Sponsorship deals a major boost for UGP, says chief Johnston
The 2019 fonaCAB Ulster Grand Prix announced its sponsors for the Supertwin races yesterday, with Antrim's Castle Mall coming on board for the first time to support the Thursday afternoon race while long-time backers Maxwell Freight Services will continue sponsoring the Saturday race.
The new sponsorship deal with Castle Mall will see some of the top road racers in the world visit the shopping complex on Monday, August 5 for a special 'Meet the Riders' day.
The event gets under way at noon and will be broadcast by Q Radio's street crew.
Pamela Minford, Castle Mall Centre Manager, said: "We are delighted to be a sponsor of the Ulster Grand Prix, one of the world's leading international road races and an outstanding spectator event.
"We also have a family-friendly event planned with Q Radio including face painting, trophy and flag making plus the chance to meet the world's fastest road racers. Everyone will have a chance to win paddock and race passes for the week of action at Dundrod, so come and say hello."
Clerk of the course Noel Johnston said: "It is always a great privilege to welcome a new race sponsor to the Ulster Grand Prix and we are delighted to have another local business with Antrim's Castle Mall joining us for 2019.
"The race organisers try to involve the event and the fantastic road racers we have each year in local community events and the event in the Castle Mall offers a great opportunity for families to have a chat and some fun with their favourite racing stars."
Crumlin-based Maxwell Freight Services, now owned and managed by twin brothers Tommy and Terry Maxwell, have been loyal sponsors of the Ulster Grand Prix for many years and indeed of road racing in general.
Tommy said: "We are delighted to be back as a sponsor of our local road race. Our family have enjoyed a long association with the Ulster Grand Prix and road racing that has provided us with a lot of exposure for our business, as the event is famous around the world."
Johnston added: "It is great news that Maxwell Freight Services are back on board as sponsors for another year. Another local company who have been with us for many years and the race organisers are very grateful for their continued help."