Guy Martin Heading to Armoy 2021

2021 Armoy Road Races : Guy Martin Expected for the Classic Racing

When speaking to Guy Martin, Stephen Watson, road racing’s favourite commentator broke the news that Guy Martin would (should) be racing at the 2021 Armoy Road Races.


Bill Kennedy MBE Clerk of the Course at the Armoy Motorcycle Road Racing Club said he was thrilled to hear the news. He said, “Guy Martin has always been a great supporter of the Armoy Road Races and raced at Armoy up until 2015, thereafter he occasionally competed in classic and classic superbike races.

“We know that Guy would love to be back at Armoy and riding in the Classics race, but we also understand that his diary this year is pretty packed, including trying to achieve 300mph on a motorbike amidst a few projects the timing of which we believe have not been confirmed yet.

“Like all things Guy, until he’s on the boat and heading to Armoy, or even driving into the paddock, just before the races, we’ll not know for sure. However, his intention to race at the 2021 Armoy Road Races will be a great boost for the spectators and the Club.”

Guy who won the Torquetronix Superbike Race in 2015 for Tyco-BMW Motorrad Racing has previously said “It’s a right well organised meeting” and he “always tries to fit the Armoy in” but if he does race this year, he’ll be racing in the Senior Classics as opposed to racing in the Superbike or Open Races.

Guy Martin to race at Armoy 2021

In relation to the rest of the event Bill continued; “To date, we are doing very well for race entries but we’ve some time yet. All entries are required to be in by the closing date Monday 28th June 2021. Likewise, our spectator passes, which we launched last month, due to the pandemic restrictions are also going well. We know that there are many keen to attend the event, and also keen to understand the restrictions but the only thing I’ll say, particularly in this ever-changing world, is that the Club will be doing its very best to run these races and do so, safely.

“We understand there are lots of questions and to that end we have a frequently asked question page, where we address riders and spectators’ questions as best as possible. We’ve less than three months to the races and circumstances could very well change again – we’ll just have to wait and see.

“What I do know is that everyone is behind us, we’ve been working on the course already and we are finalising sponsors as I speak, although I think that’ll take a few weeks longer. There’ll be racing in Armoy on Friday and Saturday, the 30th and 31st July and the likes of Guy Martin in the mix is very welcome news indeed.”

This is great news for Armoy, and the road racing calendar in general. After 2 years of nothing, with the exception of a great 2020 Cookstown 100, anything that will raise the profile of the sport and get people back to the hedges has to be a good thing. That is in no way taking away from the riders and teams that will be and already have signed up for the event. It is shaping up to be a great event.


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2021 Armoy Tickets Now Available

2021 Armoy Tickets Now Available.

2021 Armoy Tickets
2021 Armoy Tickets

The Armoy club have posted full details on their site – which can be found here :

https://amrrc.com/armoy-2021-spectator-pass/

Due to the current ongoing situation with the pandemic continuing into 2021, and despite giant steps taken in the Covid vaccination process and small steps in the lifting of restrictions, it is very clear the Armoy Road Races 2021 will have to be organised in a cautious and responsible way to protect residents, race officials, competitors and spectators.

As the race dates draw closer and in order for this event to take place, the Directors have taken the decision to control the numbers of spectators, restrict movement and monitor whatever Covid- 19 regulations and protocols are being applied regarding social distancing at the time of our event, by means of  a Spectator Pass.

The price of a spectator pass is set at £25 to cover the cost of the official Armoy 2021 Race Programme and a colour coded wristband, (both are required for spectator access to the event) and the postage costs involved in sending you your package.

You can purchase your pass HERE

**Small Print:  Due to the time restraints, the easing of restrictions or sending out packages etc, please be aware that when placing an order, these packages are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled by AMRRC or Government Guidance, then a full refund will be issued.   

Whilst at the event, please adhere to any track & trace and guidance or Information leaflets/notices issued by the Armoy club relating to the latest Covid 19 regulations.

The Armoy club sincerely thank you for your support.

https://amrrc.com/armoy-2021-spectator-pass/

Keep up with all the latest News on the AMRRC Official Facebook Page, the Armoy Road Races Twitter Feed and the Official AMRRC Web Page.

As this situation evolves and affects more events TBNI.Blog will endeavour to keep you up to date.

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Armoy 2021 Road Races : Save the Date :

The 2021 Armoy Road Races will be the first road race in Northern Ireland in 2021. The Armoy Club have just tweeted their ‘Save the Date’ message – so in case you missed it…

Save the Date…

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2020 Armoy Road Races Cancelled

2020 Armoy Road Races Cancelled :

2020 Armoy Road Races Cancelled
2020 Armoy Road Races Cancelled

Armoy Road Races have now announced that their 2020 Road Races have been cancelled. This was the last Northern Irish event left on the calendar and given that all Irish Nationals have already declared that their events have been cancelled – we are now left with the fact that we will not see road racing on the island of Ireland in 2020.

I know that Cookstown and the North West 200 have hinted at dates towards the very end of summer to hold their events I think we need to be realistic and accept that there will be no road racing in 2020.

The Isle of Man still have the Classic TT and Manx GP on the calendar but honestly I wouldn’t be making too many plans. This ongoing coronavirus pandemic will continue to disrupt for the foreseeable future and I think we need to accept that 2021 is going to be our next opportunity to go racing.

