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Thursday 1st January 2015 @ 2.00pm

National Hot-Rods 2015 Winternational Championship . BriSCA F2 Stock-Cars 2015 Champions Challenge Cup

Euro Stocks 2015 Winternational Trophy . GP2 Lightning-Rods 2015 Winter Supreme Cup

Junior-Rods 2015 Challenge Cup . Stock-Rods 2015 Challenge Cup

 

Stock-Rod 2015 Major Championships announced

 

Stock-Rod World Championship to be held @ The Racewall in 2015

 

Venue/Championship/Date
Cowdenbeath - WORLD - 5/6 September
Ballymena - BRITISH - 12 June
Barford - EUROPEAN - 24 May
Taunton - NATIONAL - 19 July
Nuttscorner - IRISH OPEN - 13 June
St. Day - ORC - 3 May

 

 

979 RICHARD TURTLE TRIBUTE

 

 

Ballymena Raceway was saddened to learn of the death of former National Hot Rod racer Richard Turtle on Friday 14th. November 2014. Richard, or Dick as he was better known around the ovals, had been ill for some time and passed away peacefully on Friday morning at the Macmillan Unit of Antrim Area Hospital.

Dick was a fine servant to National Hot Rod racing in Northern Ireland for many years, where his well turned out cars and press on driving style made him a very welcome and popular addition to any race grid. Dick made his Hot Rod debut way back in 1976 when the Hot Rod class in Northern Ireland was still very much in its infancy. A rather unwieldy Volkswagen Beetle was Dick’s unusual choice of mount, but the car was not really suited to oval competition and Dick called time on this unsuccessful venture at the end of the season. After a spell away Dick was eventually coaxed into returning by the persuasive influence of fellow Cullybackey based racer Sticky Torrens. A Ford Anglia was readied for the 1979 season and this proved to be a much more suitable car for the job, with Dick enjoying a number of heat wins and earning his first final victory in 1980. A new Anglia was prepared for the 1982 season and this car performed admirably, propelling Dick to red roof status for the first time in his career.

For the 1983 season Dick unveiled a stunning home built Ford Escort Mk.II and the Holbay powered machine set a blistering pace right out of the box, winning numerous heats and finals in the early part of the season. No mean feat amongst a field of cars that included the likes of Ormond Christie, Davy Evans, Norman Woolsey and Leslie Dallas. It proved to be Dick’s best season to date, with victory in the King of Aghadowey race one of the highlights, and Dick was also immensely proud to be a member of the Northern Ireland team which raced against England in the test matches that year. It was not a season without its problems however. A jammed throttle resulted in a big crash at Raceway, which left the chassis twisted, and a further crash at Shamrock Park finished the car off completely. A replacement shell was purchased and a new car built by Dick and his team within a week. Dick had only just got his new car going to his liking when it was also heavily damaged in another crash at Portadown. Worse was to follow when the car burst into flames while Dick and the crew worked on its repair at the garage! It required the services of the Fire Brigade to extinguish the blaze, but the car was left a complete write-off. With the Irish Championship just around the corner it looked like Dick would be an absentee from the biggest domestic race of the season, but in stepped Davy Evans and Norman Woolsey to lend a helping hand. Davy offered Dick his old Vauxhall Chevette shell and Norman lent him an engine to get him onto the grid for the Irish where Dick put in a storming drive to bring the unfamiliar car home in third place. Indeed Dick also played a hand in the outcome of the race, as he lent his Goodyear Blue Streak wet tyres to eventual winner Norman Woolsey and these proved just the ticket on a very wet night at Raceway! Dick continued to campaign a Ford Escort Mk. II during the 1984 and ‘85 seasons, but somehow could never recapture that dazzling form of 1983 and eventually decided to take a break from Nationals at the end of the ’85 season.

