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Ulster Grand Prix

Ulster Grand Prix
Dundrod Circuit.svg
VenueDundrod Circuit
First race1922
Most wins (rider)Joey Dunlop (24)

The Ulster Grand Prix is a motorcycle race that takes place on the 7.3-mile Dundrod Circuit made up entirely of closed-off public roads near Belfast, Northern Ireland. The first races took place in 1922 and in 1935 and 1948 the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme gave it the title Grand Prix d'Europe. The Ulster Grand Prix was included as one of the races in the inaugural 1949 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season (now MotoGP), a place it held until 1971. It also counted for the Formula TT Championship between 1979 and 1990.[] According to the race organisers, it is the fastest road race in the world.[1]

History

Hairpin bend on the Dundrod Circuit

[2] The race has been held on three different circuits. The 20.5-mile Old Clady circuit was used from 1922 until 1939 and included a notoriously bumpy 7-mile straight.[2]

After World War II the new Clady circuit was used that, due to road improvements, was now 16.5 miles in length and in use between 1947 and 1952.

In 1953 the race was moved to the 7.401-mile Dundrod Circuit where it is still held. The 1971 event was won by Australian Jack Findlay in what was the Ulster Grand Prix's last year as part of the FIM Grand Prix international motorcycle racing calendar. Findlay's victory on a Suzuki was also notable for marking the first 500cc class win for a motorcycle powered by a two stroke engine.[3][4] The event was cancelled in 1972 because of the political situation in Northern Ireland, but it was held in 2001 during the Foot-and-mouth crisis, even though the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT were cancelled that year.[5]

[6]

Bruce Anstey won the Superbike race at the Ulster Grand Prix in 2010, setting a new lap record of 133.977 mph, making him the fastest rider on the fastest motorcycle racing circuit in the world.[7][8]

Official names and sponsors

Famous riders

Joey Dunlop during the 1982 Ulster Grand Prix

Joey Dunlop won 24 Ulster Grand Prix races during his career, with Phillip McCallen winning 14 races, Peter Hickman with 13 wins, Bruce Anstey 12[14] and Brian Reid 9 wins.[] Some of the famous riders include: Guy Martin (11 wins) Stanley Woods (7 wins), Jimmie Guthrie, Jimmie Simpson, Artie Bell, Les Graham, Freddie Frith (3 wins), Geoff Duke (3 wins), John Surtees (6 wins), Ray Amm, Carlo Ubbiali (5 wins), Bill Lomas (3 wins), Mike Hailwood (7 wins), Giacomo Agostini (7 wins), Phil Read (3 wins), Bill Ivy (3 wins), Bob McIntyre, Gary Hocking (3 wins), Tom Herron (5 wins), Ron Haslam (5 wins), Jon Ekerold, and more recently Mick Grant, Wayne Gardner, Steve Hislop, Robert Dunlop (9 wins).

FIM World Championship rounds (1949–1971)

Ulster Grand Prix
Dundrod Circuit.svg
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
VenueDundrod Circuit (1953–1971)
Clady Circuit (1949–1952)
First race1949
Last race1971
Most wins (rider)Mike Hailwood, Giacomo Agostini (7)
Most wins (manufacturer)MV Agusta (24)

Multiple winners (riders)

# Wins Rider Wins
Category Years won
7 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood 500 cc 1962, 1963, 1966, 1967
350 cc 1966
250 cc 1967
125 cc 1959
Italy Giacomo Agostini 500 cc 1968, 1969, 1970
350 cc 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970
6 United Kingdom John Surtees 500 cc 1958, 1959
350 cc 1958, 1959, 1960
250 cc 1955
5 Italy Carlo Ubbiali 250 cc 1960
125 cc 1950, 1956, 1958, 1960
4 Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Jim Redman 350 cc 1962, 1963, 1964
250 cc 1963
Switzerland Luigi Taveri 250 cc 1956
125 cc 1957, 1962, 1966
3 United Kingdom Geoff Duke 500 cc 1950, 1951
350 cc 1951
United Kingdom Maurice Cann 250 cc 1949, 1950, 1952
United Kingdom Bill Lomas 500 cc 1955
350 cc 1955, 1956
Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Gary Hocking 500 cc 1961
350 cc 1961
250 cc 1959
United Kingdom Phil Read 500 cc 1964
250 cc 1964, 1965
United Kingdom Bill Ivy 250 cc 1968
125 cc 1967, 1968
2 Australia Ken Kavanagh 500 cc 1953
350 cc 1952
Germany Werner Haas 250 cc 1954
125 cc 1953
United Kingdom Cecil Sandford 250 cc 1957
125 cc 1952
United Kingdom John Hartle 500 cc 1956, 1960
New Zealand Hugh Anderson 125 cc 1963, 1964
Australia Kel Carruthers 250 cc 1969, 1970
Spain Ángel Nieto 50 cc 1969, 1970

