Four years away from the roads calendar, the Kells Road Races makes a popular return this weekend, hosting the third round of the 2019 Irish Road Race Championship’s.
A fast, flowing, technical, challenging circuit, the Kells course is considered by various roads competitors, as a full on, raw, pure roads course.
In recent times just some of the famous names to clinch victories at Kells have included William Dunlop, Michael Dunlop, Cameron Donald, Ryan Farquhar, Guy Martin, Dan Kneen, Sam Dunlop and Connor Behan.
2015 Grand Final winner, Kells organisers have decided to name a race in honour of the late but great Alan Bonner, with the Senior Support encounter, now titled as the Alan Bonner Memorial race.
Leading entrants for Saturday, Sunday’s qualifying, race action include BE Racing In Conjunction With Richardson Kelly Racing’s Derek Sheils.
Photo by Nick Wheeler
13th in last weeks Dunlop Senior TT, Sheils starts for many the favourite for Open, Supersport, Grand Final victories.
Additional notable confirmed entrants include the Czech Republic’s Michal ‘Indi’ Dokoupil, Patch Racing’s Davy Graham, Alan Connor, the in form Paul Jordan and new Team DHR member Gareth Keys.
You have to applaud and some the efforts of event organisers North Meath Road Races Ltd, for their tireless hard work, graft, dedication to getting Kells back on the Irish Road Racing calendar.
Fingers crossed the weather’s spot on throughout Saturday and Sunday, and everyone attending buys a program and helps support the rejuvenated meeting.
Words by Stevie Rial