|The 2001 Killalane Road Races - Preview|
|Most clubs in Ireland have not been able to run any
road races this year due to the Foot and Mouth
epidemic and other problems, so the Loughshinny Motor
Cycle Supporters Club are very lucky to be able to run
After their massively successful Skerries 100 meeting
in July, when they attracted a surprisingly high-class
entry, many of the stars are returning to the
Killalane meeting, which draws the curtain on the 2001
Irish Road Racing season.
Adrian Archibald heads the entry on his works Red Bull
backed Honda weaponry, but the Ballymoney ace won't
have it all his own way. Fresh from his awesome
display at last month's Ulster Grand Prix, Ian Lougher
will be looking for a good result riding the Temple
Auto Salvage Suzuki's. This will be Ian's debut at
Killalane, after also making his debut at Skerries
earlier in the year.
Six times a winner at Killalane, Jason Griffiths will
return this year to the circuit he lists amongst his
favourites and could be difficult to beat. A surprise
entry is local lad Martin Finnegan, who will ride the
Team Ireland 1000cc and 600cc Suzuki's on the circuit
he made his Road Racing debut on in 1998.
Richard Britton has his first Killalane ride since
1998 and will be amongst the favourites. Also entered
are Colin Rodgers, Victor Gilmore and John Donnan.
In the smaller classes Richard Britton, Darren Burns
and Davy Morgan should dispute the 250 class honours,
with Robert Dunlop, local rider Marc Curtain and Ian
Lougher expected to go well in the 125 races.
Bill Swallow, Karl Wilkie, Bud Jackson, Colin Rodgers,
Paul Coward and Geoff McMullan head the Classic entry.
Practising takes place on Saturday with the roads
closing at 10:30am with racing on Sunday with a roads
closing time of 10:00am.
For more information check out the Loughshinny MCSC
Official Web Site: