The Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club, celebrated on Friday evening, winning the race of the year award at the Cornmarket Motorcycle Awards ceremony, courtesy of the thrilling second Superbike race, at the 2016 MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix.
A race which saw Ian Hutchinson emerge victorious, on the final lap setting a new outright lap record of 134.089 mph, provided a race long battle for victory between Hutchy, Bruce Anstey and 13 times TT winner Michael Dunlop.
Regarded as one of the all time great races at the world’s fastest road race, it was unanimously voted race of the year, by the public, via social media platforms.
Photo by Stephen Davison
Robert Graham, Chairman of the Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club, who collected the award, stated:
“We’re delighted to be taking this trophy home with us, cementing the 2016 Ulster’s place in the history books.
We’ve had tremendous feedback on last year’s event, which is no small part down to the dedication of the warriors that go shoulder to shoulder at breathtaking speeds for our enjoyment.
Hutchy clinching the world’s fastest lap on the final leg of the final superbike road race of the season was a moment none of us will forget in a hurry, and we must thank him for the superhuman effort he put in!
Thanks also to the fans, it’s a huge team effort to make an event of this scale happen and it means a lot to us that we won the award based on a public vote, showing us that we must be doing something right.
We’re looking forward already to August and with a line up on the grid including Michael Dunlop, Ian Hutchinson, Guy Martin, Bruce Anstey, Lee Johnston and co, I wouldn’t bet against us seeing another contender for 2017 Race of the Year!”
Words by Stevie Rial