Keep ‘er Lit – 01.07.14

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Published July 1, 2014

Written by: Ulster Grand Prix

As a promoter of a road race one of the biggest challenges is the weather, and there is nothing better to wake up to on race morning than blue skies and sunshine. The Bush road races were certainly blessed with a great weekend’s weather for racing. It was great to see Jamie Hamilton shake off the gremlins that have been haunting him since he moved to the Wilson Craig camp at the start of the season. Jamie really impressed me at last years Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix when he beat a lot of great riders in the second Superbike race and became a member of the exclusive 130mph club.

Today marks the official launch of the 2014 UGP on board the SS Nomadic in the Titanic Quarter, and we have a great line up of riders present. We are also hosting our “Meet the Riders” evening tonight at the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Shaws Bridge, and this is a fantastic opportunity for race fans to hear from the riders and to get autographs and photographs. One rider who will be at the launch is Peter Hickman and I am delighted that he has agreed to compete at Dundrod this August.

After becoming the fastest ever newcomer at the TT he has been in great demand and was quickly snapped up by Honda to ride in BSB for the RAF reserves team. At the UGP however, he will be riding for Paul Shoesmith’s Ice Valley team. Work will be starting soon on transforming Dundrod into a race circuit, we would welcome anyone who has a bit of spare time on their hands that would like to help out, I can be contacted on n-johnston@btconnect.com