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Three for Peter Hickman at Ulster Grand Prix as Dean Harrison sets new lap record

Three for Peter Hickman at Ulster Grand Prix as Dean Harrison sets new lap record

Peter Hickman has come away from the 2017 Ulster Grand Prix as Man of the Meeting after taking three victories. It was Dean Harrison, however, who set a new lap record of 134.614mph – beating the record of 134.089mph set by Ian Hutchinson in 2016.

Hickman signified he was the man to beat in practice when he secured pole position for the Superbike, Superstock and Supersport races. He then went on to win the Dundrod 150 Superbike race although Harrison was not far behind.

First up was the Superstock race and Hickman opened his account with a 4.674 second victory over Harrison on his Smith’s BMW. Harrison and Dan Kneen were separated by just four hundredths of a second on the line, with Kneen taking a podium on his first International appearance for Tyco BMW. David Johnson finished in fourth ahead of Conor Cummins and Jamie Coward. Michael Dunlop was seventh, ahead of Ivan Lintin, Dan Cooper, and Daley Mathison.

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Lee Johnston

Switching to his Trooper Beer Triumph, Hickman was victorious again – this time in the Supersport race. He battled with Bruce Anstey throughout the race with the winning margin just a tenth of a second. Lee Johnston was third on his return to racing following his crash at the Isle of Man TT. He was less than a second behind the leading duo. Harrison finished in fourth just ahead of William Dunlop who was riding with a wrist injury. Dunlop’s injury had led him to withdraw from the ‘big bike’ races but he put in a competitive performance for fifth ahead of his brother Michael. Cummins was seventh, Derek McGee eighth, Coward ninth and Adam McLean tenth.

There was a popular victory for Davy Morgan in the Ultra Lightweight/Lightweight race. He beat fellow paddock veteran Paul Owen by over four seconds with Callum Laidlaw coming home in third place. Race favourite Anstey retired after just a lap with Neil Kernohan also retiring. The two had stood on the top two steps of the podium in the corresponding Dundrod 150 race. David Howard and Paul Gartland were fourth and fifth respectively. In the Ultra Lightweight class Paul Robinson beat Christian Elkin and Joey Thompson. McLean was fourth and Gary Dunlop fifth.

It was Hickman and Anstey once again leading the charge in the Superbike race, with the pair switching positions throughout. It was eventually a last lap overtake which saw Anstey take the win – his 13th at Dundrod. Hickman was just two tenths behind with Harrison – along with the new lap record- in third. Kneen was once again just hundredths behind Harrison and only marginally ahead of Cummins at the chequered flag. Sheils came home in sixth place ahead of Johnson and Coward. Sam West and Mathison rounded out the top ten finishers.

The fifth race of the day – the second Supersport race – brought out the first red flag of the day following an incident. When it was restarted it proved to be another close affair with the resulting podium the same as in the first Supersport race. Hickman beat Anstey and Johnston with the margin between the top four just over a second. M Dunlop was fourth ahead of Paul Jordan, Coward, Elkin, Cooper and Cowton. Thompson finished in tenth place.

There was another new lap record, this time in the Supertwin class with Ivan Lintin winning. His 120.402mph lap beat the previous Supertwin lap record of 118.735mph. It was yet another narrow margin of victory as he beat Cooper by just two hundredths of a second. There was a podium for McLean who has impressed on the roads this year. Sheils racked up another top five finish in fourth with Elkin fifth and James Cowton sixth. Jonathan Perry and Paul Jordan were seventh and eighth respectively, ahead of Xavier Denis and Maria Costello.

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Kneen leads Harrison

The final race of the day – and the meeting – was the second Superbike race which promised to be another thriller. Unfortunately Hickman and Anstey were forced to retire – Hickman’s engine blew while Anstey retired to the pits – leaving Harrison, Kneen, Cummins and M Dunlop to battle it out. In the end the top three were separated by just three tenths of a second after an exhilarating race. Harrison and Kneen touched as Harrison sent a move up the inside but both continued and eventually Harrison was victorious. Kneen was second with Cummins coming home third. M Dunlop ended the day with a fourth place ahead of Sheils, Johnson and Coward. Sam West was eighth ahead of Lintin and Michael Sweeney.

 

Ulster Grand Prix sign new title sponsor deal

Ulster Grand Prix sign new title sponsor deal

The Ulster Grand Prix will have a new title sponsor this year in the form of MCE Insurance.

