PMH Promotions are re introducing this year, the King of the Roads series.
The series last run in the 1980’s, is returning in the midst of a golden period within the pure roads scene.
Races which will form part of the championship are the Superbike races at the North West 200, TT Races and Ulster Grand Prix, plus the Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup at Oliver’s Mount.
Points system wise, race winners will receive 15 points, the runner up 12 points, third place finisher 10 points, fourth 8 points, fifth 6 points, sixth 5 points, seventh 4 points, eighth 3 points, ninth 2 points and tenth, a single point.
If at the end of the series, championship leaders are on the same points tally, the champion will be decided on the basis of who has had the most race wins.
It’s great to see another high profile championship, adding further clout to the growing exposure of real road racing, within the UK and worldwide.
Anticipated contenders for the prestigious King of the Roads title, will without a doubt include the likes of Michael Dunlop (Bennetts Suzuki), Ian Hutchinson (Tyco BMW), Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing), John McGuinness/Guy Martin (Honda Racing), Bruce Anstey, Michael Rutter and Silicone Engineering Racing’s Dean Harrison.
Don’t discount as well reigning Irish road race Superbike champion Derek Sheils, JG Speedfit Kawasaki’s James Hillier, Conor Cummins, Lee Johnston and two times Lightweight TT winner, Ivan Lintin.
Words by Stevie Rial