Race stars launch 90th Ulster Grand Prix

Published Thursday, 14 June 2012
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Motorcycling stars have turned out in force at Stormont for the launch of this year's Ulster Grand Prix, with the event now in its 90th year.

Race stars launch 90th Ulster Grand Prix
William Dunlop, leading the way at the Ulster Grand Prix last year. (© Pacemaker)

Bruce Anstey, William Dunlop and Conor Cummins - as well as race legends Phillip McCallen and Brian Reid - attended Thursday's event in the Long Gallery at Parliament Buildings.

"The Ulster Grand Prix is a real rider's circuit, I really enjoy it," Anstey said.

"I'm looking forward to the Ulster this year. If we get a good day, one of us could break the record for the fastest lap. I'd like to say I could do it, but you never know - the Dunlops are getting faster and I'm getting older!"

And Ballymoney's William Dunlop seemed to agree with the flying Kiwi.

"Dundrod is the best circuit in the world," he said.

"I have high hopes for my performance, I've got good pace with Wilson Craig this season. Anyone could win, but hopefully it'll be Dunlops all the way!"

We're very proud to be celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Ulster Grand Prix and would like to take this opportunity to thank all the sponsors and stakeholders who have supported the event to this point - and of course the fans who come to Dundrod every year, come rain or shine.

Noel Johnston, Clerk of Course

DUP MLA Edwin Poots also attended the event at Stormont and was full of support for the Ulster Grand Prix.

"As a motorcycling enthusiast, I look forward to the world's fastest road race every August - but this year's event is something extra special," he said.

"There aren't many events that can claim a 90-year pedigree and I'm delighted to be part of what promises to be an exciting celebration.

"The Ulster Grand Prix is one of only three international road races in the world and, as such, presents Northern Ireland with an excellent opportunity to showcase what is has to offer."

Organisers are expecting over 50,000 visitors over the course of Bike Week.

Clerk of Course Noel Johnston said: "We've spent a lot of money over recent years making improvements to the circuit, and this year is no exception.

"Along with our hopes for a safe Bike Week, we also hope for one that is as thrilling as it was last year.

"Guy Martin, Conor Cummins, Bruce Anstey and both William and Michael Dunlop are among the names already confirmed to take part, all of whom will be hoping to end the international season on a high."

Bike Week 2012 will run between 6-11 August at Dundrod in Co Antrim.

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Between the Hedges in Belfast wrote (891 days ago):
Any members of the public with a passing interest in motorsport should support this event. It is superbly well organised and the racing is always top class. The Ulster Grand Prix stands head and shoulders above all other local motorsport events for sheer enjoyment and I hope local people continue to support it as friends attending from overseas increase year on year.
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