Construction has begun on the new permanent home of the Ulster Grand Prix, with the breaking of ground on the site of the new David Wood House, named in honour of the legendary team manager and race sponsor.
The building, which will host the race control offices and commentary posts as well as providing a year-round space for the local community, is scheduled for completion in the Spring of 2015, in time for next year’s racing in August.
The project is being partly funded by the Alpha Programme, which re-distributes landfill tax funding from the nearby Mullaghglass landfill site.
James Courtney, President of the Dundrod and District Motorcycle Club, said: “After many years of planning and fundraising we are delighted to see construction begin on the new ‘David Wood Ulster Grand Prix House’. The new facility will be a fantastic addition to the paddock and it is a fitting tribute to David, who contributed so much to road racing through his teams and his dedication to nurturing young talent.”
“On behalf of those involved with the project, I would like to thank everyone who has given their support. I’d also like to thank Alpha Programme, which is administered by Groundwork NI, who secured over £50,000 and all of the architects and engineers who have provided invaluable assistance.”
Des Stewart, Chairman of the Ulster Grand Prix Supporters Club said: “The support from fans has so far been fantastic. Our ‘buy a block’ campaign has been a great success, raising over £15,000 towards the cost of the build, and every person is not only contributing to the project but to the future of the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix. It will provide a great space for both road racing and the local community, and we’re looking forward to seeing the completed building.”
Lee Wood, wife of the late David Wood said: “Road racing was a huge part of David’s life and it’s great that his memory will live on in this way. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has contributed so far and I look forward to seeing the completed building. It will provide a great home for the sport David loved.”