The organisers of the Ulster Grand Prix confirmed dates for the 2019 international road racing festival yesterday.
Practice will take place on Wednesday 7th August and the next morning with the first four races taking place in the afternoon after final qualifying. These include the Superbike, Supersport, Ultra Lightweight/Lightweight and Supertwins classes. Saturday’s programme includes two Superbike events, plus outings for Superstocks, Supersport x2, Ultralightweight/Lightweight and Supertwins.
This year’s Ulster Grand Prix was overshadowed when French rider Fabrice Miguet died after an incident at Joey’s Windmill just before racing was halted due to adverse weather conditions.
The number of newcomers at the meeting will be restricted again next year and Superbike, Superstock, and Supersport races will only be open to international licence holders with national licence holders eligible to compete in the other classes.
Clerk of the Dundrod course Noel Johnston said: “My key message for everyone, but specifically newcomers, is that Dundrod is an extremely fast and technical circuit which must be treated with respect, and that means doing a serious amount of groundwork before taking your place on the grid.
“Unfortunately, this year we had less than perfect weather conditions and had to delay and abandon some of the races on the Saturday.
“We were gutted for the fans and all the teams and riders that had travelled over for the event, it was very unfortunate after all the hard work that had been put into the event.”
Peter Hickman, double winner in the Superbike and Supersport races at this year’s weather-hit meeting, said: “I’m already looking forward to racing back at the Ulster GP, it’s one of the best circuits on earth.”