2012 Mid-Antrim 150 road races

Hearing the Rain on the Roof Tiles of the House when the alarm went off this Morning it was very tempting to roll over and give this race meeting a miss, especially when the entry list was so poor.

Conditions were a little better by the time I arrived in the village of Clough to sign-on [to the event insurance] where I was pulled in for an Alcohol breathalyser test which I duly passed with a zero reading.

With the roads damp and greasy it was inevitable that a few racers would fall foul of the conditions and crash. It was also inevitable that with the poor entry Ryan Farquhar would have another ‘easy‘ pay day and that is how it panned out with the KMR Kawasaki man scoring five wins from five starts. People belittle Ryan’s achievements in road racing but the man can only beat who he is up against which more often than not he does and he and his immaculately prepared machinery is a credit to him.

Next weekend sees the Bush road races where the entry list is equally poor. Are ‘the roads‘ on a permanent decline or is it just a sign of the economic times?

Noel Brennan had the embarrassment of crashing out of the 2012 Mid-Antrim senior support road race during the sighting lap.

Noel Brennan crashes out of the 2012 Mid-Antrim senior support road race

Foot down for support for Alan Kenny during the 2012 Mid-Antrim senior support road race.

Foot down for support for Alan Kenny during the 2012 Mid-Antrim senior support road race

Richard Ford crashed during the 2012 Mid-Antrim 250/350cc Classic race.

Richard Ford crashed during the 2012 Mid-Antrim 250/350cc Classic race.

Shaun Anderson #31, Ryan Farquhar #77, Derek Shiels #82 and Jamie Hamilton #44 during the opening lap of the Superbike race.

Shaun Anderson #31, Ryan Farquhar #77, Derek Shiels #82 and Jamie Hamilton #44 during the opening lap of the Superbike race at the 2012 Mid-Antrim.

Ryan Farquhar #77 leads his KMR Kawasaki team mate Jamie Hamilton #44 during the opening lap of the Supertwins race.

Ryan Farquhar #77 leads his KMR Kawasaki team mate Jamie Hamilton #44 during the opening lap of the Supertwins race at the 2012 Mid-Antrim.

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