The Ulster Grand Prix race organisers have announced tweaks to the schedule for this year’s event.
Race week, which will take place from the 8th to the 13th of August this year, will see some changes following difficulties in recent years.
Last year only one race of the Dundrod 150 planned programme was held which saw Bruce Anstey victorious in a truncated Superbike race. Following a number of red flags and lengthy delays throughout the Thursday morning practice sessions, organisers ran out of time to run the remaining four races in the evening.
This year will see the roads close on the Wednesday for an extra two hours of practice while Thursday will get an extra half an hour. It means that practice sessions for all classes can run on the Wednesday with more time on the Thursday for racing.
“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,” Clerk of the Course Noel Johnston explained. “[We have done this] 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.”
Race organisers have also confirmed that the Joey Dunlop Grandstand on the start/finish straight will have 160 seats available this year.