William Dunlop set to compete at Kells Road Races

William Dunlop is amongst the riders set to contest the Kells Road Races this weekend at the Crossakiel Circuit in Co Meath.

He is scheduled to take part alongside the likes of Derek McGee, Alan Bonner, Michal Dokoupil, Brian McCormack and Connor Behan. Dunlop missed the event last year due to a leg injury he sustained at the TT following a crash in the Senior.

Last year Kells made a very welcome return to the road racing calendar following a two year absence. First held in 1994, the popular race was cancelled in 2012 and 2013 due to financial difficulties. On its return last year Dan Kneen took victories in the Superbike class while McGee, Behan and Michael Sweeney were amongst the other winners. Jamie Hamilton put in a number of strong performances to take four podiums, including a third place in the Grand Final. The results were as follows:

Moto 3 

  1. Sam Dunlop
  2. William Cowden
  3. Sean O’Neill


  1. Dan Kneen
  2. Michael Sweeney
  3. Jamie Hamilton

201 – 400cc 

  1. Derek Costello
  2. Wayne Hall
  3. Sean Connolly

Senior Support 

  1. Thomas Maxwell
  2. Neil Lyons
  3. Aron Hatch

Classic 500-100cc 

  1. Robert McCrum
  2. Richard Ford
  3. Tony Willis


  1. Derek McGee
  2. Jamie Hamilton
  3. James Kelly

Classic 250-350cc

  1. Barry Davidson
  2. Herbie Ronan
  3. Freddie Stewart

Junior Support

  1. Michael Sweeney
  2. Seamus Elliott
  3. Tommy Henry


  1. Connor Behan
  2. Derek McGee
  3. Jamie Hamilton

Grand Final

  1. Dan Kneen
  2. Michael Sweeney
  3. Jamie Hamilton

The event will take place over two days with practice scheduled for Saturday with racing taking place on Sunday. Roads close at 1pm on Saturday and 11am on Sunday. Following Saturday’s practice, two Classic races are scheduled to take place. 12 races in total are due to take place across the two days. A number of riders including Hamilton, Sweeney and Keith Amor will be missing from this weekend’s action due to injuries sustained at the Isle of Man TT. We wish them a continued speedy recovery.


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