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We were right to call off Armoy's big day: Kennedy

 

By Roy Harris

The 10th Anniversary of Armoy Motorcycle Road Racing Club's Bayview Hotel Race of Legends in July was a significant milestone not only for the club, but the wider racing community.

Everyone was basking in one of the best summers in memory, but tell that to the Armoy Club, who put a year of preparation into their three-mile course and events surrounding the meeting.

The event had attracted a record number of visitors, however the weather did not play ball.

Club President and Clerk of the Course Bill Kennedy MBE stated: "It's safe to say the 10th Anniversary was one to remember - but not for the reasons we had hoped.

"To say I was disappointed that Saturday's nine-race programme had to be abandoned due to horrific weather conditions is an understatement.

"But looking back now, I know the right decision was taken in the interests of competitor safety."

Qualifying and racing did take place on the Friday with a stunning Supersport race being won by Magherafelt rider Paul Jordan, who slipstreamed his near neighbour Adam McLean to win by seven one thousandths of a second in the closest finish in the event's history.

Programme sales were down 25% and the lack of funding from Tourism Ireland made for a difficult year. Kennedy said: "Thanks to a range of loyal sponsors, including headline sponsor the Bayview Hotel, Portballintrae and Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, it wasn't all doom and gloom as we had a fantastic Bike Week."

With the 10th Anniversary loose ends being put to rest, Kennedy concluded: "It's time to pick ourselves up and look ahead now with 2019 quickly on the horizon.

"I hope you all will continue to support the club as we begin to make our plans for the 11th Race of Legends."

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