It’s always great to report positive news on Irish road racing and this morning’s update is that and some, the official confirmation of the North West 200’s return to the road racing calendar.
Absent for closing in on three years due to Covid-19 related problems, the cream of International road racing are looking forward to returning to high speed, pulsating competition around the illustrious Triangle course.
Speaking about the NW200’s hugely anticipated comeback, Coleraine and District Motor Club Chairman Stanleigh Murray stated:
“Although the pandemic stopped the race action over the past two seasons, the management team of Coleraine and District Motor Club have been working hard to ensure the structures and support that underpin the North West 200 have remained in place for the day when we would be able make this announcement.
We are delighted to have retained the support of our loyal title sponsors. To have the backing of fonaCAB and Nicholl Oils, two of the Province’s leading companies, gives us confidence as we plan the return of one of Northern Ireland’s major sporting attractions.”
William McCausland of FonaCAB added:
“We are delighted to once again be title sponsors of the International North West 200. After a challenging two years for the sport and the event, it’s fantastic to see it back on the road race calendar and we look forward to an even bigger and more exciting race week in May 2022.
Our sponsorship continues our long association with the North West and maintains our commitment to giving back to our customers and communities by supporting motorcycling and sport at all levels across Northern Ireland. Here’s to a fantastic 2022 event!”
Nicholl Oils Gary Nicholl provided additional comment:
“It’s fantastic to welcome the return of Northern Ireland’s largest outdoor sporting event, the NW200. The Nicholl Family and all of the team at Nicholl Oils are delighted to continue as one of the title sponsors for road racing’s premier event.
It has been a long two years without any motorbike racing in the North West and Nicholl Oils are looking forward to May 2022 and welcoming all the teams, riders and fans back to the beautiful Causeway Coast.
The organising team at the NW200 have worked tirelessly to ensure the return of the race and the positive impact that the Race Week festival will have on our local economy.
They have overcome hurdles that could have seen the demise of this famous race and they fully deserve the support of us as sponsors, our local council and fans.”
Star names set for the 2022 North West 200 which takes place from the 8th-14th May, include Honda Racing’s Glenn Irwin & John McGuinness MBE, Dean Harrison, Lee Johnston, Alastair Seeley, Conor Cummins and FHO Racing’s Peter Hickman.
Quotes courtesy of Stephen Davison
Photo credit: Tommy Vennard
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou