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William will be out to maintain winning run at Armoy Road Races

By Paul Lindsay

Published 23/06/2016

Top form: William Dunlop
Top form: William Dunlop

Ballymoney's William Dunlop is set to be the star attraction at the upcoming SGS International Armoy Road Races on July 29-30, but there's every chance his brother Michael will be an 11th hour entrant, with the potential of a certain Mr Guy Martin making an appearance still very much in the balance.

Dunlop and Martin aside, the prospect of seeing William Dunlop aboard the IC Racing Yamaha R6 and MMB Yamaha R1 (supported by former Grand Prix ace Eugene McManus) in a direct battle with Derek Sheils on the Cookstown BE Racing machinery is a mouth-watering prospect.

Having taken wins at both Cookstown and Tandragee earlier this year, William is hopeful of maintaining his winning record at Armoy, where he has won the last two opening Supersport races.

The affable Ballymoney man said: "I rode at the very first Armoy Races in 2009 on 125cc and 600cc bikes and I've come back every year since then. I learned my trade from my father on a 'one-two-five', so it is always very special to come back to Armoy for that reason."

Clerk of Course Bill Kennedy said: "We are well under way with preparations for this year's races. We've some exciting competitors signed up this year but the finer details have yet to confirmed, but it's fantastic to see the likes of Dunlop and Sheils throw their hat in the ring already."

The closing date for competitor entries is July 4. Armoy Bike Week runs from Sunday, July 24 until Saturday, July 30 with the SGS International 'Race of Legends' featuring on the Saturday.  

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