Adrian Archibald

Full Name: Adrian Archibald.
Date of Birth: 31 / 10 / 69.
Place of Birth : Ballymoney.
Hometown : Ballymoney.
Status : Married to Melanie.
Occupation : Motorcycle Racer / Joiner.
Hobbies : Cycling, Music & Darts.
First Race : 1992.
Favourite Circuits : Mid Antrim 150, Isle of Man TT .
Ambition : To win the major International road races as well as the Nationals and repay the faith shown in the team by Red Bull Honda and all our sponsors.

Overall Ambition : To be successful and enjoy my racing.


Machinery.
Honda Racing CBR600 ( Regal spec ).
Honda Racing CBR600 Tuned.
Honda Racing CBR900 Formula 1 Fireblade.
Honda Racing CBR900 Production spec.


Team Sponsors.
Honda UK,

Royal Hotel, Cookstown
64 Coagh Street, Cookstown
Tel / ( 028 ) 8676 2224

Manager : David Wood

Coordinator : Melanie Archibald

Chief Mechanic : Jim McMahon
Engine Preparation : Tony Scott

Pit Crew : Danny Elliott, Joey Henry.


Special Support.

Arthur Faulkner, Plumbing & Heating, Portstewart
Adrian Archibald Supporters Club
Eddie Torrens, Car Dismantlers, Ballymoney
Lamont Commercials, Ballymoney
Holgar Seamless Systems, Ballymoney
www.roadracers.uk.com
John Harris Motorcycles, Crowborough, East Sussex

Career Highlights.



1992.

Fifth. Enkalon Clubmans Supersport 400cc Championship.


1993.

Winner. Enkalon Clubmans Supersport 400cc Championship.

1994.

First Race Win at Kirkistown Short Circuit.
Fifth, Regal 600 cc Championship.
                 Twelfth, Irish 600cc Road Race Championship. 
              Third, Irish 600cc Short Circuit Championship.

1995.

Fifth, Manx GP Newcomers Race.
Tenth, Senior Manx Grand Prix.
Sixth, Regal 600cc Championship.
Third, Irish 600cc Road Race Championship.






1996.


Manx Grand Prix.
Second, Junior Manx GP.
Member of winning team, MCRRC of Ireland.
Second, Senior Manx GP.
Member of winning team, MCRRC of Ireland.
Absolute Course Lap Record, 117.18 mph.
Dickie Dale Trophy for fastest lap.
Lord Wakefield Cup.


Arai Rider of the month, September.
Second, 600cc Irish Road Race Championship.
Third, Regal 600cc Championship.
Fourth, Senior Irish Road Race Championship.


1997.


Winner, Irish 600cc Road Race Championship.

Third, Regal 600cc Championship.

Fourth, Senior Irish Road Race Championship.



1998.

Second, Regal 600cc Championship.

Second, 600cc Irish Road Race Championship.

Third, Irish 600cc Short Circuit Championship.

Third, Irish Senior Road Race Championship.

Fifth, Joe Lindsay Unlimited Championship.


1998.
Isle of Man TT.
Tenth, 600cc Junior TT, 114.27 mph.
Tenth, Production TT, 116.84 mph.
Member of winning Production Club Team,
Motorcycle Road Racing Club of Ireland.

Isle of Man National Road Races.
Southern 100.
Sixth, Supersport 600 Race, 99.856 mph.
Seventh, Senior Race, 99.055 mph.
Sixth, Senior Solo Founders Race, 99.752 mph.
Seventh, Solo Senior Championship, 100.862 mph.
1998.

Ulster Grand Prix.

Fifth, Regal Race. 116.84 mph.
Twelfth, Ulster Grand Prix, 117.256 mph.



North West 200.

Seventh, Regal Race. 112.329 mph.
Fifth, Production Race.111.757 mph.
Twelfth, Superbike Race. 111.854 mph.

1998.
Irish National Road Race Results.


Cookstown 100.
Regal Race, Third, 91.892 mph.
Open Race, Fifth, 90.766 mph.
Cookstown 100, Third, 94.273 mph.

Tandragee 100.
Regal Race, Second, 98.639 mph.
Open Race, Third, 99.311 mph.
Tandragee 100, Fifth, 101.662 mph.

Dundrod 150.
Regal Race, Fourth, 116.655 mph.
Open Race, Fourth, 119.201 mph.

Dundalk.
Regal Race, Second, 110.99 mph. (fastest lap).
Open Race, Fourth, 112.50 mph.
Grand Final, Third, 115.13 mph.

Skerries.
Regal Race, Winner, 101.44 mph.
Open Race, Third, 101.84 mph.
Grand Final, Third, 102.84 mph.

Temple 100.
Regal Race, Winner, 98.669 mph.(fastest lap).
Open Race, Second, 95.151 mph.
Temple 100, Fourth, 98.102 mph.






1998.
Irish National Road Race Results cont'd.

Mid Antrim 150.
Regal Race, Third, 105.434 mph.
Open Race, Fourth, 104.163 mph.
Mid Antrim 150, Seventh, 105.563 mph.

Kells.
Regal Race, Winner, 98.13 mph.
Open Race, Third, 96.50 mph.
Grand Final, Third, 99.22 mph.

North Monaghan.
Regal Race, Second, 93.225 mph. (fastest lap).
Open Race, Third, 95.012 mph.
Grand Final, Fifth, 95.248 mph.

Carrowdore.
Regal Race, Second, 110.017 mph.
Open Race, Fourth, 108.859 mph.
Carrowdore RR, Seventh, 111.545 mph.

Killalane.
Regal Race, Winner,100.52 mph.
Open Race, Second, 102.10 mph.
Grand Final, Fourth, 101.89 mph.

Leitrim.
Regal Race, Winner, 95.21 mph.
Open Race, Second, 94.65 mph.
Grand Final, Second, 96.02 mph, (Absolute Lap Record).
1998.
Irish National Short Circuit Results.

21.3.98. Aghadowey.
1st Regal Race. Winner.
2nd Regal Race. Fourth.
1st Senior Race. Second.
2nd Senior Race. Second.

11.4.98. Aghadowey.
1st Regal Race. Fourth.
2nd Regal Race. Third.
1st Senior Race. Fifth.
2nd Senior Race. Fifth.
Enkalon Trophy Race. Fifth.

13.4.98. Kirkistown.
1st Regal Race. Second.
2nd Regal Race. Sixth.

23.5.98. Nutts Corner.
1st Regal Race. Fifth.
2nd Regal Race. Fifth.

23.6.98. Bishopscourt.
1st Regal Race. Winner.
2nd Regal Race. Seventh.

23.9.98. Aghadowey.
1st Regal Race. Winner.
2nd Regal Race. Winner.
1st Senior Race. Third.
2nd Senior Race. Third.




    1999 has seen the bridesmaid become the bride. Adrian Archibald took a big jump in ability towards the end of the 1998 season and this year he has managed to maintain this improvement despite a number of machine problems and thankfully minor crashes. A number of people may say that Adrian has benefited from Richard Britton's absence during this season but I think if those doubters asked either of these riders about Cookstown for instance, they would find that Adrian & Richard were now so close in riding ability and their machinery so similar in performance that there really is nothing to call between them on the track.

