Ulster GP: Anstey out to beat own Dundrod record

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Bruce Anstey heads in to the 2016 Ulster Grand Prix having held the official circuit lap record for an incredible six years.

The flying Kiwi lapped the Dundrod circuit with an average speed of 133.997mph, which to this day remains the fastest average lap speed of any road race in the world.

With Michael Dunlop obliterating the Isle of Man TT record with a lap of 133.962mph, Anstey will need to up the ante as this year’s Ulster Grand Prix gets underway next month if his lap is to remain the world’s fastest.

“I wanted to beat my record last year in Dundrod, I thought the weather was good enough”, he said. “The temperature was great back in 2010, the year I got the average lap of 133.997mph.  The track was warm and it was a really good lap. I’ll definitely be trying again this year.

“Obviously I’m back with Padgett’s for the sixth year running. Having the same team definitely gives me an advantage over those getting used to a new set-up.

“The other thing I have in my corner is experience. The young guys are getting quicker but the knowledge I have from so many years racing really helps, especially at a fast circuit like Dundrod.

“I love competing there; it’s a real close second to the Isle of Man for me. Such a fast, flowing circuit with flying corners and that’s what I like. I’m still really enjoying it and can’t wait to get back out there.” 

Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing