The global appeal of motorcycling’s Tandragee 100 road race has been confirmed by an entry list that includes competitors from Italy, Dubai, France and Brazil.
The North Armagh Motorcycle and Car Club’s showpiece event is scheduled for Saturday, May 2 but excitement kicked into gear this week with the official launch night.
Sponsors - including representatives of main supporters Around-A-Pound - officials, riders and guests met in Armagh’s Navan Centre on Tuesday to amp up interest.
Voted in 2013 as the fourth greatest road racing course in the world, Tandragee’s popularity within the world of motorcycle was emphasised with favourites such as Ryan Farquhar, Keith Amor, William Dunlop and Jeremy McWiliams signed up.
Practice on Friday, May 2 will include familiar faces to the North Armagh club’s Tarmac section as members like Shaun Anderson, Stephen Davison, Anthony McColgan, Gary Hutton and Joe Lockhart step into the saddle on home soil.
Eric Goedhart from Dubai is expected to make his Tandragee debut next month and other international names on the programme include Dario Cecconi, Frabrice Faivre and Rafael Paschoalin
Farquhar’s position as the most successful rider in national road racing history included a landmark 200th win at Tandragee.
McWilliams has signed up for the Classic race
Dunlop’s hectic schedule will include appearances in the First Open, Supersport 600 and Senior Open.
The North Armagh club’s Shaun Anderson has a growing reputation within the sport and will return home from Austria to compete in familiar territory.
Tandragee’s status as a demanding but rewarding course for promising prospects is reflected in the list of 60 newcomers on board within the overall roster that exceeds 350.
The prize fund of £10,000 will add to the appeal, alongside the opportunity for Irish and Ulster championship honours within the packed programme.
A tribute lap in memory of 10 years since Richard Britton’s passing has been arranged to include four of the rider’s bikes
The full nine-race schedule is as follows: First Open, Junior Support, Supersport, Classic, 250cc GP Championship, Lightweight, Irish Championship Senior Support, 650cc Supertwins and Senior Open.
Thanks go to our race sponsors, including Around-A-Pound, Mervyn Potts, Hudson Trailers NI, Mahon Garden Centre, Trevor Warde Groupage Ltd, Woolsey Freight Ltd and Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.
Live race commentary has been secured for a third successive year via www.irishroadracers.com
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Special awards have been added to the weekend such as The Joe McKeown Memorial Trophy, Man Of The Meeting and Fastest Lap.
Additional highlights include a programme competition,
A ride out has been organised for Sunday by the Tandragee 100 Supporters’ Club, with a bike display on April 27 in the main street.
A sponsored walk around the circuit in aid of the Injured Riders’ Welfare Fund will take place on Sunday, April 26 from Moyrourkan Orange Hall at 2 o’clock, alongside a bicycle ride in memory of Stephen Larkin.
Contact Sheila Sinton on (028) 38 841367 or 07780916107 for further information relating to the sponsored walk.