   During the 1999 Isle of Man TT Adrian showed his form by being the fastest rider in the Junior class at the end of practice week. While this is totally different from the race itself, Adrian's pace showed he was at one with his machinery. In the Junior TT Adrian finished fourth, but what a fourth. He had circulated with Joey Dunlop for much of the race and Joey's comments after the event were complimentary to say the least. He said that Adrian was a definite 600 specialist. Great words from a great man for a great ride.

   Following his excellent rides in both the Junior and Production TT's Adrian has come back home and is now challenging for the Regal Championship, a title that has eluded him in the past. Should Adrian be successful in his quest I can think of no worthier Champion in the face of all the cheating that seems to be going on in the sport today.

 

   Adrian Archibald in a display of tactical riding has not only achieved his main goal. The prestigious Regal 600 Championship title and regained his 600cc Irish Road Race Champion title but now adds to these the Lambert & Butler Challenge Title. In a record breaking year Adrian kept his head through adversity and his consistent finishes and Record breaking runs at the Mid Antrim have finally resulted in his best ever season.

1999 Season Review

Overall Placings.

1999 - Regal 600 Champion.

1999 - Lambert & Butler Champion.

1999 - Irish Supersport 600 Road Race Champion.

1999 - Joe Lindsay Unlimited Champion.

1999 - Runner - up, Irish Senior Road Race Championship.

1999 - NGK Rider of the Year.

Total Irish Race Wins - 10.

International Results 1999 Road Races:

May 1999 - North West 200 Road Races - S/Sport Regal 600 - 5th.

June 1999 - Isle of Man TT Races - S/Sport Junior TT - 4th.

June 1999 - Isle of Man TT Races - Production TT - 4th.

August 1999 - Ulster Grand Prix - S/Sport Regal 600 - 4th.

Fastest Rider during practice week for 600cc Junior TT.

International Short Circuit Race Results 1999.

September 1999 - Assen Holland - S/Sport 600 - 8th.

September 1999 - Kirkistown Sunflower - S/Sport 600 - 3rd.

1100cc Race - 5th.

Breakdown of Championship Results - 1999.

Regal Championship.

1. Aghadowey S/C - Crashed.

2. Kirkistown S/C - DNS.

3. Cookstown 100 - 2nd. F/Lap 83.28 mph. Race Record.

4. Tandragee - 2nd.

5. Dundrod 150 - 1st.

6. Nutts Corner S/C - 4th.

7. Mid Antrim 150 - 1st.

8. Mid Antrim 150 race 2. - 1st.

9. Monaghan. 2nd.

10. Carrowdore - 1st. F/Lap. 111.75 mph. Race Record.

11. Kirkistown S/C - 1st.

12. Kirkistown S/C race 2. - DNF.

Lambert & Butler Championship.

1. Aghadowey S/C - Crashed.

2. Kirkistown S/C - DNS.

3. Cookstown 100. - 5th.

4. Tandragee 100. - 6th.

5. Dundrod 150. - 4th.

6. Nutts Corner S/C. - 4th.

7. Mid Antrim 150. 1st.

8. Monaghan race 1. - 3rd.

9. Monaghan race 2. - 4th.

10. Carrowdore 100.- 3rd.

11. Kirkistown S/C. - 2nd.

12. Aghadowey S/C. - crashed.

Other National Results:

Tandragee 100. - Grand Final - 2nd.

Nutts Corner S/C. Stock Cup - 3rd.

Dundalk Road Races. SS 600 - 1st. Senior Race - 5th. Grand Final - 5th.

Skerries Road Races. SS600 - 1st. Senior Race - 2nd. Grand Final - 2nd

Monaghan Road Races. Grand Final - 3rd.

Carrowdore 100. Grand Final - 2nd.

Mid Antrim 150. Grand Final 1st.

Killalane Road Races. SS600 - 1st.

AA and Y2K

    Adrian started his 2000 season in determined mood. Not for Adrian the disappointing get off's suffered in the early part of last season that made his job just that bit more difficult. This year things went almost to plan. Adrian short circuit skills had again seen visual improvement as he took on Michael Swann and Kieran McGrory once again. Adrian's old sparring partner Richard Britton also looked on form and you just knew that when the real road races started, there was going to be one hell of a fight at the front and invariably that fight would be between Adrian and Richard Britton.

   The Championships kicked off at Nutts Corner and though 7th and 4th places in the opening rounds of the Lambert & Butler Championship didn't look like great starts to Adrian's title defence, just remember last season and the fact that Adrian scored no points in either the L&B or Regal Championships until the first road race of the year. Adrian's 2000 Regal debut was better though, taking third place in race one and a narrow victory over race one winner and main competitor Richard Britton in race two.

   The Easter weekend was next and Aghadowey saw Michael Swann begin his usual domination of the short circuit rounds as he scooped both Lambert & Butler wins and both Regal 600 victories as well. Adrian though scored some more valuable points with two 3rd places in the Lambert & Butler races and 2nd and 3rd places in the Regal races. On Easter Monday at Kirkistown Michael Swann was denied a total whitewash when Kieran McGrory took a win in the second Regal race. McGrory played a part in Adrian's day as well taking Adrian out of the race going into Colonial 1. Adrian recovered to take 3rd place in the second Regal race. In the Lambert & Butler races Swanny took both wins but Adrian scored third and fourth places respectively, taking an overall good tally of points to the opening Road race of the season, The Cookstown 100 on the dreadful Orritor circuit.

Adrian looked as though he is as impressed with the Orritor circuit as I am, and in the awful conditions he struggled along behind fellow Team Wood rider Uel Duncan to finish 5th in the Lambert & Butler race and then finished a lonely 3rd in the Regal 600 race.

    Next up the North West 200 and stardom awaited a win for any of our local riders capable of beating the visitors. In the first Superbike race Adrian found himself involved in a terrific battle with Joey Dunlop and Iain Duffus. With the two V&M Yamaha's of Jefferies and Rutter away up the road it was left to this Honda trio to get everyone on their feet. Duffus narrowly beat Adrian for the final rostrum place, but Adrian had showed again he was capable of running at the front with the very best road racers, one of which he definitely now was.

   The Supersport race had Adrian once again dicing it out with Joey. Off the pace compared to the V&M Yamaha's Adrian finished in sixth place which he was pretty upset about.

   The Production race was a cracker. With Jefferies and Duffus taking each other out in the early stages it was left to Jim Moodie, Richard Britton and Adrian to put on a show for the thousands of fans. Some show, this leading threesome left the rest of the field in their wake as they swapped places round the circuit. It was however Richard Britton who took a great victory with Adrian finishing third behind Honda Britain's Jim Moodie.

  In the second Superbike race Adrian found himself dicing with Jason Griffiths and Rob Frost, and while this was great viewing for the fans, it meant at the end of the day that any chance of a rostrum place had gone. Adrian finished the race in sixth place again. It was all good preparation for the TT.

  Before the TT came that contentious Tandragee meeting. Considering Adrian was not going to race at first, he certainly decided that he may as well give it his all when things finally got underway. Adrian started off the day with a nail biting victory over Richard Britton in the Lambert & Butler race, then went on to do the same to Richard in the Regal race earning more of those valuable points in the process.

  TT 2000. Honda suffered badly during practice and we can be thankful that Adrian and Uel stayed with Tony Scott as far as tuning was concerned. We all know what happened in the F1 race and their was no one else who could have done what Joey did.

   The Junior TT race looked like Adrian's best chance during the TT festival. Only trying too hard on the first lap possibly (no probably ) cost Adrian the win. He rode like a champion closing in on David Jefferies on the last lap over the mountain in a style usually associated with that other Ballmoney racer Joey. Adrian finished second but that result was to pay dividends for Adrian later in the year.

   The Production race was a farce to put it mildly. It was ridiculous to put these riders out in those conditions. The only riders who pushed were David Jefferies, Richard Britton and Richard Quayle who in my opinion was pushing far too hard for his level of experience. Adrian rode round to finish a wet but safe sixth.

   Thankfully the Senior race was held over until the Saturday morning and conditions were nearly perfect. David Jefferies never put a wheel wrong and took his third win of the week. Adrian was involved in a dice with that man Joey Dunlop ( just for a change ) and Jason Griffiths eventually finishing the off the 2000 TT with a great fifth place.

    Now it was time to get back to the job in hand, i.e. winning the home Championships and the Dundrod 150. Historically riders just back from the TT always go well at the Dundrod meeting and Adrian was no exception. Adrian scored a great win in the Regal 600 race and with his nearest rival Richard Britton back in 5th place, he had grabbed back some more valuable points.

   In the Lambert & Butler race though Adrian did not get it his own way. His Honda CBR900 had once again developed a problem which meant that Adrian had to use his CBR600 against the many 750, 900 and 1000cc machines. While Adrian battled with Uel Duncan, Brian Gardiner and Ryan Farquhar made off into the distance and at the flag Adrian had to settle for 4th place which was however better than Richard Britton who rode the Sandown Honda 250 and finished way back in 21st place and out of the points.

   It was back to Swann territory next and short circuit rounds of the Imperial Tobacco Championships at Aghadowey.

   The main players were always going to be Adrian, Michael Swann, Richard Britton and Kieran McGrory but which one was going to be the man to catch on the day. Well it was of course Michael Swann and in the first Regal race he fought it out with McGrory to take a narrow victory with Adrian coming home fourth behind Richard Britton. The second Regal race would be a different story though. Adrian was really focused for this one and he pushed his Dowd Honda past Swanny and opened up a healthy lead to take an important victory over Michael with Richard Britton in third place again.

   Could Adrian do the same in the Lambert & Butler races. The resurgent Rodney McCurdy had other plans. Adrian was at a massive disadvantage as his CBR900's mystery illness had not been cured and he was again out on the 600 Honda. Adrian fought bravely and to be fair to him, he worked wonders and rode the wheels off the Dowd Honda CBR600. Michael Swann took the race win from McCurdy, but Adrian was beaten to third place by McGrory by the narrowest of margins. Race 2 again saw Michael Swann run out the winner and this time Adrian suffered a little as he fought against a pack of R1 Yamaha's. at the flag Adrian was 6th, one place ahead of Richard Britton who was again 250 mounted.

   This year Adrian like his fellow Team Wood riders had decided to give the Ulster Television Champion of Champions Series a go, and in his usual style he started his campaign with three straight wins in the Supersport 600 class. Unfortunately his machine developed a problem in the fourth race and he could only manage 5th place. All this short circuit racing though was going to help him in the closing rounds of the Irish Championships later in the year.

  Back across the border to the Skerries next and again Adrian proved to be the class of the field, taking two wins in tricky conditions.

   Staying in the Irish Republic it was a long distance trip to just outside Athlone for the Walderstown Road Races. A new venue to replace Fore Village's annual races, ruined by local head cases. You might have been excused for thinking Adrian had spent some time here already when you consider just what he achieved on the day. Both the Supersport 600 race, both Senior races setting the lap record on the way and lifting the Man of the Meeting award as well. The trip had indeed been worthwhile.

   Back at Kirkistown for the second part of the Champion of Champions Series, and this time Adrian had also brought along his Honda Britain backed CBR900 to contest the Open Races. Adrian took 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in the three Supersport 600 races but the Open races proved to be even tougher. The CBR900 could run with Michael Swann's R1 Yamaha but actually beating the accepted king of the Irish short circuits was going to prove a little more difficult. Adrian did ride well but only managed to take 3rd, 4th and 6th places in the big class before the meeting was prematurely cancelled following a serious accident in the final Superport 600 race of the event.

   Back down south again, this time to Kells and a trio of 2nd places after some hectic dices with John Donnan who was back at the place he scored his first and second road race victories last year.

   Now returning virtually to his back yard Adrian was out in front at the Mid Antrim Road Races and in winning form. Beaten by Richard Britton in the Regal 600 race Adrian turned the tables on everyone and took both Lambert & Butler Races in style.

   The next race was the tragically ill fated North Monaghan road races. Adrian had to put up with a very determined Darran Lindsay in the Regal 600 race and the Superkings 125 rider held off Adrian for the win. With the end of the season rapidly approaching, Adrian needed as much of a points cushion between himself and Richard Britton as possible. Thankfully Uel Duncan managed to get the better of Richard at Monaghan. This meeting was abandoned after the fatal accident involving Gary Dynes, Andrew McClean and Denis McCullough.

   The Ulster Grand Prix proved to be a very tough event for Adrian. He had to focus very hard on the job in hand knowing that his good friend and fellow Team Wood rider Uel Duncan was just a few miles away in intensive care at the Royal Victoria Hospital following his accident in practice the day before.

   Adrian received the same treatment as Joey Dunlop had last year in the 1st Superbike race. The two V&M riders using blocking tactics to stop any real challenge to them. Adrian was really the only rider who could have beaten the V&M Yamaha's. As it was Adrian had to settle for 3rd in the first Superbike race, 4th place in the second Superbike race and was narrowly beaten into second place by David Jefferies in the Regal 600 race. Adrian did have some glory though. In a demonstration of total domination, he swept to an unchallenged victory in the Production race which must have done much to secure his future as Honda's leading Road Racer for the 2001 season.

    The last Road Race of the season at Carrowdore also saw tragedy as we lost a great friend Eddie Sinton following an accident in the Regal race. Adrian had already taken victory in the Lambert & Butler race and even though it would take all his skill and a fair share of luck to retain both the Regal and Lambert & Butler titles, he at least had a chance.

    At the final rounds of the Regal and Lambert & Butler Championships held at Bishopscourt, Adrian took the fight to Michael Swann and his superb riding skill coupled with a smile from Lady Luck when Swanny's R1 went sick allowing Adrian to follow up 2nd place in race one with victory in race two. This tied up the Lambert & Butler Championship for the second successive year. If Adrian was daring to expect to win one of the Championships it would probably have been the Regal 600. Richard Britton had other idea's though. Adrian duly won race one, but Richard battled hard to take the victory in race two. This was enough to deny Adrian of the double but I doubt Adrian would begrudge Richard after the mixed season he has had.

    In October Adrian found himself in unfamiliar territory. Mondello Park had stepped in to host the Celtic Match races and Adrian was drafted into the Irish team. There was also the final rounds of the Irish Championships to contest and Adrian took the track by storm. He won the first Supersport 600 race and was second in race two. He then went on to finish 2nd in both the Open races and the Superstock race. Adrian then finished 4th in the MCUI Grand Champions race.

