After much speculation online, Ulster Grand Prix organisers the Dundrod and District Motorcycle Club has issued a candid update detailing the challenges ahead for the world’s fastest road race.
Low crowd attendance from last August’s Ulster GP race day, allied to additional mitigating factors has placed strenuous financial pressures on the event organisers and is putting the much loved, iconic, prestigious roads meeting in very real danger of dropping off the roads calendar for 2020.
Photo by Tommy Vennard
Commenting recently on the difficult times being endured, Dundrod and District Motorcycle Club Chairman, Robert Graham stated:
“The Ulster Grand Prix celebrated its 97th birthday in 2019.
The race organisers have met with local MP, Jeffrey Donaldson, alongside representatives of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council as we continue to seek a solution to the financial problems that would enable Northern Ireland’s most prestigious and historic motorcycle race to continue towards its 100th anniversary.
It is clear though, that in the absence of significant financial support, the Ulster Grand Prix is in real and imminent danger of disappearing from the road racing calendar, an outcome that would be a major blow for motorcycle sport in Northern Ireland.”
Words by Stevie Rial, quotes provided by Stephen Davison