Ulster Grand Prix organisers have finally been forced to cancel this year’s event with the coronavirus being the straw that broke the camel’s back.
A statement reads:
It is with great regret the organisers of the Ulster Grand Prix, the Dundrod and District Motorcycle Club, must announce the race will not take place in 2020.
Despite numerous meetings in recent months with councillors, MLAs, MPs and Ministers and other interested parties, we have been unable to find the necessary financial support to run the meeting this year.
The unprecedented crisis surrounding the Coronavirus epidemic has made finding a solution at this stage impossible.
After rain hit the event last year, organisers were left with a £300,000 hole in the bank account which has made running the 2020 race almost impossible.
Clerk of the course Noel Johnston resigned in recent weeks which put a significant nail in the coffin for this year and may also affect next year’s event.