    In the actual Celtic Match races Adrian did the team proud. He finished third in Leg One and second in Leg Two, this was enough for the Irish Team to take a commanding victory against the Scottish, Welsh and Isle of Man teams.

   The only big meeting left in what has been a traumatic year was the Sunflower Races at Kirkistown. Adrian was on form but really no one was going to threaten Jim Moodie in the Supersport 600 race. Adrian had a great dice with Richard Britton and just got the better of the newly crowned Regal Champion on the dash to the line to take 2nd place.

   Adrian crashed out of the Sunflower trophy race but was perfectly ok and went on to finish 6th in the Open Race.

   As if he hadn't had enough this year Adrian went to work again at the final race meeting of the year, the Closed to Club meeting run by the MCRRC of Ireland at Aghadowey. Adrian was never of the podium ( had they actually got one ) winning the first Supersport 600 race and taking 2nd the second Supersport 600 outing. he finished off his season with a 2nd and two 3rd places in the Senior Open races.

   Adrian now has to prepare himself for next season. He has to effectively fill the place of Joey Dunlop in Honda Britain's Road Racing schedule. It is a daunting task but everyone that knows Adrian also knows that Joey himself would approve. I do hope that all the fickle people that defected to Yamaha and Suzuki will not be to distraught next year. Adrian is going to be tough to beat.

Regal 600, Lambert & Butler Challenge Results

Date Venue Status Results
18/3/2000

25/3/2000



22/4/2000




24/4/2000




29/4/2000




20/5/2000





17/6/2000



24/6/2000



5/8/2000



13/8/2000


2/9/2000


16/9/2000
Aghadowey

Nutts Corner



Aghadowey




Kirkistown




Cookstown 100 RR




Tandragee 100 RR





Dundrod 150 RR



Aghadowey



Mid Antrim 150 RR



North Monaghan RR


Carrowdore 100 RR


Bishopscourt
Closed to Club

Irish Championship



Irish Championship




Irish Championship




Irish Championship




Irish Championship





Irish Championship



Irish Championship



Irish Championship



Irish Championship


Irish Championship


Irish Championship
600cc Race - 5th

Regal 600 Race 1 - 3rd Regal 600 Race 2 - 2nd
Lambert & Butler Race 1 - 7th Lambert & Butler Race 2 - 4th King of the Corner Final - 5th

Regal 600 Race 1 - 3rd Regal 600 Race 2 - 2nd
Lambert & Butler Race 1- 3rd Lambert & Butler Race 2- 3rd Enkalon Trophy Race - 3rd


Regal 600 Race 1 - DNF Regal 600 Race 2 - 5th
Lambert & Butler Race 1 - 3rd Lambert & Butler Race 2 - 4th Ards Council Final - 3rd


Regal 600 Race - 3rd - F/Lap 75.887 mph
Lambert & Butler Race - 5th - F/Lap 74.450 mph
Cookstown Senior Race - 1st - F/Lap 77.396 mph


Regal 600 Race - 1st - F/Lap 98.750 mph
Lambert & Butler Race - 1st - F/Lap 95.950 mph
Tandragee Grand Final - 1st - F/Lap 101.723 mph
Man of the Meeting


Regal 600 Race - 1st - New Lap Record - 119.959 mph Lambert & Butler Race - 4th - F/Lap 119.598 mph
IFS Dundrod 150 Senior Race - 3rd - F/Lap 121.038 mph

Regal 600 Race 1 - 4th Regal 600 Race 2 - 1st
Lambert & Butler Race 1 - 4th Lambert & Butler Race 2 - 6th


Regal 600 Race - 2nd - F/Lap 98.763 mph Lambert & Butler Race 1 - 1st - F/Lap 95.93 mph Lambert & Butler Race 2 - 1st - F/Lap 102.415 mph

Regal 600 Race - 2nd - F/Lap 96.562 mph


Carrowdore 100 Race - 1st - F/Lap 106.375 mph


Regal 600 Race 1 - 2nd Regal 600 Race 2 - 1st
Lambert & Butler Race 1 - 2nd Lambert & Butler Race 2 - 1st

Other Irish Championship Results

Date Venue Status Results
24/6/2000

27 /28/ 6/2000


1/ 7/2000


15/ 7/2000


16/ 7/200



25/26/ 7 2000



23/ 7/2000



16/9/2000


8/10/2000





14/10/2000


21/10/2000


Aghadowey

Kirkistown


Skerries RR


Nutts Corner


Walderstown RR



Kirkistown



Kells RR



Bishopscourt


Mondello Park


Mondello Park


Kirkistown


Aghadowey
Irish Championship

UTV Champion of Champions


Irish Championship


Irish Championship


Irish Championship



UTV Champion of Champions



Irish Championship



Irish Championship


Irish Championship


Celtic Match Races


International Sunflower Races


Closed to Club

MCUI Grand Championship - 5th

SS600 Race 1 - 1st SS600 Race 2 - 1st
SS600 Race 3 - 1st SS600 Race 4 - 5th

SS600 Race - 1st - F/Lap 97.225 mph
Senior Grand Final - 1st - F/Lap 94.227 mph

Race of the North - 3rd


SS600 Race - 1st - F/Lap 93.823 mph Senior Race - 1st - F/Lap 95.200 mph Grand Final - 1st - F/Lap 95.952 mph
Man of the Meeting / Lap Record Holder

SS600 Race 1 - 2nd SS600 Race 2 - 1st SS600 Race 3 - 3rd
Senior Open Race 1 - 6th Senior Open Race 2 - 3rd
Senior Open Race 3 - 4th

600cc Race - 2nd - F/Lap 102.170 mph
Senior Race - 2nd - F/Lap 104.234 mph
Grand Final - 2nd - F/Lap 105.086 mph

Norman Brown Final - 3rd


SS600 Race 1 - 1st SS600 Race 2 - 2nd
Open Senior Race 1 - 2nd Open Senior Race 2 - 2nd
Superstocks Race - 2nd MCUI Grand Championship Race - 4th
Race 1 - 3rd Race 2 - 2nd Member of winning Irish Team


SS600 Race - 2nd Senior Open Race - 6th
Sunflower Trophy Race - DNF

SS600 Race 1 - 1st SS600 Race 2 - 2nd
Senior Open Race 1 - 2nd Senior Open race 2 - 3rd
Senior Open race 3 - 3rd

Overall Classifications:

1st Irish 600cc Road Race Champion

1st Irish 1100cc Road Race Champion

1st Lambert & Butler Senior Champion

1st Joe Lindsay Unlimited Champion

1st Sam McLements Unlimited Road Race Champion

2nd Regal 600cc Championship

Isle of Man TT Races:

600cc Junior TT - 2nd * New Lap Record Holder - 121.15 mph

Production TT - 6th

Formula 1 TT - DNF

Senior TT - 5th - Fastest Lap - 121.78 mph

International Club Team Award Winner - MCRRC of Ireland

North West 200 Road Races:

600cc Regal Race - 6th - F/Lap - 112.091 mph

Production Race - 3rd - F/Lap - 114.396 mph

1st Superbike Race - 4th - F/Lap - 115.091 mph

2nd Superbike Race - 6th - F/Lap - 114.455 mph

Ulster Grand Prix:

