2018 ULSTER GRAND PRIX - NEWS

Road Racing Daily Michal Dokoupil at the MCE Ulster Grand Prix winning his first international road race

 

2018 MCE ULSTER GRAND PRIX SATURDAY RESULTS

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Superstock race

 

1. Dean Harrison, Silicone Engineering

2. Peter Hickman, Smiths Racing BMW (+0.203)

3. Conor Cummins, Padgett’s Honda (+4.928)

4. Davey Todd, Cookstown BE Racing (+0.401)

5. Lee Johnston, Padgett’s Honda (+7.607)

 

Centra Whitemountain Supersport race

 

1. Peter Hickman, Trooper by Smith’s Racing Triumph

2. Lee Johnston, Padgett’s Honda (+7.607)

3. Conor Cummins, Padgett’s Honda (+0.041)

4. Adam McLean, McAdoo Kawasaki (+0.867)

5. Michael Sweeney, (+19.114)

 

MMB Surfacing Superbike race

 

1. Peter Hickman, Smith’s Racing BMW

2. Lee Johnston, Padgett’s Honda

3. David Johnson, Tyco BMW

4. Paul Jordan, Dafabet Devitt Kawasaki

5. Brian McCormack, TAG Racing BMW

 

Plant Lubrication N.I. Ultra-lightweight race

 

1. Michal Dokoupil, Ariane Moto 3

2. Christian Elkin, Bob Wylie Racing

3. Paul Robinson, CB Racing

4. Nigel Moore, Honda Moto 3

5. Melissa Kennedy, K.N.R. Moto 3

 

Plant Lubrication N.I. Lightweight race

 

1. Shaun Anderson, CB Racing

2. Neil Kernohan, Logan Racing

3. Darryl Tweed, M&D Racing

4. Gareth Keys, Keys Racing

5. Paul Owen, Team #98

Road Racing Daily Peter Hickman named man of the meeting at the 2018 MCE Ulster Grand Prix

 

PETER HICKMAN IS DOMINANT AT DUNDROD

 

Smith’s Racing’s Peter Hickman was for the second year in a row named Man of the Meeting after a string of top class performances at the Ulster Grand Prix. 

 

Before the weather brought an abrupt halt to the racing, the popular English rider was declared the winner in a reduced distance MMB Surfacing Superbike race. 

 

The Isle of Man TT outright lap record holder had earlier produced a stunning display of racing on board the Trooper Triumph as he roared to a hugely impressive victory in the Whitemountain Supersport race. There was also a highly respectful second place in the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Superstock race. 

 

This meant that ‘Hicky’ just pipped Manx rider Conor Cummins to the Darren Lindsay memorial trophy. 

 

 In the first race of the day, the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Superstock race, it was Silicone Engineering Racing’s Dean Harrison that took top honours by just 0.203 seconds from Hickman, with Cummins continuing his strong form from Thursday in third and Davey Todd a close fourth after a shortened race due to a red flag.

 

And while Harrison was setting a new Superstock lap record at the front, further down the pack there were some standout performances from Paul Jordan, who took sixth in only his second race on the Dafabet Devitt Kawasaki, and another Manx racer Ryan Kneen in 11th.

 

Speaking in parc ferme, Harrison said:

 

“It was a great battle. It’s such close racing round here at the moment with the amount of slipstream involved, and I was expecting a battle as the bikes are very evenly matched. I just kept going and going, we got the lap record which proved we were on a really good pace. I just thought get behind Peter, sit on him and figure out where I could make a move.”

 

 The Centra Whitemountain Supersport race followed, which Hickman duly dominated after Harrison retired early on, breaking clear of the chasing pack to take the chequered flag 7.935 seconds ahead of the Padgett’s duo of Lee Johnston and Cummins.

 

It was a tight battle behind Hickman’s Trooper by Smith’s Racing Triumph, not only between Johnston and Cummins, who finished just 0.041 apart, but between Jordan and Michael Sweeney for fifth and Joey Thompson and Dominic Herbertson for eighth.

