Armoy Race of Legends Preview

Since its inception in 2009, Armoy has firmly established itself as a firm favourite on the Irish road racing calendar. Now in its sixth year the Race of Legends can count Guy Martin, Conor Cummins, Ryan Farquhar and local brothers Michael and William Dunlop amonst the high class of racing pedigree racing on the 3.03 mile track. This year with a brand new Channel 4 deal in place, which will see a highlights show broadcast in a fortnights time, it promises to be bigger and better than years before.

The action will take place over two days with practice happening on Friday and a full day of racing scheduled for Saturday. Roads will close at 12.30pm on Friday 25th with 12 sessions due to be run. A session will include five timed laps with the fastest 27 riders qualifying for race day. Session one will be for newcomers before the Moto 3/125 Lightweights take to the track. Following that will be Junior Support, 250 – 350cc Classics, the Open class, 351cc – 1000cc Classics and 250cc. The ninth session of the day is scheduled to be Supertwins followed by Supersport 400/Moto 450, Senior Support and finishing with 201cc – 1010cc. Following all the practice sessions the new addition to this year’s races, the Parker Car Transport Supersport race will take place over six laps.

On Saturday the action will be started with 3 parade laps with roads closing at 10am. The schedule is then as follows:

  1. Bayview Hotel Moto 3 – GP 125cc ace (7 laps)
  2. Mermaid Club & Armoy Homes Junior Support race & 650cc Supertwins (7 laps)
  3. Moyle District Council Supersport (2) race (7 laps)
  4. Ballymoney Borough Council Junior Classic race (7 laps)
  5. SGS International Open race (7 laps)
  6. Ballycastle Credit Union Senior Classic race (7 laps)
  7. Solitude Motors & JW Hickinson & Co 250cc race (7 laps)
  8. Roadside Motors Kia 650cc Supertwin race (7 laps)
  9. Diamond Bar Supersport 400cc/Moto 450cc race (7 laps)
  10. Armoy Construction & Park Electrical Services Senior Support race (7 laps)
  11. RiverRidge Recycling Race of Legends race (8 laps)

Armoy road races has a bumper line-up for this year’s event including previous race winners Davy Morgan, Michael and William Dunlop, Connor Behan, Keith Amor, Derek McGee, Seamus Elliott,  and the Michael and William Dunlop. They will be joined by Guy Martin who is still chasing the elusive first win at Armoy along with Derek Sheils. Newcomers to watch out for include impressive Manxman Dan Kneen, who has won on his debut at Cookstown, Walderstown and the Skerries – amongst other races – so far this year. He will be joined by fellow Armoy ‘newbies’ James Cowton and Danny Webb who is making his Irish road racing debut following his appearance at this year’s Isle of Man TT.

Michael Dunlop and Ryan Farquhar are the most successful men at Armoy with 11 wins a-piece. Dunlop, who has been on particularly top form for the past couple of years, will be going for his fourth Race of Legends feature race win in a row. Farquhar will be missing from the action but his team will still have a strong presence. The KMR attack will be spearheaded by Amor who will be joined by Behan and Webb. They will no doubt be the team to watch in the Supertwins class in which Farquhar dominated for the first four years. Last year his two riders Jamie Hamilton and Jeremy McWilliams went wheel-to-wheel with Hamilton coming out on top.

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