Last weekend saw the return of Northern Irish road racing, the Armoy circuit hosting a total of thirteen races across the Superbike, Supersport, Lightweight, Moto3 and historic bike classes, with many experienced riders ready to do battle.
Dunlop, the matador
The outright star of the event was Michael Dunlop. Among the most highly-anticipated riders, the nineteen-time Tourist Trophy winner triumphed in several races (as well as setting a new lap record over the course of the weekend), including the Race of Legends, considered the main event, in which he crossed the line first with the BMW M1000RR of the Synetiq Racing Team (formerly the Tyco team), ahead of Davey Todd and Derek McGee.
As well as the Race of Legends, Dunlop also won in the Open A, beating the experienced Derek Sheils, in both the Supersport races, ahead of Adam McLean and the aforementioned McGee, and in the 250. Another highlight was Michael Browne’s Moto3 win with the bike belonging to Joey's Bar MCC Racing, owned by the legendary Joey’s son, Gary Dunlop.
Guy Martin on the podium
Another man at the centre of attention was Guy Martin, an icon of the motorsport world, who took part in the race reserved to historic bikes, in the Senior 1000 class. A specialist in the category, Martin finished second behind another road racing great, Ian Lougher.
Road racing action will resume on 14-15 August, when the second IRRC round is set to play out at Horice in the Czech Republic.
Translated by Heather Watson