The latest news from the Ulster Grand Prix Supporters Club
We will be writing to all club members to update every one of our plans for 2020 and going forward. However, in order to minimise the risk to individuals, and postal staff it is unlikely that anything will be issued until current Government restrictions in relation to Coronavirus (Covid-19) are lessened. Bearing this in mind we are hopeful that we will be able to issue the mailshot during June.
Mon May 11 2020
It is with great regret the organisers of the Ulster Grand Prix, the Dundrod and District Motorcycle Club, must announce the race will not take place in 2020.
Despite numerous meetings in recent months with councillors, MLAs, MPs and Ministers and other interested parties, we have been unable to find the necessary financial support to run the meeting this year.
The unprecedented crisis surrounding the Coronavirus epidemic has made finding a solution at this stage impossible.
Thu Mar 26 2020
As the organisers of the Ulster Grand Prix, the Dundrod and District Motorcycle Club, issued a statement in November 2019 indicating the future of the event was in doubt.
Despite a full programme of superb racing being run throughout 2019 Race Week, a severe weather warning forecast for Saturday's principal race day resulted in perhaps the smallest crowd ever witnessed at Dundrod. The huge loss of income this caused, compounded by existing liabilities, has created a major financial crisis for Ireland's oldest and most famous motorcycle race.
Over the past months the race organisers have met with a host of public representatives including Councillors, Westminster MPs, MLAs and other government officials. Representation has also been made to the recently restored NI Assembly and the Department for Communities Minister.
Whilst there has been a sympathetic hearing to the UGP's plight, the crisis situation remains. Discussions continue but, so far, no financial assistance has been made available as we move into the period when preparation for the 2020 event should have been well underway.
The difficulties facing the Ulster GP and other road races in Northern Ireland have made headlines in recent weeks. If the sport is to survive and flourish it will require similar financial support from government that other sports receive.
Road racing is a part of Northern Ireland's sporting culture and brings major financial benefits to the Province and local communities. Only a small fraction of the sums provided to many other major sporting events would make an enormous difference to events like the Ulster Grand Prix.
More discussions are planned with government during the weeks ahead as the Dundrod and District Motorcycle Club continues to pursue a solution that will ensure the Ulster Grand Prix reaches its centenary in 2022.
Thu Feb 6 2020
The draw for the Hyundai 'i10 supported by Daly's Hyundai, took place on Saturday, 10 August at 10.00am on the starting grid before racing commenced.
Congratulations to the three lucky winners.
Winner: Stephen Muldoon
Runners Up (VIP Passes for 2020 UGP): Chris Robinson; Brendan Byrne
Photo photo by Donna Connolly Webb - l-r (background) UGPSC Committee Members Henry Miskimmon; Valerie Miskimmon MBE; UGPSC President Bertie Bradford and Raymond Connolly foreground; UGPSC Chairman, Des Stewart with the tickets.
bottom photo - l-r Alderman James Tinsley (LCCC); Lee Johnston and Des Stewart (UGPSC Chairman).
Sat Aug 17 2019