Outside of the four stroke classes, high quality, compelling action is also a guarantee within the yesteryear machinery, 125/Moto 3, Lightweight Supersport and Junior/Senior support classes at the returning Around A Pound Tandragee 100. Classics wise, standout entrants include 93 times Irish road race winner Barry Davidson. Eighth on the all-time Irish road race winners list, Davidson has enjoyed sustained success over the past decade aboard a variety of great-sounding, immaculately prepared steeds. One of the prime favourites for overall Junior classic honours at Tandragee, he’s one of countless yesteryear class specialists entered. Alongside Davidson, the Junior 250/350, Senior 500/1000 start lists feature the likes of Richard Ford, Brian Mateer, Senior classics winner at Cookstown Andy Hornby. Philip Shaw, John Leigh Pemberton, Mark Parrett, Leon Murphy, Mark Johnson, Robert McCrum and a certain Guy Martin. Looking towards 125/Moto 3 competition, a pre-race favourite has to be new BE Racing/RK Racing team member Michal Dokoupil. Twice an Ulster GP winner, Dokoupil knows what it takes to succeed on Moto 3 mounts and providing he gels quickly with his new for this weekend Honda steed, victory spoils are more than possible. Amongst those also capable of claiming class honours include Faraldo Racing’s Eoin O’Siochru and the highly respected Nigel Moore. Running alongside the 125/Moto 3’s, the Lightweight 400 class has attracted a 17 strong entry which includes Paul ‘Potchy’ Williams, Kris Duncan, David Howard, Sam Johnson and Rad Hughes. We must not forget as well that Supersport 300, Supermono race victories are also up for grabs. Standout entrants include Banbridge’s Shaun Anderson aboard the Kramer machine and the Trison McMullan Racing pairing of Darryl Tweed, the above showcased Barry Davidson. Rising stars, up-coming stars, next gen racers, grass roots racers, are just some of the terms to sum up the large group of racers set to battle for Junior Support, Senior Support honours at Tandragee. Junior Support wise ones to watch include: John Cahill, newcomer Roddy Taylor, Michael Gillan, Veronika Hankocyova, Italian Enrico Rocchi, Germany’s Chris Meyer, Switzerland’s Ivo Ladde and the Isle of Wight’s Ryan Whitehall. Standout entrants within the Senior Support field include pace setters at Cookstown Jack Oliver and Keelim Ryan, Aaron Hughes, Milo Ward, Patch Racing’s Davy Graham, Stuart McCann. With such a diverse pool of talent at this-years Around A Pound Tandragee 100, thrills, excitement, hard fought racing battles are sure to never be too far away. The stage is set for two compelling days of real road racing action, at the North Armagh Motorcycle & Car Club Ltd organised event which boasts an overall prize fund exceeding £11,000 pounds. Photo’s by Tommy Vennard, Rod Neill Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou
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