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 on: June 03, 2016, 07:19:49 am 
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 on: June 02, 2016, 08:33:35 am 
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The third Sidecar session of the 2016 Isle of Man TT races, fuelled by Monster Energy, got underway slightly later than scheduled at 7.57pm

Dave Molyneux/Daniel Sayle were first away and hoping to get their first proper flying lap in of the week, with Ben and Tom Birchall, John Holden/Andy Winkle and Ian Bell/Carl Bell the next to leave the line followed by Tim Reeves/Patrick Farrance, the latter none the worse for wear having clipped the bank on the approach to Laurel Bank last night.

However, both Reeves/Farrance and the Birchalls had relatively slow opening laps while Molyneux was reported as having stopped at Sulby Bridge where he and Sayle were making adjustments.

Holden/Winkle were back first with a lap of 113.191mph, slightly quicker than their lap on Tuesday night, and they were fastest from the Bells who were again showing well at 112.113mph. Alan Founds/Aki Aalto were the only other outfit to break the 110mph barrier, with a speed of 111.300mph although Conrad Harrison/Jason Crowe were edging ever closer at 109.002mph.

Pete Founds/Jevan Walmsley were again showing good form at 109.219mph but Reeves/Farrance completed their opening lap at 102.710mph, carrying on straight through for a second lap while the Birchalls opened with 99.263mph.

Newcomers Lewis Blackstock/Patrick Rosney were flying, upping their speed to an impressive 104.014mph but Reeves/Farrance had clearly used their first lap to ease themselves back in and second time around, they upped their pace considerably to 113.735mph.

However, it wasn’t quite enough to knock Holden/Winkle off the top spot though as their second lap was the quickest of the week at 113.955mph. The Birchalls also put themselves contention for Saturday’s opening Sure Sidecar Race and slotted into third on the leaderboard after a lap of 113.514mph, with just four and a half seconds covering the top three.

The Bells second lap was slightly quicker at 112.240mph whilst Founds/Walmsley posted their first ever 110mph plus lap, albeit unofficially, after lapping at 110.434mph. Wayne Lockey/Mark Sayers just missed out but 109.810mph was still their best of the week.

Aki Aalto, passenger to Alan Founds, was reported to have been hit by a piece of fairing debris but was reviewed by the Doctor at the scene and assessed not to have received any injuries.

 on: June 02, 2016, 08:30:17 am 
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After an 11-minute delay, the first of the week so far, Wednesday evening’s qualifying session for the 2016 Isle of Man TT Races, fuelled by Monster Energy, burst into life with spectacular lap times in the RST Superbike and RL360 Quantum Superstock classes.

Despite strong winds reported on the Mountain section, Michael Dunlop threw down the gauntlet with the fastest lap of the week at an excellent 131.574mph, bettering Ian Hutchinson’s time set the previous evening. Although Dunlop dominated, Hutchinson was again above 130mph, setting his quickest lap of the night on his Superstock machine, 130.745mph.

It was expected that with the conditions, speeds would be slightly down on the previous night’s action although it soon became apparent that that wasn’t the case with a series of 129mph+ laps from a standing start.

Peter Hickman and Steve Mercer led the field away at 6.31pm with Michael Rutter and Dan Stewart, Ivan Lintin and Martin Jessopp, James Hillier and Bruce Anstey and Dean Harrison and Cameron Donald the next pairs away. John McGuinness was in the seventh pairing while Ian Hutchinson, who had made a number of experimental changes to the Tyco BMW, was in the tenth pair to leave the line.

Rutter was first back to the Grandstand with a lap of 129.163mph swiftly followed by Hickman and Mercer who were both in the 127mph bracket. However, Harrison briefly went quickest at 129.673mph before Hutchinson upstaged him with 129.811mph. Michael Dunlop was only slightly behind him though at 129.582mph with McGuinness and Lee Johnston both having lapped at more than 128mph.

Rutter continued to lead on the road although his second lap was slightly slower at 128.793 and Mercer improved to 128.672. Harrison also went marginally quicker with129.742 with Hillier also faster at 128.238. McGuinness did the first 130mph+ lap of the night though at 130.497 but Hutchinson was quicker still with a speed of 130.691mph.

Cummins strong qualifying continued with a lap of 129.764 but Dunlop’s second lap was down in the 127s as he’d switched to his Superstock mount. A number of riders reported how strong the winds were not over the Mountain but also in places like Kirk Michael.

