ULSTER Grand Prix boss Noel Johnston has warned prospective newcomers to lay vital groundwork before turning up as event chiefs reveal the 2019 race week dates.
Next year’s UGP is set to begin on Monday, August 5, with practice sessions for all classes to be held on Wednesday, August 7 and the morning of August 8 just before racing begins.
Racing will commence on the Thursday of race week with the first of the meeting’s three Superbike races, Supersport, Ultralightweight/Lightweight and Supertwins classes before a seven-race programme on Saturday, August 10.
But Clerk of the Course Noel Johnston has issued a cautionary message to anyone wishing to have their first go on the Dundrod Circuit after both weather and the loss of rider Fabrice Miguet blighted this year’s event.
“My key message for everyone, but specifically newcomers, is that Dundrod is an extremely fast and technical circuit which must be treated with respect,” warned Johnston, “and that means doing a serious amount of groundwork before taking your place on the grid.
“Unfortunately, this year we had less than perfect weather conditions and had to delay and abandon some of the races on the Saturday. We were gutted for the fans and all the teams and riders that had travelled over for the event, it was very unfortunate after all the hard work that had been put into the event.
“With that said, we are looking forward to welcoming the tens of thousands of motorcycling fans from across the globe that will descend on Dundrod for the 2019 UGP Race Week.”
Event bosses have also confirmed that the number of newcomers will once again be restricted. Superbike, Superstock and Supersport will only be open to international licence holders, while national licence holders will be eligible to compete in the other classes.
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