The Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Howard Thornton, today announced the Council’s sponsorship of the Enniskillen Road Races. Taking place on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 June, Enniskillen Road Races will bring road racing back to Enniskillen after a break of 66 years.
The race schedule will see a full day of practices on the Friday with roads closing from 12 noon to 9pm and on Saturday from 10am, when there will be an 11 Race Program with the Richard Britton Memorial Race to be the showcase of the day.
Set in the shadow of Cuilcagh Mountain, the 3-mile circuit has a ‘little bit of everything’ ranging from wide fast straights with sweeping corners to blind jumps.
Speaking about the Council’s sponsorship of the Enniskillen Road Races, Councillor Thornton said:
“The Council is delighted to be working in partnership with Enniskillen and District Motorcycle Club on this event which has the capacity to attract significant numbers of visitors to the area over the course of the weekend. The event also provides us with the opportunity to showcase the district to a new audience enabling our tourism product to be promoted to a wider market. Such events will generate income for our local businesses through significant spending, particularly in the service and retail sector through the provision of accommodation and food retail outlets.
I understand that the Enniskillen Road Race will be the only event of its kind in the west. Enniskillen is the ideal location as it is effectively the gateway to the North, South, East and West and I look forward to welcoming the many visitors who I am confident will find their way to our district for the event in the last weekend in June.”
Enniskillen and District Motorcycle Club said:
“We are delighted to welcome Fermanagh and Omagh District Council as our title sponsor for the Enniskillen Road Races. We look forward to working together to showcase the county and bring back a ‘no frills, just pure road racing’ event to the area.
Riders from all over Ireland north and south will compete at the event with riders from as far as Germany and England and we are hopeful to put on a show as never seen in this area before. We are proud to bring motorcycle racing back to the area and with visitors already coming from as far as South Africa and Australia we hope we can encourage locals from the area to come and support this event.”
The original Enniskillen 100 was a well-known and prestigious racing event with 17 races taking place between 1929 and 1952.
In 2012, Enniskillen and District Motorcycle Club established the Enniskillen 100 at St Angelo Airport, Enniskillen, as a commemorative event which moved to championship status the following year.
After four years of successful championship racing at St Angelo, Enniskillen and District Motorcycle Club is now bringing road racing back to the district at the end of June.
For further information on Enniskillen Road Races please visit www.enniskillenroadraces.co.uk.