The Dundrod and District Motorcycle Club (DDMC) has announced that construction work has officially begun on the new David Wood Ulster Grand Prix House in the paddock at Dundrod, named after the well known road racer and team manager.
In a ceremony last week, first ground was broken on the project that is to become the future home for the Ulster Grand Prix race office, which will also be used for meeting rooms and commentator posts.
The promoters of the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix have worked together with The David Wood Project, Lisburn City Council and the Ulster Grand Prix Supporters Club to fund the project, while road racing fans also made significant contributions.
James Courtney, President of the DDMC and member of the David Wood Project, said: “After many years of planning and fundraising we are delighted to see construction begin on the new David Wood Ulster Grand Prix House.
“The new facility will be a fantastic addition to the paddock and it is a fitting tribute to David, who contributed so much to road racing through his teams and his dedication to nurturing young talent.
“On behalf of those involved with the project, I would like to thank everyone who has given their support. I’d also like to thank Alpha Programme, which is administered by Groundwork NI, who secured over £50,000 and all of the architects and engineers who have provided invaluable assistance.”
The Alpha Programme re-distributes landfill tax funding from the nearby Mullaghglass landfill site, operated by Alpha Resource Management.
Lee Wood, wife of the late David Wood, said: “Road racing was a huge part of David’s life and it’s great that his memory will live on in this way.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has contributed so far and I look forward to seeing the completed building. It will provide a great home for the sport David loved.”
Construction work is scheduled to finish in Spring 2015, and it’s not too late to ‘buy a block’ to make a contribution towards the David Wood Ulster Grand Prix House.
To find out more, visit www.ulstergrandprix.net.