9 March 2016
Ulster GP: Revised practice schedule confirmed for 2016
Organisers at 'World's Fastest Road Race' announce additional practice time for 2016 Ulster Grand Prix, aimed at easing congested Thursday race day.
A revised practice schedule will be put into place at this year's Ulster Grand Prix aimed at alleviating a congested programme on the Thursday of Bike Week, which includes the Dundrod 150 National meeting.
The Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club has confirmed that roads will now close for two extra hours on Wednesday, August 11 and an extra 30 minutes on Thursday, August 11.
The additional time means that practice sessions for all classes will now run on the Wednesday, resulting in two less practice sessions on Thursday to better accommodate the five-race Dundrod 150 schedule ahead of the main event on Saturday, August 13.
Noel Johnston, Ulster GP Clerk of the Course, said: “By increasing the amount of practice time on the Wednesday we've been able to allow more time for the Dundrod 150 races on the Thursday, without cutting into anyone's track time, and that's good news for all parties.
“We've also decided to move the riders briefings forward from Wednesday to Tuesday, with newcomers in the morning and all other competitors in the evening, which will allow everyone more time to familiarise themselves with the circuit.
“We're continually working with our stakeholders such as Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Tourism NI and Transport NI to improve the experience for both fans and competitors at Dundrod and we're confident that this altered schedule will make a significant difference.”
Alongside the changes to the schedule, Johnston has also confirmed that the Joey Dunlop Grandstand will be extended, with an extra 160 seats available for fans.
“There is always a high demand for the Joey Dunlop Grandstand so it's great that we've been able to increase its capacity,” he said.
“It has a fantastic view of the last corner, grid and right down the start-finish straight, not to mention the big screen in the paddock as well, so it's no surprise that it's a favourite for spectators.
“It has a fantastic atmosphere and it's packed with fans of all ages, from the dedicated supporters who have been coming to Dundrod for many years to the first time spectators. They will certainly all be in for a treat this year.”
Tickets for Bike Week 2016 at the Ulster Grand Prix are available now from www.ticketmaster.co.uk and can also be purchased around the course on practice and race days. Grandstand tickets will be released in the coming weeks.
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