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Top road races get safety OK

By Jimmy Walker

Published 24/12/2007

Five Ulster motorcycle road races are "safe" for 2008, according to a statement issued by Alan Drysdale, secretary and press officer of the Ulster Centre.

Drysdale said yesterday: "Following the recent decision by the Mid-Antrim club not to promote any speed events for next year, there is ongoing speculation that the other national road races are under threat.

"This is not the case and, with the exception of the Mid-Antrim 150, the full programme of road race events will be run in 2008."

These are Cookstown 100 (April 25 and 26); Tandrage 100 (May 2 and 3); North West 200 (May 13, 15 and 17); Bush Road Race (June 20 and 21) and Ulster Grand Prix (August 13, 14 and 16) which includes the Dundrod 150 national races on Thursday August 14.

Drysdale pointed out that the option still remains for the Mid-Antrim club to promote their events in 2008 should they reconsider their recent decision not to do so.

He also added that the newly formed Armoy club gained affiliation to the Ulster Centre at the December council meeting.

The Armoy club will, I understand, now start working with the Roads Inspection and Tarmac Committees to realise their ambition to promote a new road race in the Armoy area from 2009 onwards.

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