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Author Topic: HUGE ENTRY FOR THE 56th AROUND A POUND TANDRAGEE 100  (Read 476 times)
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« on: April 04, 2016, 06:00:07 pm »

The North Armagh Motorcycle & Car Club Ltd is delighted to launch the 56th Around A Pound Tandragee 100 on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd April 2016.

“The circuit’s in deepest, greenest rural Northern Ireland, with a paddock that’s more gently waving grass and blizzards of blossom than tarmac and caravans…When you ride the circuit, what strikes you is how beautifully it all flows together, each corner feeding into the next one…The circuit really does have everything: tight corners; a long main straight; and fast corners you take in fourth or fifth gear with the throttle wide open…and what you can’t see from a track map is the way the circuit rises and falls the whole time.” (Patrick Walker, Works Racing)

Just a few of the stars you can expect to see at the Tandragee 100 National Road Races on

Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd April 2016 include William Dunlop, Ryan Farquhar, Dan Kneen, Derek McGee, Micko Sweeney, Derek Sheils and rising star Malachi Mitchell-Thomas.

William Dunlop, 2015 Supersport & Superbike Irish National Superbike Champion, National Road Racer of the Year and Winner of Duke Road Race Rankings for 2015, a 30 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 CD Racing bikes in the First Open, the Supersport 600 and Senior Open Races. William took 1st in the Supersport 600 Race, 2nd in the First Open and clinched his first Tandragee 100 Senior Open Feature Race win in 2015.

Ryan Farquhar is the most successful national road racer in history, notching up over 200 victories throughout his career, including Man of the Meeting in 2015. The 40-year-old will be riding a Superstock-spec BMW S1000R throughout the season with the International Energy Group (IEG) his title sponsor. He will also once again campaign the SGS KMR ER6 Kawasaki in the Supertwins and a 250 TSR Honda in the 250 GP Race.

Dan Kneen will return to Tandragee for the second time after winning Man of the Meeting in 2014, this time on Mar-Train racing bikes. The Lisburn based outfit are entering their second year as the official Yamaha UK road racing team and will be hoping to continue the momentum they found at the tail end of 2015. Dan is excited the season is finally here and can't wait to get a race under his belt for Mar-Train: “the bikes are mega, a lot of hard work

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and preparation has gone in and I'm enjoying working with Andy and the boys." The 28 year old Manx man was 4th in the 2014 Tandragee 100 Supertwin Race, 9th in the Supersport Race, 1st in the People’s Race Open Race and 1st in the feature Tandragee 100 Open Race.

Derek McGee the “Mullingar Missile” finished off the 2015 season with three MCI Southern

Centre Championships, 600, Superbike and Supertwin, a Supertwin International win at the Ulster Grand Prix, Irish and Ulster Supertwin Champion, and he was also third in the Irish

Superbike Road Race Championship. The 29-year old will ride a TAS Racing-prepared BMW Superstock machine sponsored by Noel Williamson, who hails from Portglenone but runs a plastering business in Swords near Dublin, where he has lived for the past 20 years.

Ever popular Skerries man Michael ‘Micko’ Sweeney, remains a big hit with the fans both sides of the border. The triple Manx GP winner, Sweeney at Tandragee in 2014 had a 1st place in the Sally McNally’s 250 GP race and a 4th place in Supertwins race.

Cookstown Burrows Engineering teammates Malachi Mitchell-Thomas and Derek

Sheils recently completed their first laps of 2016 on 1000cc machinery at Kirkistown. Senior Manx Grand Prix winner Malachi Mitchell-Thomas (a newcomer to Tandragee) is 20 years old from Bolton in north-west England and is regarded as one of the brightest young talents in road racing.

Derek Sheils, challenged William Dunlop for the Irish National Superbike crown last year, losing the championship by only six points after a string of impressive rides. “I missed the Irish Superbike races at Kells and Tandragee last year and that cost me the title,” said Sheils, who was the 2013 Superbike champion…“I’ll be aiming to win the title in 2016.”

Patrick Walker, John Leigh Pemberton and Mark Parret will also return again this year for the third time on the 500cc Works Racing Nortons – Patrick wrote of his time “It’s hard to describe just how good our Tandragee race weekend was. Driving home afterwards, I felt like a kid who’d just had the biggest weekend of his life.”