Multiple winners (manufacturers)

# Wins Manufacturer Wins
Category Years won
24 Italy MV Agusta 500 cc 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1969, 1970
350 cc 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970
250 cc 1956, 1958, 1960
125 cc 1952, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1960
13 Japan Honda 500 cc 1966, 1967
350 cc 1962, 1963, 1964, 1966
250 cc 1961, 1962, 1963, 1967
125 cc 1961, 1962, 1966
11 United Kingdom Norton 500 cc 1950, 1951, 1953, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1965
350 cc 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954
8 Italy Moto Guzzi 500 cc 1955
350 cc 1955, 1956, 1957
250 cc 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952
7 Japan Yamaha 250 cc 1964, 1965, 1968, 1970, 1971
125 cc 1967, 1968
5 Germany NSU 250 cc 1953, 1954, 1955
125 cc 1953, 1954
4 Japan Suzuki 500 cc 1971
125 cc 1963, 1964, 1965
2 United Kingdom Velocette 350 cc 1949, 1950
Italy Mondial 250 cc 1957
125 cc 1950
Italy Gilera 500 cc 1952, 1957
Spain Derbi 50 cc 1969, 1970
Germany MZ 350 cc 1971
250 cc 1959

By year

A pink background indicates a round that was not part of the Grand Prix motorcycle racing championship.

Year Track 50 cc 125 cc 250 cc 350 cc 500 cc Report
Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
1971 Dundrod Race cancelled [N 1] United Kingdom Ray McCullough Yamaha United Kingdom Peter Williams MZ Australia Jack Findlay Suzuki Report
1970 Dundrod Spain Ángel Nieto Derbi Australia Kel Carruthers Yamaha Italy Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta Italy Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta Report
1969 Dundrod Spain Ángel Nieto Derbi Australia Kel Carruthers Benelli Italy Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta Italy Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta Report
1968 Dundrod United Kingdom Bill Ivy Yamaha United Kingdom Bill Ivy Yamaha Italy Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta Italy Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta Report
1967 Dundrod United Kingdom Bill Ivy Yamaha United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Honda Italy Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Honda Report
1966 Dundrod Switzerland Luigi Taveri Honda New Zealand Ginger Molloy Bultaco United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Honda United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Honda Report
1965 Dundrod Germany Ernst Degner Suzuki United Kingdom Phil Read Yamaha Czechoslovakia Franti?ek astný Jawa United Kingdom Dick Creith Norton Report
1964 Dundrod New Zealand Hugh Anderson Suzuki United Kingdom Phil Read Yamaha Rhodesia Jim Redman Honda United Kingdom Phil Read Norton Report
1963 Dundrod New Zealand Hugh Anderson Suzuki Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Jim Redman Honda Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Jim Redman Honda United Kingdom Mike Hailwood MV Agusta Report
1962 Dundrod Switzerland Luigi Taveri Honda United Kingdom Tommy Robb Honda Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Jim Redman Honda United Kingdom Mike Hailwood MV Agusta Report
Year Track 125 cc 250 cc 350 cc 500 cc Report
Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
1961 Dundrod Japan Kunimitsu Takahashi Honda United Kingdom Bob McIntyre Honda Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Gary Hocking MV Agusta Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Gary Hocking MV Agusta Report
1960 Dundrod Italy Carlo Ubbiali MV Agusta Italy Carlo Ubbiali MV Agusta United Kingdom John Surtees MV Agusta United Kingdom John Hartle Norton Report
1959 Dundrod United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Ducati Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Gary Hocking MZ United Kingdom John Surtees MV Agusta United Kingdom John Surtees MV Agusta Report
1958 Dundrod Italy Carlo Ubbiali MV Agusta Italy Tarquinio Provini MV Agusta United Kingdom John Surtees MV Agusta United Kingdom John Surtees MV Agusta Report
1957 Dundrod Switzerland Luigi Taveri MV Agusta United Kingdom Cecil Sandford FB-Mondial Australia Keith Campbell Moto Guzzi Italy Libero Liberati Gilera Report
1956 Dundrod Italy Carlo Ubbiali MV Agusta Switzerland Luigi Taveri MV Agusta United Kingdom Bill Lomas Moto Guzzi United Kingdom John Hartle Norton Report
1955 Dundrod United Kingdom John Surtees NSU United Kingdom Bill Lomas Moto Guzzi United Kingdom Bill Lomas Moto Guzzi Report
1954 Dundrod Austria Rupert Hollaus NSU Germany Werner Haas NSU Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Ray Amm Norton Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Ray Amm [N 2] Norton Report
1953 Dundrod Germany Werner Haas NSU Republic of Ireland Reg Armstrong NSU New Zealand Ken Mudford Norton Australia Ken Kavanagh Norton Report
1952 Clady United Kingdom Cecil Sandford MV Agusta United Kingdom Maurice Cann Moto Guzzi Australia Ken Kavanagh Norton United Kingdom Cromie McCandless Gilera Report
1951 Clady United Kingdom Cromie McCandless [N 3] FB-Mondial Italy Bruno Ruffo Moto Guzzi United Kingdom Geoff Duke Norton United Kingdom Geoff Duke Norton Report
1950 Clady Italy Carlo Ubbiali FB-Mondial United Kingdom Maurice Cann Moto Guzzi United Kingdom Bob Foster Velocette United Kingdom Geoff Duke Norton Report
1949 Clady United Kingdom Maurice Cann Moto Guzzi United Kingdom Freddie Frith Velocette United Kingdom Les Graham AJS Report
Footnotes
  1. ^ The 1971 50cc race was cancelled as the organisers had only received eight entries.[15]
  2. ^ The 1954 500cc race was stopped due to bad weather and the race was excluded from the world championship.[16]
  3. ^ The 1951 125cc race only had four competitors and the race was excluded from the world championship.[17]

