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Leading car-maker gears up to support NW 200

Jack CORRY

Published 06/11/2012 | 10:09

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VAUXHALL is the new title sponsor of the International 2013 North West 200 which will take place from Sunday May 12th to Saturday May 18th 2013.

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Event director Mervyn Whyte MBE revealed the dates for the 2013 event along with details of a new race format. Three races are planned for Thursday evening (16th) - Superstock, Supertwin and Supersport - as well as a fresh race line-up for Saturday Race Day which will feature a new Supertwin class alongside the traditional two Superbike races, Superstock and Supersport events. The deal with Vauxhall Motors allows North West 200 organisers to increase the event's profile not only locally but across England and Europe. Giving a unique insight into some of the new developments that the partnership with Vauxhall Motors will bring to the event, North West 200 chief Mervyn Whyte explained that for the first time ever North West 200 - together with Vauxhall - will exhibit at the hugely popular Motorcycle Live 2012 show at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre. The 10-day show, which each year attracts more than 100,000 bike fans from throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe, kicks off on November 24th and the Vauxhall North West 200 team will use the event as an opportunity to showcase new preChristmas discount race packages and hospitality tickets, as well as promoting Race Week and key attractions in the North Coast region. The extensive 88 square metre Vauxhall NW200 stand will host a star line-up of high-profile road racers as well as staging live rider interviews with race pundits Steve Parrish and Jimmy Whitham on the Blackhorse Stage. Further new elements to the Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 - which is run on public roads between the towns of Portstewart, Coleraine and Portrush - will include a redesigned interactive website aimed at inspiring and captivating both new and existing users. The new website will be available under a brand new URL - www.vauxhallnorthwest200.co.uk. Currently under development is a purpose-built Vauxhall NW200 App, putting all the latest Vauxhall North West 200 news and developments right at the fingertips of riders and racegoers alike. The App will allow users to purchase tickets, view rider timings, event listings and social media integration. Also set to be launched is a brand-new Vauxhall North West 200 Shoei Replica Limited Edition XR11 helmet which will be available from NW200 and selected outlets through Feridax - official importer for Shoei. Keep er lit!

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