The oval racing bug never really left him completely however and Dick eventually returned to the National Hot Rod class towards the end of 1989 at the wheel of a Norman Woolsey prepared Toyota Starlet. This proved to be the most successful spell of Dick’s career with a first ever international title collected, the NHRPA Masters, at the Knockhill Tri-Oval in Scotland during 1990. Dick also fulfilled a lifetime ambition by qualifying to represent Northern Ireland in the 1991 National Hot Rod World Championship where his Toyota Starlet, decked out in the colours of the Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles (a very popular children’s television series at the time), carried him home in a creditable eighth position.  A controversial Irish Open Championship later in the year saw Dick lose the final win on a jump start penalty and by the end of the season the car was sold as Dick made a switch over to kart racing.

While that proved to be the end of Dick’s racing days on the ovals he always kept a keen interest in what was happening on the Hot Rod scene and was a welcome guest at Raceway’s 30th. anniversary dinner back in 2007. Indeed Dick was very keen to get a run out in a modern National Hot Rod that weekend in the former drivers’ race, but was left frustrated after he jumped into Neville Stanley’s Peugeot 206cc only to find his legs were too short to reach the pedals in big Nev’s car!

Unfortunately Dick’s deteriorating health over the last few years made any trips a difficult task and Dick finally lost his battle with cancer on Friday morning. Ballymena Raceway offers our condolences to his wife Rosie, stepchildren Gary and Sharon, and all of Dick’s family and friends at this sad time.

 

National Hot-Rods 2015 World Series Points

after WQR 7 (10.10.14)

 

#962 John Christie

leads by 1pt.

THE RACE TO QUALIFY

No
Driver
R6
Total
1
962
John Christie
39
317
2
9
Glenn Bell
34
316
3
997
Andrew Murray
33
286
4
996
Stewart Doak
28
263
5
20
Derek Martin
41
258
6
76
Adam Maxwell
37
251
7
4
Nigel McCauley
44
239


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FOR SALE - BriSCA F2 Stock-Car #455

 

 

BriSCA F2 Stock-Car #455

2010 Randall F2 2014 spec completely rebuilt, new rad, rose joints, brake calipers, master cyl, fuel pump,wheel bearings, no expense spared, car comes with a load of spares including 12 front wheels, 7 rear wheels, can be purchased complete.

Price: £ P.O.A.

Price for car without spares, engine, gearbox, diff, seat, exhaust & transponder.

Price: £3750.

Contact Sam on: 07887840520


 

FOR SALE - BriSCA F2 Stock-Car #783

 

 

BriSCA F2 Stock-Car #783

TLF rolling chassis is for sale, only used a handfull of times, still like brand new, all the right bits on it, fastest laps and race wins, no engine, gearbox, diff, seat, exhaust, will come with a new wing.

Price: £P.O.A.

Any enquiries call James on: 07809675717


 

FOR SALE - BriSCA F2 Stock-Car - RCE #527

 

 

 

 

BriSCA F2 Stock-Car - RCE #527

All new for the start of the year, done 20 meetings since. 5 meeting old jan bekkers race engine, tranx gearbox/LSD. Full containment seat. Just had new bumpers by Rce. Can be sold complete or rolling to suit customers requirements.

Price: £P.O.A.

Contact James on: 07896795515

 


 

FOR SALE - BriSCA F2 Stock-Car - RCE #566

 

 

BriSCA F2 Stock-Car - RCE #566

2011 RCE - 2014 BriSCA Spec. Car, with Redline Race Engine. 3.7 LSD. Final win last time out. Ready to race minus transponder.

Price: £P.O.A.

Contact Glenn on: 07786077341

 


 

OUTSTANDING EFFORT BY TEAM 962

 

WOW!! THE 962 CHARITY CYCLE RAISES £30,500 FOR ACTION CANCER

962 Action Cancer Charity cycle 2014 has closed with a brilliant total of £30,500! and hopefully some awareness, Get Checked Out People!

Thank you to all who took part with the cycle, moonlight walk, cinema night, pink car, passenger rides, waxing, collecting and most of all EVERYONE that donated to such a worthy cause made all the months of work and training worthwhile!

