Armoy Race of Legends Preview

Armoy Race of Legends Preview
Boasting arguably the best entry list of national road races in 2022, world-class, spellbinding racing is in prospect at Armoy.

Aiming for an unprecedented tenth successive Bayview Hotel ‘Race of Legends’ victory, focus and some is certain to be heaped upon 21 times TT winner Michael Dunlop.

Although entered on Suzuki tackle, it’s still not clear yet as to his machine of choice for the 1000cc races but one aspect isn’t in doubt, his determination, ambition to enhance an already golden event record.

Joining Dunlop at Armoy this weekend is high-profile late addition to the entry, Milenco by Padgetts Davey Todd.

The undoubted star of the recent Southern 100, taking five victories including the blue-riband Solo Championship, he’s in sparkling form.

Can he dethrone Dunlop on Saturday and become the first new ‘Race of Legends’ winner since 2011?

Racing insiders who have watched closely Todd’s progress throughout recent seasons, would not be surprised in the slightest

Aside from Todd, Dunlop others with ambitions of 1000cc, Supersport, Super Twins success this week include a who’s who of modern time national road racing greats, such as:

Triple Irish Road Race Superbike Champion Derek Sheils (Roadhouse Macau BMW), Twins lap record holder Derek McGee, Duke Road Race Rankings Champion Michael Sweeney (Martin Jones Racing), BE Racing/RK Racing’s Michael Browne.

Super Twins TT podium finisher Paul Jordan, recent victor at Aberdare Park, Wilson Craig Racing’s Darryl Tweed and fellow R6 Yamaha pilot, Cookstown Supersport lap-record holder Adam McLean.

Additional notable entrants across all classes include new HeatTech Racing, Faraldo Racing signing Joey Thompson, 2018 Junior Manx GP winner James Chawke, Cornwall’s Forest Dunn.

Phil Crowe, Graham Kennedy, Stephen Tobin, Neil Kernohan, podcast host, tree cutter, extremely popular former Classic TT winner Dominic Herbertson and Czech Republic roads favourite Michal Dokoupil.

The overall quality of this year’s Armoy entry is endless, we haven’t mentioned yet yesteryear racing giants Barry Davidson, Richard Ford, a certain Guy Martin, ten times TT winner Ian Lougher, both MV Agusta mounted for the Senior Classics race.

Maria Costello MBE competes in the HM Motorsport colours whilst notable Armoy newbies include WH Racing’s Julian Trummer, Manx GP winner Matt Stevenson, 2021 IRRC Supersport Champion Pierre Yves Bian (Wilson Craig Racing) and twice successive TT Privateers Champion, KTS Racing’s Jamie Coward.

Sidecars will also have a presence on race-day with ten times TT winners Ben Birchall/Tom Birchall, taking part in a demonstration lap.

13 years since joining the pure road racing scene, the Armoy Road Races continues to grow in prominence, prestige, importance.

One has to applaud the Organisers for attracting such a diverse field that mixes TT, International road-race winning quality with ambitious rising talent, improving roads stalwarts and many ultra-keen event debutants.

Photo’s by Rod Neill, Tommy Vennard, Derek Wilson

Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou
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