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Ulster GP chief hoping to entice Seeley and Irwin to Dundrod

By Robert Jones

Clerk of the Course at the MCE Ulster Grand Prix, Noel Johnston, has admitted that he’d love to see Carrickfergus duo Glenn Irwin and Alastair Seeley at the famous Dundrod circuit.

Fresh from their thrilling duel at the North West 200, which saw BSB star Irwin take his first international road race win, Johnston believes the two riders would create an even tighter competition at Dundrod this August.

Seeley last competed at Dundrod 15 years ago in the 750 Support race, placing fourth, while relative newcomer Irwin finished second and third in the Supersport class in 2015, in what was only his second year at Dundrod.

Johnston said: “Seeley is a record-breaker at the North West and brought his usual tremendous form this year, which makes Glenn’s victory in the feature Superbike race all the more incredible.

“I’d love to have them both at the Ulster come August. They both expressed an interest last year so I’m hopeful we can make it happen.

“I’ll be working on it over the next few weeks and if we can pull it off, they will certainly add an extra level of excitement to an already strong Superbike line-up.”

Commenting on the possibility of bringing the 1199 Panigale R to Dundrod, 27-year-old Irwin said: “It felt amazing to get my first international road race win at the North West.

“It was incredible to experience so much home support and it’d be cool to bring the Ducati to the world’s fastest road race.

“I’ll be very happy if we can make it happen but ultimately it depends on how things are going at the BSB as I expect to be in the showdown, which is around the time of the Ulster.”

Fans can buy tickets for the MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix (August 6-12) and Dundrod 150 via Ticketmaster. Tickets will also be available on the roads approaching the circuit during Bike Week and in the race office.

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