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Current news, up to 1 year old, is available from the News Page and archived News from the previous 2 years are included on this page.

Bike Week 2018

Bike Week 2018 gets underway next Sunday, so make sure you check out the packed schedule to see what's happening every day.

As well as all of the on track action there will be quizzes, grass track racing, motorcycle convoys and much more!

www.ulstergrandprix.net

Road closure Times

UGP Practice: Wednesday 8th August Roads closed 10.00am - open by 9.30pm

UGP Practice & Races: Thursday 9th August Roads closed 10.00am - open by
9.30pm

UGP Races: Saturday 11th August Roads closed 9.30am - open by 8.30pm

Mon Jul 30 2018  

ANNUAL BALLOT

The draw for the 2018 Annual Ballot took place the recent Annual
General Meeting:-

First prize, winning 2 MCE UGP VIP Hospitality Tickets:
R Blair, Templepatrick

Second prize, winning a cheque for £250:
D McCourt, Stoneyford

Third prize, winning the Maxwell Freight Services Corgi Replica:
R G Chambers, Banbridge

Fourth prize, winning a cheque for £150:
McNally & Co, Greystones

Fifth prize, winning 2 MCE UGP Bike Week wristbands:
J O’Toole, Ballymun

Sixth prize, winning a cheque for £100:
D Young, Budore.

Well done everyone! All prize winners have been notified.

Thu May 3 2018  

2018 Membership and Grand Annual Prize Draw

Membership of the Ulster Grand Prix Supporters Club is now due.

By now, most of you will have received your renewal envelope in the post. Membership this year entitles you to the Enamel Lapel Badge, Sew- On Patch, Car Sticker and Race Card. The membership fee for 2018 remains at £15.00stg or €18.00 euro and you now have a number of ways you can pay your membership:-

Return your membership form along with payment in the return envelope in your pack.

Pay in person at the UGPSC Stand at the Northern Ireland Festival of Motorcycling.

Call into the Club Trailer during UGP Bike Week.

OR

*** New for 2018 *** Pay by Direct Debit

The hassle-free way of ensuring your membership is paid each year and as soon as your bank honours the Direct Debit your membership pack will be sent to you. A Direct Debit mandate has been included in the Membership envelope for your convenience.

Also included in your pack is a book of 10 tickets for our 2018 Grand:

Annual Prize Draw. We have six fabulous prizes to give away this year.

To be in with a chance to win please return your ticket stubs as soon as  possible as the draw takes place this year at our Annual General Meeting on Thursday, 12 April 2018.

Wed Jan 31 2018  

2018 Dates Announced

Just a few weeks after another record-breaking year at the MCE Ulster Grand Prix, organisers have announced that Bike Week 2018 will take place between 5th – 11th August.

Practice sessions for the MCE UGP will take place on Wednesday 8th August and the morning of Thursday 9th August, followed by racing that afternoon and on the main race day, Saturday 11th August.

The 2018 dates are subject to formal agreement by the Motor Cycle Union of Ireland (UC) which will be confirmed at their upcoming inter centre conference.

Clerk of the Course, Noel Johnston, has also confirmed that there are some changes on the way for 2018.

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Tue Sep 19 2017  

MCE Ulster Grand Prix 2017

When the roads close, records are broken. Legends are born.

Have you got your tickets for the 2017 MCE Ulster Grand Prix?

http://bit.ly/2pACuv7

Sun Jul 2 2017  

2017 Ballot Results

The draw for the 2017 Ballot was made at the Annual General Meeting. The draw was made this year by Club Registrar, Menai Pinkerton, and the results are as follows:-

First - Erin Reid
Second - Sarah Rowan
Third - C Bratty

Congratulations to all of the prizewinners, who will be contacted individually.

Thank you to all who supported the Annual Ballot. The Ballot is a very important source of revenue for the club and without your support we would be unable to honour our financial input to the Ulster Grand Prix.

Wed Apr 19 2017  

2017 N.I Motorcycle Festival

Eikon Centre, Balmoral Park @ the Maze

Don't forget to call at our stand. You can save on postage by joining or renewing your membership at the show and collect your membership pack on the day.

We look forward to seeing you there. 

The 2017 N.I Motorcycle Festival will include all the top motorcycle manufacturers and dealers who will be exhibiting their latest range of road bikes, quads and motocrossers. The motocross village will be back again with all the latest motocross bikes plus motocross gear and off road motorcycle clubs with all the information on how to get involved.

On Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th, World Superbike legend and "King of the Jungle" CARL FOGARTY will make a special guest appearance. A four-time WSBK Champion, Carl is renowned for his pure road racing exploits at the North West 200, Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix and a must not miss at this year's festival.

Outside activities will include Supermoto Racing, Drifting and Stunt Shows from THE PURPLE HELMETS that will wow the crowds with full on displays and demonstrations.

For more information and opening hours and prices click HERE

Venue:
Eifon Centre
Balmoral
Park
Sprucefield
Halftown Road
Lisburn
BT27 5RF

Wed Feb 1 2017  

MCE UGP - Ian Hutchinson Book Signing

The MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix will host Northern Ireland’s only launch of road racing star Ian Hutchinson’s autobiography on Saturday 3rd December at the new Charles Hurst BMW Motorrad Showroom on the Boucher Road in Belfast.

The record-breaking Yorkshire-man who is the reigning MCE Ulster Grand Prix Man of the Meeting and one of the sport’s biggest stars will be at the event to meet and greet fans and sign copies of his acclaimed new book.

Hutchy will participate in a live Q&A followed by book signings at 10.30am and again at 1.00pm.

Tue Nov 29 2016  

Planning Application

Many of you will be aware that over 3,600 letters of objection to the proposed planning application for a cemetery adjacent to Ireland's Corner, have been received by Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, Planning Department. The Council recently placed this advertisement in the Belfast Telegraph.

See a larger version of the advertisement here

Wed Nov 23 2016  

Daniel Hegarty was awarded the 2016 Sam Glass Trophy

Sam Glass Trophy Presentation 2016. Daniel Hegarty was awarded the Sam Glass Trophy after becoming the highest placed newcomer in the Superbike Race at the 2016 Ulster Grand Prix.

Sam Glass Trophy Presentation 2016. Daniel Hegarty was awarded the Sam Glass Trophy after becoming the highest placed newcomer in the Superbike Race at the 2016 Ulster Grand Prix.

The presentation this year was made by Secretary, Gail Baillie and Treasurer, Paul McGovern. 

Photo by Stephen Davison

Mon Nov 7 2016  

Dromara Destroyers Tribute Motorcycle Show 2016

Don't forget to call with us on the Ulster Grand Prix Supporters Club Stand for a chat.

Fri Nov 4 2016  

Desmond Jardin was recently awarded the British Empire Medal.

Former UGPSC Secretary and Founder Member, Desmond Jardin, was recently awarded the British Empire Medal.

To commemorate the award, UGPSC President, Bertie Bradford recently presented him with a momento on behalf of the club. 

Thu Oct 20 2016  

Dates announced for the 2017 MCE Ulster Grand Prix

Fresh from a spectacular week of racing at the 2016 event, the Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club has announced that Bike Week at the 2017 MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix will take place from the 7th - 12th August.

The key dates are practice sessions on Wednesday 9th August, the Dundrod 150 national races on Thursday 0th August and the main event, the MCE Ulster Grand Prix on Saturday 12th August.

Thu Sep 22 2016  

DON'T BURY THE U.G.P.

More than 3,000 objections lodged against plans for Dundrod cemetery

The Ulster Grand Prix Supporters Club has met Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council to hand over more than 3,000 objection letters to plans for a 96-acre cemetery on the Ulster Grand Prix circuit.

These will be added to the letters of objection already received by the council’s planning department, making it close to 3,500 objections within just a few weeks of the initial submission of the planning application.

The Ulster Grand Prix Supporters Club and promoters of the Ulster Grand Prix, the Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club, are united with a majority of local residents in their opposition to the planned cemetery site on Quarterland Road, Dundrod, for which the only access would be via the world famous motorcycle racing circuit.

Des Stewart, Chairman of the Ulster Grand Prix Supporters Club said: “With a hugely successful 2016 UGP just behind us, we are heartened that race fans far and wide feel strongly enough about the impact these plans could have on this international event to submit a letter of objection to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.

“The sheer volume of objections we have just delivered to the council demonstrates the important social, cultural and economic impact this event has and we stand by our view that were a cemetery to be built on the circuit, it would seriously endanger the future of the event.”

The Ulster Grand Prix is one of the biggest annual outdoor events in Northern Ireland, attracting tens of thousands of visitors from across the world. The economic impact is significant; spectator spend alone generates an estimated £2.5 million every year, and there are more than 10,000 commercial bed nights.

“During the Ulster Grand Prix the public roads are closed for three days, including the Quarterland Road, which is the only access point into the planned cemetery,” added Mr Stewart.

“It is customary in this country for burials to happen within three or four days of a death, and for daily access to be afforded to those who wish to visit graves. We just do not see how we could run this event in harmony with the daily business of a cemetery of this size and scale.

“I would like to reiterate that we feel that the applicant’s suggestion that they would close the cemetery on the days of racing is unpractical and unsustainable.

“Furthermore, I believe that planning has been granted for a cemetery and crematorium outside Moira with potential for expansion, also in the L&C area which is more centrally located and served by an excellent road network. When this comes to fruition any argument about the need for a cemetery in Dundrod would be entirely negated,” he said.

Alderman James Tinsley, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council added: “Dundrod sits within my constituency, I have listened to the concerns of many local residents and am in agreement that this plan is not viable.

“Setting aside the potential negative impact this proposed cemetery might have on the Ulster Grand Prix, it is very difficult to see how this plan is viable from an infrastructure perspective.

“The country roads around Dundrod would not easily cope with the much higher volume of traffic a cemetery of this size would bring, and we must also consider the already elevated accident rate and the area’s propensity for inclement weather which forces the roads to close several times a year,” he added.

The Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club and the Ulster Grand Prix Supporters Club invite local residents and the wider racing community to write to the council voicing their objections.

The address is: Local Area Planning Office, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Island Civic Centre The Island, Lisburn, BT27 4RL. Quote planning reference LA05/2016/0700/O.

Wed Aug 24 2016