 

 

Meeting Review - Friday 3rd October 2014

National Hot-Rods 2015 World Qualifying

Record breaker McCurdy

 

It proved to be a record breaking conclusion to the Ballymena Raceway season on October 3 where sixteen year old Jaimie McCurdy from Broughshane wrote his name into the record books as the youngest ever Northern Ireland driver to win a race in the elite National Hot Rod division. The teenager went through the programme undefeated in his Wilson McCurdy Haulage Vauxhall Tigra to claim a perfect hat-trick of wins in Round 6 of the PC Paints and Components World Series NI. McCurdy led home British Champion Glenn Bell and Crumlin’s Adam Maxwell in the feature race and his impressive performance earned McCurdy the Driver of the Day award.

It proved to be a great night all round for drivers from the Garden Village of Broughshane as another Braid man, Freddie Fleck, confirmed his place in the record books as well! Fleck added his names to the list of Group Two Lightning Rod Irish Champions for the first time after a faultless flag to flag victory in his Vauxhall Astra.  Stewart Nicholl tracked the winner throughout the second half of the race, but had to settle for second with Johny Gillespie in third.

Christopher Kincaid stamped his authority on the F2 Stock Car division once again with a crushing victory in the Ross Hyndman Motors backed Stadium Championship. Bangor’s Craig McConnell followed Kincaid home with Ryan McCrory in third, while Mark Rainey collected the award for first white or yellow roof driver home in sixth. Rainey completed a successful evening with a fine brace of victories in the two support heats.

In the other championship events at the Curtis Toyota sponsored season finale Garvagh’s Stephen Doherty bounced back from the loss of his Irish Championship crown to record an emphatic hat-trick of victories in the Euro Stocks Champion of Champions event and Daniel Rodgers captured the Group Two Lightning Rod Golden Helmet Trophy.

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Sponsored by: Curtis Toyota, Ballymena

 

 

National Hot-Rods 2015 World Championship News

 

2015 Spedeweekend - New Date!

Spedeworth have announced that the 2015 Spedeweekend at Foxhall Heath Stadium, Ipswich has changed dates from being the first weekend in July for the first time in recent history!

In 2015 the Spedeweekend featuring the National Hot Rod Championship Of
The World will take place over the weekend of Saturday 27th June and Sunday 28th June with both days racing action commencing at 12noon.

The decision to bring the 2015 Spedeweekend forward a week has not been taken lightly but following the announcements that the F1 Grand Prix will take place at Silverstone on Sunday 5th July 2015 and on Saturday 4th July 2015 the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff will host the UK’s round of the Speedway Grand Prix we believe that moving Spedeweekend to the week before is the best move for all drivers and race fans as we know a lot of you also would like to attend those racing events.

More information on the 2015 Spedeweekend will be announced over the coming months.

 

 

Meeting Review - Friday 12th September 2014

National Hot-Rods 2015 World Qualifying

Kennedy launches at Round 4

 

 

Simon Kennedy saved his best until last to secure the final honours at Round 4 of the PC Paints and Components National Hot Rod World Series NI on September 12. A superb entry of nineteen National Hot Rods participated during the evening, with series debutant Mark Heatrick making up for lost time with a comfortable brace of wins in the heat races. Heatrick was hot favourite to make it a perfect hat-trick of wins in the final, but had to be content with an eighth in the feature race as Kennedy confidently held off a late challenge from Adam Maxwell to take the silverware. His final win, coupled with a pair of second place finishes in the two heat races, confirmed Kennedy as top points scorer for the round and earned him the Driver of The Day award from series sponsor Rodney Wallace of PC Paints & Components.

In the other classes on display at the Ricardo Imaging Photography sponsored fixture Junior Rod Irish Champion Aaron Moody went through the card unbeaten to secure the Champion of Champions award. Patrick O’Boyle and Liam Wilson were the place men in this one.

Jason Darragh roared to a pair of heat wins in the Group Two Lightning Rod division which earned the novice a move up to the yellow grade for the final. Darragh was an early casualty in this one as Mark Turtle eased his way to the front to finish well clear of Paul Dunn and David Wilson.

The Euro Stocks warmed up for their Irish Championship next week with an encouraging 13 cars in attendance. Stephen McCahon and Trevor McFaul split the heat wins between them and it was McCahon who got his nose ahead once again in the final to claim his second race win of the evening. McFaul followed the race winner home with Johnny McCloy motoring through to third at the chequered flag.

