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Coronavirus Puts Pay To 2020 Armoy Road Races

As seems a usual topic in recent times, the Coronavirus pandemic has put pay to competitive action in 2020 at another of road racing’s iconic events, the Armoy Road Races.

First run in 2009, the meeting has year on year grown in prominence, presence, acclaim within the pure road racing fraternity.

In particular Supersport TT lap record holder, 19 times TT winner Michael Dunlop has excelled at Armoy, triumphing on nine occasions within the feature ‘Race of Legends’.

Photo by Rod Neill

Others to have shown their class around the twisty, technical Armoy course over the past decade have included Derek McGee, Derek Sheils, the much missed William Dunlop & Dan Kneen, Keith Amor, Ryan Farquhar, Michael Sweeney and current Senior TT Champion Dean Harrison.

Commenting today via a statement released on social media platforms, Armoy Road Races organisers, the Armoy Motorcycle Road Racing Club Limited issued the following words:

“In view of current extension to the ‘stay at home’ restrictions relating to the Coronavirus public health crisis and the advice from the sport’s governing body, it is with great regret that the Directors and Chairman of Armoy Motorcycle Road Racing Club Limited have agreed that the Armoy Road Races and Bayview Hotel Race of Legends, due to take place on 24th & 25th July, will unfortunately be cancelled for 2020.

Throughout the course of the last few weeks, we had continued to plan for our race in the event that restrictions could be lifted or relaxed. However, in the light of the recent review by local government and the ongoing economic impact on everyone, we believe that cancelling our event until 2021, is in the best interest of all concerned.

We would like to extend our thanks to all our sponsors, not least our title sponsor the Bayview Hotel, for their commitment to Armoy again in 2020 and for their understanding of our decision to cancel this year’s event. We send them all our very best wishes in these difficult and uncertain times.

We apologise for any disruption this cancellation may cause to those of you who have made travel plans to come to Armoy but we do hope to see you all again in the near future.

On behalf of AMRRC:

Director Chairman – Malcolm Colgan

Club Chairman – Jean McPherson”

Words by Stevie Rial, statement by Armoy Motorcycle Road Racing Club Limited

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