Entries also include Davy Morgan, Tommy Henry, Seamus Elliott, Damien Horan, Gareth Keys, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Paul Gartland, Rob Barber, Nigel Moore, Timothy Elwood, Colin Stephenson, Barry Davidson, Paul Robinson, Stephen ‘Cargo’ Car, George Scott, Vic Allen, Ian Pert, Wayne Kirwan, Dennis Booth, Paul Gartland, Robert McCrum, Trevor Stewart, Gavin Brown, Philip Shaw, Sarah Boyes, Yvonne Montgomery, Stephen Morrison, Thomas Maxwell and Jamie O’Brien, Club Members Robert Cairns (and his son Lee Cairns who is a newcomer), Stephen Davison, Gary Hutton and Ian Thompson, Paddy McColgan and many more.

Some of the up and coming stars include Rhys Hardisty from Aborgaveny, and Connor Behan, etc who could perhaps upset some of the regulars. Newcomers include Callum

Laidlaw, Matthew Rees, Paul Williams, Sam Johnson, Darryl Tweed, Martin Lowe, Shaun Wynne, Steven Proctor, Stephen Tobin, Paul Swords, Forest Dunn, Jamie Williams and Rob Livesgy, etc.

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 the ever popular duo Michal Dukuopil and Veronika Hankocyova from Czech Republic who together will provide a truly international flavour to this year’s event.

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This year’s whopping Tandragee 100 Entry includes approximately 350 entries with competitors hailing from Northern Ireland (69), South of Ireland (39), England, Wales, Scotland & Isle of Man (35) and Europe (3) with over 36 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 non-championship events.


The Club warmly welcomes our good friends Gerry and Siobhan Rice of Around A Pound as our continuing overall race sponsors.

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 in the 2016 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 Darryn 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 Jemma Snell, Johnathon Carter, Russell Whittaker and Michelle McKenna.

Mahon Garden Centre are for the second year 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.

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 2016.

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 Officials, First Aid, 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.

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

We are also delighted to welcome on board our new Media Partner Omnicoverage. Omnicoverage provides a range of services eg Event Coverage, Filming Services, Feature Video Editing, Digital Photographic Manipulation (Photoshop), Audio Adjustment & Editing,

Website Design & Management, 3D Graphics and Modelling(Autodesk), Facebook Page Management, Photo-shoots, Vinyl Graphic Design & Cutting Services, etc. For more information check out their website or their Facebook page

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


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.


The opening race of the day will be the McCrum’s Motorcycles First Open Race – McCrum’s Motorcycles is a family run business formed in February 2013 and expanded into motorcycle transport in Summer 2015. Welcome aboard Wes McCrum - Wes also very much enjoys being part of the community, running weekly Wednesday runs during the bike season, hosting an Annual Bikers & Trikers Charity Run in July and an Annual Charity BBQ in August.


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.


Woolsey Concrete Ltd are the sponsors for the Supersport 600cc Race. This family run business specializes in the manufacturing of Tri-deck sub-flooring systems, cattle slats, pig slats, support beams, etc, for use in commercial and agricultural applications here in Ireland (North and South) and in the United Kingdom. The company has enjoyed continued expansion, this success is mainly due to diversification into new products and the company's dedication to customer relations and their needs. Sincere thanks to Robert, Sandra and RJ.


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.

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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 third time in 2016. You will have seen their cab outside tonight.


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 sponsored by Downshire Coach Travel – who are on board as sponsors for the second time this year. A very big thank you to Mervyn Ingram.


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.


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


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. We would also wish to take this opportunity to wish Tayto (NI) Ltd a very happy 60th Birthday! 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.


Around A Pound Tandragee 100 Senior Open Race, the final race of the day which is sponsored by our overall sponsor and this race will have prize money of over £2000. The winner will collect £1,000.

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Doc John’s Rise, Club Charity for 2016 & #one4hinds Campaign

Dr John Hinds and his close friend, mentor and colleague Dr Fred MacSorley, are renowned as the ‘Flying Doctors’…astride their motorbikes,
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