2018 Skerries 100 Results

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WilliamDunlop6

After the tragic death of William Dunlop on Saturday 7th July 2018 the 2018 Skerries 100 was a very somber, respectful and reflective meeting : 

A STATEMENT ISSUED ON BEHALF LOUGHSHINNY MOTORCYCLE SUPPORTERS CLUB LTD

Issued  21:30pm on 7th July 2018.

“Following discussion with the family, their sponsors and fellow riders, the Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club Ltd have taken the decision to continue with the Skerries 100 on the8th July.   The club with the riders permission have decide to race with the entire prize fund to go to William’s Family.  It will be a non-championship meeting and the club hope everyone will consider this a fitting tribute to William and his previous race performance and results at the Skerries 100

The Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club extends their heartfelt sympathy to William Dunlop’s family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this very sad time.”

Susan Plunkett, Clerk of Course of the Loughshinny Motor Cycle Supporters Club Ltd.

A STATEMENT ISSUED ON BEHALF LOUGHSHINNY MOTORCYCLE SUPPORTERS CLUB LTD

Issued  8pm on 8th July 2018.

Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club Ltd as planned, continued their Skerries 100 event today 8th July 2018.

“With the blessing of our racing family and support from all our officials and marshals, the riders took to the grid to complete the demanding 10 race programme, in fine good sunny weather.  The spectators were treated to some superb racing from our incredibly talented riders with only one rider in mind, William Dunlop, a fitting tribute to their fellow fallen rider.   This non-championship races were held on the 2.92 mile circuit, and catered for all classes from 125cc up to Superbikes 1000cc.   

The Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club extends their heartfelt sympathy to William Dunlop’s family and friends and we are continuing to support them over this very difficult time and the club would ask that the privacy of the family be respected at this time. “

Susan Plunkett, Clerk of Course of the Loughshinny Motor Cycle Supporters Club Ltd

William Dunlop
William Dunlop

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2018 Enniskillen 100 : Results (30/06/2018)

2018 Enniskillen 100
2018 Enniskillen 100

After a 66 year absence road racing returned this weekend to Enniskillen, in the form of the relaunched and revitalised Enniskillen 100.  Further to that it is extremely pleasing to be able to report that everything about the event was positive.

No red flags, no injuries, a full and comprehensive race scehule (along with a packed Practice and Qualifying Session on 29/06/2018).

Couple all the above with a record equalling 5 race wins in a day for Derek McGee (and it could have been six, as he had entered six races but due to the five races in a day rule had to withdraw from one.)

The result was an epic days racing, and don’t forget the weather – we can do nothing about it but when it is with us it hard to beat.  At 29.4 degrees Celsius it was an absolute scorcher with wall to wall sunshine from well before the race started until it set for the evening.

Hopefully next year the meeting will have Championship status and will tempt in an even larger field of competitors.  Which is only a good thing for the greatest sport on the planet!

2018 Enniskillen 100 Course Map

Check out the results of the 2018 Enniskillen 100 below :

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29/06/18 & 30/06/2018- The Relaunched Enniskillen 100 – The Circuit

The debut of the Relaunched Enniskillen 100 is now less than a week away and just to wet your appetite and make you aware of the Course layout the organisers have released a map of the Circuit…

2018 Enniskillen 100 Course Map

So now you are pretty much all set and the weather forecast looks like it is going to be a glorious weekend!  So make sure you have the sun cream packed in the back pack, you are going to need it!

If you aren’t to sure where to go, don’t worry!  The postcode for your sat nav is :

BT92 2AB

Enjoy the races, stay safe, arrive safe, go home safe, listen to the Marshals and here’s to a great and safe weekend’s racing for all those involved!

Check out the Race Schedule here : http://tbni.blog/2018/06/26/29-06-18-30-06-2018-the-relaunched-enniskillen-100-race-schedule/

Check out the official website here : https://enniskillenroadraces.co.uk

Check out the official Facebook Page here : https://www.facebook.com/Enniskillen100/

29/05/2018 Isle of Man TT Practice / Qualifying Sessions Gallery

2018 Isle of Man TT Practice Session 29/05/2018 :

Another glorious day on the Isle of Man.  So it was off to the course to have a few runs round the Mountain Road before heading to a new vantage point to watch the evening’s qualifying / practice sessions.

The first thing I noticed was the iconic house that I knew as the ‘PokerStars House’ was now the ‘Honda House.’

Isle of Man TT Races – Honda House

Missing getting over the mountain in 2016 I watched the session from this park – it is a good viewing area if you ever visit.

If you look towards the house you will see lots of bikes parked up.  That’s because the Mountain section was closed due to a collision, unfortunately this year this was an all too common occurrence.  

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28/05/2018 Isle of Man TT Practice / Qualifying Sessions Gallery

2018 Isle of Man TT Practice Session 28/05/2018 :

The 2018 Isle of Man TT can only be described as sunkissed throughout.  Two glorious weeks of wall to wall, practically uninterupted sunshine!

Now there is a secret to being on the Isle of f Man in such weather, you simply start off by going to Conor Cummings Coffee Shop called Conrods, located in Ramsey.

Conrods Coffee Shop Ramsey, Isle of Man
Conrods Coffee Shop Ramsey, Isle of Man

And when there get yourself a milkshake!

