Belfast Telegraph

Stage set for Armoy Race of Legends thriller

By Paul Lindsay

Armoy's Race of Legends has secured the backing of SGS International as their title sponsor for a second year, which is a fitting tribute to the top class event that takes in its eighth year of competition in 2016.

It may well be the newest road race on the Irish calendar, but it's undoubtedly one of the most professionally managed events, underlined by the class of entry and list of sponsors the Armoy Motorcycle Road Racing Club attracts.

Dunlop brothers Michael and William are set to attend on July 29-30, with many punters already debating whether it will be the platform Guy Martin needs to kick-start his 2016 road racing season after taking on the Tour Divide Mountain Bike challenge in the Canadian Rockies in June.

Bill Kennedy, Clerk of Course for Armoy, said: "The club and I are really delighted with the news that SGS International is once again our title sponsor.

"Brian McGrath and SGS International have been involved with the club and our road races for the last five years and each year they have given their full support, on many occasions going above and beyond what's required.

"SGS International is a fantastic sponsor appreciating how much effort and work is required to hold an event like this. Brian McGrath is very knowledgeable on all things bikes so he understands what's needed in every aspect.

"In Brian's case, nothing is ever too much trouble for him. We are truly grateful to him and SGS International for stepping up and supporting us for 2016.

"It means a lot to us as without sponsors we really could not put on this great national road race."

The Armoy Road Races are one of Northern Ireland's prime motorsport gatherings, attracting motorcycle riders both locally and internationally, and SGS's commitment to the Armoy Road Races underlines the popularity and esteem of this annual event. I'll pray for good weather, good racing and good craic for the Race of Legends."

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