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A FANTASTIC ENTRY FOR THE TANDRAGEE 100

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« on: April 15, 2015, 06:16:33 am »

The North Armagh Motorcycle & Car Club Ltd is delighted to launch the 55th Around A Pound Tandragee 100 on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd May 2015.

Ryan Farquhar, Keith Amor, William Dunlop, Jeremey McWilliams, Sam Dunlop, Micko Sweeney, Club Member Shaun Anderson, Derek McGee and Jamie Hamilton are just some of the stars you can expect to see on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd May 2015.

Entries also include regulars such as Davy Morgan, Seamus Elliott, Andy Farrell, Sam Wilson, Denis Booth, Nigel Moore, Paul Robinson, Warren Reeve, Robert McCrum, John Scott, Freddie Stewart, Damien Horan, Barry Davidson, Philip Shaw, Club Members Stephen Davison, Anthony McColgan, Gary Hutton and Joe Lockhart, etc.

Some of the up and coming stars include James Kelly, Connor Behan and Alan Bonner, etc who could perhaps upset some of the regulars. There will also be two female competitors on the grid –Yvonne Montgomery and Sarah Boyes.

The Tandragee 100 Course was, in 2013, voted 4th Best Road Racing Course in the World (only the TT, Macau & UGP came higher) and the word is spreading as much loved Italian rider, Dario Cecconi (who thinks of Tandragee as his ‘home’ circuit) will be joined for the first time this year by Eric Goedhart from Dubai, Fabrice Faivre from France and Rafael Paschoalin from Brazil who together will provide a truly international flavour to this year’s event.

This year’s whopping Tandragee 100 Entry list includes approximately 350 rider entries from Northern Ireland, South of Ireland, England, Scotland, Isle of Man, Europe and further afield with over 50 circuit newcomers, this is proof that road racing is still very much alive and kicking in the shallow hills of County Armagh!

As always costs have risen this year however we are delighted to be able to offer a prize fund of over £10,000! All the races this year will be Irish/Ulster Championships Races with the exception of the First Open Race and Forgotten Era which will be a non-championship event.

Ryan Farquhar is the most successful national road racer in history, notching up over 200 victories throughout his career. The 38-year-old reached his landmark 200th Road Racing win on the Roger Winfield 500cc Paton and his 201st Road Racing win in the Moto 450/400 Race at Tandragee in 2014, where local talent Paddy McColgan gave him a run for this money but now he’s ready to make his comeback this year on a big bike!

This year Jeremy McWilliams from Glengormley will be joining Ryan Farquhar on Roger Winfield’s 1300cc Harris F1 Yamaha machines in a special Display lap and also will be competing on Roger Winfield’s 500cc Paton in the Classic race at Tandragee.

Keith Amor, who returned to Road Racing last year at the Tandragee 100 remains a big hit with the Ulster fans following his memorable battles with Farquhar at the national meetings in the past, will also line up at Tandragee again this year. Amor was 2nd in the Emerald Road Racing Magazine Supersport 600 Race last year.

William Dunlop the 29 year old road racer from Ballymoney, has always had a passion for road racing, after all he grew up in a Dunlop household! William will ride the CD/IC 600cc bike in the First Open, the Supersport 600 and Senior Open Races. William clinched the Supersport 600 Race on the Tyco Suzuki in 2014 and took the fastest lap of the day at 107.502 mph.

Ever popular Skerries man ‘Micko’ Sweeney, remains a big hit with the fans both sides of the border, following his fantastic Manx Grand Prix Win in 2013 Piloting a Yamaha YZF-R6. Sweeney, in 2013 was also 2nd in both the Irish and Ulster 250 GP Championship and 3rd in both the Irish Superbike and Supertwins Championships. Sweeney at Tandragee in 2014 had a 1st place in the Sally McNally’s 250 GP race and a 4th place in Supertwins race.

Shaun Anderson, North Armagh Motorcycle & Car Club Member, is probably one of the most underrated riders here in Ireland, but his performances speak for themselves, in only his second time at IOM TT, Shaun brought home a TT Replica for lapping just over 125 mph! Shaun took 2nd in the Supersport race in 2014. This popular privateer loves his home circuit and is looking forward to a flying visit from his current home in Austria to have some fun at this years event.

