Ulster Grand Prix

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

The Ulster Grand Prix is a motorcycle race that takes place on the 7.401 mi (11.911 km) 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.[ citation needed ] According to the race organisers, it is the fastest road race in the world. [1]

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History

Hairpin bend on the Dundrod Circuit NI-UGP hairpin bend.jpg
Hairpin bend on the Dundrod Circuit

[2] The race has been held on three different circuits. The 20.5 mi (33.0 km)Old Clady circuit was used from 1922 until 1939 and included a notoriously bumpy 7 mi (11 km) straight. [2]

After World War II the new Clady circuit was used that, due to road improvements, was now 16.467 mi (26.501 km) in length and in use between 1947 and 1952.

In 1953 the race was moved to the 7.401 mi (11.911 km) 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]

In 1997 Dublin sidecar pilot Stephen Galligan died of injuries sustained in a warm-up crash the day before the race. Mr Galligan died ten days later in hospital. Seven-year-old spectator Christopher McConnell-Hewitt also lost his life when he was struck by the sidecar which veered out of control on a long straight and crashed into a crowd. [7]

Bruce Anstey won the Superbike race at the Ulster Grand Prix in 2010, setting a new lap record of 133.977 mph (215.615 km/h), making him the fastest rider on the fastest motorcycle racing circuit in the world. [8] [9]

Official names and sponsors

Famous riders

Joey Dunlop during the 1982 Ulster Grand Prix NI-Joey-Dunlop 1982UlsterGP.jpg
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 [15] and Brian Reid 9 wins.[ citation needed ] 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 (19491971)

Ulster Grand Prix
Dundrod Circuit.svg
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Venue Dundrod Circuit (19531971)
Clady Circuit (19491952)
First race1949
Last race1971
Most wins (rider) Mike Hailwood, Giacomo Agostini (7)
Most wins (manufacturer) MV Agusta (24)

Multiple winners (riders)

# WinsRiderWins
CategoryYears won
7 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mike Hailwood 500 cc1962, 1963, 1966, 1967
350 cc1966
250 cc1967
125 cc1959
Flag of Italy.svg Giacomo Agostini 500 cc1968, 1969, 1970
350 cc1967, 1968, 1969, 1970
6 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Surtees 500 cc1958, 1959
350 cc1958, 1959, 1960
250 cc1955
5 Flag of Italy.svg Carlo Ubbiali 250 cc1960
125 cc1950, 1956, 1958, 1960
4 Flag of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (1953-1963).svg Jim Redman 350 cc1962, 1963, 1964
250 cc1963
Flag of Switzerland.svg Luigi Taveri 250 cc1956
125 cc1957, 1962, 1966
3 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Geoff Duke 500 cc1950, 1951
350 cc1951
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Maurice Cann 250 cc1949, 1950, 1952
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bill Lomas 500 cc1955
350 cc1955, 1956
Flag of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (1953-1963).svg Gary Hocking 500 cc1961
350 cc1961
250 cc1959
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Phil Read 500 cc1964
250 cc1964, 1965
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bill Ivy 250 cc1968
125 cc1967, 1968
2 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Ken Kavanagh 500 cc1953
350 cc1952
Flag of Germany.svg Werner Haas 250 cc1954
125 cc1953
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Cecil Sandford 250 cc1957
125 cc1952
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Hartle 500 cc1956, 1960
Flag of New Zealand.svg Hugh Anderson 125 cc1963, 1964
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Kel Carruthers 250 cc1969, 1970
Flag of Spain.svg Ángel Nieto 50 cc1969, 1970

Multiple winners (manufacturers)

# WinsManufacturerWins
CategoryYears won
24 Flag of Italy.svg MV Agusta 500 cc1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1969, 1970
350 cc1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970
250 cc1956, 1958, 1960
125 cc1952, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1960
13 Flag of Japan.svg Honda 500 cc1966, 1967
350 cc1962, 1963, 1964, 1966
250 cc1961, 1962, 1963, 1967
125 cc1961, 1962, 1966
11 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Norton 500 cc1950, 1951, 1953, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1965
350 cc1951, 1952, 1953, 1954
8 Flag of Italy.svg Moto Guzzi 500 cc1955
350 cc1955, 1956, 1957
250 cc1949, 1950, 1951, 1952
7 Flag of Japan.svg Yamaha 250 cc1964, 1965, 1968, 1970, 1971
125 cc1967, 1968
5 Flag of Germany.svg NSU 250 cc1953, 1954, 1955
125 cc1953, 1954
4 Flag of Japan.svg Suzuki 500 cc1971
125 cc1963, 1964, 1965
2 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Velocette 350 cc1949, 1950
Flag of Italy.svg Mondial 250 cc1957
125 cc1950
Flag of Italy.svg Gilera 500 cc1952, 1957
Flag of Spain.svg Derbi 50 cc1969, 1970
Flag of Germany.svg MZ 350 cc1971
250 cc1959