 

Commenting on the race, Hickman said:

 

“The Triumph has been running really strong and I had a good run out of Joey’s Windmill so I thought if I can pass Dean, which I did do, and if I can pass Adam at the same time then I could put a gap into them all.

 

“We all know Dean’s really strong on the Supersport bike and I don’t know exactly what happened, but I knew I got a gap and the gap kept growing so I kept my head down and kept hitting my points and managed to pull away.

 

“The Supersport bike’s not really my strongest class and I’ve had three wins here so it sounds daft me saying that with two wins last year and one this year but the bike just works really well and it suits me down to the ground.”

 

Then in the day’s only Superbike outing, the MMB Resurfacing race, it was Hickman who was declared winner ahead of Lee Johnston and Davo Johnson, who claimed his maiden international road racing podium on the Tyco BMW HP4-R.

 

It was a challenging session as the action was cut short twice – initially after Davey Todd slipped off at the Deer’s Leap with the Cookstown BE Racing rider later confirmed to have suffered suspected fractures, and then again in the restart due to inclement weather.

 

Lastly, in what ended up being the final racing of the day, the Plant Lubrication (NI) Ultralightweight / Lightweight race, Shaun Anderson took the spoils in the Lightweight class, while Michal Dokupil went one better than his result on Thursday when he took his first ever international win in the Ultra-lightweights.

Road Racing Daily Ulster Grand Prix Ultra-Lightweight winner Christian Elkin

 

MCE ULSTER GRAND PRIX - THURSDAY RACE RESULTS

DGH Recovery Supertwins race
 
1. Adam McLean, Roy Hanna Motors
2. Christian Elkin, Dynocentre NI (+5.716)
3. Ian Lougher, Team ILR (+38.384)
4. Michael Sweeney, Kiely Heating Racing (+39.491)
5. Davey Todd, Kramer Motorcycles (+38.573)
 
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Supersport race
 
1. Conor Cummins, Padgett’s Honda
2. Adam McLean, McAdoo Kawasaki (+8.177)
3. Dean Harrison, Silicone Engineering (+13.208)
4. Davey Todd, Cookstown BE Racing (+15.668)
5. Peter Hickman, Smiths Racing BMW (+27.607)
 
Belfast International Airport Ultra-lightweight race
 
1. Christian Elkin, Bob Wylie Racing
2. Michal Dokoupil, Ariane Moto3 (+31.617)
3. Nigel Moore, Honda Moto3 (+1.10.459)
4. Melissa Kennedy, K.N.R. Moto3 (+1.12.203)
5. Lorenzo Tiveron, Honda 125 (+1.13.129)
 
Belfast International Airport Lightweight race
 
1. Neil Kernohan, Logan Racing
2. Shaun Anderson, CB Racing (+8.175)
3. Darryl Tweed, M&D Racing (+29.344)
4. Stephen Morrison, NAB Racing (+35.500)
5. Gareth Keys, Keys Racing (+35.654)

Road Racing Daily Neil Kernohan won the Lightweight race at the 2018 MCE Ulster Grand Prix

 

KERNOHAN AND ELKIN CLAIM VICTORY IN THE LIGHTWEIGHT AND ULTRA-LIGHTWEIGHT ULSTER GRAND PRIX RACE

Local rider Neil Kernohan led from start to finish as he claimed his second win at the Ulster Grand Prix in Thursday night’s Lightweight encounter at Dundrod. 

Kernohan never looked troubled and crossed the line ahead of Shaun Anderson in second place and Darryl Tweed in third making it a Northern Ireland lock out on the podium. 

In the Ultra-Lightweight class, Christian Elkin took victory after being pushed hard by Paul Robinson. Sadly Robinson retired which handed Elkin an easier victory than he may have initially expected. 

Michal ‘Indi’ Dokoupil took a very popular second place and Nigel Moore rounded out the podium places as he finished third. 

Darryl Tweed was the first 400cc machine home. 

Neil Kernohan - Lightweight race winner. 

“It feels unreal to be on the top step of the podium. I needed to break the tow back to Shaun. It was cool out there but the conditions were perfect. Looking forward to making it two wins on Saturday.”

Christian Elkin - Ultra-Lightweight race winner. 

“Luck was with us today. It’s fantastic. The Bob Wylie Honda never missed a beat. The light wasn’t too much of a problem for me. I would’ve liked Paul to have finished but I’m very happy.”

Lightweight result

1 Neil Kernohan
2 Shaun Anderson
3 Darryl Tweed
4 Stephen Morrison
5 Gareth Keys

Ultra-Lightweight result

1 Christian Elkin 
2 Michal Dokoupil 
3 Nigel Moore
4 Melissa Kennedy
5 Lorenzo Tiveron

Road Racing Daily Conor Cummins en route to winning Thursday’s Supersport race at the 2018 MCE Ulster Grand Prix

 

CUMMINS TAKES A DOMINANT SUPERSPORT VICTORY AT THE MCE ULSTER GRAND PRIX

Conor Cummins produced a classy display on his way to claiming a win in this Supersport race at Dundrod this evening. 

Riding for Padgett’s Racing, the Manx rider was utterly dominant finishing ahead of McAdoo Racing’s Adam McLean in second and Silicone Racing’s Dean Harrison in third place. 

In trying conditions and with most riders not certain of what tyre to run, Cummins was utterly convincing en route to claiming his second win at Dundrod. 

Conor Cummins

“I’d a really good ride, the bike was faultless. Experience counted for everything. Thanks to the Padgett’s team. I’m happy to be back on the top step. The first few laps were tricky but I got my head down and peaked when it mattered.”

1 Conor Cummins
2 Adam McLean
3 Dean Harrison
4 Davey Todd
5 Peter Hickman
6 Joey Thompson 
7 Christian Elkin 
8 Dominic Herbertson
9 Neil Kernohan
10 Tom Weedon

Road Racing Daily Adam McLean wins the Supertwins race at the Ulster Grand Prix

 

MCLEAN TAKES MAIDEN WIN AT THE MCE ULSTER GRAND PRIX

Adam McLean led from start to finish on his way to winning the Supertwins race today at the Ulster Grand Prix. 

It was the Tobermore rider’s maiden victory at the 7.4 mile Dundrod circuit, and indeed, his maiden international road racing win. 

In difficult conditions with wet patches around the circuit, McLean put on a quite stunning display of road racing as he saw off pressure from second placed rider Christian Elkin who pursued him throughout. 

In what was a grandstand finish, veteran Ian Lougher just pipped Michael Sweeney on the line to claim a well deserved and hard fought third place finish. 

Adam McLean

“This one is for James Cowton my teammate. It feels good to have won. It was dodgy conditions but I’m glad to have won. Massive thanks to Roy Hanna and his team for the hard work they’ve put in.” 

1 Adam McLean
2 Christian Elkin
3 Ian Lougher
4 Michael Sweeney
5 Davey Todd
6 Joey Thomspon
7 Neil Kernohan
8 Xavier Denis
9 Dom Herbertson
10 Darren Cooper

Road Racing Daily Dean Harrison led the way in practice for the 2018 MCE Ulster Grand Prix

 

HARRISON TAKES EARLY LEAD IN MCE ULSTER GRAND PRIX PRACTICE

Silicone Engineering racer tops Superbike and Supersport sessions ahead of Hickman and Cummins
 
Bradford racer Dean Harrison led the way in both Superbike and Supersport practice at the MCE Ulster Grand Prix today, as the action got underway at a dry Dundrod.
 
The 29 year-old clocked a 132.451mph lap in the day’s final session, which combined the Superbike and Superstock classes, putting him ahead of the 131mph laps from Peter Hickman and Conor Cummins. The time came on the last of his 14 laps, in what was an impressive stint on the Kawasaki ZX-10R Superbike.
 
Rising star Davey Todd came close to breaking the 130mph barrier on the Cookstown BE Racing Suzuki in fourth, followed by Davo Johnson, steady away on his Tyco BMW debut.
 
The session was disrupted following a red flag, brought out after an incident at Lougher’s. Organisers later confirmed that Derek McGee and Seamus Elliott were being treated for suspected broken bones, but there was little change to the placings after the restart.
 
In the Superstock class it was roles reversed as Hickman came out on top, 2.5 seconds ahead of Harrison, Derek McGee, Todd and Cummins.
 
The Supersport session meanwhile was hotly contested, with Harrison’s 125.438mph lap putting him just 0.398 ahead of Cummins, who was in turn 0.629 in front of Hickman on the Trooper Triumph by Smiths Racing. As expected, the three have been the early pace setters.
 
The top five in the Supertwins session was McGee, Adam McLean, Daniel Cooper, Christian Elkin and Dominic Herbertson, but with McGee set to miss the remainder of the meeting it’s looking likely there will be two close races on Thursday and Saturday. McLean is looking for his first international road race win, while Cooper will be hoping to go one better than last year, when he was pipped at the post by Ivan Lintin.
 
Ian Lougher, making his return to Dundrod this year onboard his own ILR Paton, finished ninth, but things didn’t quite go as smoothly as planned for the 18-time winner:
 
“It’s been really good to get back out there but we had a little bit of a problem as the clutch was slipping, so we just had to persevere and then pull in a little early. I think I got about five laps in in the end and there’s only this one practice session, so I’ll just give it my best and make sure we enjoy it. This is definitely one of my favourite circuits though, or probably the favourite. I have to say it’s like I’ve never been away.”
 
Roads close at 10am on Thursday, with practice sessions followed by the first races for the MCE Ulster Grand Prix.

Road Racing Daily Peter Hickman was on form at during practice at the 2018 MCE Ulster Grand Prix

 

Practice results for Wednesday 8th August at the MCE Ulster Grand Prix
 
Circle K Airport Road Service Station Superbike race - First qualifying
 
1. Dean Harrison, Silicone Engineering - 132.451mph
2. Peter Hickman, Smyths Racing BMW - 131.921mph
3. Conor Cummins, Padgett’s Honda - 131.745mph
4. Davey Todd, Cookstown BE Racing - 129.648mph
5. David Johnson, Tyco BMW - 129.605mph
 
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Superstock race - First qualifying
 
1. Peter Hickman, Smyths Racing BMW - 131.143mph
2. Dean Harrison, Silicone Engineering - 129.600mph
3. Derek McGee, NJ Doyne / McGee Racing - 129.248mph
4. Davey Todd, Cookstown BE Racing - 128.655mph
5. Conor Cummins, Padgett’s Honda - 128.484mph
 
Centra Whitemountain Supersport race - First qualifying
 
1. Dean Harrison, Silicone Engineering - 125.438mph
2. Conor Cummins, Padgett’s Honda - 125.203mph
3. Peter Hickman, Trooper by Smyths Racing – 124.834mph
4. Derek McGee, NJ Doyne / McGee Racing – 124.431mph
5. Adam McLean, McAdoo Racing – 123.454mph
 
DGH Recovery / Maxwell Freight Supertwins race – First qualifying
 
1. Derek McGee, KMR Kawasaki / EG Racing - 118.580mph
2. Adam McLean, Roy Hanna Motors - 116.715mph
3. Daniel Cooper, KW Electrical / CMS - 116.213mph
4. Christian Elkin, Dynocentre NI - 115.280mph
5. Dominic Herbertson, WH Racing - 113.084mph
 
Belfast International Airport Ultra-lightweight race – First qualifying
 
1. Derek McGee, Joey’s Bar - 107.415mph
2. Christian Elkin, Bob Wylie Racing - 105.410mph
3. Paul Robinson, CB Racing - 103.407mph
4. Michal Dokoupil - 101.317mph
5. Chris Meyer - 100.465mph
 
Belfast International Airport Lightweight race – First qualifying
 
1. Neil Kernohan, Logan Racing - 108.813mph
2. Stephen Morrison, NAB Racing – 106.854mph
3. Lee Johnston, Padgett’s Honda - 106.697mph
4. Gareth Keys, Keys Racing – 104.170mph
5. Joey Thompson, Thompson’s Racing – 100.884mph

Roads close at 10am on Thursday, with practice sessions followed by the first races for the MCE Ulster Grand Prix.

