Huge Entry for the 58th Around a Pound Tandragee 100 as Guy Martin returns to the County Armagh circuit

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Huge Entry for the 58th Around a Pound Tandragee 100 as Guy Martin returns to the County Armagh circuit thumbnailAdam McLean joins Gerard Rice of title sponsors, Around a Pound and Clerk of the Course, Anne Forsythe at Gosford Castle to launch the 2018 Tandragee 100 road races which take place on 4-5 May. (PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON).

THE North Armagh Motorcycle & Car Club Ltd is delighted to launch the 58th Around A Pound Tandragee 100 on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th May 2018.

"The circuit's in deepest, greenest rural Northern Ireland, with a paddock that's more gently waving grass and blizzards of blossom than tarmac and caravans...

When you ride the circuit, what strikes you is how beautifully it all flows together, each corner feeding into the next one...

The circuit really does have everything: tight corners; a long main straight; and fast corners you take in 4th or 5th gear with the throttle wide open...and what you can't see from a map is the way the circuit rises and falls the whole time."

(Patrick Walker, Works Racing) Just a few of the stars you can expect to see at the Tandragee 100 National Road Races on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th May 2018 include Guy Martin, Derek Sheils Derek McGee, Micko Sweeney, and rising stars Joe Loughlin, Paul Jordan and Adam McLean as well as favourites such as Davy Morgan, Nigel Moore and Barry Davidson.

The Tandragee 100 Course was, voted 4th Best Road Racing Course in the World (only the TT, Macau & UGP came higher) and the word is spreading as the ever popular duo Michal Dukoupil and Veronika Hankocyova from Czech Republic will be joined by Daniel Mettham (New Zealand), Kenny Hinck, Chris Meyer, Mathias Winkenjohann and Vassilios Takos (from Germany); Enrico Rocchi (Italy) and Mel Gantly (Canada) who together will provide a truly international flavour to this year's event.

The ladies are showing their strength in numbers as this year regulars such as Yvonne Montgomery, Sarah Boyes and Veronika Hankocyova will again be joined by Melissa Kennedy and newcomer Aileen Keenan.

This year's whopping Tandragee 100 Entry includes over 360 entries with 9 competitors hailing from Overseas and 36 circuit newcomers, this is proof that road racing is still very much alive and kicking in the shallow hills of County Armagh!

As always costs have risen this year however we are delighted to be able to offer a prize fund of approximately 11,000! All the races this year will be Irish/Ulster Championships Races with the exception of the Forgotten Era and Supermono classes.

We appeal for everyone to support the Around A Pound Tandragee 100 by purchasing a programme as this is one of the main revenue streams for the event and/or make a donation in the bucket with the programme sellers.

RACE 1 The opening race of the day will be the McCrum's Motorcycles First Open Race - McCrum's Motorcycles is a family run business formed in February 2013. Wes also very much enjoys being part of the community, running weekly Wednesday runs during the bike season, hosting an Annual Bikers & Trikers Charity Run in July and an Annual Charity BBQ in August.

Entries include: Thomas Maxwell, James Chawke, Dominic Herbertson, Paul Jordan, Michal Dukoupil, Joseph Loughlin, Daniel Matthem, Rhys Hardisty, Adam McLean, Darren Cooper, Stephen McKnight, Michael Sweeney, Davy Morgan, Davey Todd, Derek Sheils, Derek McGee, Seamus Elliott, Andy Farrell, Damien Horan, etc.

RACE 2 The Junior Support Race for 201-400cc machines is sponsored for the second time by Principal Insurance. Founded in Manchester in 2011, Principal extended its operations into Ireland by opening its Dublin office in 2015.

It has grown quickly and now arranges cover for nearly ten percent of all road registered riders in Ireland. It is also a significant player in the UK motorcycle insurance market and along with its specialist car and van operations, now boasts over 30,000 policyholders.

Entries include: Vic Allen, RJ Woolsey, Sarah Boyes, Malcolm Love, Davy Graham, Robert Cairns, Brian Loughlin, Liam Chawke, Mark Johnson, Yvonne Montgomery, Kenny Hinck, Gavin Brown, Jamie O'Brien, Andrew Jackson, Tommy Heaphy, Ben Mullane, Chris Meyer, Thomas Whitmore, Aaron Mellish, Ben Plant, Stephen Morrison, John Leigh Pemberton, Shaun Wynne, etc.