As the session wore on, the riders swapped between their Superbike and Superstock machines with Hutchinson opening with 129.199mph on his Superstock machine before his 130mph+ lap.

However, Dunlop elected to go back onto his Superbike machine and set the first 131mph+ lap of the week with Hutchinson on his Superstock BMW topping the leaderboard from Rutter.

Meanwhile, the newcomer speeds were again improving, led by Jochem van den Hoek once more. The Dutchman lapped at 116.50mph, the fastest newcomer lap of the week but Alessandro Polita and Seamus Elliott were both above the 113mph mark with Forrest Dunn, Michael Booth and Josh Daley all above 111mph, with Daley’s time set on his Supersport machine.

 on: June 02, 2016, 08:24:36 am 
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 on: June 02, 2016, 07:38:13 am 
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North Armagh Motorcycle & Car Club (Tarmac Section) Ltd, in Co Armagh recognised with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for 2016

The North Armagh Motorcycle & Car Club (Tarmac Section) Ltd, a voluntary group from County Armagh who co-ordinate over 500 volunteers to run the Tandragee 100 National

Motorcycle Road Races, a 2-day annual flagship event, has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. This year is the first time a motorsport group in Northern Ireland have received this esteemed mark of distinction.

Anne Forsythe, Club Secretary and Sheila Sinton MBE, Club Chairperson from The North

Armagh Motorcycle & Car Club (Tarmac Section) Ltd attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on 24th May 2016 where they saw the Queen, met Prince William and other winners of this year’s award.

The North Armagh Motorcycle & Car Club (Tarmac Section) Ltd is one of 193 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of awards given to groups this year is slightly higher than last year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to tackle community challenges.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2nd June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

Award winners this year range from a War Memorial Community Trust, providing social facilities for the benefit of the community in Clwyd, Wales, to a club enhancing the community by developing individuals through athletics, in Ayrshire and Arran, Scotland.

The North Armagh Motorcycle & Car Club (Tarmac Section) Ltd will receive the award from the Lord Lieutenant for County Armagh, the Earl of Caledon later this summer.

Anne Forsythe, NAMCC Club Secretary Page 2 of 2

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Committee Chair, former broadcast journalist Sir Martyn Lewis said:

“I warmly congratulate all of the inspirational voluntary groups who have been rewarded for their community work with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The judging panel for this year’s awards were struck by the quality and breadth of all the successful groups. The thousands of volunteers who give up spare time to help others in their community and to help solve problems demonstrate the very best of democracy in action.”

Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, said:

“I would like to congratulate all groups who received this year’s Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, in recognition of their fantastic achievements. The huge amount of work and commitment these organisations put into their local communities is surpassed only by the passion and motivation of the individuals who volunteer. I hope these groups continue to inspire others to get involved and make a positive impact so that we can continue to build a more compassionate society.”

Mrs Jill Armstrong and Mr William Beattie, Deputy Lieutenants for County Armagh, who carried out the assessment process, stated:

“It is highly commendable that an international sporting event of this stature maintains its roots, after over half a century, in a not-for-profit ethos and continues to be managed locally and voluntarily by community members. This community takes enormous pride in the Tandragee 100’s on-going success, and recognises the event as one of the principal bonds that holds it together. Highly deserving of this award.”

Club Secretary, Anne Forsythe said:

“The North Armagh Motorcycle & Car Club (Tarmac Section) Ltd is immensely proud of the recognition that this Award represents. It is a demonstration to all of our many volunteers that what they do really makes a difference. If anyone would like to get involved, come along and join the Club at one of our Club Meetings, held at 8pm on the second Monday each month in Tandragee Rovers Football Club, Madden Road, Tandragee.”

 on: June 01, 2016, 10:11:08 am 
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The annual Cock O’ the North Road Races at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough organised by Auto 66 Club has once again attracted a start studded entry.

The aim of the club has been to engage young riders into road racing. So for this is really showing the club are on the right path with most of the Club’s top names, Dean Harrison, Ivan Lintin and Lee Johnston, already at the top end of the timing sheets at the Isle of Man TT, which is currently taking place.

Dean Harrison, Ivan Lintin & Lee Johnston will be attending the Cock O’ the North on 18th 19th June alongside Jamie Coward, Tom Weeden, Mick & Mark Goodings, James Cowton, Michael Russell and local rider James Tadman. We also welcome back multi TT winner Ian Lougher who has entered the Ultra lightweight class. Ian still holds the record for the most wins around Oliver’s Mount.