See also

References

  1. ^ "The World's Fastest Road Race" Ulster Grand Prix Official Website 2010. Retrieved August 2010
  2. ^ a b Eddie McIlwaine (17 August 2008). "10 things you didn't know about the big event". The Belfast Telegraph. p. 15.
  3. ^ "Jack Findlay". 3 June 2007 – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
  4. ^ "MotoGP Milestones". crash.net. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ Ulster Grand Prix 2001 - Preview (retrieved 10 September 2006)
  6. ^ Victoria O'Hara (17 August 2008). "Revved up for race". The Belfast Telegraph. p. 15.
  7. ^ Pinchin, Gary (2010) "Bruce Anstey: Road racing's reclusive hero", Motorcycle News, 18 August 2010. Retrieved 28 August 2010
  8. ^ "Ulster Grand Prix: Anstey celebrates being fastest man on planet", The Belfast Telegraph, 17 August 2010. Retrieved 28 August 2010
  9. ^ "1958 500cc Class (FIM Grand Prix World Championship) Programmes | The Motor Racing Programme Covers Project". www.progcovers.com.
  10. ^ "1961 500cc Class (FIM Grand Prix World Championship) Programmes | The Motor Racing Programme Covers Project". www.progcovers.com.
  11. ^ "1964 500cc Class (FIM Grand Prix World Championship) Programmes | The Motor Racing Programme Covers Project". www.progcovers.com.
  12. ^ "1965 500cc Class (FIM Grand Prix World Championship) Programmes | The Motor Racing Programme Covers Project". www.progcovers.com.
  13. ^ "1971 500cc Class (FIM Grand Prix World Championship) Programmes | The Motor Racing Programme Covers Project". www.progcovers.com.
  14. ^ "Anstey claims 12th Ulster GP win at Dundrod". 14 August 2016 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  15. ^ "Les Championnats du Monde de Courses sur Route - L'année 1971" [World Championship Road Racing - 1971]. Racing Memory (in French). Archived from the original on 2 November 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  16. ^ "Les Championnats du Monde de Courses sur Route - L'année 1954" [World Championship Road Racing - 1954]. Racing Memory (in French). Archived from the original on 2 November 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  17. ^ "Les Championnats du Monde de Courses sur Route - L'année 1951" [World Championship Road Racing - 1951]. Racing Memory (in French). Archived from the original on 2 November 2011. Retrieved 2011.

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