RACE 3 CVRS Media - Intelligent Data Systems are the sponsors for the Supersport 600cc Race. The Club is delighted to welcome on board Clive Neame who has confirmed CVRS will sponsor the 600cc Race for 3 years.

Whilst bringing sponsorship they are also committed to research and develop in these key areas of the Sport: Rider and Team Revenue through Digital Media; and Safety enhancements through use of Cameras on Bikes

Entries include: Thomas Maxwell, James Chawke, Dominic Herbertson, Paul Jordan, Michal Dukoupil, Dennis Booth, Joseph Loughlin, Shaun Anderson, Daniel Mettham, Rhys Hardisty, Sam Johnson, Adam McLean, Darren Cooper, Michael Sweeney, Alan Johnston, Davy Morgan, Davey Todd, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Dean Campbell, Derek Sheils, Derek McGee, Andy Farrell, Forest Dunn, Paul Cranston, Neil Kernohan, etc.

RACE 4 The Phillip Riddell Memorial Classic Championship Race is sponsored by 21st Century Backcare. Under the banner of The 21st Century Backcare Raymond & Trevor who are sons of the late Dick Knox, long time Club President and motorcycle and motor car racer extraordinaire are again overall sponsors of the Classic Race which is divided into three classes that have been individually sponsored.

Up to 250cc Class sponsored by Donald Mc-Morran, proprietor of Millside Engineering who has been a long-time supporter of Tandragee and lives on the course on the Markethill Road. He has 30 years engineering experience and has produced precision parts for the riders.

Race for 251cc - 350cc class is sponsored by R Heatrick Ltd a local building firm who we welcome again.

Race for 351cc - 500cc class is sponsored by William McCombe & Son who we welcome as sponsor for the 5th time in 2018.

Race for 501cc - 1000cc class is sponsored by Woolsey Concrete Ltd who have been supporting the Tandragee 100 over a number of years.

Entries include: Richard Ford, Gary Hutton, Alex McVicker, Philip Shaw, Brian Mateer, Freddie Stewart, Nigel Moore, Barry Davidson, Ian Thompson, Sean Leonard, Tim Stephenson, Gary Jamison, Sam Kinkead, John Bell, Patrick Walker, Mark Parrett, John Leigh Pemberton, Chris Turner, Wallace Seawright, Guy Martin, Trevor Stewart, Robert McCrum, Aileen Keenan, etc.

RACE 5 This year Tayto NI Ltd, who are our longest standing sponsor, are the sponsors of the 650cc Supertwins race and we welcome Mr Tayto tonight. Tayto NI Ltd whose products are well known not only the length and breadth of Ireland but all over the world, will again have Mr Tayto and their mobile unit at the event. Thanks again to Stephen Hutchinson and in particular his marketing manager Bob Brown.

The Supermono Class is sponsored by CVRS Media - Intelligent Data Systems who have come on board for three years.

The 250cc GP Championship sponsored by Simon Magee Plumbing & Heating. The Club is delighted to have Simon on board again this year.

Simon provides a top class plumbing and heating service.

Entries include: Paul Robinson, Neil Kernohan, Thomas Maxwell, James Chawke, Michael Browne, Paul O'Rourke, Michal Dukoupil, Joseph Loughlin, Paul Gartland, Robert Cairns, Daniel Mettham, Andy Farrell, Barry Davidson, Veronika Hankocyova, Adam McLean, Darren Cooper, Stephen McKnight, Michael Sweeney, Gavin Brown, Ben Mullane, Tommy Henry, Derek McGee, Des Butler, Seamus Elliott, Thomas Whitmore, Shaun Anderson, Ben Plant, Barry Lee Evans, John Ella, Davey Todd, Tim Stephenson, Shaun Wynne, etc.

RACE 6 Tandragee Supervalu Irish Championship Senior Support Race for 401cc - 750cc machines will be sponsored this year by Tandragee Supervalu.

