Leading British Supersport rider Glenn Irwin will make his road racing debut at the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix in August.
Irwin, who currently competes for the Gearlink Kawasaki team, will ride a Kawasaki ER6 in Robbie Silvester’s VRS Racing colours in the Supertwin class at Dundrod.
Ballyclare’s Jamie Hamilton had been due to ride the machine but was injured last weekend in a crash in the Grand Final at the Skerries 100.
Carrick man Irwin said: “I’ve always been interested in road racing and I’ve been wanting to have a go now for a few years, but I thought it would be probably be too difficult to organise alongside my commitments in British Supersport.
“I would like to thank Gearlink and Kawasaki UK for allowing me to take this opportunity and I think now is a good time for me to start, especially in the Supertwin class, as it’s slightly slower than the bigger bikes but still really competitive.”
The Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix takes place from August 11-16.