One thing is for sure though, given how critical 2020 was shaping up to be for many events 2021 is really going to need the support of every spectator, fan, sponsor, team…


Press release from the Armoy Club :

Armoy Road Races – Bayview Hotel Race of Legends 24th & 25th July 2020

In view of current extension to the ‘stay at home’ restrictions relating to the Coronavirus public health crisis and the advice from the sport’s governing body, it is with great regret that the Directors and Chairman of Armoy Motorcycle Road Racing Club Limited have agreed that the Armoy Road Races and Bayview Hotel Race of Legends, due to take place on 24th & 25th July, will unfortunately be cancelled for 2020.

Throughout the course of the last few weeks, we had continued to plan for our race in the event that restrictions could be lifted or relaxed. However, in the light of the recent review by local government and the ongoing economic impact on everyone, we believe that cancelling our event until 2021, is in the best interest of all concerned.

We would like to extend our thanks to all our sponsors, not least our title sponsor the Bayview Hotel, for their commitment to Armoy again in 2020 and for their understanding of our decision to cancel this year’s event. We send them all our very best wishes in these difficult and uncertain times.

We apologise for any disruption this cancellation may cause to those of you who have made travel plans to come to Armoy but we do hope to see you all again in the near future.

On behalf of AMRRC:

Director Chairman – Malcolm Colgan
Club Chairman – Jean McPherson


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2019 Armoy Road Races : Results

2019 Armoy Road Races

More Information to follow on completion of the event…

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 : Hilton Car Sales Supersports Race 1
2019 : Armoy Road Races : Results : Hilton Car Sales Supersports Race 1
 So a great start to the 2019 Armoy Road Races – and an amazing set up for tomorrow – now we just have to keep our fingers crossed that the Met Office Yellow Warning for heavy rain misses us!
2019 : Armoy Road Races : Results : Armoy Construction / PES Senior Support Race
2019 : Armoy Road Races : Results : Armoy Construction / PES Senior Support Race
2019 : Armoy Road Races : Results : Hilton Car Sales Supersports Race 1
2019 : Armoy Road Races : Results : Hilton Car Sales Supersports Race 1

2019 Armoy Road Races : Results : Saturday 27th July 2019 :

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2018 Armoy Road Races – ‘The Race of Legends’ : Results

Armoy takes up back up towards the North Coast of Northern Ireland, and this year marks the 10th anniversary of the ‘Race of Legends.’

Run over two days the Armoy races consists of a Friday Practice Day (with 2 races at the end of the day) and then Saturday Race Day which was scheduled for 11 Races.  

Unfortunately that was not to be.  

The Saturday Racing was abandoned due to truly atrocious weather.

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2017 Armoy Road Races – Race of Legends : Special Awards 2017

Full list of awards and their recipients from the 2017 Armoy Road Racing Event :

Armoy Special Awards 2017 :Armoy Motorcycle Road Racing Club

Man of the Meeting :

  • Sponsored by PMA Contracts
  • Derek McGee

Support Man of the Meeting :

  • Wayne Hamilton Memorial Trophy
  • Joseph Loughlin

Saltire Shield :

  • First placed 400cc Supersport in Junior Support
  • Tam Nicholl

Darren Murphy Memorial Cup :

  • Highest placed newcomer in Junior Support
  • Joseph Loughlin

Robbo’s Cup :

  • Fastest 2-stroke lap in lightweight 125cc
  • Adam McLean

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2017 Armoy ‘Race of Legends’ : Full Results & Timings

The 2017 Armoy Road Races took place on 28th – 29th July 2017.  Here are the full race results and timings for each race :

2017 Armoy Road Races
2017 Armoy Road Races

As a quick note Michael Dunlop took the feature race – ‘The Race of Legends’ in outstanding style by over 12 seconds – his seventh in a row at Armoy!  As I said, ‘outstanding.’

Michael Dunlop at the 2017 Armoy Road Races - Taking his seventh 'Race of Legends' in a row!
Michael Dunlop at the 2017 Armoy Road Races – Taking his seventh ‘Race of Legends’ in a row!

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Derek Sheils Out of 2017 Armoy Races

I’m not going to comment on this one, just the facts…

No doubt though, not having Derek Sheils is a big loss to any event, he has been ripping the tarmac to bits this year!

Statement from Armoy Motorcycle Road Racing Club:

“It is with much regret that the Armoy Motorcycle Road Racing Club has confirmed that Derek Sheils will not be riding in the Armoy Road Races at the weekend.

“Derek cannot attend practice on Friday due to personal commitments and the Club cannot allow someone to carry out their statutory requirement of five practice laps on Saturday between races.

“Grid positions for Saturday’s races are placed on Friday night. Some of the races are already oversubscribed and there are only 27 spaces on the grid. There will be non-qualifying races run to cater for this. Some 20 entries were also returned post the closing date for entries.

“It would be extremely unfair to other riders to try and slot in one rider. The Club is a big fan of Derek Sheils but sadly practice laps cannot take place on the Saturday.”

https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FArmoyRoadRaces%2Fposts%2F10155143807333705&width=500Derek Sheils has replied himself :

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Is there still hope though?

Derek Sheils Out Of Armoy
Derek Sheils Out Of Armoy?

https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fderek.sheils.5%2Fposts%2F10214381650874355&width=500https://www.facebook.com/plugins/comment_embed.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fderek.sheils.5%2Fposts%2F10214381650874355%3Fcomment_id%3D10214381832398893&include_parent=falseIf anything changes rest assured I will keep you updated…