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Bumper entry confirmed for 2017 Tandragee 100

Thursday, 6 April 2017

THE organisers of the 2017 Tandragee 100 officially launched this year's event last Wednesday evening at the Craigavon Civic Centre.

Around 350 entries have been received for the 57th Around-a-Pound Tandragee 100, which is set to take place on Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22.

The organisers have also confirmed that 42 circuit newcomers will descend upon the iconic Tandragee circuit and they have expressed their delight at the large entry list.

“As always costs have risen this year, but we are delighted to be able to offer a prize fund of over 10,000.

“All the races this year will be Irish/Ulster Championship Races with the exception of the First Open Race and Forgotten Era class, which will be non-championship events."

At the launch event, the organisers confirmed that they have received entries from as far as Germany, Czech Republic and Italy.

There will be 71 entrants from Northern Ireland, 50 entrants from the Republic of Ireland, 39 from England, Scotland, Wales and the isle of Man, with six further competitors from continental Europe, providing further proof that road racing is still very much alive and kicking in the shallow hills of the Orchard county.

The organisers of the event, the North Armagh Motorcycle and Car Club received a huge boost ahead of their launch when it was confirmed that star race Guy Martin has confirmed he will be returning to take his place in the race.

He will be joined by star riders such as William Dunlop, Derek Sheils, Micko Sweeney and Derek McGee.

They will be joined by the likes of Italian rider Dario Cecconi, Czech duo Michal Dupokil and Veronika Hankocyova, as well as newcomers Mathias Winkenjohann and Vassitios Takos (from Germany) and Matteo Bleggi (from Italy) who will provide a truly international flavour to this year's event.

The organisers concluded last Wednesday's launch by appealing for members of the local community to come out and support the event.

“We appeal to everyone to come and support the Around-a-Pound Tandragee 100 by purchasing a programme.

“The programme is one of the main revenue streams for the event and we will also have a donation bucket with our programme sellers and we would urge people to support them."

 

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