600cc Regal Race - 2nd * New Lap Record Holder - 122.405 mph

Production Race - 1st * New Lap Record Holder - 122.445 mph

1st Superbike Race - 3rd - F/Lap 125.446 mph

2nd Superbike Race - 4th - F/Lap 125.189 mph





Adrian Archibald, A New Era

2001 Racing Season

2001 saw a new era in many ways for Irish Motorcycle Racing. Possibly the greatest effect would be due to the foot & mouth crisis that swept through the UK early in the year. With many of the Irish race run on rural country roads in what is basically a Province based around an agricultural economy, this was to have far reaching effects on our sport. Adrians season had to be somewhat re structured and he ended up taking in a number of races across the water in the British MRO Championships as well as the short circuit races that were being held during the early part of the Irish season. Adrians season based around the pure road races and in particular the North West 200, Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix looked initially to be in ruins and to happen as he became a full factory Honda rider with a main title sponsor in the shape of Red Bull made things look even worse. The team having built up a great degree of professionalism did not want to let any of Adrian's sponsors down and the press was scanned day by day with great trepidation as event after event was cancelled.

Red Bull, The Royal Hotel, Cookstown and Adrian's small army of dedicated personal sponsors however never wavered in their support and though it became obvious that at least two out of the three main events Adrian was due to contest. The North West 200 and Isle of Man TT races were called off, Adrian together with David decided to mount a bid for one of the British Championships. The MRO Championship was chosen and Adrian despite missing the first round set about preparing for a busy season ahead. Adrian's Lambert & Butler Title of course would have to be one of Adrian's main priorities, that and his attempt to take back the Regal Championship title from Richard Britton. As far as the Lambert & Butler Championship was concerned Michael Swann was going to be the main threat and it looked initially that the factory Red Bull Honda CBR960 was not going to be good enough to beat Swanny on his Anderton R1 Yamaha. The Regal Championship was not going to be a walk over either for as well as Richard Britton to contend with Marty Nutt had decided to take up the challenge and his experience racing on short circuits all over the world would make him a tough competitor both in the Regal and Lambert & Butler title races.

Adrian seems to have one very strong characteristic when it comes to his racing, consistency. He manages to be somewhere at the front and even if it looks like he can't possibly win a race he can usually ride to consolidate his points with a top three finish, this is something which is always important should his adversary's on the track make the odd mistake. Adrian's main adversary's however don't make that many mistakes and Richard Britton's results bear testiment to that with a double Regal win at Nutts Corner. In the Lambert & Butler Races though it was a slightly different story. Michael Swann held a 100% record going to Nutts Corner for the May bank holiday meeting. That is until the second L&B race. Adrian had hounded Swanny all the way in the first race and in race two he did exactly the same only this time Adrian went one better he beat the unbeatable Michael Swann. This will no doubt prove to be a very important factor in this years Championship. Adrian set off for Scarborough immediately after Nutts Corner to contest the Spring Cup races. Never having been to the Olivers Mount Circuit before, Adrian was up against two riders in particular who have had many success's at this famous Yorkshire parkland track. Jason Griffiths and Ian Lougher. In the first leg Adrian finished second to Lougher but when Lougher went out in race two Adrian found himself leading and he carried his advantage to the flag taking overall victory.

Adrian's next trip was to Castle Coombe for another round of the MRO Championships. Adrian's merciless attack on this Championship continued with record breaking wins in both the 600cc and Powerbike races. The win in the Powerbike race saw Adrian consolidate his lead in the Championship after 6 rounds with a 24 point advantage and Adrian has only contested three of the rounds.

With the Foot & Mouth crisis now seemingly in decline and more road races being confirmed for the rest of the season it is difficult to know just how many more MRO Championship rounds Adrian will be taking in, but one thing is for sure. If Adrian Archibald's name was only known in TT and road race circles before on the mainland it sure as hell is a little better known by the short circuit riders and fans now.

With the Road Racing season just about to get off to a very late start due to the re introduction of most of the Irish events, Adrian must kiss goodbye to the MRO Championships for now. Indeed it is a crying shame in one way, seeing as he is doing so well but title sponsor Red Bull have given him their backing for his pure road racing talents first and foremost and his heart is still as a true road racer. Ironic as it may be then that the first Irish meeting was to be at Mondello Park a short circuit, in fact on arrival a very short circuit. The shortest of the three variables available at Mondello. Adrian's last visit is well documented further back in the 2000 write up but this time he certainly did not have everything his own way. Following a win in the first Supersport 600 race, Adrian although still managing to get onto the rostrum without much difficulty just could not get the better of Richard Britton in the 600 races and Hilton Hincks a real Mondello specialist in the Superbike races. Then while challenging for the lead in the MCUI Grand Final race Adrian crashed, the bike undamaged and Adrian unhurt was never the less detuned and finished off the day with 4th and 5th places in the remaining races.

The Dundrod 150 Road Races are usually ( weather permitting ) highly charged affairs. Our heroes have normally just returned from the Isle of Man so speeds are high and it's easy to tell who the main men at the TT were. This year of course there has been no TT, and just to add insult to injury the Dundrod 150 races had to be staged at the Aghadowey short circuit. Still it's better then nothing and if you are a short circuit racer who does not do the roads, it could easily be a gift as far as points go. It was to be a troubled day for Adrian as the CBR960 Fireblade again threw up some interesting glitches. The more highly tuned an engine the more difficult it is to get it working to full potential. Jim McMahon will undoubtedly get it right and it has to be said it's still a very quick motorcycle when it's not going 100%. Adrian was once up against Michael Swann in the Lambert & Butler races and such was their domination that they held a five second lead over the rest of the field after just one lap. Adrian lead from lap one until just after half distance when Michael took over at the front. Adrian's Honda had started to show the first signs of trouble though at the finish he was still only fractions of a second behind Swanny. In the Dundrod 150 race the problems again started at about half distance but once again the early pace had been so hot that even nursing the Fireblade home, Adrian still finished in third place. The second Lambert & Butler race in the end proved to risky and Adrian pulled in when the bike started to play up. Still Adrian and Jim are confident that all will be sorted for the Champion of Champions races next week. The two Regal 600 races saw Adrian loose out to Richard Britton in both and such are Adrian's expectations that a day made up of three second places, a third and a DNF are now looked on as a bit of a disaster. At this point it would be good to remind oneself that there are some riders that have competed for much longer than Adrian that would give their right arm just to finish on the rostrum, let alone win a race.

Short of the high profile road races, the North West and TT Adrian has to make the most of what is available in order to fly the flag for Honda and of course all his sponsors, so it was the Champion of Champions Series at Kirkistown that would be Adrians next big event.

Adrian arrived at Kirkistown with a new improved forced air system on his factory 960cc Red Bull Honda Fireblade and was enthusiastic about tackling the top short circuit racers at this years Champion of Champions series. Sure enough on practice on Wednesday saw Adrian achieve pole position for the Superbike races and second position on the grid on the Red Bull Honda CBR600 for the Supersport races. As Adrian and the rest of the Superbike competitors formed up on the grid, the heavens opened and quick action by our mechanic Jim McMahon made sure that wheels were changed and the Red Bull Honda was kitted out with the new Metzeler Rain tyres. When the lights turned to green Adrian rocketed into the lead on the wet, greasy surface. He was superb, romping home to take the win by two seconds from Marty Nutt on a Suzuki 1000cc machine.