Road Racing Daily 2018 MCE Ulster Grand Prix practice and race schedule

 

MCE ULSTER GRAND PRIX PRACTICE AND RACE SCHEDULE

 

Wednesday August 8th - MCE Ulster Grand Prix Practice. Roads closed 10am-9:30pm 

 

Thursday August 9th - MCE Ulster Grand Prix practice & racing. Roads closed 10am-9:30pm 

 

Race Order: 

 

1. Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Supersport race

2. DGH Recovery Services Supertwin race

3. Belfast International Airport Ultra-Lightweight/Lightweight race

4. Circle K Airport Road Service Station Superbike race

 

Saturday August 11th MCE Ulster Grand Prix. Roads closed 9:30am-8:30pm 

 

(20 minute Warm-up session before racing for Supersport, Superbike and Superstock classes). 

 

Race Order:

 

1. Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Superstock race. 

2. Centra Whitemountain Service Station Supersport race. 

3. Plant Lubrication NI Ultra-Lightweight/ Lightweight race. 

4. MMB Surfacing UGP Superbike race. 

5. Team Air Power Supersport race. 

6. Maxwell Freight Services Supertwin race. 

7. Around A Pound Superbike race. 

 

Road Racing Daily Peter Hickman in action at the 2017 Ulster Grand Prix

 

2018 MCE ULSTER GRAND PRIX COVERAGE

 

Coverage of the MCE Ulster Grand Prix will be brought to you by the BBC with live commentary on Radio Ulster and three special TV highlights programmes on BBC1. 

 

Live commentary on Radio Ulster:

 

Thursday 9th August: Radio Ulster Live Commentary

Saturday 11th August: Radio Ulster Live Commentary 

 

Highlights shows on BBC1 

 

Friday 10th August: BBC1 Race highlights at 10.35pm

Sunday 12th August: BBC1 Race highlights at 10.30pm

Monday 13th August: BBC 1 Race highlights at 10.40pm

 

Photo: Donal Glackin

Road Racing Daily Davey Todd is relishing the chance to contest the 2018 MCE Ulster Grand Prix

 

DAVEY TOOD ON COURSE FOR A WINNING WEEK AT DUNDROD

 

Cookstown Burrows Engineering’s rising star Davey Todd has certainly made his intentions clear ahead of this year’s MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix.

 

Making the podium twice at the recent Faugheen 50 races, as well as finishing second in four races at Walderstown back in June, the 2018 Isle of Man TT Fastest Newcomer hopes that his recent run of success will continue at Dundrod, commenting:

 

“I had a fantastic TT and I can genuinely say that myself and the team were shocked at how my lap speed just kept increasing. Every night we went we got quicker! To make 128.379 is incredible and is testament to the huge amount of work I put in to studying the circuit before I competed. “

 

Shifting his focus to road racing in 2017, Davey made his debut in Dundrod that same year, securing a second place finish in the Dundrod 150 National Race.

 

Reflecting on his hopes for the Ulster Grand Prix, the 22-year-old Saltburn rider said:

 

“To be honest I’m just glad I’m not wearing the orange bib this year! I’ve been here before so I know what to expect. I’m feeling comfortable on the Cookstown Suzuki so all the initial signs are good. I’m looking forward to being in contention and hopefully chasing a few wins.’

 

Commenting on Davey’s recent run of form, MCE Ulster Grand Prix Clerk of the Course Noel Johnston said:

 

“Davey’s had an incredible year so far and he is definitely on course for a strong performance at this year’s event. Last year he was so close to making top six in the Supersport before being forced to retire, but not before lapping at 125.503 mph. To clinch Best Newcomer at both the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT is no mean feat and I am looking forward to seeing what he can produce over the two race days. He is one to watch!”

Road Racing Daily Lee Johnston pictured here at the 2018 North West 200

 

Johnston focused on return of form at 2018 MCE Ulster Grand Prix

 

By his own admission it has been quite a low key season for Lee Johnston.

