The International North West 200 is to have the support of Vauxhall Motors Ltd for the 2017 event on May 7-13, the company’s fifth year in a row as principal backer of the north coast races.
“Vauxhall Motors are delighted to return as title sponsors for another year and are looking forward to reaching out to thousands of motorcycle fans through our sponsorship of this great event.” Said Gordon Hannen, Vauxhall Regional Operations Manager for Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man.
The securing of Vauxhall’s continued sponsorship is a huge boost for Event Director Mervyn Whyte, MBE, and his North West 200 team. “We are delighted to have agreed another deal with Vauxhall and furthermore they have an option to extend that into year two, potentially taking the commitment in total to six years.” Whyte explained.
“The finance, vehicle fleet and significant branding around the circuit which are provided to us by Vauxhall are vital in running an International event each year. The support package supplied by Vauxhall UK demonstrates their commitment to our International event in Northern Ireland and undoubtedly helps us to attract the best road racers in the world to our grid.”
The Vauxhall chief was joined for the announcement by two of the stars of the 2016 event, Alastair Seeley and Ian Hutchinson. Greenhous Vauxhall master technician, Barry Furber will be racing in the North West 200 as part of his preparation for this year’s TT races on the Isle of Man.