RR »

Hickman excited by Ulster Grand Prix debut

Louth's Peter Hickman will compete at the world's fastest road race meeting at the Ulster Grand Prix this month after impressing on his debut at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT
British Superbike rider Peter Hickman is aiming to hone his blossoming reputation as an exciting road racing prospect at this month's Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix.

Hickman made his roads bow at the North West 200 in May and clocked a stunning 129mph lap on his debut at the Isle of Man TT, replacing Aussie Josh Brookes as the fastest ever newcomer in the event's history.

The 27-year-old from Louth is back competing in the MCE British Superbike Championship with the RAF Reserves Honda team, but will reunite with Paul Smith's Ice Valley BMW outfit for the world's fastest road race at Dundrod plus the Macau Grand Prix in November, where he will make his maiden appearances at both events.

“After the TT, I thought the only other road race I'd do this year would be Macau but the Ulster Grand Prix organisers pushed for me to make my debut and they've put together a deal for 'Shoey' and the team and I'm really looking forward to it,” Hickman said.

“I've been over to have a look at the circuit, and have another two-day trip planned for next week, and with it being fast and flowing, it should suit my style. I've really enjoyed the roads this year and Shoey and the Ice Valley boys are a great bunch, so it'll be nice to get back out there and I can't wait to get cracking.

“Obviously, I'm back in short circuit action now as well with the RAF Reserves team so it will be interesting to see how I adapt but I'll approach it in the same way as the North West 200 and TT and look to enjoy myself.”

Hickman finished 11th in the Senior race at the TT on the Ice Valley BMW Superstock machine, setting a new record lap by a rookie at 129.104mph.

His best result at the meeting was a sensational eighth place in the Superstock race.

The Ulster Grand Prix takes place at Dundrod from August 13-16, where Hickman will sport a new Ulster GP-themed livery on Shoesmith's S1000RR Superstock machine.

Kiwi Bruce Anstey holds the outright lap record at the 7.4-mile Dundrod circuit at 133.977mph set on the Relentless TAS Suzuki in 2010.

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Peter Hickman on the Ice Valley BMW
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 during practice for the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop
Gary Johnson
Ian Lougher, Dean Harrison and Lee Johnston in the winners` enclosure following the 2015 500cc Classic TT
Tyco BMW`s Ian Hutchinson
Bruce Anstey on the YZR500 Yamaha at the Classic TT.
Ian Hutchinson leads Michael Dunlop in the Superbike class at the Ulster Grand Prix.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his four wins at the Ulster Grand Prix.
Michael Dunlop
Steve Mercer
David Johnson
Michael Dunlop in action at the Armoy Road Races.
Peter Hickman on the GBmoto Kawasaki.
Michael Dunlop at the Southern 100
Michael Dunlop at the Southern 100.
Senior TT race winner Michael Dunlop, runner-up Ian Hutchinson and John McGuinness

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.