By Kyle White Belfast Newsletter
Noel Johnston has stepped down from his role as Clerk of the Course of the Ulster Grand Prix with immediate effect.
Johnston announced his decision in a statement issued to the media on Friday.
It read: “Further to the recent Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club AGM, I have decided to part ways with the Club and resign my position as Clerk of the Course at the Ulster Grand Prix with immediate effect.
“It is not without regret and some sadness that I announce this decision and as I have stated before, the Ulster Grand Prix has been a huge part of my life, having volunteered in the role of Clerk of the Course for 18 years.
“It’s no secret that it has been a blow for me to see the event in jeopardy, and I still dearly hope that this historic road race that so many of us love can be safeguarded long into the future.
“I do believe that if the right management, governance and support were in place that it is achievable to get the Ulster back on track, and I certainly wouldn’t rule out any future involvement if that were the case.
“For now, I would just like to thank all the riders, teams, suppliers, sponsors and partners I have worked with over the years, far too many to mention. It can be a difficult job but when eerything came together to produce world-class racing and everyone got home safe, there was no better job in the world.”
The Ulster Grand Prix is in jeopardy after it came to light that the organising club is in debt of more than £250,000.