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2018 Radcliffe Butchers Post-TT Road Races Results – 09/06/2018

Southern 100 Pre TT Classic Road Races
Southern 100 Pre TT Classic Road Races

The TT Festival finishes off just like it starts – with a series of races from the Billown Circuit in Castletown and just like the Pre-TT this event is unmissable.

It is a smaller event, in comparison, but a great way to get your final racing fix before ending your TT journey and sailing home, so if you can fit it in your itinerary – do so!

This year saw three hotly contested races, namely the 600cc machines in Race 1, the 250cc / 650cc Twins in Race 2 and 1100cc Machines in the final race.  In the same vain as the past fortnight lap and race records fell with new lap records in every race and new over all race records in the 250cc / 650cc Race along with the superbike race!

2018 Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races Results 26/05/2018 – 27/05/2018 : http://tbni.blog/2018/06/02/2018-blackfords-pre-tt-classic-road-races-results-26-05-2018-27-05-2018/

27/05/2018 Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races, Billown Circuit, Castletown, Isle of Man – Galleryhttp://tbni.blog/2018/06/08/27-05-2018-blackfords-pre-tt-classic-road-races-billown-circuit-castletown-isle-of-man-gallery/

Check out the Southern100 website for all the info, past results and details on all upcoming events right here : https://www.southern100.com

2018 Radcliffe Butchers Post-TT Road Races : Race 1 : CuPlas Callow 600cc Race :

Check out the lap by lap breakdown for each competitor here : https://www.southern100.com/results/2018/posttt/18posttt1_laps.pdf

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27/05/2018 Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races, Billown Circuit, Castletown, Isle of Man – Gallery

Southern 100 Pre TT Classic Road Races
Southern 100 Pre TT Classic Road Races

My trip over to this year’s (2018) Isle of Man TT Races got me there just in time for the final race session from the Billown Circuit, – the Pre-TT in Castletown.  This session is generally held on the Monday at the start of practice week however this year it has been moved to the Sunday (one day before).  This works well as it means you can sit relax and enjoy the racing without having to worry about getting to your chosen spot on the TT Circuit for the Monday night practice.

Also the Sunday night of practice week  was traditionally a bit slack, with very little going on.  That has now all changed as we now have racing all day and evening.

The Pre-TT runs in Castletown, Isle of Man on the Billown Circuit on the Friday, Saturday (1st Day of Practice) and Sunday.  This year that was 25th – 27th May but to be sure you keep up to date subscribe to the TBNI.Blog Road Racing Calendar – it automatically updates so you will never miss another meeting! http://tbni.blog/road-racing-calendar/

The official website of the Pre-TT Races can be found here : http://tbni.blog/road-racing-calendar/

The Southern 100 series markets itself as ‘the Friendly Races’ and ‘Road Racing’s Biggest Secret’ and that’s a pretty fair representation.

This muti bike start meeting covers classics, junior and senior as well as classic suberbikes and sidecars.

The crowds are not massive (they deserve to be) – the people are friendly the pits are wide open with the riders all working hard and happy to interact with the spectators.

If you like a grandstand there are a couple near to the start / finish line where seats start at the princely sum of £1.00!

Drinks, food, refreshments, souvenirs etc are all there and all reasonably priced – all in all this is a great meeting, very akin to any of the Irish / Northern Irish National meetings and although the crowds weren’t huge it has a very loyal following with plenty of visitors coming from the Emerald Isle (and all over) purely for this meeting and the heading home before the TT proper even gets underway.  That in itself is a fine testament to this meeting and it really should make it onto everyone’s to do list.

Check out the results of the 2018 Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races here :

http://tbni.blog/2018/06/02/2018-blackfords-pre-tt-classic-road-races-results-26-05-2018-27-05-2018/

2018 Southern 100 Pre-TT : The paddock and pits area is open and accessible to all

Read more27/05/2018 Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races, Billown Circuit, Castletown, Isle of Man – Gallery

2018 Vauxhall International North West 200 Saturday Race Day Gallery (Saturday 19th May 2018)

For the full results of Saturday’s racing (19/05/2018) click here : http://tbni.blog/2018/05/20/2018-vauxhall-international-race-day-results-timings-saturday-19th-may-2018/

After a glorious and incident free Thursday night Saturday Race Day had a lot to live up to!

It did live up to it and then some!

With a reported 120,000 visitors to Northern Ireland’s North Coast the sun came, it was scorching – the crowds came – they were loving it – and the racing came – with the world’s best road racers putting on a show the like the North West hadn’t seen for years.

It was a true spectacle, road racing at its finest and – incident free.  Only one red flag, new comer Nadieh Schoots came off at University and thankfully only suffered a badly bruised leg.

This was exactly what the NW200 needed after a few less that perfect years and was a real testament to everyone involved coupled with a little luck (weather) – but we all need a little luck sometimes!

For the full results of Thursday’s racing (17/05/2018) click here : http://tbni.blog/2018/05/18/2018-vauxhall-international-north-west-thursday-race-night-results-timings-thursday-17th-may-2018/

Check out my full gallery of all the action from Thursday (17/05/2018) evening’s racing here : http://tbni.blog/2018/06/03/2018-vauxhall-international-north-west-thursday-race-night-gallery-thursday-17th-may-2018/

(For info these photos were taken on the Coast Road between Portrush and Portstewart – just up from Tides Restaurant on the opposite side of the road).

Enjoy…

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Joey Thomspon and Ian Hutchinson battling it out in the Supersport Race – at the 2018 NW2018 (19/05/2018)

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