A Guide to Irish Motorcycle Road Racing Events 2018

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April 27-28:Cookstown 100

The Cookstown 100 circuit is situated in Co tyrone. 2018 KDM Hire Cookstown 100 Races will once again be held over the Orritor Circuit. www.cookstown100.com

May 4-5:Tandragee 100

Tandragee 100 comes out 4th best Road Race in the World! Only international events (TT, Macau & UGP) got higher rankings. http://www.tandragee100.co.uk

May 13-19:North West 200

The Vauxhall International 2018 NW200 is Ireland's largest outdoor sporting event, attracting crowds in excess of 100,000 and the biggest names in the sport. www.northwest200.org

June 23-24:Kells

Known for its jumps, 2018 will see a return of some of the best road racers to Kells. A great family day out. www.kellsroadraces.com

June 29-30:Enniskillen

Enniskillen & District Motorcycle Club host this prestigious event for the first time since 1952. The first time in 66 years that race bikes will be taking to the roads in Fermanagh. Enniskillen100

July 7-8:Skerries 100

The event is a magnet for riders who are drawn by its history, real racing atmosphere and racing challenges. www.loughshinnymotorcycleclub.com

July 14-15:Walderstown: Race of the South

Since July 2000, the Fore Motor Cycle Racing Club's annual "Race of the South" has been held on the Walderstown circuit, a few miles from Athlone, Co. Westmeath. www.foremcrc.com

July 21-22:Faugheen 50

Motorcycle road racing has been present in the Carrick–on–Suir area of South Tipperary since the early seventies, and 2018 looks to be another year of great racing. www.faugheen50.com

July 27-28:Armoy: Race of Legends

Armoy is steeped with racing and cultural history. At the heart of Northern Ireland's racing scene, this weekend will offer something for everyone. www.amrrc.com/

August 5-11:Ulster Grand Prix

2018 is the 65th anniversary of racing on the legendary Dundrod circuit. Including the Dundrod 150, the 2018 bike week looks to be another exciting prospect. www.ulstergrandprix.net

Sept 8-9:East Coast Racing Festival

Previously known as the Killalane Road Races, this is the final event of the Irish season, which means that exciting racing is ensured in search of a championship win. www.loughshinnymotorcycleclub.com


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News and Results from 2018

Walderstown: Race of the South

Results to follow.

Skerries 100

With regret we report that William Dunlop, from Ballmoney in Co Antrim, passed away following injuries received in a tragic accident during practice on Saturday 7th July. Lochshinny Motorcycle Reporters Club posted the following message on Facebook: ' The club with the riders permission have decide to race with the entire prize fund to go to William's Family. It will be a non-championship meeting and the club hope everyone will consider this a fitting tribute to William and his previous race performance and results at the Skerries 100'.

Enniskillen

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Kells

Event Cancelled.

North West 200

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Tandragee 100

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Cookstown 100

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The 2018 Motorcycle Race Calendar

2018 is set to be an exciting year of racing as Ireland hosts 11 weekends of competition, yet again displaying the best international talent on the road racing scene.

The Mid Antim 150 is unfortunately not on this year's calendar, so Cookstown on 27-28th April is the first event of the year. Racing then stays North of the border with the Tandragee 100 on 4th-5th May.

June sees racing at Kells (23rd-24th) and Enniskillen (29th-30th June), promising action-packed weekends both North and South of the border.

The historic Kerries 100 takes racing south of the border on 7th and 8th July. Advances in safety over the years have resulted in a shorter and shorter circuit, but fantastic viewing opportunities are always available around the track. Walderstown (14th-15th) and the Faugheen 50 (21st-22nd) are in the heart of the summer racing period and should attract an enthusiastic crowd of fans from throughout the country.

The busy month of July ends in Armoy, with the Race of Legends on the 27th and 28th. Notwithstanding the great racing, the area around Armoy is steeped in history and places to visit. The Dark Hedges, Bushmills Distillery, Giant's Causeway, Joey Dunlop Memorial Garden, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and Rathlin Island are all attractions within a short distance. If you missed any of the scenery of the North Coast during the Northwest 200 in May, then you can catch up during the Armoy weekend.

The Dundrod 150 national road races, which traditionally ran on the Thursday of Bike Week, will be replaced with an extended running order for the international MCE Ulster Grand Prix, between 5th and 11th August. Changes are being made to the event to increase rider and spectator safety, including a warm-up session on the Saturday morning instead of the traditional Superpole event. MCE is sponsoring the event and we wish them all the best with a successful weekend.

The 2018 road racing calendar ends with the East Coast Racing Festival, sponsored by our partner broker, Carole Nash.

Road racing is a fantastic opportunity for a family day out, or meeting up with fellow motorcyclists if you decide to travel on two wheels. Paddy Compare offers a range of insurance products, and has teamed up with Carole Nash to help you get a quote on your motorbike insurance.

We hope you enjoy the 2018 racing season, and that this guide has been a useful introduction to racing in 2018. The map and information above will enable you to visit the websites of the individual race organisers to find out more about travel, accommodation, viewing points, results and tracks.

Most of all, remember to stay safe and respect the road. The motorcycle riders you are watching are professionals, doing their job on closed roads and under the supervision of race organisers to ensure their safety as far as possible.