Rising roads stars a plenty have confirmed their entries, for the upcoming Roadside KIA Armoy Road Races.
On Wednesday, the official launch of the ninth running of hugely popular Irish roads meeting, saw the likes of recent leading TT newcomer Adam McLean, Paul Jordan, Christian Elkin, Neil Kernohan and Darryl Tweed, confirm their presence, at the race of legends.
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Joining them at Armoy in late July, will be reigning Irish road race Supersport champion William Dunlop, former North West 200 winner Paul Robinson, Gary Dunlop and newcomer WH Racing’s Dominic Herbertson.
Plus fellow debutant, fitness permitting, Senior Manx GP winner Tom Weeden, Cookstown BE Racing’s Derek Sheils, Martin Jones Racing’s Michael Sweeney and Derek McGee.
Speaking about what’s shaping up to be a top class entry for Armoy, Chairman and Clerk of the Course, Bill Kennedy MBE stated:
“William Dunlop was man of the meeting in 2016 and I’ve no doubt he will be keen to revisit his Armoy winning streak.
As of yet, brother, Michael Dunlop, who retains the title of Race of Legends winner, having won in six successive years has yet to confirm his entry but the Club is hopeful he will race on his home course come July.
VIP Corporate Hospitality Tickets are selling exceptionally well with folks from as far away as Wexford and Shropshire as well as Aberdeen en route.
It’s getting down to those last few weeks, last minute riders’ entries, final preparations for setting up the course and then we will be ready for the best national race in Ireland.”
He went onto add:
“I’d like to finish by thanking event sponsors Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and Tourism NI for their very kind support. I’d also like to thank our title sponsor Roadside Kia.
Without the support and sponsorship from these organisations and other sponsors present here today, the event just wouldn’t be possible.
I often don’t get a chance to publicly thank the many hard working Club members and volunteers but as with the sponsors these races wouldn’t happen without their input.
Now there’s still a bit of work to be done, but I look forward to seeing you all on Friday 28th July and Saturday 29th July 2017!”
David Boyd of Armoy title sponsors, Roadside Kia, added:
“Now that the TT is over, it’s getting to the stage that most of us are patiently waiting for the next road racing event.
The Armoy Road Races is one of the must attend events and I for one, along with my team at Roadside Kia, just can’t wait until Race Week. We are very proud to be associated with this event.”
Words by Stevie Rial