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Metzeler were the previous title sponsors

The motorcycle insurance company – which has sponsored the British Superbike Championship for nearly a decade – has signed a three year deal to become the title sponsor at the Ulster Grand Prix, starting this year. Metzeler tyres had previously been the title sponsor of the event.

“We are truly excited to make this major announcement which marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the Ulster Grand Prix,” Clerk of the Course Noel Johnston revealed. “We’ve seen and been impressed by the support MCE Insurance has offered the BSB in the past eight years. This is a company that understands bikes and the mentality of both bikers and bike fans, making it a fantastic fit for us. We believe [this] will allow us to really build our profile as the world’s fastest road race across the UK, Ireland and beyond.”

“For us, MCE’s decision to commit to a three year deal is a clear demonstration of confidence in the strength of our event,” Johnston continued. “[It] undoubtedly offers some of the most thrilling racing seen anywhere on the roads, and its ability to offer significant exposure and value to its partners. It goes without saying that there would be no event without the support of our stakeholders, and this is an opportunity for us to thank MCE for getting involved, as well as organisations such as Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Tourism NI and the Ulster Grand Prix Supporters Club, plus a wide range of private sector sponsors for their ongoing support.”

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Lee Johnston in the pit-lane at last year’s event

Race organisers recently announced the introduction of a Superpole qualifying session for the Superbike class at this year’s event.  “We are working hard behind the scenes to deliver another spectacular week of racing this August,” Johnston concluded. “I don’t think the fans will be disappointed.”

For MCE it is a deal which they have been interested in for a while. “We are incredibly proud to finally release the news that we will be the title sponsor for the MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix,” CEO Julian Edwards said. “We have been interested in sponsoring a road racing event over in Ireland ever since we began offering insurance for Irish bikers back in 2014. When the opportunity at the Ulster came up it was one we just couldn’t refuse! With such an incredible history, the event truly is a jewel in the road racing calendar.”

“We intend to bring all our experience gained over nearly a decade of sponsoring MCE BSB and very much look forward to working with the Ulster Grand Prix team,” Edwards continued. “Racing is in our blood here at MCE and this is a very exciting new chapter for us.”

 

Ulster Grand Prix race week will take place from 8th until 13th August 2016.

 

 

Ulster Grand Prix Race Week

Race week for the Ulster Grand Prix – the world’s fastest road race – is upon us. A whole host of events have been lined up to compliment the full racing schedule. Here’s a list of what’s on during the week.

Tuesday 12th August

On Tuesday evening there will be two events held in the marquee – a pub quiz in aid of injured riders fund and the Miss Ulster Grand Prix talent contest. The pub quiz starts at 8pm.

Wednesday 13th August

Practice will take place for Dundrod 150 and Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix with the roads closing from 12pm and due to open again at 9pm. There will also be entertainment in the marquee from Tommy’s Juke Box.

Thursday 14th August

Roads will close at 9.30am for a full day of practice sessions and Dundrod 150 racing as follows:

  1. Dundrod 150 National
  2. Ultra Lightweight/Lightweight
  3. Supertwins
  4. Dundrod 150 Challenge
  5. Dundrod 150 Superbike

The Good Times will provide entertainment in the marquee and there will also be a Metzeler ‘Meet the Riders’ Q & A session in the evening.

Roads are scheduled to open again at 8.30pm.

Friday 15th August 

There will be a Meet the Riders event at Topaz Airport Road Service Station from 11am as well as a Family Day at the paddock where entry is free. From 5pm – 8pm there will be a paddock walkabout while Junior Motor Cycle Trials will be taking place behind the Joey Dunlop Grandstand.

At 5.30pm there will be Grass Track Racing with the Ulster Grand Prix Supporters Club meeting from 7.30pm. There will be a chat show in the marquee and another chance to meet the riders while entertainment will be provided by The Quo Show – a Status Quo tribute act.

Saturday 16th August

Roads will close at 9.30am.

The MS Society Charity Space Hopper Race will take place at 9.30am in front of the Joey Dunlop Grandstand.

When racing gets underway the schedule will be as follows:

  1. Superstock
  2. Supersport
  3. Ultra Lightweight/Lightweight
  4. Superbike
  5. Supersport
  6. Supertwins
  7. Superbike

Following the last race of the day various presentations will take place behind the podium in the paddock.

It promises to be a great week with the likes of Guy Martin, Michael Dunlop and Dean Harrison battling it out on track.

For further information check out the Ulster Grand Prix website, follow them on Twitter: @ulstergrandprix, and Like the Facebook page.