Star names confirmed in huge entry for Tandragee 100 road races

Malachi Mitchell-Thomas (Burrows Engineering Suzuki), Ryan Farquhar (IEG BMW), Dan Kneen (Mar-Tain Yamaha) and Paul Robinson (CB Racing Aprilia) are pictured with Ian and Anne Forsythe from the Tandragee 100 at the race launch
Malachi Mitchell-Thomas (Burrows Engineering Suzuki), Ryan Farquhar (IEG BMW), Dan Kneen (Mar-Tain Yamaha) and Paul Robinson (CB Racing Aprilia) are pictured with Ian and Anne Forsythe from the Tandragee 100 at the race launch

The North Armagh Motorcycle & Car Club Ltd launched the 56th Around A Pound Tandragee 100 on Monday.

Just a few of the stars you can expect to see on April 22-23rd include William Dunlop, Ryan Farquhar, Dan Kneen, Derek McGee, Micko Sweeney, Derek Sheils and rising star Malachi Mitchell- Thomas.

Sheils challenged William Dunlop for the Irish National Superbike crown last year, losing the championship by only six points after a string of impressive rides.

“I missed the Irish Superbike races at Kells and Tandragee last year and that cost me the title,” said Sheils, who was the 2013 Superbike champion.

“I’ll be aiming to win the title in 2016.”

The Tandragee 100 Course was voted 4th Best Road Racing Course in the World in 2013 (only the TT, Macau & UGP came higher) and the word is spreading.

Much loved Italian rider, Dario Cecconi (who thinks of Tandragee as his ‘home’ circuit) will be joined for the first time this year by the ever popular duo Michal Dukuopil and Veronika Hankocyova from the Czech Republic who together will provide a truly international flavour to this year’s event.

This year’s whopping Tandragee 100 entry includes approximately 350 entries with competitors hailing from Northern Ireland (69), South of Ireland (39), England, Wales, Scotland & Isle of Man (35) and Europe (3) with over 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 organisers are delighted to be able to offer a prize fund of over £10,000!

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

The Tandragee 100 was a favourite circuit of Dr John Hinds - one of the ‘flying doctors’ - who tragically passed away last year.

The Club have decided to name a spot on the course in his memory – “Doc John’s Rise” – which is the last rise (with a right hand kink in it) before Castle Corner.

John was campaigning for an air ambulance service for Northern Ireland before his untimely death. The club’s nominated charity for 2016 is the Air Ambulance NI.