Safety is priority at UGP training event

MCUI marshal training session at UGP David Wood House. Pictured (L-R) Lyndsay McClelland, Derek Watt, Ken Stewart, Paul McCartney and Mags Walker. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press  INUS UGP training
MCUI marshal training session at UGP David Wood House. Pictured (L-R) Lyndsay McClelland, Derek Watt, Ken Stewart, Paul McCartney and Mags Walker. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press INUS UGP training

The Dundrod and District Motorcycle Club, promoters of the Ulster Grand Prix, has hosted an in depth training session for marshals and officials who attend road races across Ireland.

The three-hour schedule, which took place in UGP David Wood House and the paddock at Dundrod, included best practice in radio communications, incident scene preservation, alcometer training, fire fighting and first aid training.

All instruction was carried out by accredited service providers, with each attendee awarded certificates of competence upon completion.

Ken Stewart, Secretary of the Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club said: “As both a club and a part of the road racing community, safety is always a primary concern and as such, we were glad to host this important training session on behalf of the MCUI.

“We invested significantly into improvements to the paddock and pits area over the past 12 months, and we’re very proud that the paddock, along with UGP David Wood House is already getting such good use, with the MCUI and other motorsports clubs using it during the off season.

“This training draws into sharp focus just how vital it is for each and every person involved with the sport in an official capacity to be fully up to date with safety training and I am confident that the training received by this group of marshals will be of benefit not just to our event, but to the wider road racing community.

“This is also an opportune time to say that we are delighted that the government has confirmed funding for Northern Ireland’s first air ambulance, as heavily campaigned for by many in the sport, not least the family of the late Dr John Hinds.”

Noel Johnston, Clerk of the Course at the Ulster Grand Prixadded: “We have spent nearly half a million pounds on safety improvements over the past decade and this will continue to be a key priority for us.

“In advance of Bike Week this year we’re carrying out ongoing risk assessments and safety enhancements, the work never stops in preparation for the world’s fastest road race.”

Anyone who would like to find out more about using the Ulster Grand pits of UGP David Wood House should contact the Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club on 07717495274

The 2016 Ulster Grand Prix will take place from the 8th – 13th August in Dundrod, Co. Antrim. Tickets are available now fromwww.ticketmaster.co.uk or they can also be purchased from road ends on race days. Grandstand tickets will be released on Ticketmaster in the coming days.

For more information visitwww.ulstergrandprix.net or you can also follow @UlsterGrandPrix on Twitter and find us on Facebook.