The Irish road racing season is set to continue this weekend at the Tandragee 100. Following exciting and close racing at the Cookstown 100 last weekend, the action resumes with around 350 entries confirmed for Bank Holiday weekend.
The Around-A-Pound Tandragee 100 will take place over two days with the likes of Cookstown’s Man of the Meeting William Dunlop, Ryan Farquhar, and Keith Amor in attendance. They will be joined by by Jamie Hamilton, Davy Morgan, Michael Sweeney, and Derek McGee who were all also in action last weekend. Other names on the entry list include Jeremy McWilliams, Seamus Elliott, Robert McCrum and Connor Behan. As well as many ‘local’ stars and riders from the mainland, there will be a number of overseas competitors set to compete. Dario Cecconi from Italy, Eric Goedhart from Dubai, Fabrice Faivre from France and Rafael Paschoalin from Brazil also feature on the entry list.
Last year saw Dan Kneen, Dunlop and Farquhar take victories while everyone was saddened by the death of Junior Support rider Noel Murphy. It was a momentous weekend in Farquhar’s career as he notched up his 200th road racing victory in the Classics while riding a Paton. He will be making his return to the Superbike class this year, following his comeback last year in just the Supertwins. Dunlop will be hoping to repeat his Supersport victory from last year and if his form is anything like it was at Cookstown on the CD Racing 600 he will be untouchable. McGee finished second in the Supersport race at Cookstown, seven tenths off Dunlop in the Championship race, and he will undoubtedly be another rider to watch out for on his Wilson Craig Hondas as he gears up for his TT debut this year. Two podiums for BE Racing’s Hamilton in Cookstown set a high standard for his year on the roads. He took third in the Supersport Invitational race as well as in the Supertwin class. He backed that up with fourth in the second Supersport race and fifth in the Cookstown 100 race itself. Last year he was third in the Open race at Tandragee. Other riders to keep an eye on include Amor and Sweeney, the former of which was a close second to Dunlop in the Supersport race last year. Sweeney was runner up to Michael Dunlop in the Supertwin class at the Cookstown 100.
While there were 18 races at the Cookstown 100, there will be just nine at Tandragee. The schedule is set to kick off with the First Open Race followed by Junior Support (201cc – 400cc), Supersport, and Classic. The Classic race will be split into three classes: up to 250cc, 250cc – 350cc, and 350cc – 1000cc. Following that the 250cc GPs and Forgotten Era will race, with the sixth race of the day encompassing 125cc, 400cc Supersport, and 450cc. Rounding up the action will be Senior Support (401cc – 750cc), Supertwins, and finally the Tandragee 100 itself.
There will be live race commentary available at www.irish-roadracers-media.com while fans can also follow the Tandragee 100 Twitter account. As well as all the racing action there will also be a Parade Lap and a Richard Britton Tribute Lap to mark 10 years since his passing. Four of his bikes will be on display in the paddock as well as being taken around the circuit. There will be awards for the Best Classic Newcomer Performance (the Joe McKeown Memorial Trophy), Man of the Meeting, and Fastest Lap of the Day.
The Tandragee 100 will be followed by the first International Road Race of the year – the North West 200 which kicks off in a week and a half.