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William fighting fit and ready for Ulster success

By Paul Lindsay

Ballymoney's William Dunlop is back to full fitness following a shoulder injury earlier in the season, and the 28-year-old believes his factory-spec Milwaukee Yamaha Superbike, is pretty much built for success around the Dundrod Circuit – this coming weekend at the Ulster Grand Prix.

"I'd a good run on the bike at Cadwell Park in testing and I was surprised how well I got on with it at Armoy, which I didn't think would suit it that well," explained Dunlop.

Thinking ahead to Thursday's Dundrod 150 and more importantly Saturday's Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix, he added: "I feel I've as much chance on the Superbike as I have on the 600 at Dundrod this year. The big Yamaha is built for that place and with everyone talking about the Michael and Guy battle, it takes the pressure off; that suits me just fine," referring to his Honda TT Legends mounted brother and Tyco Suzuki's Guy Martin.

In other Ulster Grand Prix news, the promoting Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club has received planning permission to rebuild Ulster Grand Prix House in the paddock area at Dundrod.

Together with The David Wood Foundation, Lisburn City Council and the Ulster Grand Prix Supporters' Club, the Dundrod Club aim to have the project completed in time for next year's Ulster Grand Prix in August 2014.

Former racer James Courtney, who is the current Dundrod Club President, and also a proud member of Davy's Team Wood project from the 'good old days', proudly explained: "The original building was knocked down in the early '90s, so we are delighted to announce that we are now in a position to rebuild Ulster Grand Prix House from the ground up.

"I can also confirm that the new building will be named the David Wood Ulster Grand Prix House.

"Next year will mark the 10th anniversary of David's death. He was a fantastic ambassador for the sport, both as a racer and a racing manager."

Davy was best known as Joey Dunlop's racing manager but also looked after James' career as well as other top stars like Chris Richardson, Richard Britton, Darran Lindsay and Martin Finnegan.

Acknowledging the support of other organisations, James said: "We are indebted to the Foundation as well as Lisburn City Council and the Ulster Grand Prix Supporters' Club."

He also asked for the road racing community to get involved in the 'Buy a Block' campaign, explaining: "Fans can buy a block for just £5, and everyone who donates to the project will be personally named on a plaque once the house is built."

The David Wood Ulster Grand Prix House will house the UGP race office, and will also be home to club meetings and wider community events throughout the year.

The Ulster Grand Prix Supporters' Club will be selling blocks at their stand in the paddock, and you will also be able to buy blocks on the Ulster Grand Prix website or by calling James Courtney on 07771 846205.

For more details on the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix, visit www.ulstergrandprix.net

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