Halsall Racing will contest the 2017 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy and other international road circuits with Ballymoney rider William Dunlop.
Team owner Halsall has been a long-standing passionate and loyal supporter of road racing. A regular attendee at the Isle of Man, the Lancashire based entrepreneur has always been open about his desire to one day compete with the team across the International circuits.
“This has certainly been a personal ambition of mine to make a move towards this discipline of the sport”, stated Halsall. “Road racing is a truly unique experience, with so much passion and energy. There has never been a better time to take this step and I am really excited about the prospects ahead.”
Halsall and Dunlop had initially examined options for a partnership back in 2013. “It’s true that we had explored possibilities previously, but the timing was not right. If I cannot give one hundred percent to a project, I won’t do it. It’s that simple. We’ve continually maintained dialogue with a view towards potentially working together in the future. Now is the time and I can give William my full attention for our roads campaign in 2017.”
Halsall arrives on the roads with vast experience and professionalism has been gleaned from years of running a team in the domestic short circuit series. The owner certainly has the knowledge to deliver a leading package and remains highly confident about the task ahead.
“This will be a challenge for sure, but I am optimistic about our potential prospects,” stated the owner. “With our proven ability to operate a leading race team, coupled with William’s extensive roads knowledge, we can make this very successful. I know how to build a team and we will be recruiting key individuals with unparalleled experience in road racing to ensure that our package is the best. Our focus and attention will be on William and on him alone. He will have the right infrastructure around him and it will be dedicated to ensuring he has everything he needs to be successful.”
Having finalised an agreement with Halsall Racing earlier this week, 31-year-old Dunlop outlined how the opportunity with the Lancashire based team was certainly worth the wait.
“Martin runs a very strong team and you only have to look at what he has done and achieved on the short circuits to see that he ensures everything is done in the correct way. It’s sleek, professional and highly driven. To have the team dedicated to me alone, will certainly raise my game. It’s the ride that I have been seeking and it’s been worth the wait to finally get this agreement in place. We’ll be learning a great deal along the way, but I’m confident we can deliver some success in 2017 and I can’t wait to get started.This is also an opportunity for me to express my thanks to the loyal supporters and sponsors that have backed me in 2016 and have been extremely positive about the move to Halsall Racing. I’d like to thank everyone for their continued support,” Dunlop said.