ULSTER GRAND PRIX
Raced over the legendary Dundrod closed public roads circuit, the Ulster Grand Prix is one of the most spectacular and fastest motorcycle races anywhere in the world. The current lap record for the 7.4 mile pure roads circuit was set by Dean Harrison in 2017 at 134.614mph.
Conveniently situated for spectators, being just over 10 miles to the West of Belfast in Northern Ireland, the Ulster Grand Prix annually attracts fans in their tens of thousands. Historically the event goes back to it’s first running in 1922, being contested in those days over what was the 20.5 mile long Clady circuit (which was situated a handful of miles away from the current Dundrod circuit).
Having been a round on the FIM World Championship calendar since 1949, the event maintained it’s status up until 1971. Nowadays, no longer counting toward the World Championships, the UGP is however, recognised as one of the ‘big three’ International Roads Classics alongside the NW200 & Isle of Man TT, attracting all of the major names of racing ‘between the hedges’.
2019 Race Week is 5th - 10th August. With 4 races scheduled for Thursday 8th & 7 races on Saturday 10th.
(note. Fastest ever Motorcycle Lap Record : set by Barry Sheene in 1977 over the now defunct 14.1km Spa Francorchamps Circuit in Belgium at 137.149mph)