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Rain Halts North West 200 - 2013
Sadly torrential rain forced Ireland's premier road race event to be stopped on Saturday 18th May on safety grounds.
The hard-working Coleraine Club members, together with an army of Road Marshals, fought hard to brush the water-logged roads around the nine mile circuit but it became a losing battle. The morning rain gradually became heavier and turned into a downpour from around 2pm. After a lot of consideration, the Race Director, Mervyn Whyte (OBE) officially called a halt to proceedings at around 3pm. Mervyn emotionally thanked Competitors, Sponsors and his army of volunteers and thousands of race fans for coming to the event and braving such terrible weather in the hope that things would improve.
The first race (Supersport 600) got underway in good time after road closing but was stopped at the end of lap two on the grounds of safety because of standing water. Michael Dunlop, leading on the road was declared as winner. For a full listing of results from Thursday and Saturday plus qualifying times please click here.
Liink to Vauxhall North West 200 website here. - includes links to BBC.
Photos Mervyn McBride & Steve Freeburn
Each of our road races have their own blend of uniqueness but all promise the same friendliness in the paddock and around the track - this is what makes motorcycle racing in Ireland so special. Despite the conditions today, all around the track everyone remained in good spirits and were still determined to make the most of the day as can be seen in some of the photographs we have recorded above. Good luck to everyone in the Coleraine Club - we all look forward to joining you again in 2014. ________________________________________________________________
Ulster & Irish Championship Standings
Road Racing - Ulster & Irish Championship here (11th May 2013)
2013 FIM Womens Road Racing Training Camp Invitation- Click here
Next Irish Short Circuit Championship Races
|Mondello Park - Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May
(Irish Sidecar Racing & Supporters Club)
|Kirkistown - 1st June (Belfast & District Motor Club) Entry Form here|
|Mondello Park - 22nd & 23rd June - Adelaide Masters Series|
Great day's racing at the Tandragee 100
The hard working North Armagh Club provided a great day's racing at this year's Tandragee 100 last Saturday, 4th May.
The local weather was a little cool for the time of year but the action on the track was as hot as it could be... thousands of road race hungry fans were treated to superb racing from the off. Michael Dunlop took two very deserved wins - the first coming in the first 'Open' race of the day and the second being the Superbike Feature Race. However, the race of the day was the 600cc Supersport event. At the finish it was was Wayne Kirwin who got the chequred Photos - Mervyn McBride
flag but it was a six lap sensation with Michael Pearson, Derek Magee and Derek Shiels giving it their best to get the win - super stuff which bodes well for a lot more enjoyment as the rest of the season unfolds. Mark Hanna from Antrim took the honours in the Junior Support race. Jamie Hamilton stretched his superiority in the Supertwins class with another win while William Dunlop had a convincing win in the concurrently run 250cc race.
Full Results list here (courtesy of Richrad Agnew & Team) and link to Club website here.
** Super Short Circuit Racing at Nutts Corner 20th April **
The Mid Antrim Club hosted rounds 7 & 8 of the Irish Short Circuit Championship at Nutts Corner on Saturday, 20th April. The whole day went off like clockwork and was a credit to the Clerk of the Course, Raymond Aitcheson, his team and volunteers. What a treat to be back enjoying the racing in warmer weather! During the lunch break the paddock had a barbeque atmosphere with everyone enjoying the fresh air and renewing old aquaintances. Please click here for Results (Courtesy of Richard Agnew & Team) Photos Mervyn McBride
Southern 100 - Billown Races - Isle of Man
** Adelaide Masters Series - Mondello Park **
The Adelaide Masters Series for 2013 has got underway with two cracking rounds of the Championship completed over the weekend 6th and 7th April at Mondello Park - Co Dublin. The event was hosted by MPSC. For full results listing please link to dedicated Adelaide Masters Series Website here...
** Cookstown 100 - Super start to Road Racing season **
Michael Dunlop proved to be the man to beat winning both Superbike races while Guy Martin took the honours in the Supersport Race. Michael then finished his day off well with a win in the Supertwins B race. Meanwhile William Dunlop who was a favourite to win the 600cc class struggled a little to find his form but made up for it by taking victory in the 250cc race in front of Sam Wilson and Davy Morgan. Paul Robinson took the honours in the 125GP race. Photos - Jackie Henry
An action packed Easter weekend...
The 2013 Tarmac Racing season started in great style with two super short circuit events over the Easter Weekend. The first was at Bishopscourt, on Easter Saturday, hosted by the MCRRCI and Killinchy Clubs on Easter Saturday (Full Results listing please- click here).
Photos - Bishopscourt & Kirkistown - Photos M McBride
CS Clancy Centenary Ride - Round the World Trip !
The Ulster Centre would like to express its best wishes to author and adventurer Geoff Hill and popular ex-Racer Gary Walker who will commence their round the world motorcycle adventure on Monday 25th March from Belfast. This fantastic trip, sponsored by ADELAIDE INSURANCE, is being held to commemorate the same journey which CS Clancy and Walter Storey undertook 100 years ago riding a 934cc (7hp) 1912 Henderson, probably the fastest bike in the world at that time. Geoff and Gary will, as far as possible, re-trace the journey which Clancy and Storey undertook. To read more and keep up to date with their progress in the coming weeks, please click here.
MCUI Announcements for Racing in 2013 ***
The MCUI has released a new document which summarises Event Codes of Practice for all Motorcycle Tarmac / Road Racing Events. This document relates to everyone's safety and is relevant to everyone who attends Motorcycle Racing events throughout Ireland... Please read more / download by clicking here.
Also - competitors please note - the Latest General Competition Rules (revised to Dec 2011) have been released by the MCUI - click here to download or browse to the Rules and Regulation Tab above.
** Important info regarding Number Plate requirements in 2013 - Please Click here.
** Competitor Upgrade list for 2013 - Click here.