North West 200 News

The fonaCAB and Nicholl Oils North West 200 is delighted to announce the addition of a new race sponsor for 2023 with Briggs Equipment taking the helm of Thursday evening’s Superstock race.
The leading Irish company is no stranger to motorcycle racing, having provided backing for the NW200 in the past and currently supporting leading road racer, Peter Hickman. Come race week, the company management will undoubtedly be hoping the outright lap record holder around the 8.9 mile Triangle course will be in the running to receive the coveted Man of the Meeting award as Briggs sister company, Balloo Hire, steps in to sponsor that trophy at this year’s north coast festival of speed.
“We are proud to sponsor the Superstock race at this year’s North West 200 and very excited to see the event go ahead after recent uncertainty.” Briggs Equipment Group Director, Gary Clements, said.
“It’s also great to have Balloo Hire on board as sponsors of the ‘Man of the Meeting’ award. Briggs and Balloo work very closely together within the wider Briggs group and we are delighted to support the NW200 team in whatever way we can.”
“We are pleased and extremely grateful to have Briggs Equipment and Balloo Hire coming onboard for 2023.” race boss, Mervyn Whyte said.
“Given the financial pressures Irish road racing faces this season following a massive increase in the cost of insurance, the support these major local businesses provide is more important than ever.”
During a recent visit to the NW200 with FHO Racing BMW team-mate, Josh Brookes, Peter Hickman was on the north coast to welcome Briggs Equipment and Balloo Hire to the event.
“It’s fantastic to see Peter here, looking forward to the opportunity to add to his wins on the north coast.” Gary Clements smiled.
“When you consider the amazing riders who have been around here in the past, it is hallowed ground. This is where legends are made. The North West200 holds a special place in the Irish sporting calendar and its international reputation for breath-taking, world-class road racing is as strong as ever. I have no doubt this year’s races will provide incredible thrills to emphasise once again why it’s such an important event for the region. There really is nothing like it.”

Briggs Equipment
Briggs Equipment is Ireland’s number one provider of tailored engineering solutions. They work in partnership with businesses across the island to ensure the right machine is always delivered, whatever the challenge. From outright sales and contract rental to short term hire and servicing, Briggs Equipment has enjoyed huge growth in recent years and established long-term working relationships with many local companies.
Balloo Hire
With more than 35 years’ industry experience and a network of eight locations, Balloo Hire is the leading full-service equipment rental company across Northern Ireland for plant and access machinery, welfare, DIY, power generation, small tools and more.