By year

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

YearTrack50 cc125 cc250 cc350 cc500 ccReport
RiderManufacturerRiderManufacturerRiderManufacturerRiderManufacturerRiderManufacturer
1971 Dundrod Race cancelled [N 1] Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ray McCullough Yamaha Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Peter Williams MZ Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jack Findlay Suzuki Report
1970 Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg Ángel Nieto Derbi Flag of Australia (converted).svg Kel Carruthers Yamaha Flag of Italy.svg Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta Flag of Italy.svg Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta Report
1969 Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg Ángel Nieto Derbi Flag of Australia (converted).svg Kel Carruthers Benelli Flag of Italy.svg Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta Flag of Italy.svg Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta Report
1968 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bill Ivy Yamaha Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bill Ivy Yamaha Flag of Italy.svg Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta Flag of Italy.svg Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta Report
1967 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bill Ivy Yamaha Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mike Hailwood Honda Flag of Italy.svg Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mike Hailwood Honda Report
1966 Flag of Switzerland.svg Luigi Taveri Honda Flag of New Zealand.svg Ginger Molloy Bultaco Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mike Hailwood Honda Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mike Hailwood Honda Report
1965 Flag of Germany.svg Ernst Degner Suzuki Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Phil Read Yamaha Flag of the Czech Republic.svg František Šťastný Jawa Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Dick Creith Norton Report
1964 Flag of New Zealand.svg Hugh Anderson Suzuki Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Phil Read Yamaha Flag of Rhodesia (1964-1968).svg Jim Redman Honda Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Phil Read Norton Report
1963 Flag of New Zealand.svg Hugh Anderson Suzuki Flag of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (1953-1963).svg Jim Redman Honda Flag of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (1953-1963).svg Jim Redman Honda Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mike Hailwood MV Agusta Report
1962 Flag of Switzerland.svg Luigi Taveri Honda Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tommy Robb Honda Flag of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (1953-1963).svg Jim Redman Honda Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mike Hailwood MV Agusta Report
YearTrack125 cc250 cc350 cc500 ccReport
RiderManufacturerRiderManufacturerRiderManufacturerRiderManufacturer
1961 Dundrod Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Kunimitsu Takahashi Honda Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bob McIntyre Honda Flag of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (1953-1963).svg Gary Hocking MV Agusta Flag of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (1953-1963).svg Gary Hocking MV Agusta Report
1960 Flag of Italy.svg Carlo Ubbiali MV Agusta Flag of Italy.svg Carlo Ubbiali MV Agusta Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Surtees MV Agusta Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Hartle Norton Report
1959 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mike Hailwood Ducati Flag of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (1953-1963).svg Gary Hocking MZ Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Surtees MV Agusta Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Surtees MV Agusta Report
1958 Flag of Italy.svg Carlo Ubbiali MV Agusta Flag of Italy.svg Tarquinio Provini MV Agusta Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Surtees MV Agusta Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Surtees MV Agusta Report
1957 Flag of Switzerland.svg Luigi Taveri MV Agusta Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Cecil Sandford FB-Mondial Flag of Australia (converted).svg Keith Campbell Moto Guzzi Flag of Italy.svg Libero Liberati Gilera Report
1956 Flag of Italy.svg Carlo Ubbiali MV Agusta Flag of Switzerland.svg Luigi Taveri MV Agusta Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bill Lomas Moto Guzzi Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Hartle Norton Report
1955 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Surtees NSU Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bill Lomas Moto Guzzi Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bill Lomas Moto Guzzi Report
1954 Flag of Austria.svg Rupert Hollaus NSU Flag of Germany.svg Werner Haas NSU Flag of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (1953-1963).svg Ray Amm Norton Flag of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (1953-1963).svg Ray Amm [N 2] Norton Report
1953 Flag of Germany.svg Werner Haas NSU Flag of Ireland.svg Reg Armstrong NSU Flag of New Zealand.svg Ken Mudford Norton Flag of Australia (converted).svg Ken Kavanagh Norton Report
1952 Clady Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Cecil Sandford MV Agusta Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Maurice Cann Moto Guzzi Flag of Australia (converted).svg Ken Kavanagh Norton Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Cromie McCandless Gilera Report
1951 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Cromie McCandless [N 3] FB-Mondial Flag of Italy.svg Bruno Ruffo Moto Guzzi Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Geoff Duke Norton Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Geoff Duke Norton Report
1950 Flag of Italy.svg Carlo Ubbiali FB-Mondial Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Maurice Cann Moto Guzzi Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bob Foster Velocette Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Geoff Duke Norton Report
1949 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Maurice Cann Moto Guzzi Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Freddie Frith Velocette Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Les Graham AJS Report
Footnotes
  1. The 1971 50cc race was cancelled as the organisers had only received eight entries. [16]
  2. The 1954 500cc race was stopped due to bad weather and the race was excluded from the world championship. [17]
  3. The 1951 125cc race only had four competitors and the race was excluded from the world championship. [18]

See also

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