Amor confirms Armoy entry

SCOTTISH rider Keith Amor will make his debut at this year's Coleraine Skip Hire Armoy Road Races, the organisers have confirmed.

The Falkirk man, who scored his maiden international victory in the Superstock race at the North West 200 in May, will ride his BMW S1000RR in the Open races and his ex-Ken Tate Honda in the Supersport class.

Amor officially put pen to paper on the deal at the southern launch of the Armoy/Kells Cross-Border Championship in Dublin on Wednesday.

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He competed at the Skerries 100 last weekend, winning the Supersport race from Ryan Farquhar.

Amor's entry complements a strong line-up for the Armoy meeting on August 7, with Dungannon ace Farquhar joined by William and Michael Dunlop, plus John Burrows, Adrian Archibald, Michael Pearson, Davy Morgan, Derek Sheils, Damien Mulleady, John Walsh and local men Paul Robinson and Sam Dunlop.

Kirmington's Guy Martin rode at the inaugural Armoy race in 2009 and has expressed an interest in returning to Northern Ireland for the event next month, although he is still recovering from the injuries he sustained in a 170mph crash at Ballagarey in the Senior TT.

Martin has been forced to withdraw from the Southern 100 on the Isle of Man next week on the advice of doctors.

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The southern launch of the Armoy/Kells Cross-Border Championship was held at Farmleigh House in Dublin on Wednesday.

Amor attended the event along with Armoy Clerk of Course Bill Kennedy and club representatives.

The new two-race mini series is being backed by Adelaide Insurance and Coleraine Skip Hire.

Competitors will be awarded points based on their positions in the Senior Support, Supersport and Open races at Kells and Armoy, with the overall winner collecting a unique trophy and a cash bonus of 700.

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Kennedy, who has been elected as Mayor of Ballymoney, said: "The Armoy Club is delighted to team up with Kells to help promote a quality line-up of riders at both events creating a more exciting event for both competitors and spectators alike.

"I'd like to thank Sports Minister Nelson McCausland and his department for all their help and of course Ian Paisley Jnr, whose support and enthusiasm for road racing has been hugely invaluable."

The Adelaide Insurance International Kells Road Races in Co Meath take place next weekend, with the decisive round of the cross-border series at Armoy on Saturday, August 7 (roads close at 10am).

Entries are due to officially close today. Details and regulations can be downloaded from the Armoy Club's official website at or contact competition secretary Judith Graham on 078 251 40215. Alternatively, email [email protected].

Practice for the Armoy meeting will be held from 3pm-9.30pm on Friday, August 6.

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