Armoy Races chief thrilled to retain title sponsor
The Armoy Motorcycle Road Racing Club have announced that the Bayview Hotel, Portballintrae will be the title sponsor of the Race of Legends for the second year for what is sure to be a fantastic weekend of action on July 26-27.
Bayview Hotel owner Trevor Kane, who has been a sponsor at the Armoy Road Races every year since its inception in 2009, said: "I have witnessed first-hand how the Armoy Races have brought an increasing number of visitors to the area year on year, raising the profile of not only the north coast, but of Northern Ireland as a holiday destination in itself.
"Partnering with Armoy Road Races this year was an easy decision for us, given that we share a number of objectives when it comes to serving the local community and assisting with driving local tourism.
"I look forward to the fantastic road racing at, in my opinion, the best national road race there is."
After an initial idea by locals in 2007 to remember the Armoy Armada of Joey Dunlop, Mervyn Robinson, Frank Kennedy and Jim Dunlop, the Armoy Road Races were first held in 2009 and have continued to grow from strength to strength, now one of if not the biggest national road races in Ireland, welcoming an increasing number of bike enthusiasts and spectators each year.
Bill Kennedy MBE, Clerk of the Course, said: "Having Trevor and the team at the Bayview Hotel on board as title sponsor again this year is fantastic news for Armoy Race of Legends and the Causeway Coast and Glens area in general.
"We are passionate about our racing and honouring the legends that once raced the roads and put Armoy on the map.
"We want to encourage spectators and visitors to come and enjoy the fantastic festival of racing and to experience all the popular tourist attractions on our doorstep in Armoy, and the Bayview Hotel is the perfect base.
"On behalf of the club, and personally, I would like to thank Trevor Kane for his commitment to this year's Armoy Race of Legends, highlighting the intention to ensure the Race of Legends continues to grow."
Michael Dunlop is the dominant rider around the 3.008-mile picturesque circuit set in the rural heartland of Co Antrim; he holds the lap record at 106.812mph, the most wins at 17 and has won the feature Race of Legends a record seven years in succession.
Last year's main race day was washed out and the club will be hoping for better fortune when Bike Week returns in three months' time on July 20.
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