Belfast Telegraph

Monday 29 December 2014

Fans drawn to classic Ulster Grand Prix circuit

Classic racing cars and motorbikes will be among the highlights today as the Ulster Grand Prix continues at Dundrod.

The high octane extravaganza, powered by the Belfast Telegraph, kicked off this week amidst high hopes of a memorable event despite the leaden skies and rainy conditions.

The Co Antrim circuit will be well and truly put through its paces as the Dundrod 150 races take place.

And this afternoon’s programme will include a demonstration lap of Classic Racing Cars on the circuit, followed by a special reception for drivers and organisers of the event.

There will then be a parade lap of Classic Bikes and former riders, followed by a presentation of mementoes to Classic Bike riders.

The Ulster Grand Prix Supporters' Club have also organised a ‘Meet the Riders' event tonight in the VIP Marquee.

This year the line-up includes Guy Martin, Cameron Donald, Keith Amor and Gary Johnston.

Fans are also bracing themselves for Ulster Grand Prix race day on Saturday, which will feature six races, with the Belfast Telegraph Superbike race expected to draw a big crowd.

The event, now in its 86th year,

has seen many of the world’s top riders taking part throughout its illustrious history, including the Dunlop brothers, Carl Fogarty and Stanley Woods.

It is estimated that more than 25,000 people from around the world will descend on the small village of Dundrod over the week, many of them bike riders.

The circuit is set high in the hills above Belfast and is seven miles and 505 yards long. Racing takes place on roads used by everyday traffic, which are closed to traffic during race days.

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