Ulster GP's new format is big boost, insists Johnston
The Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club has announced a revised schedule for Bike Week at the 2016 Ulster Grand Prix, which will take place from the August 8 to 13.
The organisers of the World's Fastest Road Race have confirmed roads will now close for two extra hours on Wednesday, August 10, and an extra 30 minutes on Thursday, August 11.
The extra time means practice sessions for all classes will now run on the Wednesday, while there will be two fewer practice sessions on Thursday to better accommodate the full five race programme in the Dundrod 150.
Noel Johnston, Clerk of the Course at the Ulster Grand Prix, said: "By increasing the amount of practice time on the Wednesday we've been able to allow more time for the Dundrod 150 races on the Thursday, without cutting into anyone's track time, and that's good news for all.
"We've also decided to move the riders briefings forward from Wednesday to Tuesday, with newcomers in the morning and all other competitors in the evening, which will allow everyone more time to familiarise themselves with the circuit," he added.
"We're continually working with our stakeholders such as Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Tourism NI and Transport NI to improve the experience for both fans and competitors at Dundrod and we're confident that this altered schedule will make a significant difference."
The Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club has also confirmed that the Joey Dunlop Grandstand will be extended for Bike Week 2016, with an extra 160 seats available for fans.
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