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Armoy Race of Legends full speed ahead after new deal

 

By Roy Harris

Armoy Motorcycle Road Racing Club have been boosted by the news that the title sponsor for the Race of Legends in July will be Roadside Kia.

The Coleraine-based firm are a well-established family-run car dealership, who have continuously assisted the Armoy Club in one way or another over the years, be it sponsoring a race or supplying the Clerk of the Course with his car for Bike Week.

Roadside have also sponsored Michael Dunlop for the past three years, with the Ballymoney star having won the Race of Legends for six years in succession - in fact the only other rider to win this particular race was Ryan Farquhar back in 2010.

On home ground Michael is the outright lap record holder at Armoy with a speed of 106.812mph set in 2013 and has recorded the most wins (14) around the 3.008 mile circuit since the first running of the meeting in 2009.

Clerk of the Course Bill Kennedy said: "2017 is set to be a good year and with Roadside Kia on board as title sponsor we are all very happy.

"I'm not going to make any bones about it, I wish we had this sorted out a few months back, but it's all go now given this announcement.

"I would like to thank David Boyd and Ian Lamont of Roadside Kia for their commitment to Armoy Road Races.

"In addition we have some other fantastic sponsors this year who we will announce at a later date, some of whom have been with us since year one and others that are new to road racing."

Since the inaugural Race of Legends meeting in 2009, Armoy Road Races have quickly established themselves as the premier Irish national road race meeting on the calendar with spectators and competitors coming from around the world to sample the hospitality and racing in the home town of the legendary Armoy Armada - Joey and Jim Dunlop, Mervyn Robinson and Frank Kennedy, who set the road racing scene alight in the seventies.

This year's Bike Week runs from Sunday, July 23 until Saturday, July 29 with the races being held on Friday 28 and Saturday 29.

Meanwhile, not a wheel has turned in anger during scheduled practice for this year's Isle of Man TT with the cancellation of last night's session due to heavy rain and thick mist from Guthrie Memorial to Kate's Cottage on the mountain section of the course.

Frustrated competitors and officials will now look for a better forecast ahead of this evening with practice scheduled to commence at 6.20pm.

In the south of the island yesterday, during a very wet Blackfords Pre-TT Classic meeting, local riders were well to the fore with Cullybackey's Barry Davidson registering two seconds, a third, fourth and fifth, while Lisburn's Brian Mateer finished second in the 250cc Lightweight with Kells' Dennis Booth third in the Post Classic Senior.

The competitive action is scheduled to start on Saturday, weather permitting.

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