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Armoy Races remember with pride

Road racers including the late William Dunlop Picture: Stephen Davison
Willis Marshall

This weekend the famous Race of Legends will take place as part of the Armoy Road Races

This year's event will know doubt be a sombre affair with the recent tragic death of William Dunlop fresh on the minds of the organisers.

The name Dunlop has been synonymous with the event with Michael Dunlop crowned the Legends champion for the past seven years.

It is still unsure as to whether Michael Dunlop will take part this weekend with rumours also circulating that he may not race again in 2018.

Dubliner Derek Sheils and Tobermore's Adam McLean are also doubtful starters leaving the way clear for the 'Mullingar Missile' Derek McGee to continue his rich vein of form.

Meanwhile, the Organisers of the MCE Ulster Grand Prix have announced three motorbike convoys to take place during Bike Week, starting from different locations but all ending with a lap of the world famous Dundrod circuit on Tuesday August 7.

Building on the success of their involvement in the event for the past two years, the formidable force that is the Dromara Destroyers, will once again lead a ride-out from the Village Square in Dromara, and have asked anyone who wishes to join them to be there for 7pm before leaving at 7.30pm.

Commenting on their involvement in the event nine-time Ulster Grand Prix winner Brian Reid said:

“We are delighted to be involved in this incredible event for the third year running and welcome any chance to experience the thrill of the Dundrod circuit.

“There’s a great sense of community in the biking fraternity and events like these ride-outs really reinforce that!”

The second ride out will be for scooters and Vespas and will leave from Scooter Specialist NI on Great Victoria Street in Belfast at 7.30pm.

The third ride-out will be for Harley-Davidsons and will leave from their showroom in the Kilbegs Business Park in Antrim.

Noel Johnston, Clerk of the Course at MCE Ulster Grand Prix commented:

“Brian Reid, Ian McGregor, Raymond McCullough and Trevor Steele were a force to be reckoned with in their halcyon days and it’s fantastic to have them on board again this year.

“The numbers participating in the convoy have increased year on year and I have no doubt we will see even more riders on the 20 mile stretch between Dromara and Dundrod.

“Last year we introduced a ride out of scooters from Belfast and the addition of a convoy of Harley-Davidsons from Antrim this year demonstrates the popularity of this Bike Week event.”

For more information and a full schedule of events (with practice today (Friday) and a full race programme on Saturday) during the MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix Bike Week visit www.ulstergrandprix.net


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