Whyte expects improvements as new supplier fuels the NW200
Although the Vauxhall International North West 200 is some five months away, organisers have made the announcement that WP (Wessex Petroleum) Racing are to be the exclusive fuel supplier for the event.
WP are the current fuel supplier to the British Superbike Championship, amongst others, and have extensive experience in the supply of quality racing fuels and testing of fuel samples.
Event Director Mervyn Whyte MBE explained: "Each year some 10,000 litres of fuel are used at the North West. We take our health and safety and environmental responsibilities seriously. The introduction of WP Racing's services will bring about significant improvements in terms of transportation, handling and dispensing of racing fuels.
"Through the use of approved and tested fuel containers and dispensing equipment, there will also be a significantly reduced risk of environmental contamination through fuel spillage.
"It is in the interests of everyone that race results are not influenced by any potential unfair advantage brought about through the illicit use of high performing fuels. WP Racing will have an on-site testing facility that can confirm within 10 minutes of obtaining a sample that the control fuel is being used."
The agreement with WP Racing extends over three years and the technical regulations for the 2018 races are currently being finalised to incorporate the use of the new control fuel format.
Anthony Webb, WP Racing Manager, said: "We are delighted to take on this new role and are looking forward to working with Mervyn and his team in 2018."
One of those expected to line up in May is Dean Harrison, who has retained the Duke Road Race Ranking title. The leading Irish riders were Derek McGee (fifth), Michael Dunlop (sixth) and Derek Sheils (seventh), while Castleblayney's Joseph Loughlin (ninth) was best newcomer.