Statement from The Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club : 21/08/2017 – Gavin Lupton

Rest in Peace Gavin Lupton.

It is with much sadness that the Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club has learned that English rider Gavin Lupton has succumbed to the injuries he sustained during the Dundrod 150 Challenge race on Thursday 10th August.

The 37 year old from Otley in West Yorkshire came off his bike at the ‘Lougher’s’ section of the 7.4 mile Dundrod circuit. No other riders were involved in the incident.

 

Gavin, also known as ‘Luppy’, was an experienced and popular rider who had been competing at the Ulster Grand Prix since 2015.

 

The Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club would like to offer its heartfelt condolences to Gavin’s family, friends and team, and requests that their privacy is respected as they come to terms with his passing.

2017 MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix : Saturday Race Session Results and Timings

When the Roads Close : Ulster Grand Prix and Dundrod 150 Road Races

For full and detailed qualifying times check out :

Wednesday 9th August 2017 Practice and Qualifying Sessions :

https://tbni.blog/2017/08/11/2017-mce-insurance-ulster-grand-prix-qualifying-session-wednesday-9th-august-2017/

Thursday 10th August 2017 Practice and Qualifying Sessions :

https://tbni.blog/2017/08/11/2017-mce-insurance-ulster-grand-prix-qualifying-session-dundrod-150-races-thursday-10th-august-2017/

Thos previous 2 days of qualifying have brought us to the 2017 Ulster Grand Prix Saturday Race Day and here’s how that panned out.

The schedule was as follows :

Ulster Grand Prix Race Schedule 2017
Ulster Grand Prix Race Schedule 2017

It really was an epic day’s racing the highlights for me were two fold.  Firstly – Bruce Anstey taking a Superbike win and secondly – Davy Morgan taking the lightweight win on his 250 Honda!  Epic.   Make sure to check out my galleries from every qualifying session and each race!  Lat year I was disappointed in the Ulster Grand Prix for many reasons, however that is all in the past, the 2017 UGP Saturday Race Day was – simply – outstanding.

Bruce Anstey wanted his overlap record back and he got it with a 3.18:249 lap – that’s an average speed of 134.396 mph.  However that record only sttod for a lap then Dean Harrison came in with a blingingly quick 134.614 mph lap that took 3.17:928 minutes complete and also took the overall lap record.

Another absolutely noteworthy rider is Peter Hickman – his first outing on the roads and already a Superbike win (and a couple of others) already under his belt

Check out my Facebook Page for a few videos – every race is featured :

https://www.facebook.com/tbnicouk/

But without further ado here are the results for each race :

Read more2017 MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix : Saturday Race Session Results and Timings

11/08/2017 : Statement from the Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club on injured riders.

Praying for a full and speedy recovery for both riders.

The Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club can confirm that two riders remain in a critical condition in hospital following two separate racing incidents.

Stephen Lynd from Templepatrick, Northern Ireland was injured after a crash during a Dundrod 150 practice session.

Gavin Lupton from Otley in West Yorkshire was injured after a crash during the Dundrod 150 Challenge race.

Further information about the two riders will be issued in due course.

2017 MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix : Qualifying Session & Dundrod 150 Races : Thursday 10th August 2017

When the Roads Close : Ulster Grand Prix and Dundrod 150 Road Races

With qualifying completed on Wednesday for the Dundrod 150 Road Races, the Thursday session sees thoses races coupled with a qualifying session for the Ulster Grand Prix.

The schedule is a busy one with Supersport, Superstock and Superbikes all scheduled for a qualifying session for the Ulster Grand Prix then 5 Races planned for the Dundrod 150.

Charles Hurst Motorcycles Dundrod 150 Race Schedule : Thursday 10th August 2017
Charles Hurst Motorcycles Dundrod 150 Race Schedule : Thursday 10th August 2017

 

Firstly here is how the qualifying sessions panned out :

Read more2017 MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix : Qualifying Session & Dundrod 150 Races : Thursday 10th August 2017

2017 MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix : Qualifying Session Wednesday 9th August 2017

Wednesday 9th August 2017 marks the first day the bikes are on the roads for the Dundrod 150 / Ulster Grand Prix Race Week, all the action focuses on qualifying for Thursday’s Dundrod 150 Races as well as the first qualifying sessions for the MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix.

