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2019 Armoy Road Races : Results : Friday 26th July 2019 :
Friday 26th July 2019 is practice and qualifying day at the 2019 Armoy Road Races. However to conclude the night we are treated to 2 races, the Senior Support and Supersport Race 1.
After a day of practice were Michael Dunlop took the headlines – turning up on crutches (passed fit and ready to race with the aid of some mini steps) in order to defend his run of seven ‘Race of Legends’ titles. In the second practice he was right in there with Derek Shiels – who wants to defend his current run of consecutive 2019 race victories. Tomorrow’s feature race is already setting the scene to be epic.
The first race of the evening was the Senior Support – Ryan Fenton made his road racing debut and finished in a strong second place behind race favourite from the start Tommy Henry. Andy McAllister completed the top trio, with Dermot Cleary in fourth.
The supersports had their first race of Armoy and in what must be one of the closest results of all time. Derek McGee took the win from Paul Jordan by 0.002s. That is two one thousands of a second! Michael Sweeney completed the podium with Michael Dunlop taking forth on his MD Racing machine. Even the timekeeping almost soiled itself – with initially the consensus being that Jordan had taken it at the line. That was not the case…
2019 Armoy Road Races : Results : Saturday 27th July 2019 :
In case you haven’t heard it the 2019 Armoy Fairytale was completed by Michael Dunlop – not only did he win the first superbike race he went on to do the double and take his eighth consecutive ‘Race of Legends’ title – but more on that later.
Junior Support :
First up was the Junior Support Race – which was dominated by Vinny Brennan taking the win by +22 seconds. Second place was a much tighter affair with Dominic Cottrell taking it over Ryan Fenton by 0.015 seconds.
125cc / Moto 3 :
Moving on to the 125cc and Moto 3 class and taking his fourth win from four starts in the class was Derek McGee on his GP Faraldo Racing Honda. Gary Dunlop took second much to the delight of the local crowd and continuing with her excellent current form Melissa Kennedy completed the podium. Her brother and other Joey’s Bar MCC Rider (and team mate of Gary Dunlop) Wayne Kennedy took sixth.
Derek McGee showed his continued current excellent form and took this one over Michael Sweeney by +5 seconds. Again it was the battle for second that was most hotly contested. Sweeney taking the second step from Derek Shiels by a mere 0.08s.
Junior Classics :
Barry Davidson took the Junior Classic win from Ed Manley. After 7 laps the pair could only be separated by half a second. George Stinson took the third step on the podium. Brian Mateer took the 250 Classics from Richard Ford and Kyle Parkes in third.
First Superbike Race :
Dunlop, Shiels, Sweeney and McGee is how this one finished of. All eyes were on Michael Dunlop and after a really strong qualifying session on the Friday, even considering his injuries which included a broken pelvis it looked like he could be competitive . Of course you would expect Michael Dunlop to be competitive and with the huge crowds present cheering his Tyco BMW round every lap he took the superbike race by +4 seconds. Sweeney was a further +8 seconds behind a great run round from Derek Shiels. McGee coming in +1.5 seconds behind Sweeney. The stage was set ‘for a could he do it’ in relation to Micky D and the eighth ‘Race of Legends’ win?
The first red flag of the day stopped this first attempt of this race. The restart ran over a slightly reduced six laps and Neil Kernohan took the victory on one of the smartest and most distinctive liveried machines on the circuit – marked with the 109 and distinctive ‘NK’ on his helmet.
Seven seconds was the gap back to second place Kris Duncan on his 400cc machine, David Howard was a really close third. The pair separated by+0.6 seconds.
Derek McGee was sailing towards his fourth 2019 Armoy win with a +5 second lead by lap six. A retirement though that was not meant to be. Andy Farrell took the win with Neil Kernohan in second place. Stephen McKnight took third.
Senior Classics :
Dominic Herbertson took the win in this one. Mark Purslow took second place only seven seconds of the pace in his Armoy debut, Richard Ford took third. On the 500cc machines Barry Davidson, John Leigh Pemberton and Freddie Stewart filled their respective podium.
Senior Support :
Ryan Fenton – on his debut Armoy and his debut road race took the win in dramatic style from Andy McAllister. McAllister led throughout when on the last lap Fenton piled on the pressure and took the win by +0.15 seconds. Tommy Henry took third +2.1 seconds behind.
The Race of Legends :
After a reasonably slow start from Michael Dunlop the gauntlet was down and by the second lap he had worked his way back up to second and was looking strong, however after an incident involving Dan Cooper the race was red flagged and a restart was required.
By the waving of the red flag MD had made his way up to lead the pack.
The restart was decreed to be cut to 5 laps – putting a bit of pressure on the start. A bad start over five laps is a lot more difficult to fully recover from. Given positioning at the time of the red flag MD started in pole, a position he managed to maintain to the chequered flag.
At the end of lap one the gap was +0.2 seconds and by lap 3 that gap had grown to + 2 seconds. MD took the win by +2.6 seconds from Derek Shiels in a carbon copy from the first superbike race. Derek McGee swapped his previous superbike race position with Michael Sweeney taking third and fourth respectively.
If you thought the crowd were happy to see MD take the first superbike win you should have seen them react to this grand final win. I suppose when you are a local hero at your local races you will get a massive ovation and to be fair deservedly so. No matter what your opinion may be you simply can not question the dedication of MD when he puts his leg over a bike – even if to do so he needs a pair of crutches, 2 men and a step ladder!
Overall 2019 Armoy was an epic day – the weather held out, incidents were minimal, and the quality of racing from every competitor was top class – add in the MD fairytale and you are onto a very obvious and clear winner!
Well done to all those involved in organising and running the day, the medics, the club, the volunteers, the marshals – everyone – well done indeed!