The Cock O’ the North will start at 9am on the Saturday morning with practice followed by 10 races starting at 1.30pm. Sunday will start with a warm up at 9am followed by a strong race programme of 12 races starting 10.30am.

For the first time the Cock O’ the North will include a European bike rally with displays from Ducati, BSA, Norton, MV Agusta and many more. This area will be next to the trade area in the main spectator compound, there will be parades both days for European road bikes, one for Italian machines and one for non-Italian Machines. There will also be a parade for Classic racing machines. The Cock O’ the North is looking like an absolute cracking weekend for everyone.

Club members have been very busy over the last few weeks preparing paths ways, steps and extending the hard standing at the main entrance which was a big problem in April with the amount of rain. The club is hoping this solves any problems for the June meeting.

Advanced tickets are still available and for those camping you must book in advanced

 on: June 01, 2016, 09:50:22 am 
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With perfect conditions lasting long into the evening for qualifying for the 2016 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy, the Formula Two sidecars enjoyed a good session, which got underway at 8.05pm.

After setting the quickest time on Monday evening, John Holden/Andy Winkle again topped the leaderboard, improving their speed to 113.15mph. It was close though with father and son team Ian and Carl Bell only marginally slower at 112.98mph.

Dave Molyneux and passenger Dan Sayle led the field away swiftly followed by Ben and Tom Birchall, Holden/Winkle, Tim Reeves/Patrick Farrance, Alan Founds/Aki Aalto and Gary Bryan/Jamie Winn. Conrad Harrison was next to go and he had a new passenger on board, Jason Crowe having replaced Dean Kilkenny who was reported to have an injured leg.

The Birchalls and Reeves/Farrance were early retirements though, stopping at Ballacraine and Laurel Bank respectively, but Molyneux, who experienced a water leak on Monday, got his first lap of 2016 in at 112.48mph.

Founds/Aalto and Karl Bennett/Lee Cain also clocked in excess of the 110mph mark but Molyneux pushed his machine away from the session, clearly with more work to do in the garage.  The Bells, who left the line towards the rear of the field, lapped at 111.63mph while Harrison was timed at over 107mph as he got used to both his new passenger and new outfit.

Founds/Aalto continued onto a second lap as did Bennett/Cain but they only got as far as Glentramman second time around. Founds improved to 111.55mph with Bryan/Winn recording 108.34mph, slightly slower than Wayne Lockey/Mark Sayers who lapped at 108.84mph.

However, the Bells moved up to second overall with their near 113mph lap whilst Australian Dwight Beare, with Ben Binns in the chair, recorded his first ever 110mph lap. Meanwhile, newcomers Lewis Blackstock/Patrick Rosney only just missed out on their first 100mph lap with a speed of 99.6mph.

Tim Reeves/Patrick Farrance and Colin Buckley/Robbie Shorter both hit the bales at Laurel Bank and Kerrowmoar respectively but both crews were uninjured.  Stephane Hubert, passenger to Dan Knight came into contact with the wall at Quarry Bends but was reported to be OK after being checked by the doctor. Kevin Jones, passenger to Dave Dermott, came off the sidecar at Burnside, at the end of Cronk Y Voddy and was taken to Nobles hospital with reported leg and arm fractures.

 on: June 01, 2016, 09:47:50 am 
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With glorious conditions once more all across the island, qualifying on Tuesday evening for the 2016 Isle of Man TT Races, fuelled by Monster Energy, went ahead promptly at 6.20pm and Ian Hutchinson recorded the first 130mph lap of the week with his fourth lap of the night stopping the clocks at 130.63mph.

Unlike the previous evening, the session was split into two with the Superbikes, Superstocks and Supersports away first before the latter were joined at 7.25pm by the Lightweights.  Michael Rutter and Steve Mercer, both Supebike mounted, led the field away followed by Dan Stewart and Bruce Anstey, also electing to go out on their Superbikes, the latter again on the RCV213S.

As expected, all the front runners were prominent with Ian Hutchinson in the third pairing away alongside Dean Harrison, while Peter Hickman, John McGuinness and Michael Dunlop weren’t far behind.

