Third in last Wednesday’s Mylchreests Group Junior Manx Grand Prix, Skerries Andy Farrell announced post race that he was retiring from Manx GP/Mountain Course affiliated competition with immediate effect.
A Manx GP debutant in 2009, the always smiling, hugely popular Farrell has since gone onto develop into the undoubted main stars this decade of an event which year in year out, brings through the TT stars of tomorrow.
Third within the Newcomers C race from 2009, he’s since gone onto acquire in total seven MGP podium finishes, six of which have been collected during this decade.
This makes him the joint most successful Manx GP exponent alongside Chris Palmer and Andy Dudgeon in terms of podium finishes in the 2010’s.
Photo by Nick Wheeler
Victorious in last year’s Lightweight class encounters, the genial Irishman’s coveted event CV also includes being a member of the prestigious, illustrious ‘Tommy Club’.
A long term member of the Martin Bullock Manxsport set-up, Farrell’s recent final Mountain Course venture additionally saw him sample for the first time, the Classic TT Races.
Competing under the Steadplan Primus Racing team banner alongside Ben Rea, Monday’s yesteryear RST Superbike race saw him finish a more than creditable 11th, finishing in front of highly rated roads talents such as Joe Thompson, Josh Daley, Wiz Norton Racing’s Richard Wilson, Forest Dunn and Darren Cooper.
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Likeable, jovial, hugely respected by his fellow competitors, the Armoy Super Twins victor is rightly regarded amongst the best Manx GP competitors of his generation.
Words by Stevie Rial