We’ve had more good news for the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix this week as the entries closed.
On the grid this August we will have 15 countries represented and over 30 newcomers, all seeking the adrenaline rush of racing around the world famous Dundrod circuit. The numbers are very encouraging and another good sign for the future of pure road racing.
The other exciting news for competitors and race fans is that due to over subscription in the ultra lightweight/ lightweight class we have decided to split the two and run two extra races, making the Plant Lubrication (NI) Dundrod 150 a five race programme and a seven race programme for the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix.
It will be also a pleasure to welcome Ian Hutchinson back to the grid after a 3-year absence due to injury. He will be riding his BSB spec Milwaukee Yamaha and he has assured me he won’t be there just to make up the numbers.
He could certainly be a contender after having a terrible TT. Hutchy had back luck with mechanical failure on the Island so I’m sure he will be out to make amends at Dundrod.
I met up with Jamie Hamilton during the week and I must say he has made a miraculous recovery from his spill at the Skerries. He’s feeling stronger already and is confident he will be on the grid come race day.
This year Agnew SEAT is the official car supplier to the The Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix, providing officials with their top of the range cars during bike week. I am definitely looking forward to a spin in mine!
Lastly, work has started on course preparation at the Dundrod Circuit, so if anyone has a bit of free time over the next few weeks they will be made very welcome.