Thursday, 31 January 2013

Bush Road Races Cancelled for 2013

The Dungannon & District Motorcycle Club regret to announce that the Bush Road Races will not take place this year.

The event was due to take place on the 28th/29th June over the Bush course near Dungannon and Coalisland, Co Tyrone.

Due to the recent increase in MCUI UC insurance costs and the financial downturn continuing in Northern Ireland the club is finding it hard to attract new race sponsors and feel that it is safer and better to give this year a miss but plan for a bigger and better return in 2014.

"We could push on and run the event but we cannot take any risks in running a speed event like this, safety has to come first and we would rather sit out one year than take risks"
The first Bush Road Race took place in 2006 and has continually grown year after year with the support of the local community of the Bush village and competitors.

This will be a loss for the local village and surrounding areas in trade as the event generated custom for them.

Grant aid has been applied for unsuccessfully through NITB but like everything else their budgets have been cut and increases of applications for funding are probably 100% up on previous years.


"We will work hard in fundraising events from now until next year and we are inviting everyone to come along and support us. We also hope the govern body can get a reduction in insurance costs for next year also.

We appreciate the co operation of local residents around the course, DRD, PSNI and the Local Council and we would just like to thank and acknowledge them."
Dungannon & District Motorcycle Club.

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Doubt has been cast over the future of some Irish road races because of the increased cost of insuring their events.

The five national road races within the Ulster Centre – Cookstown, Tandragee, Bush, Armoy and Mid-Antrim – will see their insurance costs rise from £12,315 to £15,770 this season. For the two major international road races the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix a hike of 27 per cent will see their fee rising from £23,810 to a staggering £30,130.

Armoy race organiser Bill Kennedy warned, “I think this will inevitably lead to the demise of national road races with every cost in organising a race rising something will have to give. We had no choice, but to accept this, our backs were against the wall – we tried to get an alternative quote, but that was even more expensive again.”

Why are costs rising? It is understood that the number of of personal injury claims are on the increase, particularly at road races, where spectator claims for falls and minor injuries have rocketed in recent years and several claims are still outstanding sparking fears that this is only the beginning of an upward spiral in insurance costs.

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