Hutchinson was quickest through the speed trap at 196.8mph and the Tyco BMW rider set the fastest opening lap at 129.120 although he was only slightly quicker than starting partner Harrison who lapped at 129.022. Anstey improved to 127.37 whilst Conor Cummins, Mercer, McGuinness and Hickman all broke the 127mph barrier

William Dunlop had stopped at Quaterbridge on his Superbike but returned to the paddock and rejoined the action on his Superstock bike while brother Michael also ran into trouble, pulling off the circuit before making his own way back to the Grandstand. However, the Ulsterman didn’t rejoin the session until 7.30pm on his Supersport bike.

Hutchinson switched to his Superstock BMW but Hickman, McGuinness, Cummins and James Hillier all went straight through and McGuinness went quickest at 129.62mph although he was only a fraction ahead of Hickman’s lap of 129.55. Cummins was also in the 129s whilst Mercer set his best ever lap of the Mountain Course, albeit unofficially, at 128.55.

Anstey improved again to 128.98mph while last year’s triple race winner Hutchinson went to the top of the Superstock leaderboard with a lap of 128.723mph. Meanwhile, newcomer Jochem van den Hoek from Holland was showing well with a lap in excess of 115mph.

Rutter then went second quickest in the Superstock class after lapping at 128.43 but a lot of attention was focussing on Anstey’s third lap on the RCV with his sector times showing he as on a flyer. However, he lost time coming down the Mountain and crossed the line at 128.85mph but Hutchinson had switched back to his Superbike with a lap of 129.5mph before saving the best until last with his 130.63mph lap.

At 7.25pm, it was the turn of the Lightweights to join the Supersports on course and TT Rider Liaison Officer John Barton was first to leave the line. Italian Stefano Bonetti was initially the quickest rider with his lap on the Paton being 114.611mph with last year’s Manx Grand Prix winner Rob Hodson not far behind at 113.545mph. However, there were all upstaged by last year’s race winner Ivan Lintin who went comfortably clear at the top of the pack after a lap of exactly 118mph.

Martin Jessopp went second quickest at 114.871mph with Bonetti’s opening lap seeing him hold onto third. James Hillier slotted into fourth (114.482) with Hodson (114.049) and James Cowton (113.444) completing the top six. Rutter did his first lap on the SGS International/KMR Kawasaki at 113.342mph.

In the Supersport class, Anstey was quickest with a speed of 124.51mph just ahead of Harrison and Hutchinson whilst Michael Dunlop got two laps in on his R6 Yamaha, the quickest of which was a fraction above 123mph.

Frank Gallagher (32nd) and Kamil Holan (Cruickshanks) both came off their machines in the session but both were reported as unhurt.

 on: June 01, 2016, 09:30:10 am 
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 on: May 31, 2016, 10:29:27 am 
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Belfast Newsletter

Man-on-a-mission Michael Dunlop’s strategy for this year’s Isle of Man TT races is as straightforward as they come, with the Maverick stating matter-of-factly, ‘I’m here to win every race’.

The 11-time winner almost matched Bingley Bullet Ian Hutchinson’s five-in-a-week record in 2013, but was narrowly denied in a blistering Senior race by his then Honda Legends team-mate John McGuinness.

    I’m here to win any race I’m in. I’ve done fast laps on the 600, on the Superstock bike and on the Superbike, so I know what I’m capable of - Michael Dunlop

Dunlop, the only rider ever to secure back-to-back four timers at the TT in 2013 and 2014, endured a blip last year as he left the Isle of Man empty-handed.

His well documented split from the Milwaukee Yamaha team and a last-lap crash in the RST Superbike race put him on the back foot and Dunlop is out out to make amends this weekend.

The 27-year-old looked ominously strong on the Hawk Racing BMW at the North West 200 earlier this month, blasting Josh Brookes’ outright lap record on the S1000RR on his way to his second Superbike victory around the Triangle course, where he also clinched the Superbike spoils on BMW machinery in 2014 – weeks before he won all three big bike races at the TT.

The 27-year-old has arrived on the Isle of Man in tip-top shape and is oozing confidence as practice week continues apace, with the clock ticking down to Saturday’s curtain-raising RST Superbike race (11am), which is scheduled over a full six-lap distance around the legendary 37.73-mile course.

Dunlop, who also rides a BMW in the RL360 Quantum Superstock race and a Yamaha R6 in both Monster Energy Supersport races, has a one-track mind when it comes to outlining his TT goals this week, when three more wins would put him level with Mike Hailwood in the hall of fame.

“I’m here to win any race I’m in – I’ve won the Formula 1 race or the Superbike race, whatever you want to call it, and I’ve won the Senior as well,” Dunlop told the News Letter.

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