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North West 200 enjoys taste of the Olympics

By Jim Gracey

This year’s Relentless North West 200 will have a London 2012 Olympic connection.

Fans will be able to view the high speed action around the north coast course from specially imported grandstands, destined for London 2012 events.

The stands will be built at key vantage points by specialist company Eventserv, with bases in Yorkshire and Co Dublin.

Eventserv are one of the main suppliers at London 2012 and have also provided equipment for high profile events such as music festival Oxegen, the Irish Open golf, the Special Olympics in Limerick as well as U2 at Croke Park.

May 21 Race Day and Race Festival Week seats and packages go on sale from 9.00am tomorrow and can be purchased via event website www.northwest200.org.

New style seats will feature wider spacing between rows and will provide fans with high calibre, comfortable and stylish international seating. The new range of grandstands will be in installed by mid-May in a range of locations at the Start Line, hospitality and paddock area, between Portrush and Portstewart, as well as overlooking York Corner in Portstewart.

Fans can check out a comprehensive selection of grandstand, programme and paddock packages on the newly revamped Race website which proved a huge hit last year with large numbers of fans and visitors booking and buying packages online.

This year, Saturday grandstand seats cost £20 and £25 with a weekly paddock pass, programme and Saturday grandstand seat delivering good value at £45 and £49.

Race director Mervyn Whyte said: “We're delighted to introduce a range of Olympic style, state of the art, grandstand seating to this year's North West in line with our policy of key improvements to the overall event experience for fans and visitors to the North Coast area.

“Grandstands provide excellent and safe viewing in close proximity to the course and we would urge spectators to book early as grandstand seats do sell out quickly.”

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