Michael Dunlop heads a quality line-up as Irish road racing makes its long awaited return next weekend with the ‘Race of Legends’ meeting at Armoy.
Dunlop has dominated the showpiece race on his home patch in Co Antrim and is gunning for a remarkable ninth straight win in the feature event on Saturday.
Armoy chief Bill Kennedy said the Ballymoney man is entered on the SYNETIQ BMW for Northern Ireland’s TAS Racing team, when the 19-time Isle of Man TT winner’s opposition includes Derek Sheils on the Roadhouse Macau BMW, McAdoo Racing’s Adam McLean, Derek McGee (CITP Kawasaki), Michael Sweeney (MJR BMW) and Paul Jordan on the Burrows Engineering/RK Racing Suzuki.
Dunlop is also set to make a rare appearance in the Senior Classic race on an MV Agusta, when he will clash with old foe Guy Martin.
The Armoy meeting is the first Irish national road race of 2021 and will be run as a closed event. Admission is strictly by entry wristband only and the race is now sold out.
A restricted number of spectators will be in attendance after the NI Executive lifted the cap on 500 people at outdoor gatherings at the beginning of July.
On Friday, roads will close at 12.30pm for qualifying and on Saturday at 10am.
Meanwhile, Carrickfergus man Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing) was 11th in yesterday’s opening British Superbike race at Brands Hatch, finishing one place ahead of brother Andrew on the SYNETIQ BMW.
Tarran Mackenzie took the honours on the McAMS Yamaha ahead of Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Ducati), with championship leader Christian Iddon completing the top three (VisionTrack Ducati).
The race was re-run over 12 laps following a crash on the first lap involving Brad Jones from Dorset.
An update from the organisers said he was flown by helicopter to Kings College London with a head injury following treatment at the track medical centre. He was described as unconscious at the scene.
The second round of the Dunlop Masters Championship is also taking place this weekend at Mondello Park in Co Kildare.
Reigning champion Richie Ryan won the opening Superbike race yesterday from Supertwin winner Michael Sweeney.