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Kells International: Farquhar heads a top-class entry

By Roy Harris

Arguably the best entry of the season will line up for the Adelaide Insurance Kells International Road Races tomorrow around the 2.2mile Crossakeil circuit with its spectacular jumps providing exciting viewing for the thousands of fans ready to flock to the meeting.

The star-studded line up includes Ryan Farquhar on his KMR Kawasaki, fresh from his four wins at the Southern 100.

Others on the grid are the rider with the most wins at Kells, Cameron Donald (Relentless Suzuki by TAS), the circuit lap record holder when winning three races in 2006 and also a double winner in 2007 the last time he rode at Kells.

Keith Amor a double winner in 2008 will also be there as will the Dunlops, William and Michael, each with four wins in the two-stroke classes.

But they are sure to be in with a shout of success in the supersport and open races this time around.

Adrian Archibald a treble winner back in 2001, is another who will be there.

William Dunlop said: “My best chances should come on the wee bikes (125 and 250) while I feel if it is dry, I’ll be in with a shout in the supersport class.

“Michael and myself were well in front of the rest at the Southern in this particular class and probably the toughest opposition will come from Michael and Keith Amor who rides hard and has a real quick bike in this class.”

Michael of course had a hefty spill in his last race at the Southern on Thursday and despite a trip to Nobles Hospital, only suffered bruising and looks set to be at the forefront of the action.

The 21-year old won three races at Walderstown and the Southern and despite his spill, is a tough young man with a determination to win that could well see him on the rostrum.

Add in John Burrows, Michal Dokoupil, Davy Morgan, John Walsh, Michael Sweeney and Derek Brien, and the scene is set for an action packed 13-race programme that starts with the Open ‘A’ championship bringing all the big guns into action right from the word go and ends with the International Kells Grand Final.

Farquhar, of course, is the man on form and won three races at Kells in 2004 before going one better in both 2005 and last year.

Absent from Kells will be Michael Pearson following his spill at the Southern 100 on Tuesday evening.

Kells Road Races also incorporates the opening round of the new lucrative cross-border championship between the local club and the Armoy Road Races scheduled for the Co. Antrim village on August 7 and is an added incentive for competitors.

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