It was a case of four seasons in one day at the ‘Race of Legends’ meeting at Armoy Road Races sponsored by Roadside Kia at the weekend.

Melissa Kennedy certainly got the worst of the weather both days. Her 125/Moto3 practise on Friday was red flagged after just two laps due to a heavy downpour. After the restart, Melissa managed to put her KNR Honda in 10th position on the grid.

Saturday morning saw more heavy rain just before the race, but once underway, the Florencecourt rider got straight down to business and led the second group from the off and on corrected time, gradually picked off some of the A group riders to take a great seventh place finish.

This result has now put Melissa into sixth position in the Ulster Championship and 10th in the Irish Championship. The race was won by Christian Elkin from Adam McLean in second.

Paul Gartland was also in action at Armoy at the weekend, and after finishing 11th on the Ian Mercer 650 Kawasaki in the Supertwin practise on Friday, had a titanic battle during the race on Saturday which also gave him a seventh place finish. Only one second covered the top three with Derek McGee taking the win from James Cowton and McLean once again getting on the podium in third.

No luck for Paul however in the Lightweight Supersport race run concurrently with the 250GP bikes. Practise saw him finish fifth for the race on the RT&E Yamaha, but it wasn’t to be. Paul is always to the fore in this event, but unfortunately while once again battling with the front runners, a problem with the exhaust put him out of the race on lap three. The race was won by Neil Kernohan won the race from Darryl Tweed.

Man of the meeting award went to Derek McGee with a win in the first Supersport race as well as his previous results, while local man and TT winner, Michael Dunlop, had a hat trick of wins in the second Supersport, the Open race, and the main Race of Legends event.

Joe Loughlin didn’t get his own way in the first Senior Support race on the Friday, having to settle for the runner up spot to Adam Lyon, but put his mark down again on race day by winning the second Senior and Junior Support races.

Classic winners on the day were Richard Ford in the 250s, Barry Davidson in the 350s, and Ed Manly in the 500s.