ARMOY chiefs have confirmed a packed entry list for next month’s races with both winners and up-and-coming stars on hand.
Entries have been received from all over Ireland and the UK with nearly 30 newcomers set to hit the circuit, as even more throw their hat in the ring for the famous Bayview Hotel Race of Legends.
Wilson Craig’s Team Principal Darren Gilpin has not only confirmed rising star Davey Todd, fresh off a strong show at the Oliver’s Mount Spring Cup last weekend, but also former MotoGP rider Chris Burns, who made his comeback at Scarborough after nearly a decade away from action.
“Davey is well known on the roads but Chris has extensive experience on all levels of racing including Moto GP, British Superbike as well as German and Dutch Superbike Championships,” said team manager Darren Gilpin.
“Steven Smith from Antrim will also be part of the team, and he is really looking forward to Armoy and what its 3.03 mile course has to offer.”
Bill Kennedy MBE, Clerk of the Course, added: “Generally at this time of the year I’m visiting the various road races asking guys (and girls) to get their entries in but this year, and I suppose with the pandemic folk just want to race, so our entries at this stage are looking very strong indeed.
“I’ve yet to confirm some riders but it looks like we’ll have some key road racers at Armoy come the last weekend in July. Now we are still working our way through restrictions and what different bodies and government departments are telling us but I’m fairly certain we’ll have to run with some sort of restrictions but like everything it’s a massive and evolving task.
“With a strong entry it’ll be very interesting. Having the likes of Chris Burns, a former British Superbike championship rider says it all and it shows the sheer love these guys have for road racing.”
The Club has also confirmed Mullingar man Derek McGee and Skerries’ Michael Sweeney will be back along with Geordie ace Dominic Herbertson. Local boys and club members Darryl Tweed and Neil Kernohan will also be in the mix along with Paul Jordan from Magherafelt and McAdoo’s Adam McLean.
Alongside multiple Armoy classic race winner Barry Davidson, it is rumoured that TV star and former roads man Guy Martin may be back in action.
Armoy is set to run on Friday and Saturday, July 30-31.