Major ‘app-grade’ available for the 2015 Ulster Grand Prix

Pictured launching the app are racers Dean Harrison and Paul Jordan with Noel Johnston, Clerk of the Course at the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix.
Pictured launching the app are racers Dean Harrison and Paul Jordan with Noel Johnston, Clerk of the Course at the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix.

The Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix and app developers FanZone have come together to launch a brand new mobile app in time for Bike Week 2015.

The app, which is free to download, includes access to the latest news and photos on the go, online support for any queries they have during Bike Week and even offers fans the unique opportunity to share lifts and travel arrangements with others.

It’s easy for fans to get involved. Simply download the app from Apple App Store or Google Play and sign in via email or Facebook Connect to get access to all of the new features.

James Courtney, President of the Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club said: “With 50,000 spectators expected at Dundrod during Bike Week, we wanted to make it as easy as possible for fans to get to and from the circuit.

“We hope that it will help fans reduce their travel costs and encourage those fans who can’t drive or have difficulty organising transport to get to Dundrod.”

Ori Shilo, Founder and CEO of FanZone said: “We hope it will enhance the UGP experience for fans and make it easier than ever for fans to connect with each other and keep up to speed with the racing.”

Meanwhile, road race fans ate being asked to choose their favourite race from the past 15 years at the event.

Clerk of the Course Noel Johnston has shortlisted the top six, and fans can now vote for their favourite on the Ulster Grand Prix YouTube channel.

The top six are as follows:

2003 Supersport Race 2: Ian Lougher, Adrian Archibald, Ryan Farquar, Richard Britton and Darren Lindsay battle it out over seven laps.

2004 Superbike Race 1: A dramatic finish as Bruce Anstey slips off at the hairpin while battling for the lead with Ryan Farquhar.

2010 Superbike Race 2: On a day when the in form Ian Hutchinson took a hit-trick of wins, Bruce Anstey lays down his marker and sets a new lap record at Dundrod with a blistering average speed of 133.977mph.

2010 Supersport Race 2: Keith Amor takes his first UGP win after a tight four-way battle with Hutchinson and the Dunlop brothers, breaking Ian Hutchinson’s run of nine consecutive international road race victories.

2013 Supersport Race 1: After dominating the early laps, Guy Martin finally gets the better of Bruce Anstey after a thrilling last lap, with both riders changing positions several time.

2013 Supersport Race 2: William Dunlop and Bruce Anstey are in a class of their own as they break away from the chasing pack. It looks too close to call until a dramatic move on the final corner allows William Dunlop regain the lead from Anstey and take the checkered flag.

Fans should visit youtube.com/ulstergrandprix to see a video of each race, simply ‘like’ your favourite to vote for it.

Johnston said: “I had my work cut out for me choosing these six races, we’ve seen some pretty epic battles around the Dundrod circuit over the years.

“I’m sure there are others that might deserve to be on that list but those were the real stand-out races.

“It’ll be interesting to see what the fans see as their preferred race, all will be revealed soon,” he added.

The winning race will be announced during the Miss UGP Finals on Thursday 6th August in the UGP hospitality marquee.