It was a day eagerly awaited by many Irish road race fans when, after two years, local Dungannon man Ryan Farquhar returned to the roads at the Tandragee 100.
It was a date where Ryan could notch up a milestone in his racing CV. He retired with 199 national road race wins to his name, deciding to hang up his helmet after the death of his uncle Trevor Ferguson, who died at the Manx GP while riding one of Ryan’s Bikes.
On Saturday Ryan reached his long awaited 200th mark taking the win in the 351-1000cc classic race on his green 500 Paton. He then went on to notch up win number 201 in the supertwins class, a class that Ryan himself put so much personal effort into getting recognition.
However, there were no celebrations on his double win as the day was overshadowed by the death of a fellow racer, Noel Murphy, from Lusk, who fatally crashed in the second race of the day.
All racing was held up for a few hours before Noel’s father and partner gave their blessings that the race meeting be completed in honour of Noel.
Also taking a podium finish was Magherafelt man Paul Jordan #61 winning on his 125 Honda, with dungannon man Nigel Moore getting third place in the same race.