ULSTER GP: Dates confirmed for 2017

Tyco BMW's Ian Hutchinson won four races and set a new 134mph lap record at the MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix in August.
Tyco BMW's Ian Hutchinson won four races and set a new 134mph lap record at the MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix in August.

The Dundrod and District Motorcycle Club has confirmed the dates of the 2017 MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix, with Bike Week taking place from August 7-12.

Tyco BMW’s Ian Hutchinson dominated at Dundrod last month with a stunning four-timer during a memorable day’s racing at the fastest road race in the world, which climaxed with the first ever 134mph lap achieved by the Bingley Bullet on a scorching final lap in the second Superbike event.

The key days next year are the practice sessions on Wednesday, August 9 and final qualifying and the Dundrod 150 national meeting on Thursday, August 10, plus of course the main event on Saturday, August 12, featuring both premier Superbike races.

Ulster GP Clerk of the Course, Noel Johnston, said: “I’m glad to be able to announce next year’s dates earlier than ever before, after confirming with the MCE British Superbike Championship that there would be no clash. With some of road racing’s top competitors also taking part in that championship, it’s important to avoid any scheduling clashes.

“The feedback we’ve received on the 2016 event has been phenomenal. The diehard fans got to see some of the most spectacular racing I’ve ever seen in my tenure as clerk of the course and we had a lot of spectators this year that were new to the sport who I think we’ll see again,” he added.

“It’s always a long winter for bike fans, but rest assured that while you’re missing the sport, we’ll be working hard behind the scenes to ensure another top-class event where the best and brightest talent will once again line up on the grid at Dundrod to battle shoulder to shoulder from that sensational mass start.”

The 2017 dates are subject to formal agreement by the Motor Cycle Union of Ireland (MCUI), which will be confirmed at the upcoming inter-centre conference.