With the full range of bikes on the roads here is how the qualifying sessions racked up :

Read more2017 MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix : Qualifying Session Wednesday 9th August 2017

Statement issued on behalf of the Dundrod and District Motorcycle Club – Jamie Hodson

Terrible news following tonights Ulster Grand Prix action.

Rest in Peace Jamie Hodson.

It is with much regret that the Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club confirm that a rider was killed following a crash during the Dundrod 150 National race on Thursday 10th August.

35 year old Jamie Hodson from Wigan was involved in an incident at the ‘Joey’s Windmill’ section of the circuit. His brother Rob Hodson was involved in the same accident, but has no serious injuries.

An experienced rider, Jamie was the reigning Manx GP Supertwins champion, and this year achieved a top 10 finish in the TT Lightweight race.

The Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club would like to express its sincere condolences to Jamie’s family and friends and requests that their privacy is respected at this difficult time.It is with much regret that the Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club confirm that a rider was killed following a crash during the Dundrod 150 National race on Thursday 10th August.

The 2017 MCE Ulster Grand Prix is Here : Where to Watch – Vantage Points

The Ulster Grand Prix – the fastest road race in the world – is now underway. Today will see a qualifying session and then a series of five scheduled races concluding with the Charles Hurst Dundrod 150.

Racing will resume on Saturday 12th August 2017 taking us to the feature race – 2017 MCE Ulster Grand Prix.

The hardest question is 'where should I go to watch it?'

Thankfully the organisers have put together a very helpful list of the a the Vantage Points and how to get to them :

Read moreThe 2017 MCE Ulster Grand Prix is Here : Where to Watch – Vantage Points

The 2017 MCE Ulster Grand Prix is Here : Event Coverage Schedule

If you are unable to get to Dundrod for this years Ulster Grand Prix make sure you still catch all the action with the event's highlights coverage – on television, online and on the BBC iPlayer.

And if you are here but can't hear the commentary fear not as all Saturday's racing will be covered live by BBC Radio Ulster! (AM / FM / and online streaming).

Full coverage details :

The 2017 MCE Ulster Grand Prix is Here : Circuit Map

With race Week already underway today is the first day we will see bikes on the road! And the roads close in a little over 2 hours.

So for your info here is the circuit map :

Have a great and safe Ulster Grand Prix to all the riders, teams, spectators, marshals, everyone.

Bikers : #KeepTheRaceInItsPlace

Drivers : #TakeaSecondLook

Dan Kneen to join Tyco BMW for the 2017 Ulster Grand Prix

Read the Tyco BMW Press Release here :

http://tycobmw.com/manxman-kneen-to-join-tyco-bmw-for-the-ulster-grand-prix/

Tyco BMW have announced that Manx rider Dan Kneen will ride for them at the 2017 MCE Ulster Grand Prix.

With Ian Hutchinson out of contention for the Dundrod meeting due to the injuries he sustained at the Isle of Man TT, former MCE Ulster GP winner Kneen is set to be the team’s only rider at the final international road race of the year.

30-year-old Manxman Dan had his most successful TT campaign to date this year, securing both his fastest lap and a debut podium in the Superstock race behind Ian Hutchinson and Peter Hickman.

He comes to Dundrod with an impressive Southern 100 performance under his belt too, narrowly missing out on glory in the senior race to Michael Dunlop, who crossed the finish line just 0.12 seconds in front of Kneen.

Dan Kneen said: “First of all, it’s nice to be asked to ride for Tyco BMW. Obviously, the opportunity has come up, due to Hutchy’s injury, so I’d like to take this opportunity to wish him all the best with his recovery.

Read moreDan Kneen to join Tyco BMW for the 2017 Ulster Grand Prix