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Ulster Grand Prix: Future of international road race 'in real and imminent danger'

The future of the Ulster Grand Prix international road race is in jeopardy because of serious financial problems.

The Dundrod and District Club explained in a statement that there is a "real and imminent danger" of the event disappearing from the racing calendar.

The club say a severe weather warning issued for Saturday race day in August led to a much reduced crowd and income.

An urgent review is being carried out to assess the viability of running the race meeting in 2020.

Professional advice has been sought by the club with respect to the future running of the event, together with the options available for dealing with the existing financial liabilities.
"Race organisers will consider the outcome of this review and a decision will be taken in the coming weeks as to the future of the club and the Ulster Grand Prix," read a statement from the club.
'A major financial crisis'
The club say this year's feature race day on 10 August "attracted perhaps the smallest crowd the event has ever witnessed", resulting in "a huge loss of income, compounded by existing liabilities, and a major financial crisis".

"Over the past few months the Club has been trying to manage this difficult situation. A critical juncture has now been reached and a decision must be made as to whether or not the race will take place in 2020."
The Ulster Grand Prix first took place in 1922 and enjoyed world championship grand prix status from 1949 to 1971.


"The Ulster Grand Prix celebrated its 97th birthday in 2019." Robert Graham, Chairman of the Dundrod and District Motorcycle Club, said.

"The race organisers have met with local MP, Jeffrey Donaldson, alongside representatives of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council as we continue to seek a solution to the financial problems that would enable Northern Ireland's most prestigious and historic motorcycle race to continue towards its 100th anniversary."

"It is clear though, that in the absence of significant financial support, the Ulster Grand Prix is in real and imminent danger of disappearing from the road racing calendar, an outcome that would be a major blow for motorcycle sport in Northern Ireland."
The 2019 Ulster Grand Prix race week saw the long-standing event reclaim its title as the "World's Fastest Road Race" as Peter Hickman set a new lap record speed of 136.415mph.
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Re: Ulster Grand Prix: Future of international road race 'in real and imminent danger

I was reading this last night. Pre-paid tickets only is "maybe" the way forward.
Proper racing fans shouldn't have a problem with this.
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Re: Ulster Grand Prix: Future of international road race 'in real and imminent danger

Sad news.Hope they get sorted it's a great weekend.
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Re: Ulster Grand Prix: Future of international road race 'in real and imminent danger

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I was reading this last night. Pre-paid tickets only is "maybe" the way forward.
Proper racing fans shouldn't have a problem with this.
I'd agree with that. The crowd was tiny this year, but they didn't help themselves last year with all the delays (except the accident) , considering the start of the day was so good.. There was a lot of waiting around to see if the visibility would clear up before they called it a day. Once people saw the forecast for the Saturday this year a lot of minds were made up. It would be a disaster if they cancelled it.
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Re: Ulster Grand Prix: Future of international road race 'in real and imminent danger

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I was reading this last night. Pre-paid tickets only is "maybe" the way forward.
Proper racing fans shouldn't have a problem with this.
Surely they should consider Sunday as an alternative day if weather is shit as well. I think it's time to come out of the religious dark ages in fairness!
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Re: Ulster Grand Prix: Future of international road race 'in real and imminent danger

Hi Budgerman im Sure the Race Officals would Love to Run on a Sunday to Complete the Event Due to Bad Weather etc , But the Never on a Sunday Brigade would be out in force and would Stop the event from Happening. Nutts Corner Short Circuit is about 2 Miles from Dundrod Circuit and Racing was Stopped there Due to Someone who Lived Near the Circuit Complaining about the Noise ( The North West ) is in the Same Boat as they would Love to Carry over to the Sunday to Complete the Race Event due to Bad weather etc . The Never on a Sunday Brigade if they Had there way would have Everything Shut in the Country apart from Churches on a Sunday , It used to be like that Years ago and was Considered Normal While the South as far as im aware had Nothing like that
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Re: Ulster Grand Prix: Future of international road race 'in real and imminent danger

Cant see why government agencies like the tourism board, department or culture, dept of sports or whatever their equivalent is in the UK cant dip their hands in their pockets just so this event can survive. It and event like it have done so much for Northern Ireland over the years.

Events like these contribute massively to local economies, bring in overseas visitors, and highlight what is good in Northern Ireland.

Even if they were just to make a guarantee just to cover any loss so that the event could go ahead would be something.
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