By Kyle White Belfast Newsletter.
The 2021 Irish road racing season is set to roar into life at the Cookstown 100 in County Tyrone next April.
Fans were starved of two-wheel action this year after the coronavirus pandemic wiped out the national calendar, with the North West 200, Isle of Man TT and Macau Grand Prix also cancelled as a result of the virus.
Already, the organisers have confirmed that a similar plan will be in place next year, when the race – pencilled in for April 23-24 – will be run as a closed event.
Online bookings for a weekend package costing £25 including an admission wristband for both days and an official programme are now being taken via PayPal (payment should be made to Cookstown100@hotmail.com – name and address required for postage).
As it stands, the Tandragee 100 is scheduled for April 30-May 1, with the North West 200 tentatively due to run from May 11-15 and the TT from May 29-June 11.
In the summer, the Kells Road Races are slated for June 19-20 followed by the Munster 100 (June 26-27), Skerries 100 (July 3-4), Walderstown (July 10-11), Faugheen (July 17-18) and Armoy (July 30-31).
Uncertainty remains over the future of the Ulster Grand Prix, traditionally held in August, after the event was axed this year as a result of the debt crisis facing the Dundrod & District Motor Club.
The East Coast Racing Festival at Killalane was switched from its usual September date to an earlier weekend in August this year, but did not run after all road races in the Republic of Ireland were cancelled.
On the provisional 2021 Irish road racing calendar, the sport’s governing body in the south – Motorcycling Ireland – has pencilled in an event ‘to be confirmed’ from August 7-8.
All Irish road racing dates are subject to ratification at the annual MCUI inter-centre conference.
2021 Road Race dates
Tandragee 100: April 30-May 1
Scarborough Spring Cup: May 8-9
North West 200: May 11-15
Kells Road Races: June 19-20
Barry Sheene Classic (Scarborough): June 19-20
Munster 100: June 26-27
Walderstown ‘Race of South’: July 10-11
Southern 100 (Billown): July 12-15
Faugheen 50: July 17-18
Armoy ‘Race of Legends’: July 30-31
Oliver’s Mount Festival (Scarborough): July 31-August 1
Classic TT/Manx Grand Prix: August 21-September 3
Scarborough Gold Cup (September 12-13)