 

Joining 16 time TT winner Ian Hutchinson to form 2018’s Honda Racing team late last year, the Fermanagh rider put in a strong performance at the North West with three podium finishes but failed to replicate this success at the subsequent TT.

 

Commenting on his recent run of form and his hopes for Dundrod, Lee said:

 

“It’s no secret that we struggled at the TT. We had a few mechanical problems and although the results weren’t disastrous, it wasn’t where we wanted to be.

 

“We definitely enjoyed a good North West and I am keen to bring us back to that form at Dundrod. The point of racing is to win so my mindset when I approach a race like the Ulster is always about a first on that podium.”

 

Making his first podium at the Dundrod 150 back in 2012 and clinching Man of the Meeting in 2015, Lee is keen to build on previous success commenting:

 

“I’ve had big results in Dundrod in the past and it is without doubt my favourite circuit. I love the flowing nature and natural form of the track and when you find a good rhythm on it, it makes for really enjoyable racing.

 

“I think the Supersport class may provide us with our best chance at a win. Obviously it’s Padgett’s so it a proven package with Bruce Anstey clocking up a lot of race wins on it. The Superstock bike just isn’t fast enough for this circuit but if we get everything right on the day with the Superbike we will be in definite contention for a win. “

 

Welcoming an enthusiastic Johnston back for the 2018 meeting, Clerk of the Course Noel Johnston commented:

 

“I know Lee is keen to redeem himself after a lacklustre TT and I am looking forward to seeing him in action over both race days.  He put in a strong performance at both supersport races last year, placing third in both, and as a fan favourite, the whole of Dundrod will be cheering him on for a win.”

 

Bike Week runs from the 5th – 11th August 2018 with two days of international road racing on Thursday 9th and Saturday 11th August. There will be trackside VIP hospitality packages available on both race days. Tickets are available via www.ulstergrandprix.net.

Road Racing Daily Peter Hickman and Dean Harrison will renew their rivalry at the 2018 MCE Ulster Grand Prix

All eyes on Dundrod as Hicky and Harrison prepare to meet again

 

The 2018 MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix is less than a month away and the anticipation is certainly building.

 

Following a TT that saw Peter Hickman demolish the outright lap record to win a thrilling Senior TT finale ahead of Dean Harrison, the 7.4011 miles of Dundrod tarmac is the next meeting ground for these road-racing heavyweights.

 

Peter, UGP Man of the Meeting in 2017 and now the world’s fastest rider, secured podium finishes in four classes, three of which were as race winner.

 

Commenting on his and Dean’s recent form Peter said:

 

“Obviously I had my first win at the North West this year and followed this up with a host of firsts at the TT, the highlight of which was achieving a new lap record in the Senior Class. The aim is always to win at the slowest pace possible but Dean was flying and 135mph was the only speed I could do to secure the win! “

 

Hickman credits Dean’s speed with his experience of competing at the BSBs, commenting:

 

“A few years ago I told Dean that if he wanted to get faster he needed to come to the BSBs. It’s a faster style of racing, with top level riders, bikes and teams and I think if you can ride at the BSBs you can ride anywhere.

 

“In hindsight I wish I’d never mentioned it to him…he’s been giving me grief ever since!”

 

Although disappointed to lose his lap record, Dean is very much focused on race wins rather than records commenting:

 

“Lap records are there to be broken but with race wins your name is forever etched on that trophy and cannot be taken away from you. I’m looking forward to getting out there but I’m definitely not counting my chickens! There are at least 10 other riders who all have a chance at that podium and based on how well the teams are all performing it won’t be easy out there.”

 

Clerk of the Course, Noel Johnston commented:

 

“Both riders have had an incredible year to date and are returning to the Dundrod circuit confident and with a plethora of race wins under their belt. They are both at the top of their game, which will no doubt make for some very exciting, and edge-of-your-seat racing for fans.

 

“We have two days of international racing this year, with 11 races taking place across the Thursday and Saturday. There are over 100 riders participating and it promises to be the perfect climax to the international road-racing season.”