Champion of Champions - Superbike Race One -

1st - Adrian Archibald - Red Bull Honda

2nd- Marty Nutt - MBS Suzuki

3rd - Michael Swann - Anderton Yamaha

4th - Richard Britton - O'Kane Yamaha

5th - Rodney McCurdy - O'Kane Yamaha

6th - James Courtney - IFS Ducati

The second race again looked like it would be held in the rain but it could dry up quickly during the race. A compromise was reached and we put a wet on the front and an intermediate tyre on the rear. Unfortunately the circuit did dry even quicker than we could imagine and with other riders on similar choices of tyres crashing out as the wet weather tyres lost their advantage in the drying conditions, Adrian with a similar lack of front end grip eased back on the throttle but still managed to finish in fifth position. The 600cc Supersport class produced two cracking races and honours were shared with Adrian's main 600cc rival Richard Britton, plus Adrian getting the fastest lap of the night on a 600cc machine thrown in for good measure. 600cc Supersport Race Results -

Race One 1st Richard Britton, 2nd Adrian Archibald, 3rd Marty Nutt, 4th Ryan Rainey, 5th Ian Lougher, 6th John Creith.

Race Two 1st Adrian Archibald, 2nd Marty Nutt, 3rd Ryan Farquhar, 4th Richard Britton, 5th Hilton Hincks, 6th John Donnan.

The overall Championship positions after the first nights racing covering riders from every class - 125cc, 250 Aprilia, 250cc, 600cc Supersport & 1010cc are as follows.

1st Marshall Neill 50pts

2nd Hilton Hincks 50pts

3rd Adrian Archibald 45pts

4th Michael Swann 41pts

5th Marty Nutt 40pts

6th Richard Britton 38pts

Thursday - the second night of this first series saw better settled weather over Kirkistown and massive crowds flocked to the Co Down track to witness another evening of fast action, all of which is being recorded for 4 - 1 Hour programmes starting on the 13th July at 10:00pm.

The first Superbike race was won by Michael Laverty on a Grand Prix 500cc Honda but the scrap behind him for second position left the crowd gasping ! Adrian Archibald, James Courtney, Michael Swann and Marty Nutt swapped places every lap and no one knew how this race was going to finish with repeated 57 second laps being reeled off.

Superbike Race One :

1st Michael Laverty - 500 Millar Honda

2nd Michael Swann - 1100 Anderton Yamaha

3rd James Courtney - 998 IFS Ducati

4th Adrian Archibald - 960 Red Bull Honda

5th Marty Nutt - 1000 MBS Suzuki

6th Hilton Hincks - 250 Powersport Honda

Lining up for the second Superbike race, tension was at fever pitch and another battle royal ensued. It was again the 500cc Grand Prix Honda with Michael Laverty which crossed the line just pipping Adrian on the Red Bull Honda for the win. Adrian just held off fast finishing Michael Swann while Marty Nutt and Richard Britton finished three seconds behind in fourth and fifth places.

If the Superbikes had been fast and furious, then the 600cc Supersport race s were equally exciting. Different riders all shared the front at times but when it counted on the last lap, Richard Britton was .03 secs in front of Marty Nutt who had his front wheel .01 secs ahead of Adrian with Ian Lougher .01 secs back in fourth place. Adrian was credited with the fastest lap of the race - 59.09 secs on lap 8 of 8. The second race for 600cc machines showed Ian Lougher on his TAS Suzuki had crossed the line first but he was later disqualified from both Supersport 600 races for using illegal fuel. So again Richard Britton was the victor .06 secs in front of Adrian who this time held off Marty Nutt by the width of his front wheel.

Supersport 600 Results :

Race 1 - 1st - Richard Britton - O'Kane Yamaha, 2nd - Marty Nutt - Nutt Promotions Suzuki, 3rd - Adrian Archibald - Red Bull Honda, 4th - Ryan Rainey - A&N Honda, 5th - John Donnan - JD Yamaha, 6th - Hilton Hincks - Powersport Honda

Race 2 - 1st - Richard Britton - O'Kane Yamaha 2nd - Adrian Archibald - Red Bull Honda 3rd - Marty Nutt - Nutt Promotions Suzuki, 4th - Richard Quayle - Betinternet Yamaha, 5th - Ryan Rainey - A&N Honda, 6th - Davy Morgan - Crossgar Yamaha

A unique feature of this event is a 3 lap Shootout Handicap race which features the top two riders from each class. 2 - 125cc. 2 - Aprilia 250cc, 2 - GP 250, 2 - SSport 600 and 2 Superbikes. This Adrian qualified for on his 600cc Red Bull CBR Honda and he finished a fighting third , 0.84 secs behind the winner Hilton Hincks on his 250cc GP Honda and second placed Richard Britton.

Agahdowey. 30th June 2001

Back to Aghadowey again. Well at least it's local. This could have been a very valuable visit for Adrian. Richard Britton we knew would not be there and it would be a great chance to pull back Richards points lead in the Regal Championship, or rather it should have been ! Such are the standards now expected of Adrian by himself that anything less than a win seems now to be, if not a bad result then not quite the result he would have liked. Even Adrians great friend Joey Dunlop would never expect to win every race he entered. You have to be able to take a beating, but also be able to forget about it and get on with the job next time out.

At Aghadowey Adrian came up against two recent converts to the 600 class. Ryan Rainey, fresh from his first ever wins on a 600 at Mondello Park and Hilton Hincks who has been the man on form everywhere during June 2001. In the first Regal race Adrian found himself up against Rainey and although after an initial break away by Rainey, Adrian was fit to close right back on him. The youngster obviously wanted the race win and was willing to throw everything in to get it. Ryan also knows that he has virtually the same machine as Adrian. The only difference is in the setting up of the bike where Jim McMahon and Adrian usually score hand over fist. Never the less this time Adrian had to give best to the Nutts Corner rider. In the second Regal race it was the other charger, Hilton Hincks who has been very much, the man on form this month. Adrian err'd on the side of caution a little bit too much and found himself not only behind Hincks but also John Donnan. Perhaps Adrian had been a little to complacent with Richard being absent. If so I'm sure he would not be again.

In the Lambert & Butler races, Adrian found himself having to fight again and in race one he made a rare mistake at the Hairpin, dropping the Red Bull Honda and suffering a DNF for his troubles. Race two had that man Hincks on the 250 once again doing desperate things on the brakes. But a 250 needs a fraction of the tarmac a 900 needs to stop and get turned. Hincks duly performing his outbraking trick at the Hairpin relegating Adrian to second place at the flag.

It was time for the first Road Race of the season, well the second road race to be truthful, but Adrian had decided not to go to Dundalk. At Skerries Adrian began a run of form so dominant that no one could get near him. The Fireblade was going from strength to strength and Adrian's skill on a Supersport 600 machine has never been in doubt. Adrian dominated all but one of the Skerries races he contested, and the one race that he did not win was won by Ryan Farquhar using a tuned engine which is of course not allowed. On equal machinery nobody could get near Adrian once he was into his stride, and that's just the way we like it.

