History & Lap Record
In over 70 years of racing at Skerries, five circuits have been used for the annual Festival of Speed. From 1946 to 1963 the famous 7.1 mile lap which included the main streets of Skerries town was used. Spectator safety considerations resulted in a shorter circuit being introduced in 1964. At 6.56 miles this course bypassed the town and was used until 1968. For 1969 and 1970 an even shorter 4.33 mile course was used before the current 2.92 mile circuit was introduced in 1971. Races are run in an anti-clockwise (left-hand) direction.
Lap Record Holder
Best Viewing Points
Finnegan’s Corner (formerly Dublin Corner)
Names after Local hero Martin Finnegan this A slow tight 90 degree left hander at the end of one of the fastest stretches on the circuit. Stand here and you’ll see some fantastic action. Riders jostling for position will leave braking as late as they can, sometimes running off and down towards the paddock. You’ll see some brave overtaking attempts here. A spectator view area has been added at the exit from Finnegan's which affords the spectator a view all the way to Joey's sweep and Plant's Farm. As they exit the corner there is a tricky left hand down hill corner which has a hidden dip waiting quietly to unseat the unsuspecting rider.
The run from Finnegan’s corner down to Dukes bends is a popular spot and gets very busy very early. You will have to be early to the circuit to get a good spot here; the crowds can really gather here.
Just before the popular Plant's Farm we have positioned a grandstand, your reward for getting a spot on this will be a fantastic view of the riders accelerating hard out of Finnegan's and travelling through Joey's and into Dukes Bends.
Dukes Bends named after the famous Geoff Duke
Gillies Leap named after the great Gillie Iverson
You want ‘heart in the mouth’ action then this is the place to be! Without a doubt one of the most spectacular airborne displays on any open road circuit anywhere. Riders gain their wings here.
A very popular viewing spot, again you need to get here early if you want to lay claim to a good view but be warned those of a nervous disposition should stay away from Gillies Leap! This year the grandstand has been extended which will enhance the view in this section, allowing spectators to see the run from Glasshouses to the top of the hairpin.
Christie's Farmhouse provides limited bike parking and refreshments throughout the day.
Shady Lane and Sam’s Tunnel
Sam’s Leap named after multiple Skerries 100 Winner Sam McClements
The Paddock at the Skerries 100 is always great craic! Here you’ll find all the riders, their machines and their support crews. Many of the riders are happy to chat with spectators and sign autographs whilst they are in the Paddock but please remember the riders are here to race and they do need some time to themselves between races!
You’ll also find a host of traders in the Paddock. Clinton Enterprises Ltd will be selling the official AXA Bikecare/Country Crest Skerries100 T-shirts and various team wear in Motorcycle racing, so do look out for race day bargains.
Each year we invite along a host of traders to set up in this area so make sure you pop along to check them out.
Food and Beverages will also be available from our catering team
We have an Adults and Kids play area and we hope to have different activities throughout the weekend.
Don’t forget to come at the end of the day, where we will be interviewing some of the riders at the podium followed by the race winners receiving their trophies after a hard days graft. Make sure you take some pictures as a memento of your racing weekend.