Jamie Hamilton is to ride for BE Racing at the 2015 Tandragee 100. The 24-year old from Ballyclare is a former British Superstock 600cc champion and was awarded the Best Newcomer prize at the 2012 TT. He won the Irish National Road Race Supersport and Supertwin Championships, dominating both classes by winning all the races he competed in. Hamilton was also voted the Motor Cycling Union of Ireland's most improved rider in 2013 and Ireland's Most Promising Road Racer 2013. Jamie took 3rd in the First Open Race in 2014.

Derek McGee who won the Irish Supersport Championship in 2014 will ride for Wilson Craig Racing at the 2014 Tandragee 100. The 28-year old from Mullingar will ride Honda machines in the Superbike, Supersport and Superstock classes and the Emerald Road Racing Kawasaki Supertwin in the 650 class. Derek took 2nd in the First Open Race and 3rd in the Supersport 600 Race at Tandragee in 2014.

The mammoth entry includes approximately 75 competitors from NI, over 40 competitors from the South of Ireland, over 30 from England, Scotland & Isle of Man and 4 from Europe/Rest of the World.

OFFICIAL RACE SPONSORS

The Club warmly welcomes our good friends Gerry and Siobhan Rice of Around A Pound as our continuing overall race sponsors. It is however with deep sadness that we convey our condolences to Gerry on the passing of his mother Anne.

Around A Pound - is a family run business formed in 1998. They deal mainly in discount soft goods and are based in Newry with outlets in Banbridge, Newcastle, Lurgan, Armagh and most recently in Warrenpoint. Gerard certainly is an enthusiast and is again supporting Michael Dunlop and fellow North Armagh Motorcycle & Car Club Member Shaun Anderson in the 2015 season. Sincere thanks to Gerard and Siobhan Rice for their continuing support.

Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council - have once again contributed substantially to the Race. Our thanks are due to the Godfrey McCartney, Regeneration and Development Committee. Also thanks are due to the Council Staff, particularly the Regeneration & Development Committee; David McKee (Technical Services); Gregg Wilson; Andrew Willson; Sarah McGeary (Marketing) and Cara Toner (Admin) for their on-going assistance.

We would like to take this opportunity to offer thanks to Councillor Darren Causby, Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council for hosting the Press Conference in the Navan Centre. Thank you Lord Mayor Causby.

Tourism NI - have for the second time contributed significantly to the Race. Our thanks to Minister Arlene Foster, Jemma Snell, Johnathon Carter, Russell Whittaker and Michelle McKenna.

Mervyn Potts, an agricultural merchant specialising is fencing is sponsoring the British Red Cross for the event. Mervyn is also a longstanding supporter of the Club and the Tandragee 100.

We also welcome back Gareth George of Hudson Trailers NI who is kindly sponsoring the St John’s Ambulances for the third year.

We are delighted to welcome Mahon Garden Centre as a sponsor of an Ambulance. Mahon Garden Centre was established in 1988 by the Eakins family and is now a leading plant orientated, independent Garden Centre, growing the majority of the stock on their own nursery, ensuring the highest quality possible. Situated in County Armagh it offers a click and collect service to its customers via its website. Robert Eakins is no stranger to the motorcycle racing scene being a long-time sponsor and friend to the talented and very successful Marshal Neill, Woolsey Coulter and in more recent times up and coming short circuit star Mark Murphy and this year for the first time Matt Donaldson.

Another Ambulance is kindly sponsored by Trevor Warde Groupage Ltd situated in Newry, Co. Down. This company is a family run haulage service, and provides a high quality service to their customers. They operate a daily service from Belfast to Dublin and have a warehouse facility of over 14,000 sq ft. Many thanks Trevor.

The Club is indebted to Andrew Woolsey of Woolsey Freight Ltd who provides haulage of the necessary safety bales for the event.

Thanks also to the help of dedicated club members we have been able to put together what promises to be a first class event in 2015.

The other companies and individuals who have helped the Club, in either a financial or material way, to make the Tandragee 100 happen, are also greatly appreciated. In particular we’d like to acknowledge the Marshals and Flag Marshals without who we couldn’t run the event. To these, and many others, the Club owes a great deal of thanks and if we have left anyone out we can only apologise.

For up to date information and news please visit our web site: www.tandragee100.co.uk or Facebook or Twitter.