Nutts Corner this time proved to be probaby Adrian's weakest performance of the season and he still managed to finish in the top five in each of the five races he was in. The thoughts of the long trip to the south was no doubt praying on his mind

Adrians next pure roads outing was Walderstone down near Athlone in the Republic. Adrian cleaned up there last year and 2001 was not to be any different. Neither John Donnan or Richard Britton could touch the Red Bull Blade or the CBR600 and all the honours including another man of the Meeting award went to Adrian.

Kells Road Races were next on the calendar and if John Donnan had any thoughts of winning everything or at least repeating his double victory there last year, the first race surely told him it was going to be a very tough job. Adrian shadowed Donnan in the first race before taking the lead and making off into the distance to take the first of three race wins on the day. Coupled with yet another man of the Meeting award and new lap records, it was another day of domination and celebrations for the Ballymoney Team.

Back to Nutts Corner for the last time this season and I'm sure Adrian will not be too depressed about that. This must surely be one of the meetings Adrian will be looking at to drop scores when the calculators come out at the Championship Finals. Seventh place is not a good finish and though the Regal Championship's second placed man Richard Britton didn't fare too well in race two, at least he came away with a win. Adrian will be wanting to extend his lead when he arrives at the only National Road Race actually being run on it's own course this season, the Mid Antrim 150.

Adrian was on home soil for the only National Road Race in Ulster at the Mid Antrim and once again he was in dominating form. Adrian made his intentions plain during the Friday night practice when he knocked four seconds off his own lap record set last year. Richard Britton was the only rider who came close to beating Adrian in the Regal race but there was a definite air of inevitability about the way Adrian stuck to Richards back wheel until the closing stages of the race when Adrian made his move coming on a group of slower riders. Richard had been the only rider to challenge Adrian in the earlier Lambert & Butler race but even though Adrian struck problems in the last three laps when the Red Bull Fireblade started loosing water, Adrian only had to ease back on the throttle and cruise to the finish. The water lose problem was traced to the water pump and this was quickly replaced by Jim McMahon before the main race of the day, the Mid Antrim 150. This time Adrian went away right from the start and he built up a big lead over Ryan Farquhar on the ex Philip McCallen R1 Yamaha. Farquhar closed on Adrian in closing stages but Adrian seeing the gap come down from his pit signals upped the pace, breaking his own lap record again with two laps to go and putting himself safely out of reach of Farquhar.

The biggest day in Adrian's career, the 2001 Ulster Grand Prix and the much talked about head to head between Adrian and David Jefferies, with Ian Lougher and Ian Duffus thrown in for good measure. With Bob McMillan, Roger Harvey, Tony Scott and John Harris in attendance for Honda and Red Bull executives Linda Pelham and Kevin Carson plus John Charlesworth and the team from Micron and not forgetting Mr Noad, David's boss here in his capacity as MD of Imperial Tobacco ( NI ) sponsors of the Regal 600 Supersport race. Adrian was under a tremendous amount of pressure. That pressure showed in the first open race when Adrian made a poor start and he must have thanked his lucky stars when the race was red flagged and he had a second chance. Adrian's second chance was marginally better than his first but let Lougher and Jefferies get away leaving him an uphill struggle which eventually saw him finish in fourth place. Adrian's dominant win in the Production race last year was always going to be virtually impossible to replicate as the GSXR 1000 Suzuki's have proved themselves to be all powerful in this class this season. Sure enough Ian Lougher and Iain Duffus were off and running from the start and Adrian had to fight past a number of local men before he could even think of tracking down the leaders. At the flag Adrian's third place was a credit to his skill on the John Harris machine though all the time the pressure must have been mounting, he needed wins on both the 600 and Superbike machines.

The Regal 600 race was between Adrian, Ian Lougher and David Jefferies, there simply was no one else in their class. The lead swapped between the three of them and it was anybody's race as they started the last lap. Coming into the Hairpin on the last lap Adrian went from first to third after outbraking himself and he was lucky not to have slipped off the Red Bull Honda in his desperation. He charged away taking Jefferies almost immediately and going back into the lead at the Flow Bog. As the three of them headed for the chequered flag Ian Lougher lost control of his TAS Suzuki exiting the chicane, crashing out of thew race, his machine striking a flag marshal and causing fatal injuries. Adrian had crossed then line before the red flags came out and he was after some nailbiting awarded the win, the first Regal win by a Team Wood rider since Imperial Tobacco started sponsoring the event.

Now for the big one, Adrian had to get a good start and he did just that. Jefferies led the way during the first half of the race with Adrian attached to back wheel of Big Dave's V&M Yamaha. They pulled easily away from the rest of the field and with rain now falling steadily it was clear that barring disasters the winner would come from this pair. Adrian took the lead at around half distance and began to pull away. On the last lap Adrian took his usual cautionary glance over his shoulder at the Hairpin and had a moment of panic. Having pulled away from David suddenly Adrian could not see him and he stood on the footrests to look right behind him thinking David had crept back up to the Red Bull Honda's rear wheel. Adrian needn't have worried. David Jefferies had backed off at Wheelers knowing he had no answer to Adrian's pace. Adrian came home with a comfortable lead to the cheers of the Road Race starved fans. A job brilliantly done in trying circumstances. Surely Adrian has laid the foundation for his own period right at the top like Joey, Robert and Philip have done before him.

Adrians next outing was back in the Republic at the Loushinney Club's Killalane Road Races. On inspection of the circuit on the Sunday morning, I could not believe the state of some parts of the circuit. Half the thrill of road racing is the inherant danger therein, but the run from Kennedy's to the Tree shook me rigid. It appears that all the shouting about the safety of pure road racing that the MCUI Southern Centre did following last years tragedy's was all wind and piss. Nothing had been done to this section of the track and I for one would like the person or persons who passed this track for racing in it's present state to stand up and be counted. Perhaps a pillion ride would make them realize just how dangerous it is.

Adrian went to Killalane however with a job to do, and he went about it with his usual enthusiasm and frighteningly quick pace. On the Saturday however, that pace was just not enough to stop a very determined John Donnan from finaly getting the better of Adrian in the first Superbike race. Sunday though saw Adrian back on top and despite tough competition from Donnan and Ryan Farquhar Adrian left the Loughshinney Club's Killalane races with another two road race victories to add to his awesome 2001 tally.

Back to reality with a bump, well not literaly but the realization that the good old Carrowdore races while being run at Kirkistown this year and not the round the country lanes and through Carrowdore village was still under the Belfast & District Clubs control. How many times have I heard people say that they won't go to another Carrowdore meeting ! The second of the two day meeting was a complete shambles with more red flags than a Labour party conference.

It was then two days of mixed emotions for Adrian who on the up side tied up the Lambert & Butler Championship for the third successive year. Two third place and a second enough to give him victory with two races left to contest in the Championship. As far as the Regal 600 Championship was concerned Adrian still had a bit of work to do, and with Ryan Rainey becoming a regular threat and Marty Nutt's expected return for the final three races at the Sunflower races. Adrian had to make every race count. With a second place in race one behind Rainey but ahead of reigning Champion Richard Britton, Adrian went on to win race two. A poor result by Adrian's now meteoric standards in race three when Adrian could only finish fourth saw much of his earlier good work spoilt as Richard Britton finished in front of Adrian. The Regal Championship was going to go right down to the wire.

