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In-form riders will head for Race of Legends in Armoy


Backer: Ryan Farquhar will be returning to support Armoy

Backer: Ryan Farquhar will be returning to support Armoy

Backer: Ryan Farquhar will be returning to support Armoy

Armoy Road Racing Club has finalised a top class line-up of entries for their SGS International Race of Legends showpiece tomorrow week.

Riders from the Republic, England, Scotland, Czech Republic, Canada and Australia are on their way to battle our own Northern Irish riders.

And, judging by results at Skerries, Walderstown and the Southern 100 over the past few weeks, where no rider dominated, competition is wide open.

Clerk of the Course Bill Kennedy enthused: "Last year's man of the meeting Guy Martin comes here in terrific form as does his Tyco team-mate William Dunlop. Brother Michael Dunlop, back riding a BMW, Dean Harrison on the Mar-Train Yamaha and both Derek Sheils and Derek McGee are all coming here on the back of wins.

"We also have regulars like Ryan Farquhar, Scotland's Keith Amor on the Rig Deluge bikes and East Yorkshire's James Cowton, making the Supersports, Supertwins, Open and the Race of Legends all too close to call."

"There have also been a few last minute changes. Fresh from his win in the Southern 100, Ballymoney rider Seamus Elliott will be riding for Wilson Craig Racing and Norwich's Connor Behan has secured a ride with the Air Kawasaki team.

"John Burrows' Cookstown BE Racing team has just announced Guy Martin will be riding a 650cc Supertwin with Mullingar man Thomas Maxwell on his 600cc Honda and Michael Sweeney plans to ride the 250cc Honda, if he is fit enough.

"Next Friday's practice day, followed by the Supersport 1 Race, will definitely set the tone for the following 11 races on the Saturday. "I'm very happy with this year's entries. We've some of the very best road racers and a few newcomers which is going to make for very interesting racing indeed.

"The Supertwins is always a hugely popular race at Armoy, and it's great to see Ryan Farquhar return with his SGS team which includes former Moto GP rider Jeremy McWilliams, no stranger to Armoy, and newcomer Canadian rider Darren James.

"The SGS/Manx Gas team also has a new talented rider, Adam McLean from Magherafelt, in the Junior Support race.

"Ryan has always been a keen supporter of the Armoy Road Races from day one, offering invaluable advice from a road racer's perspective. It was without a doubt instrumental in the creation of the circuit."

There will be a special Bikers' Service this Sunday in Lagge Parish Hall on Lagge Road in Armoy at 6pm.

Bike Week runs from Sunday until Saturday, main race day.

Belfast Telegraph