Ulster Grand Prix clerk of the course Noel Johnston issued a defiant message in the face of adverse weather that the Dundrod Club remains committed to running a full race schedule on Saturday.
Johnston was forced to pull the plug on Thursday’s Dundrod 150 meeting as torrential rain left conditions unsafe for racing, but he has urged fans not to give up hope on the final major international road race of the season.
Johnston is determined to run the full six-race schedule unless conditions are such that safety is compromised.
He was naturally disappointed by Thursday’s outcome, but with the main Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix races still to come, Johnston insists all is not yet lost.
“We had no choice yesterday because conditions were so bad and there was lots of standing water on the circuit, so racing wasn’t an option unfortunately,” he said.
“But Saturday is another day and as far as we’re concerned it’s all systems go. We’re committed to putting on a good show and I will do my utmost to run as much of the full race programme as I can, although obviously no chances will be taken with rider safety,” he added.
“We may have to run a practice session for the Superstock riders on Saturday morning and after that we’ll be straight into the race programme.
“We’ve got the best racers on the best bikes at the fastest road race in the world here and we’ll do everything in our power to provide a great day’s racing.”
The latest forecast on Friday afternoon predicts rain in the morning on Saturday, but drier, brighter weather in the afternoon and early evening.