 

The MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix Bike Week runs from the 5th – 11th August 2018 and wristbands can be purchased via www.ulstergrandprix.net.

 

Road Racing Daily Peter Hickman will return to the 2018 MCE Ulster Grand Prix

 

COUNTDOWN IS ON FOR ANOTHER EPIC SHOWDOWN AT THE 2018 MCE ULSTER GRAND PRIX

 

The countdown to the 2018 MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix has begun, as some of the biggest stars in real road racing have gathered once again at Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn to launch the 96th year of Ireland’s oldest road race.

 

Some of Northern Ireland’s top talent including Lee Johnston and Adam McClean formed part of an all-star line up at the event, along with Peter Hickman, Dean Harrison, Conor Cummins, Dominic Herbertson, Davey Todd and Joey Thompson.

 

This year’s event, which runs from the 5th-11th August will see significant changes to the practice and racing schedule with the Dundrod 150 national road races, which traditionally ran on the Thursday of Bike Week, now replaced with an extended running order for the international MCE Ulster Grand Prix.

 

Noel Johnston, Clerk of the Course at the MCE Ulster Grand Prix said: “It has already been an incredible season for international road racing and what better way to conclude it than at Dundrod.  We’ve seen records smashed and incredibly close finishes and I cannot wait to see what the 7.4011 circuit has in store.  

 

“Obviously I’m keen to see Peter Hickman and Dean Harrison in action after their incredible battle at the TT. It definitely puts an exciting spin on this year’s event now that Hicky has made the TT the World’s Fastest Road Race! The fan banter has been great but, all of that aside, the key focus for me is rider safety.

 

“We now have two days of international road racing on Thursday 9th and Saturday 11th August, with the introduction of a 20 minute warm up session on the Saturday. Ultimately these changes and additions have been made with both safety and practicality in mind and we must keep pushing the bar on both fronts as Bike Week continues to grow.”

 

Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Leisure and Community Development Committee at Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council said: 

 

“On behalf of the Council I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank all the riders, teams and visitors for being part of the 2018 MCE Insurance UGP, whether it be their first time or they are returning to the world’s fastest road race.  This prominent event in the road racing calendar attracts thousands to the Lisburn and Castlereagh area and I hope that each and every one of them enjoys the sights and facilities the area has to offer.

 

“The Council is delighted to be a sponsor of the UGP and show its support for this international event.  I congratulate the Dundrod and District Motorcycle Club for its continuous improvements to the event facilities and safety measures and attracting more visitors each year.  To hear direct from the riders what the race means to them provides us with a great understanding of the importance of the event.  Not only do the riders get so much from it, but the spectators who support the race return each year for a thrilling experience.  

 

“The entire event is well organised by the Club and receives great support from all the sponsors including title sponsor MCE Insurance alongside people in the local area who volunteer to ensure the event is a success.  I would like to extend my thanks to everyone who contributes to the Ulster Grand Prix; Dundrod remains firmly on the map as the village that is home to Ireland’s oldest and indeed most popular road race.”

 

Speaking at the event, fan favourite and the World’s Fastest Rider Peter Hickman said: 

 

“There’s obviously a lot of talk about the Ulster off the back of the TT, and I’ve had to do a bit of groveling to Noel about taking the lap record, but it is what it is. If we get weather like we did at the TT there’s a really good chance we’ll be bringing it back to Northern Ireland as it’s such a fast circuit.

 

“I’m really looking forward to Dundrod. The Smiths Racing BMW has been amazing and while BSB has got off to a slightly slower start, the road racing side of things has been really strong. The track time has been invaluable though and I’m really happy with what I’ve got and the people around me, and that’s what makes a big difference.

 

Noel concluded: 

 

“We couldn’t continue to grow without the support of our title sponsor, MCE Insurance; our event partners, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Tourism NI and the Ulster Grand Prix Supporters Club, as well as our individual race partners, volunteers and fans, all of whom make this truly incredible event possible.”

 

Bike Week runs from the 5th – 11th August 2018 and wristbands can be purchased via www.ulstergrandprix.net.

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