Guy Martin set for road racing return at Armoy?

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GUY Martin could be set to return to action this season after revealing plans to head to the Armoy Road Races.

In an interview with BBC Northern Ireland, the TV star confirmed his intention to be on hand at this year’s event.

Martin’s plans are welcome news to the race’s Clerk of the Course, Bill Kennedy MBE, who says he’s thrilled at the prospect.

“Guy Martin has always been a great supporter of the Armoy Road Races and raced at Armoy up until 2015,” Kennedy revealed.

“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.”

Martin picked up victory in the 2015 Superbike race when he was riding for Tyco BMW, but is reported to be eyeing a Senior Classics entry instead of a modern big bike this year.

While the roads star’s attendance would be welcomed by organisers, Kennedy said the club is still forging ahead with accepting entries despite changing restrictions.

“To date, we are doing very well for race entries but we’ve some time yet,” he added. “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’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.”

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