl Tweed took second with 119 plate holder Kris Duncan wrapping up the podium finishers.
Jonathan Watt, Stephen Tobin, ‘Tommy Club’ member Dan Ingham occupied fourth, fifth, sixth respectively whilst top 250 exponent in ninth was Germany’s Chris Meyer.
For the third successive race, marshals course round had to unfortunately wave red-flags.
The reason this time was due to an incident involving Support class front runner Michael Gahan.
Junior Support race resumption saw Jonathan Watt jump out to an early lead, enjoying a 2.63 seconds advantage over Marcus Simpson at the end of lap two.
Watt’s advantage out front reduced significantly during lap three and by lap four he led Manxman Simpson by only 0.341 of a second.
A drama filled fifth, final lap would see Watt emerge triumphant over rising Manx star Simpson.
Completing the rostrum finishers was Anthony O’Carroll with Dan Ingham, the Isle of Wight’s Ryan Whitehall and Dave Walsh concluding the top six.
Junior 250 Classics:
Richard Ford kept at bay a charging Brian Mateer, to secure MJF Construction Junior 250 Classics victory.
A potent late burst of pace saw pole-sitter Mateer finish just 0.979 behind race victor Ford.
250 race winner Chris Meyer took third whilst in total only eight racers completed the six-lap race.
The inaugural Classic Superbike race at Armoy provided meeting newcomer, back-to-back TT Privateers Champion Jamie Coward with his first Irish national roads success of the current decade.
In relentless form aboard the KTS Racing Powered by Steadplan Kawasaki, Hebden Bridge’s Coward was in a league of his own, going onto take class spoils by almost ten seconds.
Pole-sitter, fellow Armoy newbie Dave Bell dropped back to third on the seventh, final lap after Team Classic Suzuki’s Phil Crowe produced an impressive late race display.
Barry Furber, Dan Ingham, Derek Wilson respectively placed fourth, fifth and sixth.
David Suddes was the final finisher in seventh with the only non-race finisher been 19 times International road race winner, TV personality, world-record holder Guy Martin.
125/Moto 3/Supersport 300:
BE Racing/RK Racing’s Michael Browne powered to 125/Moto 3 race honours, following another calm, cool, composed performance.
Browne finished the re-started five lap race, 10 seconds ahead of York’s Joey Thompson.
German visitor Chris Meyer banked third whilst Supersport 300 class spoils went to Irish roads legend Barry Davidson.
Getting the better of Trison McMullan Racing team-mate Darryl Tweed, Davidson’s latest race win takes his overall total of Irish road race victories to an incredible 99.
Photo credit: Rod Neill
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou