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Kennedy joy as Armoy receives sponsorship boost



Bill Kennedy

Bill Kennedy

Bill Kennedy

With two months to go until the Armoy Road Races, the organising club have confirmed that the Bayview Hotel in Portballintrae is returning as title sponsor for this year’s race meeting.

Having been cancelled last year due to Covid, the roads around Armoy village are set to reverberate once again to the sound of high-powered motorcycles on July 30-31.

A keen supporter of road racing, Trevor Kane, owner of the Bayview Hotel, welcomed the opportunity to support such a “world-class” event. saying: “Armoy Road Races and the hotel have had a close association from the very beginning of the Race of Legends meeting in 2009.

“Given the turbulence of the past year, I just wanted to assist Armoy Motorcycle Racing Club in any way I could. There is no doubt the pandemic has hit the hospitality sector extremely hard and thanks to the loyalty of the club, I’m delighted to be involved again this year.”

Clerk of the Course Bill Kennedy MBE said: “As a club it means the world to us to be able to host an event that we know is popular with road racing fans across Ireland and beyond. Yes, there will be some restrictions in place including a reduced number of spectators, however we still expect the event to be as thrilling as previous years.

“We are so pleased that the Bayview Hotel has decided to come back on board as title sponsor for the Race of Legends.”

Local hero Michael Dunlop has an enviable record around the three-mile Armoy circuit having won the feature Race of Legends eight times in succession between 2011–19 (2018 was abandoned) and the club will be hoping that the current lap record holder will be on the grid.

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