The dates for the 2017 running of the Ulster Grand Prix, sees the world’s fastest road race, run from the 7th to the 12th of August.
The schedule for next years Ulster GP is as follows:
Wednesday 9th August – Practice Sessions all classes
Thursday 10th August – Qualifying Sessions all classes/Dundrod 150 Races
Saturday 12th August – Ulster GP race day
Considered by multiple competitors there favourite roads meeting, this year at Dundrod saw Ian Hutchinson secure a memorable four wins in a day, following a mixture of tactical nous, great race craft and sheer determination.
Photo by Rod Neill
His new outright lap record around Dundrod, 134.087 mph set during the second Superbike encounter, was the first ever lap speed in excess of 134 mph, on the road race circuit, which always provides close fought thrilling competition.
Commenting on the confirmation of the 2017 dates, for the Ulster Grand Prix, Clerk of the Course, Noel Johnston said:
“I’m glad to be able to announce next year’s dates earlier than ever before, after confirming with the MCE British Superbike Championship that there would be no clash.
With some of road racing’s top competitors also taking part in that championship, it’s important to avoid any scheduling clashes.
The feedback we’ve received on the 2016 event has been phenomenal. The die hard fans got to see some of the most spectacular racing I’ve ever seen in my tenure as clerk of the course, and we had a lot of spectators this year that were new to the sport who I think we’ll see again!
It’s always a long winter for bike fans, but rest assured that while you’re missing the sport, we’ll be working hard behind the scenes to ensure another top class event where the best and brightest talent will once again line up on the grid at Dundrod to battle shoulder to shoulder from that sensational mass start.”
Words by Stevie Rial