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 two.

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.

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