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Official North West 200 Supporters Club
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- Welcome to the Official North West 200 Supporters club on bebo. The NW2oo is one of the best road races in the all of Ireland or even the UK. The International North West 200 is Ireland’s largest outdoor sporting event, attracting crowds in excess of 150,000 as well as the biggest names in the sport including Michael Rutter, Steve Plater and John McGuinness. Taking place annually in May, the International North West 200 circuit runs between the towns of Portrush, Portstewart and Coleraine – an area of outstanding natural beauty and home to the world famous Giant’s Causeway.The triangle circuit is one of the fastest in the world. In 2005, Michael broke the record for the fastest speed in the history of the event with 201.1mph.....The International North West 200 2011 date has been officially announced by Race Director, Mervyn Whyte MBE, to be Saturday 21st May 2011. .Further details of the 2011 event will be announced
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- The highlights of this years festival included a first time ever appearance in Northern Ireland for two Monster Trucks, the trucks put on a fantastic display at Lansdowne Crescent as they thrilled the crowds with their amazing stunts. Several local clubs organised exhibitions and vehicle runs to entertain the increasing number of visitors and motor enthusiasts. And the Friday night live music and fireworks display was great success attracting a phenomenal family crowd, this year Abba tribute band Re Born again took to the stage at the crescent, Portstewart and provided the perfect end to the Race Week Festival.
NW200 Technical Director confirmed a 5 race programme for the 2011 event with a slightly re-organised schedule of racing. As usual the Superbike race will kick off the programme which will be followed by the Supersport and Superstock, races. The second Supersport race will take penultimate position with the NW200 Superbike now acting as the programme’s finale event.
Practice format will remain the same as last year with a Tuesday evening and Thursday day time practice sessions. Roads will close at 5pm on Tuesday 17th May and re-open at 9.15pm whilst on Thursday 19th May roads close at 9.30am after the morning rush hour period and re-open at 3pm. Outlined Mervyn Whyte, “Last year’s inaugural daytime practice was a major success for both competitors and spectators providing extra time for teams and riders to set up their machines and providing them with substantial circuit practice.”
“All classes will have separate practice sessions on both Tuesday evening and Thursday and on Race Day with roads closing at 10am each of the five races will be run over 6 laps.”
Clinton Enterprise will again be the North West’s official supplier of merchandise and will be working closely with Relentless Energy to produce a stylish new range of clothing for 2011.
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Coleraine & District Motor Club Ltd, organisers of the International North West 200 have confirmed that next year’s road racing event will take place on Saturday 21st May 2011 with official practice sessions on Tuesday 17th and Thursday 19th May. Introduced for the first time last year, the Club plans to continue with daytime practice on Thursday with roads closing at 9.30am and re-opening by 3pm at the latest. As in previous years, Tuesday’s practice will remain an evening session with roads closed from 5pm until 9.30pm.
The Coleraine Club will also next year promote a five race programme featuring two Superbike and two 600cc races in addition to the Superstock race. Traditionally only the main NW200 race has been run over 6 laps however in 2011 all five events will be 6 lap races.
After serious consideration the Club has taken the decision not to run the 125cc class as the number of entries has continued to decline over the past few years and it is now no longer viable to operate this particular race category.
Explained Mervyn Whyte MBE, “It has proved difficult to attract a large number of top quality competitors to enter the 125cc race and regrettably we had to remove it from our racing programme. In 2010 only 19 riders took part in the 125 with 16 competitors crossing the finish line. However having increased the number of laps in four of our existing races we believe the NW200 2011 will offer a thrilling and exciting programme for both diehard fans and new visitors and will provide the ultimate challenge for all competitors.”
Commenting on the road closing format for 2011, Mervyn Whyte said, “Daytime practice was undoubtedly a bonus last May as it provided sufficient time for both regulars and newcomers to gain valuable practice time around the course. It was an integral part of our overall strategy to further improve safety around the circuit for riders, spectators and officials. I would like to thank residents, traders, schools and the farming community located in and around the 8.9 mile course for their continued support, tolerance and understanding and we look forward to working closely with everyone again next year.”
The International North West 200 is currently in the process of appointing a new operations manager and it is anticipated the person will be in place from January 2011. Mervyn Whyte will then take on a new role as Technical Director acting as advisor and mentor to the new staff member. Experienced official Stanleigh Murray will take over as Clerk of Course and will also be responsible for operational duties and the management team. First installed in Autumn last year, the executive team manages a range of activities including safety, the paddock, general duties, communications, finance, operations and course set up.
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hey guys unfortunitly i will be unable to keep the NW200 supporters site updated this year as i am abroad for 6 months
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