Michael Dunlop sealed yet another landmark achievement today at the 2016 SGS International Armoy Road Races, as he secured race of legends victory, for the sixth year in a row.
The blue riband race at Armoy which saw a re start due to an incident at Church Bends, would see Michael and his own teams stock S1000RR BMW quickly by half distance of the six lap race, pull out a lead in excess of two seconds.
From here he kept up a world class pace, to seal race victory by 4.541 seconds. It’s his 11th win of his 2016 roads campaign and largely likely not to be his last.
Derek Sheils ended another productive meeting for he and John Burrows Cookstown BE Racing team, with second place finish, the first time he has finished runner up in the race of legends.
William Dunlop concluded the podium finishers in third, as he builds up to the superbike races at the MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix, on his own teams Caffrey International backed YZF R1M Yamaha.
Derek McGee, Noel Williamson Racing S1000RR BMW finished a more than creditable fourth.
Whilst Dan Kneen propelled the Mar Train Racing YZF R1M Yamaha to fifth in front of Michael Sweeney, who finalised the top six finishers.
Davy Morgan, runner up in the 125/Moto 3 race recorded a highly respectable seventh place finish in front of Stephen McKnight, Andy Farrell and Logan Racing’s Neil Kernohan, in a race which saw Michael Dunlop once again take centre stage.
It’s been golden moment after golden moment for Michael on the roads in 2016. It’s fair to say in the last four months he has re established himself as the world’s leading pure road racer.
Photo by Rod Neill
So what’s next at the MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix, a 134 mph lap? a first time win in the feature superbike race?
These are two of many possibilities for the six times Ulster GP winner, who at Armoy today has reigned supreme.
Armoy – Race of Legends Results:
1 Michael Dunlop
2 Derek Sheils
3 William Dunlop
4 Derek McGee
5 Dan Kneen
6 Michael Sweeney
7 Davy Morgan
8 Stephen McKnight
9 Andy Farrell
10 Neil Kernohan
11 Dominic Herbertson
12 Donald MacFadyen
13 Paul Cranston
14 Forest Dunn
Words by Stevie Rial