Bishopscourt Racing Circuit Circuit Guide

Bishopscourt Racing Circuit is located in County Down, Northern Ireland, just outside of Downpatrick. Belfast City Airport is around a 55-minute drive away, while Belfast International is about 1 hour and 10 minutes distant.

Bishopscourt, one of Northern Ireland's few permanent circuits, began as a World War II airfield and has now undergone significant upgrading to become one of the country's best facilities. 

The track, which now hosts a many competitive races, has had two phases of racing activity, with its military links prompting a break during the province's stormy 1970s, only to be restored in the 1990s.

After a long planning conflict for the previous owners, current owner Jim O'Brien bought the circuit in August 2001. A fun day car race was organized in December, but the circuit was not used again until September 2002.

With Jim's leadership, the circuit has undergone a complete resurfacing, a new circuit layout, received new toilet and shower facilities, scrutineering bay, stores, and race control tower.

The Bishopscourt Racing Circuit hosts a variety of motorcycle racing events. From Belfast, take the A24/A7 south to Downpatrick. After passing through town, take the Ballyhornan Road east towards Bishopscourt.

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