THE Southern road race scene was left in a bit of a mess last year after a number of events were cancelled, and it is great to see that there will be more events this year - starting with the Glanmire Road Races, promoted by the Cork Motorcycle Racing and Vintage Club.
The club, which now has 140 members, was formed in February 2011 by former committee members of the 2010 'Munster 100' Motorcycle Road Races, together with others from the world of motorcycle racing, and their aim is to bring a fresh approach to promoting motorcycling and cater for members who race motorcycles as well as those who ride motorcycles for pleasure. The races will be the first on the Southern calendar and they will be held on the weekend of June 15th/16th at Upper Glanmire and will take in part of the old Cork-Dublin road. The event has received unanimous support from the business and local community of Glanmire, while the weekend promises to be a family festival quite apart from the incredibly exciting motorcycle racing. The track itself is a three-cornered, three-mile course and has received the positive endorsement of both officials and riders alike, making for one of the best tracks on the Motorcycle Road Racing calendar. Ideally situated just off the M8 on the approach to Cork City at Junction 18, it will mean shorter travelling times for competitors and spectators from all over the country. Cork airport is just 15 minutes from the circuit, with Dublin just over a two-hour drive. A full programme of races will take place on the weekend, from 125s to 1,000cc Superbikes and the cream of Irish motorcycle racing's elite including Derek Shiels, Brian McCormack, Miko Sweeney and Jamie Hamilton will be at Glanmire, while TT rider Maria Costello MBE is also expected. The club have facilities for camping and campers away from the paddock, but on the course. Glanmire is just 6km outside Cork city and offers a wide variety of shopping and entertainment, with lots of bars and restaurants to choose from, while accommodation is plentiful with numerous B&Bs and hotels in the immediate area. There will be a number of entertainment events also happening in Glanmire in conjunction with race weekend. Roads will close from 9am to 6pm for practice on Saturday 15th, and on race day, Sunday 16th, from 9am until 6pm. For further information Mark Fitzgerald is the club contact on 086-1779420.