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Race is on for Armoy’s prizes

Armoy's ‘Race of Legends’, the final event of the Ulster Championshp season and part of the new Cross-Border Championship, sees 129 riders competing for a total prize fund of £18,400 on Saturday

The Kells Road Race the first leg of the championship was abandoned which means the Armoy heat will see the winners of the 600cc Supersport, the Open and the Senior Support races, claiming the Cross-Border bonuses.

A 10-race programme backed by Coleraine Skip Hire & Recycling, takes place on the edge of the village (roads close at 10am). Practice goes ahead on Friday (2.30-9pm).

There is an innovation this year with a specially designed and constructed chicane located on the Hillside Road before the first bend to help reduce speeds at a particularly fast stretch of the circuit.

Clerk of Course Bill Kennedy said: “The new chicane — now a permanent feature — was part of a range of on-going safety improvements including additional safety bales and pole protectors and I’m delighted with the results. Since entries closed earlier in July, our committee has been hard at work with final event preparations, ensuring we have everything in place.

“Several races have been over-subscribed and during practice sessions, two groups will be run and the fastest 27 qualifiers will line up on race day.”

Two top competitors include popular Scot Keith Amor and Czech rider Michael Dokoupil.

Local riders include Ryan Farquhar, Ballymoney’s Adrian Archibald and Paul Robinson, John Burrows and brothers Michael and William Dunlop who will be joined by cousin Sam.

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