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2 and 4 Wheels 

Tuesday the 25th of March saw the launch of the 2 & 4 Wheel Motor Sport Steering Group Ltd.  Motorbikes, rally cars and karts were just a few of the vehicles that rolled up to the House of Sport to the delight of all who were there.  The 2&4 Wheel MSG is a new Steering Group who’s vision is: 

Two and Four Wheeled Motorsport will be exciting, sustainable and safety conscious; open to everyone to enjoy as competition, officials or spectators, according to their level of interest and ability” 

Their main strategic issues include:

-   Image: provide safe exciting motor sport. 

-   Training: structured courses for competitors and officials. 

-    Venues: develop quality venues with good facilities.

-    Participation: Organise quality events for competitors,
     officials and spectators.

The recognised governing bodies for 2&4 wheel motor sport are the Association of Northern Ireland Car Clubs, Motorcycle Union of Ireland  (Ulster Centre), Motorcycling Racing Association and Northern Ireland Karting Association.  There are just under 100 clubs in Northern Ireland.  The majority of the club members are active participants in 2&4 Wheel motor sport as competitors, technical officials, organisers and administrators. 

The four governing bodies encompass a diverse range of sporting activities.  For example rallying, hill climbing, autotesting, karting, road racing, motocross and short circuit racing are just a few of the 2&4 wheel activities. 

What differentiates motor sports in Northern Ireland from elsewhere are the road closure orders that have made events such as the RAC Tourist Trophy races, the NW 200 and the Circuit of Ireland and Ulster Rallies possible. 

Permanent tracks are located at Nutts Corner near the International Airport, at Bishopscourt in County Down, Aghadowey near Coleraine and at Kirkistown in the Ards Peninsula. The Kirkistown track is principally used for motor racing and let to clubs for motorcycling; Bishopscourt track is mainly used by motorcyclists and motor cars, and Nutts Corner by karting and a range of the other disciplines. 

In attendance at the recent Press Launch were both racers, representatives from the four Governing  Bodies and the newly appointed 2 & 4 Wheel Development Manager Pippa Murphy.

Pippa who is based at the House of Sport promises a very exciting year for Motorsports in Northern Ireland and we wish her all the best for her new post.


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