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New sponsors have NW200 in high gear

 

Revved up: Gary Nicholl of Nicholl Oils, North West 200 event director Mervyn Whyte and William McCausland of fonaCAB
Revved up: Gary Nicholl of Nicholl Oils, North West 200 event director Mervyn Whyte and William McCausland of fonaCAB

By Roy Harris

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The International North West 200 will celebrate its 90th anniversary with a new title sponsorship.

Northern Ireland’s leading taxi company fonaCAB and the province’s largest independent oil distributor Nicholl Oils have been welcomed on board by event director Mervyn Whyte MBE.

Whyte said: “It is an indication of the event’s prestige that it attracts the support of companies with such high profiles as these businesses.

“The event receives global exposure and everyone involved in the races work tirelessly to ensure all of our sponsors enjoy and benefit from their involvement in what is a very special year for the North West 200.”

fonaCAB have enjoyed a long association with the North West 200, from sponsoring Michael Swann in 1988 to backing current competitors Lee Johnston, Glenn Irwin, Jeremy McWilliams and Paul Jordan.

William McCausland, director of fonaCAB, said: “The NW200 is the jewel in the crown of the international road racing calendar, bringing the best road racers on the planet to these shores.

“fonaCAB are delighted to welcome the teams, competitors and fans to this year’s event.”

The race will be known as the fonaCAB International North West 200 in association with Nicholl Oils, and will take place between May 12-18.

The new title sponsors take over from Vauxhall, who enjoyed a five-year agreement.

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