Armoy Road Races is to get a one hour highlights programme on Channel 4 it has been confirmed by the club. The programme will be aired in August 2014, two weeks after the races are held on July 26th.
Now in its six year the Armoy Road Races have grown in popularity over the years, attracting top name riders such as Michael and William Dunlop, Guy Martin and Conor Cummins over the years. Last year saw Sidecars take to the track for the first time for parade laps, with the hopes that they might race there in the future.
The show will be presented by Graham Little who has been involved with road racing during his time at UTV and Sky Sports as well as BBC’s Moto GP coverage. He has welcomed the “great news”. “With the recent Guy Martin ‘Speed’ series and Channel 4’s involvement in motorsport this is a great addition to their programming,” he said. “I’m personally delighted to be involved in the programme and with the Armoy Club, who have worked tirelessly to promote real road racing as a premier sports event.” Chris Kinley and Jeremy McWilliams are due to commentate on the coverage which will be broadcast on Saturday 9th August at 7am. It will then be available for viewing on 4OD.
Armoy Motorcycle Road Racing Club Chairman, William Munnis, revealed that the club were ‘over the moon’. “We’ve been working dilligently over the last number of years to bring the Armoy Road Races to as many people as possible,” he explained. “This is a fantastic opportunity and I’d like to thank Channel 4 for seeing the Armoy Road Races as a great event which will provide many existing and potential new fans with the chance to view the show on a mainstream, terrestrial channel, which the whole of the UK has access to live and additionally through on demand services.”
“This deal would not have been struck without the additional assistance of Tourism Ireland,” he continued. “The fact that NITB and Tourism Ireland can work together and bring international quality events to this part of the world is just fantastic. They ensure events like the Armoy Road Races are first of all funded and then capitalised upon, allowing our landscape to be showcased in Great Britain and beyond. The Club and I are extremely grateful for their help which will ensure that road racing, Armoy and all those other hidden gems located around the Causeway Coastal Route, are shown to a much wider audience.”
Clerk of the Course Bill Kennedy was equally as enthusiastic about the deal. “It is just terrific for the Club, road racers, sponsors and fans alike that the Armoy Road Races and the RiverRidge Recycling ‘Race of Legends’ can be watched on Channel 4 just two weeks after the races.”
The Armoy Road Races take place on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th July. Practice will take place on Friday evening with roads closing at 12.30 and opening no later than 9.30pm. There will also be a new 600cc Supersport race held on the Friday evening which will contribute to the overall ‘Man of the Meeting’ award. Racing will then be held in full on Saturday with roads closing at 10.00am and opening no later than 7.30pm.