This year, for the third time, we will be broadcasting the race commentary live – spectators can use their smart phones or a PC to log on to www.irishroadracers.com and keep up to date with the racing.

PARADE LAP & RICHARD BRITTON TRIBUTE LAP

Davy & Ryan Taylor are kindly sponsoring the Parade Lap awards for the second time this year. Regrettably the very active Club Member Davy passed away only weeks after the 2014 Tandragee 100 and is very sadly missed by the Club. Many thanks also to Adrian Craig for co-ordinating the impressive list of entries for the Parade Lap.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Richard Britton’s passing and as a Tribute to his memory 4 of his bikes will be ridden around the course and will also be on display in the paddock.

RACE 1

The opening race of the day will be the Traynors Motor Store First Open Race - Traynors Motorstore have returned after many yeas as a sponsor. Traynors Motorstore has grown to be one of the premier vehicle dismantler and motor factors throughout the UK & Ireland with stores in Armagh, Belfast and Grantham. Their customers rate them highly as being a “great place for parts, a very helpful bunch” and as having an “A star service”. They will be on display in the Paddock on Race Day if you have any questions.

RACE 2

The Junior Support Race for 201-400cc machines is the People’s Race run by the North Armagh Club. The Club are very grateful to the many individuals who contributed to the Sponsorship.

RACE 3

Emerald Road Racing Magazine are the sponsors for the Supersport 600cc Race. David Hamilton and his partner Erin are making great strides with the magazine and we wish them continuing success. Thanks for the feature in their current issue.

RACE 4

The Phillip Riddell Memorial Classic Championship Race is sponsored by 21st Century Backcare. Under the banner of The 21st Century Backcare Raymond & Trevor who are sons of the late Dick Knox, long time Club President and motorcycle and motor car racer extraordinaire are again overall sponsors of the Classic Race which is divided into three classes that have been individually sponsored.

Up to 250cc Class sponsored by Donald McMorran, proprietor of Millside Engineering who has been a long-time supporter of Tandragee and lives on the course on the Markethill Road. He has 30 years engineering experience making parts for the aircraft industry and has also been known to produce precision parts for some of the riders.

Race for over 250cc – 350cc class is sponsored by R Heatrick Ltd a local building firm who we welcome again.

Race for over 350cc – 1000cc class is sponsored by William McCombe & Son who we welcome as sponsor for the second time in 2014.

RACE 5

The 250cc GP Championship sponsored by Sally McNally’s. Sally McNally’s is a member of ‘The Taste of Ulster’ and promote quality, local produce.

The Forgotten Era Race is jointly sponsored by Miller Racing (350cc class) & Downshire Coach Travel – who are both on board as sponsors for the first time this year. A very big welcome to Gary and Gareth Miller and Mervyn Ingram.

RACE 6

The City Autos Lightweight Race is open to 125cc grand prix machines. City Autos Ltd owned by club member, Ivor Hadden, has rightfully gained a reputation for carrying out work to the highest standard in a friendly manner. As always thank you Ivor.

The 400cc Supersport Race is sponsored by Groucho’s Cafe Bar & Music Lounge the place to be in Richhill. The Club again welcomes proprietor Peter Lyness.

The 450cc singles Race is also incorporated within this race and is in association with Portadown Recycling Ltd. Portadown Recycling offer a variety of facilities including skip hire for domestic use and to the construction industry. Thanks to Wesley Jamison and hopefully he has brought some flyers with him this evening.

RACE 7

Tandragee Centra Irish Championship Senior Support Race for 401cc – 750cc machines will be sponsored this year by Tandragee Centra. Neville and Philip Woods are well known local businessmen trading as Centra on the Portadown Road, Tandragee, on the Dobbin Road, Portadown and as SuperValue in Richhill.

RACE 8

This year Tayto NI Ltd, who are our longest standing sponsor, are the sponsors of the 650cc twins race and we welcome Mr Tayto tonight. Tayto (NI) Ltd whose products are well known not only the length and breadth of Ireland but all over the world, will again have Mr Tayto and their mobile unit at the event. Thanks again to Stephen Hutchinson and his marketing manager Bob Brown. This is a round of the Avon Tyres - Supertwins Road Race & Short Circuit Championship.
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