Preparations gather pace for Mid-Antrim ‘150’

Jack Agnew, from the Mid Antrim club, with Sean Crawford and Benita McShane of JFM Haulage. On the bike is Davy McCartney, Clerk of the Course of the meeting. Picture: Roy Adams.
Jack Agnew, from the Mid Antrim club, with Sean Crawford and Benita McShane of JFM Haulage. On the bike is Davy McCartney, Clerk of the Course of the meeting. Picture: Roy Adams.

Not that I’m counting the days, but 9 weeks this Friday is the practice for the JFM Haulage Mid Antrim 150, the first road race of the year, writes Roy Adams.

I have been given a few more details of the eagerly-awaited meeting.

Paul Hill, of Hill Contracts, will sponsor the Supersport 600 race that will run on the Saturday. Paul is no stranger to sponsoring riders, having helped the likes of William Davison in the past.

Both Supersport races will have Ulster championship status, but Saturday’s will carry Irish championship points as well.

Carl Shaw, of the Maine Driving School will sponsor the Parade Laps, while Gareth Montgomery, of Pattons Bar in Cloughmills is down to sponsor the Junior Classic race. Gareth is also providing some ground behind the pub, which can be used as a campsite for race fans.

Another new backer is local man Mark McNeilly, of Quarry Plants and Spares. Mark recently retired from road racing and will back the 2 stroke race, combined with the Moto3 class. He will also sponsor the Forgotten Era race, being a dedicated 2 stroke man himself.

Entry forms are still available from www.midantrim150.co.uk

The Mid Antrim club will have a stand at both the bike show this weekend at the Maze, and also at the Ballymoney show, on the 4th and 5th March. That will be held in the Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre.

The next big event thats coming up is the Miss Mid Antrim competition. Any young ladies, over 18, that would like to enter this can do so through the clubs Facebook page, or inbox Davy McCartney, Allana Jackson or Jack Agnew. It’s in the Michelin Club on Saturday, February 27 at 8pm.