First and foremost, it’s fantastic to be writing a preview for the returning Around A Pound Tandragee 100.
Three years absent from the real roads calendar, the 60th Anniversary Tandragee meeting has secured an entry list, consisting of 140 plus entrants.
One of the undoubted favourites for Open, Grand Final race spoils will be recent Cookstown hat-trick hero, Martin Jones Racing’s Michael Sweeney.
32 times an Irish road race winner since 2010, Skerries Sweeney illustrated again last weekend his undeniable qualities aboard 1000cc machinery.
Alongside being an anticipated 1000cc races front runner, he’s also a strong contender for Supersport, Super Twins honours, racing the EM Building Yamaha, KBS Kawasaki steeds.
New Hawk Racing signing Shaun Anderson will no question be another one to watch, same applies to fellow Suzuki pilot, Cornwall’s Forest Dunn.
Outside of the likes of Sweeney, Anderson, Dunn additional notable entrants within the four stroke classes include the improving Thomas Maxwell, Ballymoney’s Darryl Tweed, James Chawke, Neil Kernohan.
Paul ‘Potchy’ Williams, Sam Johnson, Davy Morgan, Graham Kennedy, Cookstown open B race winner Darryl Anderson, Kris Duncan and Czech roads favourite Michal ‘Indi’ Dokoupil.
Added ones to watch in the Super Twin, Supersport and Open/Grand Final fields include notable event debutants such as Wilson Craig Racing’s Joe Thompson and Joshua Bunney, Chris Green, Richard Vuillermet.
Michael Gillan, the Isle of Wight’s Ryan Whitehall, former National Superstock 1000 exponent Milo Ward and Bishop Castle’s Barry Furber.
If all the above isn’t enough info about this-years Around A Pound Tandragee 100, your, not to worry, as tomorrow will see part two of Road Racing News Tandragee preview series, which will focus upon the yesteryear machinery, 125/Moto 3, Lightweight and Junior/Senior Support classes.
Photo’s by Tommy Vennard, Rod Neill
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou