Stars out in force for Ulster Grand Prix launch

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The Ulster Grand Prix have this week assembled a star studded line up of racers for the official launch of the world’s fastest race, with racing scheduled for the former GP circuit for the 11th-16th August.

The 92nd running of the historic event will see the world’s top racers, including Michael Dunlop on the factory BMW S1000RR, brother William and teammate Guy Martin on the Tyco Suzukis,new TT circuit lap record holder Bruce Anstey and fastest ever TT newcomer Peter Hickman, set to make his debut at the event.

Speaking at the event in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, Clerk of the Course Noel Johnston said: “It never seems to be long before the UGP comes around. I still get excited every year and once again we have a fantastic line up confirmed for the fans.”

“Man of the moment Michael Dunlop will be there, hoping for more wins off the back of his sensational TT, while Guy Martin, William Dunlop, Gary Johnson and Bruce Anstey will be out in force once again.”

“The depth of talent in each class is stronger than ever as we see a new generation of racers coming through. Dan Kneen has been a sensation on the Irish National scene this year, winning races on tracks he’s never even seen before, while Dean Harrison is another star in the making after his Lightweight TT victory.”

Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Leisure Services Committee of Lisburn City Council said: “The Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix is one of the most exciting events in Northern Ireland and beyond. 

“On the behalf of Lisburn City Council may I extend our good wishes to the Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club and to wish everyone a successful and safe event in August.”

Organisers Dundrod & District Motorcycle club also confirmed new developments around the track, as the grandstands at Smyth’s, Leathemstown and the hairpin have been upgraded and there are plans in place to introduce additional live big screen viewing for spectators.

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

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