Noel Johnston, Clerk of the Course at the Ulster Grand Prix, says the stage is set for some of the closest racing in years at the Northern Irish event, as a host of top stars confirm their attendance for August’s races.
Speaking at the races official launch in Belfast’s historic Crumlin Road Jail, only miles from the circuit on the city’s outskirts, Johnston predicted that local favourites the Dunlops would still be the men to beat.
“Michael Dunlop will be determined to take his first international win of the season, while Tyco teammates Guy Martin and William Dunlop will also be hoping to finish their seasons on a high.
“It won’t be easy for them though, as last year’s man of the meeting Bruce Anstey looks faster than ever, and you’ll also have rising stars like Dean Harrison, Dan Kneen and Lee Johnston hungry for more wins.
“Plus there’s the resurgent Ian Hutchinson, who had an fantastic Isle of Man TT, alongside short circuit regulars Peter Hickman and Glenn Irwin, who have already shown that they are just as quick on the roads.”
This year’s races take place from the 3rd to the 8th August, with a host of on and off track activities planned.
“From quizzes and classic bike displays to stunt shows and live music, there will be no shortage of entertainment, and the legendary Ulster Grand Prix atmosphere and ‘craic’ is not to be missed.
"We’ve also been busy upgrading lots of the facilities around the circuit, such as the grandstands and new camping areas, and construction work is now entering its final phase on David Wood Ulster Grand Prix House, so it’s easier than ever for fans to enjoy the racing."