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Loughshinny Motor Cycle Supporters Club are delighted to announce that 18 times Isle of Man TT winner Michael Dunlop, will be the star attraction at the forthcoming Country Crest/Des D’arcy Motors Skerries 100, that will take place on Saturday and Sunday 7/8th July.

“The Maverick” will contest the three Superbike races, as well as the 600 Supersport, and will start favourite as he is the current course record holder, at a speed of 111.582mph, that he achieved in the Open race in 2016. Michael has scored 8 wins at the 2.92 mile seaside course, and will want to increase that tally, with the three Superbike races on the Sunday race day.

The Country Crest/Des D’arcy Motors Grand final will be the feature race of the day, and it is the Martin Finnegan Memorial race that carries the largest prize fund for a national road race, with the winner taking home a cool €5000.

Michael will have the top Superbike riders in the country to contend with, and that includes Derek Sheils who beat Michael on corrected time at Cookstown, and he also won the Open race at Tandragee. Derek McGee is fresh from his excellent TT, and he will also want a slice of the cake, as will local rider Micko Sweeney.

William Dunlop is also a confirmed entry on the Temple Golf Club/Caffrey International 600 and Superbike, and after missing the TT, he will be looking forward to a good return to racing, and to increase on his tally of wins at Skerries, that stands at 15.

Another TT legend Dan Sayle is also a confirmed entry on his Moto 3 Honda, and the 8 times Sidecar TT winner, is looking forward to getting back as a solo rider, following a disappointing TT, by his high standards. Dan has had solo success over the TT Mountain course, when he won the Lightweight 250 Manx Grand Prix in 2008 and 2009.

Roads close for practice on Saturday 7th July at 12noon, and on Sunday 8th July, they close at 8am, with the first race at 10.

The Annual “Classic Lap” will take place on Friday evening 6th July. Sign on will start in Skerries Mills from 5.30 pm and the lap will start at7.30 pm.

There will be a bike show before the classic lap begins. People are invited to enter their bikes into the show, regardless of whether they will then ride in the lap. We will be awarding a prize to Best Classic Bike, Best Japanese Bike and Best Concourse Bike.

To enter the lap/show will cost €10 per motorcycle and proceeds from this will go to the MCI Medical Team to help with the purchase of a vital new piece of equipment the LifePak 15.

Margaret Corry-Media Co-Ordinator

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The Loughshinny M.C.S.C. launched the Skerries 100 last Friday night, and the Hills Cricket Club was alive with the spirit of the 72nd running of the iconic event. The lovely sunshine saw a great crowd attend, and there were plenty of riders with their bikes on display.

The evening was the launch of two local business joining forces, Country Crest and Des D’arcy Motors, to sponsor the famous event. The meeting will also incorporate a one off Superbike race in memory of the late Martin Finnegan, whose 10th Anniversary was last week. This invitation race will have the largest prize money for a national road race, with the first prize of at least €5000. This money is being collected by the Friends of the late Martin Finnegan, and this should prove to attract a quality entry for the three Superbike races.

Michael Hoey from Country Crest was first to speak and he said; “Country Crest is delighted to be the official co-sponsor for this year’s Skerries 100. It’s a real honour to be in a position to support this incredible local sports event, which is now running for over 70 years, and has become engrained in our calendar. Thanks to the fantastic work done by the Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club, the event attracts riders from all over the globe, and thousands of motorcycle fans every year. We hope that you the spectators enjoy this thrilling weekend of racing, and most importantly, we want to wish the entire road racing stars, a safe and enjoyable event.” 

Des D’arcy; “Des D'Arcy Motors are proud to be once more involved with the Loughshinny Club as a co-title sponsor and we are looking forward to an exciting weekends racing. I believe that the change to Saturday/Sunday racing will improve the attendance, and hopefully the fans will respond by buying the wrist band and programme and support the club in keeping road racing alive”

MCI President Sean Bissett; “It is great to see two local sponsors come together to sponsor Skerries, after all it is the shop window for our sport, in attracting a huge amount of road race fans. Loughshinny took over the race at an important time in its history in 1986, and thankfully the event is still going, in this the 40th Anniversary of the club”

Susan Plunkett Club Chairperson and Clerk of the Course; “With a break in tradition, this year’s event will take place on Saturday and Sunday, 7th July and 8th July over the demanding 2.9 mile seaside course, and with all the recent debate surrounding the insurance crisis, it is great to have loyal and new sponsors supporting the famous “Skerries 100”.

 “The support we have received from our loyal sponsors over the years has helped us to keep this historic race going and our very proud to announce the following sponsors, Axa Bike Care, HMS, B&V Nurseries, Kennedy’s Motorcycles, Sam Dennigan & Co., The Seaver Family, ASM, VTL Transport, Ollie’s Place, C&T Supermarkets, Convent Lane Motors, Mc Nally & Co Accountants and the People's Race. In addition we have a new race sponsor Hughes Sales and Service Ltd”

As we are all well aware that the cost of running Irish Championship road racing is escalating and we are keeping the cost of the two days practice and racing at just €25, and that will include a race programme. We are hoping that all road race fans will dig deep to help the future of racing, and buy their admission arm band, that will help the club with the cost of the event”

“Proceedings will start with the Annual Classic Parade that will take place on Friday 6th July, with sign on starting in Skerries Mills at 5:30pm, and the run itself at 7.30pm. The entry fee of €10 for the parade will all go to the MCI  Medical Team who have started to fund raise for a vital piece of equipment which they current use but it has reached it final year of operation. The vital piece is a LifePak 15, and the cost will be €23000, which we need to raise between now and the end of the season to get ensure that we start 2019 with it”

Roads will close on Saturday 12 noon for practice, and will re-open no later than 8:30pm. On Sunday 8th July, the roads will close at 9.30am, and re-open no later than 6.30pm.  For more information please log on to the clubs website www.loughshinnymotorcycleclub.com , or contact the club on  086-0447478

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With the Country Crest / Des D’Arcy Skerries 100 Road Races and the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Southern 100 International Road Races being held over six consecutive days, Saturday and Sunday 7th & 8th July and Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th July, riders who are wanting to compete at both events have been contacting both race organisers, the Loughshinny Supporters Club and Southern 100 Racing, regarding travel arrangements from the Island of Ireland.

The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company have three sailings from Ireland over the period 8th – 10th July as follows:

Sunday 8th July:

Belfast 02.00 - Douglas 06.45

Dublin 11.15 - Douglas 14.10

Tuesday 10th July: Belfast 10.45 - Douglas 13.30

Regulations for the Southern 100 International Road Races allow riders who have been racing at the Skerries 100 Road Races and have raced on the Colas Billown Course previously to arrive on the Tuesday afternoon and practice to qualify on the Tuesday evening. However, Newcomers to the Southern 100 must be on the Isle of Man to practice on the Monday evening, 9th July.

Loughshinny Official Wayne Hall said:  ‘Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club would like to thank George Peach and Southern 100 Racing for working with us on this matter. We are delighted that a solution could be found, which will allow most riders to compete at both Skerries 100 and the Southern 100 if they wish to do so. We would like to wish Southern 100 Racing every success with their event this year.’

Full information on both the Skerries 100 Road Races and the Southern 100 International Road Races can be found on their respective official websites: www.loughshinnymotorcycleclub.com & www.southern100.com , with full information on sailings to and from the Isle of Man via the IOM Steam Packet Company website: www.steam-packet.com.