With only a week-and-a-half until the deadline for programme printing, Cookstown 100 race organisers urge competitors to ‘get entries in ASAP’.
This comes after yesterday’s announcement (Wednesday March 15) that all motorcycle races in Northern Ireland will now go ahead – despite previously announcing last month that the breaks had been applied to all races due to inflated insurance costs.
An official statement from the Motorcycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) credits ‘overwhelming’ public generosity via a crowd-funding appeal and the efforts of ‘club member Mr Steven Lyons’ in securing a more attainable insurance rate as the reasons for the decision u-turn.
Whilst the Cookstown 100 now has the go-ahead, the race is on in terms of event management as organisers state: ‘now we need everyone’s help as time is not on our side’.
Spectators are urged to book their online packages as these will be closed to booking in two weeks time.
The road races, which are set for Friday 21 and Saturday 22 April, are once again being run as a ‘closed event’.
Organisers have stated that: “Packages will include wristbands and programs, which will be required to access privately owned vantage points throughout the course during the event, when public roads and highways officially close.”
Whilst it is good news for the majority, sadly the news came too late for Tandragee 100, whose course clerk Anne Forsythe, said she was “delighted for the sport” but “sadly though, still no Tandragee 100 this year as per our previous press release”.