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Ulster GP Organisers Hold Seminar For Prospective Dundrod Newcomers

MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix organisers, have recently held a seminar, for prospective newcomers to the world’s fastest road race.

Former racers Michael Swann and Stephen Ferguson, joined by Ulster GP Clerk of the Course, Noel Johnston, showed six riders hoping to make their debut’s next August, around the thrilling Dundrod circuit.

The six riders taking in the famous roads venue for the first time, where Aberdare Park specialist Jay Bellers Smith, Scotland’s Callum Paterson and Euan Meston, the Republic of Ireland’s Francis O’Hara and Barry Sheehan, plus Northern Ireland’s Matt Donaldson.

Overall main aim of the introduction seminar, financed by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, was to provide riders planning to make their Dundrod debut’s, with enhanced knowledge of the roads venue.

Photo courtesy of Rachel McFarlane

Ulster GP, Clerk of the Course, Noel Johnston stated:

“The Dundrod circuit is technical, it’s fast and it can be unforgiving for those who haven’t taken the time to learn it before they get here.

The idea behind the newcomers induction was to give these guys an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the 7.4 mile circuit, lapping it several times, scrutinising every corner and getting the benefit of Swanny and Stephen’s considerable expertise.

It’s even the little things that newcomers to Dundrod, regardless of their level of experience elsewhere, might not expect when they get here.

Things like why you’ll need to bring helpers, what parts will be available to buy locally and what you must ensure you have with you.

We covered all of that and more in the session and I know that the group found those insights extremely useful.”

Noel, went onto add:

“The principle reason for doing this was one of safety, and I’d like to thank Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council for recognising why we wanted to do this and for subsequently providing the funding required to bring these young riders over. We hope this will be the first of many events of this kind.

You’ve heard us say many times that this is the fastest road race in the world and the commitment to race it shouldn’t be taken lightly.

It needs some respect, and that means learning it like the back of your hand before you line up on the grid and knowing your limits when you take off down the Flying Kilo for the first time.

The last thing I want to see is a group of newcomers setting off hell for leather without proper consideration to the task at hand.

I think the guys who took part will come back in August with the right approach, and I wish them all the best of luck.”

Words by Stevie Rial

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