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Big Irish stars set for stern test at Cartagena Circuit

By Paul Lindsay

Published 25/02/2016

Gearing up: Josh Elliott is heading for Cartagena with TAS
Gearing up: Josh Elliott is heading for Cartagena with TAS

South-Eastern Spain will be awash with Irish riders and teams when former Honda and Norton supremo Barry Symmons' Pro-Test gets under way at the Cartagena Circuit from Thursday, March 3.

Leading the way will be Moneymore-based TAS Racing and their factory Tyco BMW set-up. Hector and Philip Neill's team will showcase their 2016 rider line-up during the four-day test, with reigning British Superstock 1000cc champion Josh Elliott joining his BSB team-mates Michael Laverty and Christian Iddon, not forgetting 11-time Isle of Man TT winner Ian Hutchinson who is also in Tyco BMW livery this season.

Ballymoney's Michael Dunlop is scheduled to test the Hawk Racing BMW S1000RR machinery that he is set to campaign at the North West 200, TT and Ulster Grand Prix in Spain next week, and Mar-Train Racing are set to make an appearance at the test with new recruit Dan Kneen.

In addition to Tyco BMW, leading BSB teams Buildbase BMW, Bournemouth Kawasaki, Bennett's Suzuki (Bridewell and Kiyonari), the JG Speedfit Kawasaki trio of Leon Haslam, James Ellison and Peter Hickman and the BeWiser Ducati duo Shakey Byrne and Glenn Irwin are also set to attend.

Local youngsters Eugene McManus and Ross and Jamie Patterson are also making the trip to Spain, with British Supersport ace Andy Reid (Cool Milk Kawasaki), David Allingham, Steve Heneghan, Alan Bonnar and the Robin Appleyard backed Irish duo of Andrew Irwin and Kevin Keyes also on the entry list.

Closer to home, the Tandragee 100 Supporters' Club will be holding a 'Bikers' Fun Run' and buffet on Sunday, April 17.

Those attending should meet at Tandragee Recreation Centre at 10.30am with a 100-mile route planned around Spelga and the Mournes. Contact Jim on 028 3884 0712 or Ian on 028 3833 0665.

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