Post the trials and tribulations of recent times, it’s looking like there is light at the end of the tunnel for the Ulster Grand Prix.
As widely reported this morning, a new organising set-up featuring North West 200 stalwart Mervyn Whyte MBE and 11 times TT winner Phillip McCallen is set to take over running the world’s fastest road race.
The proposed new look Ulster GP, which celebrates next year it’s 100th anniversary, will see the addition of yesteryear classic races and is set to receive a significant funding boost from the Stormont based Northern Ireland Executive.
Additionally today’s huge International road racing updates sees the confirmation that the UGP and North West 200 will both be run the same company that features the above showcased Whyte MBE and Irish road racing great McCallen.
After what has unfolded since the most recent Ulster GP of 2019, I and many involved in the real road racing fraternity have been concerned for the event’s future.
This morning’s news though makes me more confident, positive for it’s future development, mainly cause the aforementioned individuals involved are road racing people through and through.
Dates wise, the new organising team has pencilled in 16th-20th August for the centenary meeting and are optimistic that the bulk of the world’s best road racers will be competing.
Photo credit: Tommy Vennard
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou