A glance down the extensive entry list for this weekend’s Tandragee 100 confirms the road race’s status as a global event with a community touch.
Riders clocking up the air miles include competitors from Europe and around the United Kingdom alongside the domestic names who view the Tandragree circuit as one of the sport’s most rewarding.
Ryan Farquhar and William Dunlop will thrill the traditional road race audience but an appearance by Jeremy McWilliams - forever linked to the MotoGP World Championship - should open up the appeal to the wider motorsport fanbase.
A packed newcomers’ field supports the position of the Tandragee 100 as a touchstone test for any promising rider, with a route so familiar to the general public voted the fourth greatest road racing course in the world during a 2013 poll.
“We have a dedicated team across the whole group of the North Armagh Motorcycle and Car Club sections that put every effort into protecting and enhancing the Tandragee 100,” said event co-ordinator Ian Forsythe. “A lot of hard work goes into preparing the area each year, with the priority the safety of the event.
“We are proud of the Tandragee 100’s reputation within the world of motorcycling and it brings riders and fans from all over each year.
“It is a great boost for the community but we cannot progress each year without support from the wider area alongside our dedicated club members, sponsors and supporters.
“We have a series of events leading up to the Tandragee 100 practice and race day which really raise the profile of the meeting.
“It tells a story that the Tandragee 100 Supporters’ Club recently presented a cheque for £4,000 towards the race and we are delighted to have the Rice family on board again as main sponsors with Around-A-Pound.
“We have a loyal group of sponsors, with partnerships that go back many years.
“The same is true of our connections to the community and it is great to have so many people pulling together to help make the Tandragee 100 such a success.
“There is a packed field of riders and we expect a bumper crowd, with the three grandstands offering prime viewing.
“We urge, as ever, the public to support the meeting by making a donation and purchasing a programme.”
The prize fund of £10,000 will add to the appeal, alongside the opportunity for Irish and Ulster championship honours within the extensive 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.
Practice will run tonight (Friday) ahead of tomorrow’s (Saturday’s) main event.
Tandragee Golf Club will host a special ‘RJ Rocks The ’80s’ live music concert tonight (Friday) from 10 o’clock.
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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