Belfast Telegraph

Deal sees Ulster Grand Prix brought to the masses

By Roy Harris

Greenlight Television and Dundrod and District Motorcycle Club have agreed terms to bring the prestigious Ulster Grand Prix to a worldwide audience over the next three years.

Both parties having secured the ongoing and increased support of BBC Sport NI who will deliver exposure across all of its platforms — TV, radio and online.

Two one-hour highlight programmes, live online streaming on race day, aerial footage of the event for the first time and live coverage of race day on Radio Ulster shows the importance of the event, which is one of the biggest on the motorcycle racing calendar.

Philip McCallen, the only rider ever to win five races in one day at the Ulster Grand Prix in 1996 said: “It’s terrific that the Ulster Grand Prix is now getting the exposure it rightly deserves.

“The Isle of Man TT and North West 200 are great events in their own right and have massive media coverage, but Dundrod is probably the best circuit of the three major international road races and this will be shown worldwide in over 70 countries thanks to this all-new package.

“It is a real riders’ circuit and viewers from around the world will be able to witness it for the first time live.”

Noel Johnston, Clerk of the Course for the event said: “We are delighted to have this new contract in place, which will give fans of road racing across the world the opportunity to see the racing live online on the BBC website.

“It is thanks to the Northern Ireland Tourist Board that this deal with Greenlight and BBC has all been made possible.”

Ulster Grand Prix Bike Week commences on Monday, August 9, with Practice days on Wednesday, August 11, and Thursday, August 13.

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