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Meeting Reviews - Friday 22nd August & Saturday 23rd August 2014

Ultimate Speedfest Winners All Round

 

 

The province’s oval racers were put through their paces during two days of tough competition at Ballymena Raceway’s Speed Fest event on August 22 & 23.  All in all twenty six races were contested over the two days with a number of championship titles decided during the course of the weekend.  Biggest winner was F2 Stock Car star Conor Hughes from Antrim. The F2s were the top performers in the slippery conditions on Friday evening where Hughes drove superbly to dominant the Supreme Championship event. Christopher Kincaid, Gavin Fegan and Craig McConnell kept the fans royally entertained with a superb battle for the remaining podium positions which eventually went the way of Kincaid and McConnell. Hughes run of success continued on Saturday evening as the 2010 Irish Champion found himself in the right place at the right time to capture the Irish Masters title when long time leader Christopher Kincaid blew his engine in the closing stages.

While the Formula Twos were the stars of the show on Friday evening it was the National Hot Rods which took centre stage on Saturday. In ideal conditions for Round 3 of the PC Paints & Components World Series NI the drivers put on some terrific hard and fast racing, with Glenn Bell coming through to take the honours in a breathtaking final after Ian McReynolds had dominated the heats.

The Group Two Lightning Rods marked their twentieth anniversary with a double header of title events over the weekend. It wouldn’t be the Group Twos without a bit of controversy and that duly arrived in the World Cup event on Friday evening when on the road winner Noel Hazlett was penalised by the race steward for contact with early race leader David Gillespie, which meant the title went to Johny Gillespie instead. Saturday’s Irish Open event saw Jason Clyde take a resounding flag to flag victory in his Vauxhall Astra.

The Euro Stocks also enjoyed a brace of title events, with Philip Doherty successful in their Irish Grand Prix on Friday evening before Points Champion Lester McCloy took the honours in the Gold Roof Challenge on Saturday. An excellent Irish Masters event for the Junior Rods on Friday evening completed the quota of championship events where Peter Stewart reeled of an impressive hat-trick of wins in his Vauxhall Corsa.

 

Sponsored by: Auto-Tune, Foster Forklifts & Plant, McKay Contracts, Nutt Travel, The Dealer & Townparks

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Meeting Review - Friday 15th August 2014

First Class Honours

 

It proved to be an evening of ‘firsts’ at the Ballymena Raceway fixture on August 15 with four of the five final winners collecting their first silverware of the 2014 campaign. Star pupil proved to be Carl Sloan who posted straight ‘A’s with an impressive hat-trick of wins in Round 2 of the PC Paints and Components National Hot Rod World Series NI. With his provisional licence period completed Sloan took full advantage of his more advantageous grid starting slot to register a maximum haul of points in the torquetronix Vauxhall Tigra, which also earned the Kells racer the Driver of the Day award from the series sponsor. Nigel McCauley took second spot in the meeting final after a good run, with Derek Martin in third.

The F2 Stock Car drivers competed for the Norman Cromie Memorial Trophy and it was firsts all round here as well. Former Junior Rod favourite Dean McCrory marked his first Raceway appearance in an F2 with a sure footed brace of victories in the heat races before older brother Ryan muscled in to capture the coveted trophy with his first final win of the season. Dean followed his sibling home in the feature race, with 2013 winner Gavin Fegan in third.

Rodney Fleck warmed up for the big title showdowns at Raceway’s Speed Fest this weekend by clinching his first final win of 2014 in the Group Two Lightning Rod division. Kenny Carson and Johny Gillespie chalked up their first victories at the Showgrounds oval this season in the heat races.

Jordan Finnegan’s previous outing at Raceway ended with his Ford Fiesta on its roof at Suffolk bend, but the County Down lad turned things round, in more ways than one, on Friday evening to register his first ever victory at the Raceway in the opening Junior Rod heat. Finnegan marked himself down as one to watch out for in the future with a clear win in the meeting final as well, with the other Junior Rod race falling to Niall McFerran.

