Making a grand entrance to the 2016 road racing season is the Mid-Antrim circuit. After missing out for a few years Mid-Antrim has returned with a new title sponsor JFM Haulage. Holding the first road race we hope that the Clough based circuit can make a standing return.
The Mid-Antrim club are intending to run a total of ten races which will cover classic machines, 125 two stroke machines, super twins and superbikes, and these races are mostly four laps with the senior races being six laps around the 3.5 mile circuit. Races will give spectating of around 12mins per race, witnessing laps that average near 100Mph
The most part of Ballymena would finish their work half day on a Wednesday. This was the driving factor to run the first Mid Antrim 150 at 3pm Wednesday afternoon 24th of July 1946. The race was run over a 6 mile circuit known as the Ballgarvey Circuit and in an anticlockwise direction. The start of the race was on the Cushendall road and the paddock on the Craigwarren road. The winner of the very first Mid Antrim race was George Dummigan on a 250 New Imperial, with Malcolm Templeton second on a 350 Manx Norton.
The club decided to move race day to Saturday in 1960
Cat’s eyes and white road markings were introduced onto the Cushendall road in 1965 which required the club to move the circuit. The Rathkenny circuit come into use measuring 5.7miles with the start and finish at Corby Corner.
The club decided to move to its present circuit in 1989 to reduce the number of officials and marshals required. The Start and Finish is found in Clough Village.