Neville and Philip Woods are well known local businessmen trading as Supervalu on the Portadown Road, Tandragee, on the Dobbin Road, Portadown and in Richhill.

Entries include: Kevin Baker, Darryl Anderson, John Cahill, Ian Pert, Michael Brown, Steven Clarke, Stuart McCann, James Reveley, Aaron Mellish, Yvonne Montgomery, Jordan McFerran, Mark Johnson, Rad Hughes, Veronika Hankocyova, Matt Donaldson, Ben Wales, Tommy Henry, Barry Sheehan, Stephen Cargo Carr, William Hara, John O'Donovan, Mathias Winkenjohann, Mel Gantly, Shaun Wynne, etc.

RACE 7 The City Autos Lightweight Class is open to 125cc grand prix machines. City Autos Ltd owned by club member, Ivor Hadden, has rightfully gained a reputation for carrying out work to the highest standard in a friendly manner. As always thank you Ivor.

The 400cc Supersport Class is sponsored by Groucho's Cafe Bar & Music Lounge the place to be in Richhill. The Club again welcomes proprietor Peter Lyness.

450cc singles Class is sponsored by Portadown Recycling Ltd. Portadown Recycling offer a variety of facilities including skip hire for domestic use and to the construction industry.

Thanks to Wesley Jamison.

The Forgotten Era Class is sponsored by Downshire Coaches who have been with us for a number of years and who kindly supplied one of their luxury coaches for the Roads Inspection.

Entries include: Sarah Boyes, Sean Leonard, Malcolm Love, Dan Sayle, Adam McLean, Ronnie Scott, Jamie O'Brien, Derek McGee, Andrew Jackson, Neil Kernohan, Chris Meyer, Melissa Kennedy, Nigel Moore, Guy Martin, Chris McGahan, Richard Ford, Ian Thompson, Kenny Hinck, Des Butler, Robert McCrum, Vic Allan, RJ Woolsey, Roy Beattie, Steven Clarke, Paul Gartland, David Howard, Yvonne Montgomery, Darryl Tweed, Mark Shiels, Darren Duncan, Stephen Tobin, Aaron Mellish, Dave Walsh, Lloyd Collins, etc.

RACE 8 Around A Pound Tandragee 100 Senior Open Race, the feature race of the day which is sponsored by our overall sponsor and this race will have prize money of over 2000. The winner will collect 1,000.

Entries include: Thomas Maxwell, Vassilios Takos, James Chawke, Ryan Maher, Martin Lowe, Alan Connor, Paul Jordan, Michal Dukoupil, Graham Kennedy, Joseph Loughlin, Paul Gartland, Donald MacFadyen, Shaun Anderson, Daniel Matthem, Adam McLean, Darren Cooper, Stephen McKnight, Michael Sweeney, Alan Johnston, Davy Morgan, Derek Shiels, Steve Horne, Derek McGee, Andy Farrell, Paul Cranston, Seamus Elliott, Paul Fallon, Neil Kernohan, Damian Horan, Mike Norbury, Barry Lee Evans, etc.

This year, with permission from Dario Cecconi's family, we are introducing "The Spirit of Tandragee 100" award in his memory. It will not be presented for being the first, the best, the fastest... - but for demonstrating something truly wonderful, a willingness to go to great lengths without much support to participate, to live for the moment, proving that they are the heart and soul of Irish Road Racing at Tandragee...just like Dario did. Sean Halliday from NI, but who lives in USA, has also contributed to this award.

Dario's family have also very generously donated a sum of money to be presented along with the trophy.

The Volunteer of the Year Award in memory of Club Member Florence Burns. Florence was well known in racing circles and had been a stalwart of the Club for many years - it is because of Volunteers like Florence that all of our road racing events can take place. Florence is very sadly missed by the Club.

Forsythe also confirmed that this year's chosen charity is Jonah's Fight, which was set-up in honour of Jonah Ryzo Carvalho Carceres who died from a brain tumour at two years of age after fighting so hard.

The charity's main aim is to make sure all children have access to MRIs by funding private screenings when they don't feel like they are getting the help they need, and to try and make the hardest fight of a family's life just that little bit easier.


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