Waterford’s Brian McCormack is among the entries for this weekend’s Faugheen 50 Road Races on the FHO Racing Roadhouse Macau BMW.
McCormack, a former winner at his home race meeting in County Tipperary back in 2015, will also compete in the Supersport class on the Global Robots/PHR Performance Triumph 765.
“Faugheen is my home club and the race isn’t clashing with anything, so we decided to come back and do a National Road Race,” he said.
“I can’t wait to get going on the BMW M1000RR and the Triumph and it looks like the weather is going to be good.”
Skerries man Michael Sweeney has been in excellent form of late and arrives at Faugheen after some solid top-six finishes in the Superbike class at the Southern 100.
Sweeney leads the Superbike standings by 50 points from Mullingar’s Thomas Maxwell and has won four of the six championship races so far, with his only defeats coming at the hands of Michael Dunlop last time out at Walderstown in County Westmeath last weekend.
He will be the man to beat on the Martin Jones Racing BMW but Cork’s Mike Browne will be a tough completitor once more on the Burrows Engineering/RK Racing Suzuki.
Browne was a winner in the Supersport class at Skerries and stands only four points behind Sweeney in the 600cc Championship, but he is hungry for another National Roads victory in the Superbike class.
“I was happy enough with my riding at Walderstown and we have the bikes where we want them setup-wise, but I’m still craving that second big bike win,” expressed Browne, who achieved his first Superbike success at the Cookstown 100 last September.
Faugheen is the last national road race of the season in the Republic of Ireland before the action turns to Armoy, which hosts the ‘Race of Legends’ event in County Antrim from July 29-30 where homecoming hero Dunlop will be targeting a 10th win in a row in the blue riband race.
The Ballymoney rider was a winner in the Supersport class at the Southern 100 on the Isle of Man on Thursday to add to his six podium placings.