The only driver to buck the ‘first’ trend at the McLarnons Ramble Inn sponsored fixture was Noel Hazlett in the Speeds Stocks division. Once again Hazlett proved unbeatable and extended his advantage in the Super Pole Series with a slick hat trick of wins in his Vauxhall Corsa.

Sponsored by: The Ramble Inn, Antrim

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PC Paints & Components National Hot-Rods World Series NI

 

 

 

 

 

 

The organisers of National Hot Rods World Series NI are pleased to announce that Ballymoney, Co. Antrim based company PC Paints & Components Ltd have kindly agreed a sponsorship package with the NHRPA which will see them become the headline sponsor of the series throughout the 2014/15 campaign.

The series will be known as the 'PC Paints & Components National Hot Rods World Series NI'.

New for 2014/15 season 'PC Paints & Components Driver of the Day' at each fixture. This will be the driver who has scored the most points throughout the meeting. This driver will receive one new Hoosier slick tyre courtesy of the sponsor. This means 14 new tyres will be up for grabs during the series, making this one of the most lucrative sponsorship deals for any single formula in Ulster oval racing history.

PC Paints & Components proprietor Rodney Wallace is a long time supporter of all oval racing and National Hot Rods in particular, currently sponsoring both Keith Martin and Robert McDonald and helping out numerous others. His family run company has an extensively stocked and specialised motor factor and car re-finishing warehouse, offering the widest possible range of stock at competitive prices to the trade right across Northern Ireland.

All National Hot Rods competing in PC Paints & Components World Series NI will carry decals featuring the sponsors logo on both sides of their car.

With car numbers set to reach new heights in the coming season, this sponsorship package underlines the current enthusiasm for the formula amongst drivers and fans alike in Northern Ireland.

 

 

BELL RINGS UP ANOTHER NATIONAL TITLE

 

 

National Hot Rod racer Glenn Bell was the big local winner on a busy weekend of oval racing on the UK mainland. The National Hot Rods contested their National Championship at Hednesford Hills Raceway on August 2&3 with Crumlin’s Adam Maxwell taking victory in the first of six qualifying heats which were staged on Saturday. Billy Wood, David Casey, Danny Fiske, Robert McDonald and Kym Weaver were successful in the other heats, but Bell’s consistent performances earned the Portadown star pole position for the final, with Weaver alongside side on the front row followed by Shane Murphy and defending Champion John Christie on row two.

The final turned into a real battle of wits between Bell and Murphy, with Glenn just keeping his Vauxhall Tigra ahead to repeat his 2012 victory after a flawless drive under pressure. Southern Ireland Champion Murphy was runner-up, with Weaver in third followed by Christie, Fiske, Stewart Doak, Maxwell and Derek Martin. Later in the day England’s Carl Waller Barrett took the honours in the NHRPA Championship race. There was success too at Hednesford for former Group Two Lighting Rod racers Michael McFall and Gary Beggs who were victorious in the Spedeworth Stock Rod and Lightning Rod categories.

At Smeatharpe Stadium near Taunton in the South West of England the main event on the packed programme of promoter’s Autospeed was the F2 Challenge Trophy for the BriSCA Formula Two Stock Cars. Once again it was that man Gordon Moodie who proved unstoppable, the Scotsman reclaiming the trophy he last won at Ballymena back in 2011. Sunday’s racing for the F2s was a celebration of the remarkable career of legendary F2 racer Bill Batten. Four times World Champion Bill was back behind the wheel again for one last time to join in the celebration, with victory in the F2 final going to Chris Bradbury. The Saloon Stock Car National Championship was also contested at Taunton, with Sheffield’s Steve Webster capturing the title for the first time ahead of David Aldous and Eddie Darby.

 

 

Coming Events

Thursday 1st January 2015 @ 2.00pm

National Hot Rods 2015 Winternational Championship

BriSCA F2 Stock Cars 2015 Champions Challenge Cup

Euro Stocks 2015 Winternational Trophy

GP2 Lightning Rods 2015 Winter Supreme Cup

Junior Rods 2015 Challenge Cup

Stock Rods 2015 Challenge Cup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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