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Noel Johnston steps down as clerk of course at the Ulster Grand Prix

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Noel Johnston, UGP Clerk of the Course

Noel Johnston, UGP Clerk of the Course

Noel Johnston, UGP Clerk of the Course

Noel Johnston has announced he is stepping down as clerk of the course at the Ulster Grand Prix following the Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club's recent annual general meeting.

Johnston has served the Ulster Grand Prix with distinction for 18 years, running the event like clockwork during his time in charge of race week.

This year's race is currently at risk of not taking place after it was revealed it was in debt to the excess of £250,000.

In his statement, Johnston also revealed he has resigned as a member of the Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club.

"It is not without regret and some sadness that I announce this decision and as I have stated before, the Ulster Grand Prix has been a huge part of my life, having volunteered in the role of clerk of the course for 18 years.

"It’s no secret that it has been a blow for me to see the event in jeopardy, and I still dearly hope that this historic road race that so many of us love can be safeguarded long into the future.

"I do believe that if the right management, governance and support were in place that it is achievable to get the Ulster back on track, and I certainly wouldn’t rule out any future involvement if that were the case.

"For now, I would just like to thank all the riders, teams, suppliers, sponsors and partners I have worked with over the years, far too many to mention.

"It can be a difficult job but when everything came together to produce world-class racing and everyone got home safe, there was no better job in the world."

Belfast Telegraph