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Next Meeting: Friday 28th April 2017

BriSCA F2 Stock-Cars 2017 Teng Tools Series Rd 1

Stock-Rods 2017 FG Race Fabrications Series Rd 1

Junior-Rods 2017 Top Teen Trophy  **  Gp2 Lightning-Rods  **  Super-Saloons


Meeting Preview - Friday 28th April 2017

BriSCA F2 Stock-Cars 2017 Teng Tools Series Rd 1

Stock-Rods 2017 FG Race Fabrications Series Rd 1

Junior-Rods 2017 Top Teen Trophy

Gp2 Lightning-Rods & Super-Saloons





BriSCA F2 Stock-Cars
Teng Tools Series  Rd 1




Stock-Rods
FG Race Fabrications
Series Rd 1

F2 STOCK CARS BEGIN TENG TOOLS SERIES

AT RACEWAY

The F2 Stock Cars will make their first appearance of the season at Ballymena Raceway on Friday evening (April 28)! The popular F2 division contests the opening round of their Teng Tools Series, where the overall winner will receive a £500 voucher from series sponsor Teng Tools. Irish Champion Christopher Kincaid from Antrim has been the one to beat in recent seasons, but has endured a modest start to the current campaign by his own high standards. Kincaid will be keen to land his first final win of the season on Friday evening, but faces stiff opposition from the likes of Conor Hughes, Billy Finnegan, Bradley McKinstry, Sean McFerran and the McCrory brothers, Ryan and Dean. Gordon McKee has won more F2 racers than any else so far in 2017 and could be the one to catch from the yellow grade, while Graham Fegan marked his first appearance of the season with a final win at Nutts Corner on Sunday.

For the Stock Rod racers Friday’s meeting counts towards the opening round of their FG Race Fabrications Series. The 1400cc division put on a great show on Good Friday when Micky McFall grabbed the Yokohama title against a high quality field, and the Ballymena man will be hoping for a repeat performance this weekend. Irish Champion Adam Sloan, Points Champion Jason Clyde and Antrim based World Cup winner Stephen McCready are just some of the other likely contenders in this competitive formula, along with Raymond Harper and Alastair Bolton.

The short circuit action on Friday evening also includes races for the Group Two Lightning Rods, Super Saloons and Junior Rods. On Good Friday it was Rodney Stewart who took the GP2 honours, with George Esler and Adam Graham also amongst the wins on that occasion. The Super Saloons enjoy their first outing of the season on Friday and it is hoped that numbers will improve this term. In the Junior Rod section Cole McFall has already enjoyed a final win at Nutts Corner this season and will be one to watch, along with Shea Duff, Mark Brogan, Sam Wilson and Stuart Percy. Newcomer Mark Crawford recorded his first final win at Nutts Corner on Sunday and could be the one to beat, with Ty Richardson and Jonathan Brown also catching the eye recently.

The first race departs the starting grid in the Ballymena Showgrounds at 7:15pm.

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Meeting Review - Friday 14th April 2017

Stock-Rods 2017 Yokohama Tyres Championship

McFall Lands Yokohama Title at Raceway Season Opener



The new season at Ballymena Raceway roared of the starting grid on Good Friday with an entertaining programme of races. Main event of the evening was the Yokohama Championship for the Stock Rods and the 1400cc Rods provided some great entertainment as Michael McFall clinched the title for a fourth time.

 

An excellent entry of 21 National Hot Rods assembled for the resumption of their World Qualifying Series and it was Shane Murray who departed Raceway as top points scorer for the evening after an impressive heat and final double in his Vauxhall Tigra.

The Group Two Lightning Rods produced 3 different winners from their outings, with Rodney Stewart departing with the silverware, while the new Street Rods class completed the action with a couple of demonstration runs.

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ORCi Statement on Fuel Non Return Valves









Fuel Non return valves were included as an ORCi requirement in Oval Race formulae some time ago. 

In 2016 there was a high profile case involving a Non return valve not being fitted in a particular formula that was dealt with somewhat leniently at the time given some more general issues with regards their fitting and s
crutineering with the anticipation that this would be an example to raise the awareness to all drivers that a fully operational/working Non return valve MUST be fitted.

In recent weeks various investigations have revealed that drivers continue to abuse the rule from taking cars to scrutineering and then removing them or fitted and tampered with. 

From the 1st May 2017 drivers are now warned that contravention of this rule WILL result in an automatic mandatory ban under  the technical rules/ penalties  of 6 months. This applies to any driver not having a fully working non return valve fitted and/or it being tampered with in any way.

Issued ORCi 6th April 2017.




Ballymena Raceway 2017 Fixture List Released













The full list of fixtures for the 2017 season at Ballymena Raceway has been released. The venue celebrates its fortieth anniversary in 2017 and that significant landmark will be marked with a special weekend of racing over May 19 and 20. The Irish Open Championship for the National Hot Rods and the Nations Cup for the Stock Rods will provide the main attractions of the weekend, while all the regular Raceway classes will also be in action with a commemorative 40th. Anniversary Trophy on offer.

Another date to pencil into your diary is the weekend of August 25 and 26 when Raceway proudly hosts the ORCi sanctioned Stock Rod Championship of the World for the sixth time. The ORCi Stock Rod class has gone from strength to strength over the past couple of seasons and that momentum looks set to continue into 2017 with another influx of entrants anticipated. As always the Stock Rod class figures prominently on the Raceway roster, with the Yokohama Championship, Shock-Tec Supreme Trophy and the FG Fabrications Series amongst the other prizes on offer.