The Hillsborough Club normally run a superb event and it was a shame that this year the Sunflower Races had been de-Nationalised to be just the Finals of the Superkings, Regal 600, Lambert & Butler and Aprilia Challenge Championships. The Hillsborough Club also appeared to have taken lessons from the Carrowdore Club in organisation as one race after another was stopped for one reason or another, or no particular reason at all. All messing about and stopages seemed to affect many of the riders and while Adrian could afford to take things easy in the Lambert & Butler races, he had to go for it in the two Regal races. Poor starts in both parts of the two part first Regal race didn't help Adrian and with Marty Nutt back and on an absolute missile of a Suzuki, outright wins would probably be impossible. Realistically it was all over after the first race though. Adrian could only manage sixth place and this meant that he would have to win race two with Richard Britton finishing lower than fifth. Of course what actually happened was that Marty Nutt dissapeared into the distance while Adrian and Ryan Rainey had a terrific dice for second place, a dice that Adrian won following a great last lap outbraking move on Ryan into the Hairpin. Richard Britton had kept his head and avoided any hectic battles to come across the line in fifth place, the 2001 Regal Champion.

Next year Adrian, next year.

Regal 600, Lambert & Butler and Feature races.

Date Venue Status Results
31/ 3/ 2001



14 / 4 /2001


6 / 5 / 2001





16 / 6 / 2001



30 / 6 / 2001



13 / 7 / 2001



28 / 7 / 2001




4 / 8 / 2001



31/ 1 / 8 /9 / 2001




14 / 15 / 9 /2001
Nutts Corner



Aghadowey


Nutts Corner





Aghadowey



Aghadowey



Nutts Corner



Nutts Corner




Mid Antrim 150 Road Races



Carrowdore Races at Kirkistown




Sunflower Races at Kirkistown
Irish Championship



Irish Championship


Irish Championship





Irish Championship



Irish Championship



Irish Championship



Irish Championship




Irish Championship



Irish Championship




Irish Championship Finals
Regal Race 1 - 3rd. Regal Race 2 - 2nd.
Lambert & Butler Race 1 - 2nd. L&B Race 2 - 2nd
King of the Corner Race - 2nd.

Regal Race - 1st. L&B Race - 4th.
Enkalon Trophy Race - 4th

Regal Race 1 - 2nd. Regal Race 2 - 2nd.

L&B Race 1 - 2nd. L&B Race 2 - 1st.
MCUI Grand Champion Race - 2nd.


Regal Race 1 - 2nd. Regal Race 2 - 2nd.
Lambert & Butler Race 1 - 2nd. L&B Race 2 - DNF
IFS Dundrod 150 Race - 3rd.


Regal Race 1 - 2nd. Regal Race 2- 3rd.
Lambert & Butler Race 1- DNF, L&B Race 2 - 2nd.

Regal Race 1 - 3rd. Regal Race 2 - 3rd.
Lambert & Butler Race 1 - 4th. L&B Race 2 - 5th.
Race of the North - 5th.



Regal Race 1 - 7th. Regal Race 2 - 5th.
Lambert & Butler Race 1 - 3rd. L&B Race 2 - 1st. Temple 100 Race - 3rd



Regal Race - 1st. Lambert & Butler Race - 1st
Mid Antrim 150 Open Race - 1st


Regal Race 1 - 2nd. Regal Race 2 - 1st. Regal Race 3 - 4th.
Lambert & Butler Race 1 - 3rd. L&B Race 2- 3rd. L&B Race 3 - 2nd.


Regal Race 1 - 6th. Regal Race 2 - 2nd.
Lambert & Butler Race 1 - 4th. L&B Race 2 - 2nd
Sunflower Trophy Race - 4th.


The International Ulster Grand Prix.

19 / 8 / 2001 Ulster Grand Prix International Road Races Enkalon Open Race - 3rd
Velux Windows Production Race - 4th
Regal 600 Race - 1st
Stannifer/Snoddons Ulster Grand Prix - 1st

Irish Championship Short Circuit & Road Races

Date Venue Status Results
2 / 3 / 6 / 01







6 / 7 / 7 / 01



14 / 15 / 7 /01




21 / 22 / 7 / 01



8 / 9/ 9 /2001
Mondello Park







Skerries Road Races



Walderstone Road Races




Kells Road Races



Killalane Road Races
Irish Championship







Irish Championship



Irish Championships




Irish Championships



Irish Championship
Supersport 600 Race 1 - 1st.
Supersport 600 Race 2 - 2nd.
Supersport 600 Race 3 - 4th
Superbike Race 1 - 2nd.
Superbike Race 2 - 2nd.
Superbike Race 3 - 5th.
MCUI Grand Final Race - DNF


Supersport 600 Race - 2nd
Open 1000cc Race - 1st.
Skerries 100 Road Race - 1st.

Supersport 600 Race - 1st.
Open Superbike Race - 1st.
Race of the South - 1st


Supersport 600 Race - 1st.
Open 1000cc Race - 1st.
Grand Final - 1st


Supersport 600 Race - 1st.
Open 1000cc Race - 1st.
Grand Final - 1st.

UTV Champion of Champions & Non Irish races.

Date Venue Status Results
7/8//4/2001

22 / 4 / 2001

7 / 5 / 2001


19 / 5 / 2001


27 / 6 / 2001


28 / 6 / 2001


17/ 7 / 2001


18 / 7 / 2001



22 / 23 / 9 /2001




18 / 11 / 2001
Silverstone

Snetterton

Scarborough


Castle Coombe


Kirkistown


Kirkistown


Kirkistown


Kirkistown



Olivers Mount




Macau Grand Prix
MRO British Championships

MRO British Championships

Spring Cup


MRO British Championships


UTV Champion of Champions


UTV Champion of Champions


UTV Champion of Champions


UTV Champion of Champions



Scarborough Gold Cup




International Road Race
Superstock - 5th. Powerbikes - 2nd.

Superstock - 5th. Powerbikes - 2nd.

Spring Cup Race 1 - 2nd. Spring Cup Race 2 - 1st. Overall Winner Scarborough Spring Cup

SSport 600 Race - 1st.New Lap Record
Powerbike Race - 1st.New Lap Record


SSport 600 Race 1 - 2nd, SSport 600 Race 2 - 1st.
Open 1000cc race - 1st, Open 1000cc race 2 - 5th.


SSport 600 Race 1 - 3rd, SSport 600 Race 2 - 3rd.
Open 1000cc Race 1 - 4th, Open 1000cc Race 2 - 2nd.


SSport 600 Race 1 - 2nd, SSport 600 Race 2 - 3rd.
Open 1000cc Race 1 - 2nd, Open 1000cc Race 2 - 1st.


SSport 600 Race 1 - 3rd, SSport 600 Race 2 - 3rd.
Open 1000cc Race - 4th, Open 1000cc Race 2 - 2nd.



SSport 600 Race 1 - 6th. SSport 600 Race 2 - 2nd.
Superbike Race 1 - 6th. Superbike Race 2 - 6th.
Scarborough Gold Cup Race - 6th



Macau Grand Prix - DNF. Engine Lap 7.


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