The BriSCA F2 Stock Cars continue to entertain as only they can and the single seaters are well catered for in 2017. The Teng Tools Series offers a £500 voucher for the winner, while the Stadium Championship winner will receive a set of shocks courtesy of Protech. The F2 Challenge Trophy on June 10 will see the best from England and Scotland clash bumpers with the local stars and the Showgrounds will also reverberate to the rumble of V8 engines that evening as the mighty Heritage F1 Stock Cars make their debut appearance in the province.

The Group Two Lighting Rods, Super Saloons, Junior Rods and Micro F2 Stock Cars all continue as before along with the ever popular National Hot Rods. Over the winter months various options were considered with regard to the introduction of a new formula. The most popular choice proved to be Street Rods, a budget, non-contact class based around the Vauxhall Corsa and Ford Fiesta models. Interest has been keen to date and the new class will make its debut appearance at the season opener on Good Friday, April 14.

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Meeting Review - Monday 2nd January 2017

BELL RINGS IN THE NEW YEAR WITH WINTER NATIONAL VICTORY



The bitterly cold weather ensured track conditions were extremely difficult for those hardy racers who braved the elements to compete in the Winter National Championships at Ballymena Raceway on January 2. The drivers demonstrated all their skills in the harsh environment, especially in the headlining National Hot Rod division where the powerful machines proved a real handful. Two entertaining heat races brought victories for Shane Murray and John Christie, but both would be very early casualties in the final which left the way clear for 2012 World Champion Glenn Bell to power home well clear of runner-up Carl Sloan, with Ben McKee in third.

 

In the other classes Micky McFall marked his return to the ORCi Stock Rods with a handsome victory in the final. Ringwood’s Adam Robinson and World Champion Luke Oliver were welcome visitors amongst the 18 car entry where Points Champion Jason Clyde set the pace in heat one. McFall took the honours in the second qualifier to nail down pole position for the final with Alastair Bolton alongside on the front row. It was McFall who set the pace from the start while Bolton and Tim Hazlett argued over second. Eventually Hazlett escaped this battle to close in on the leader over the final laps, but McFall had it all under control to claim a tidy win ahead of Hazlett and Bolton.

 

The F2 Stock Cars provided some great entertainment on the slippery surface with each of their three races providing a different winner. Scottish novice Euan Millar stormed to victory in heat one, the teenager’s first ever F2 win to boot, before Gordy McKee snapped up the honours in heat two. McKee looked well set to claim the final as well until car problems frustrated his charge. This one subsequently developed into a fascinating scrap between Kyle Beattie and Conor Hughes. On the final bend Hughes managed to unsettle Beattie’s car with a last gasp attack which set-up a drag race to the finish. The pair were neck and neck as they hurtled towards the line, with Hughes edging it by a mere 3 hundredth of a second!

 

Group Two Lightning Rods and Super Saloons completed the classes on display at the McCarroll Plant Hire sponsored meeting. David Reynolds and Irish Champion Clive Wilson shared the spoils in the Group Two qualifiers before Reynolds secured his second win of the day with a runaway flag to flag success in the final. Another driver to enjoy a double over the New Year was Mark McEntee as the local lad celebrated his track return with a heat and final brace in the Super Saloon class! It was another familiar face who took the spoils in the second heat for the Super Saloons as Noel Mark rolled back the years to record a good win at the wheel of a Vauxhall Astra borrowed from Gareth Robinson.

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Meeting Review - Friday 7th October 2016
Stock-Rods 2016 Irish Championship  

 #26 Adam Sloan Crowned Irish Champion

The damp conditions failed to quash enthusiasm at the final Ballymena Raceway meeting of the season on October 7.  The changing grip levels proved an added problem for the drivers to contend with and once again the competitors rose to the challenge to provide an entertaining evening of short circuit motorsport. Headline event on the programme was the Valley Roofing sponsored Irish Championship for the Stock Rod division. A new name was added to the list of winners as Adam Sloan produced a composed drive to claim his first major title, with Jason Clyde and Steven McKane the other podium finishers. There was further good news for the Stock Rod racers as the sport’s governing body, the ORCi, has recently confirmed that Ballymena Raceway will host the Stock Rod World Championship in 2017!

 

In the other classes the Hazlett Tyres backed Stadium Championship was the prize on offer to the open wheel aces in the BriSCA F2 Stock Car division. Christopher Kincaid confirmed his position as the top Stock Car racer in the province at the moment with a flawless flag to flag win in this one. Bradley McKinstry blasted his way through from the third row of the grid to chase Kincaid home, with Ryan McCrory in third.

 

The powerful National Hot Rods were a real handful in the slippery conditions as the Speed Kings contested Round 6 of the Hankook Performance Tyres World Series NI. The high level of competition in this series was underlined once more as Gary Wilson became the six different final win so far! Shane Murray was right with the leader over the closing tours, but was penalised two places in the final standings which promoted Keith Martin and Ian McReynolds into second and third. The heat races featured a first ever National Hot Rod win for Jonny McMillan.

 

Super Saloons completed the classes on display and a pleasing field of 15 cars assembled to contest the Parker Car Transport sponsored Champion of Champions event. Recent newcomer Philip Holmes continued his excellent form with a victory in the opening heat before Irish Champion Aaron McGraw claimed the honours in a somewhat scrappy second heat. The final was a close three way battle between Trevor McFaul, Keith Lyttle and Gareth Robinson which was eventually settled in McFaul’s favour.

Sponsored by: Valley Roofing, Hazlett Tyres

Parker Transport

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Meeting Review - Friday 23rd September 2016
#194 Clive Wilson Crowned  Gp2 Irish Champion


Two new Irish Champions were crowned at Ballymena Raceway on September 23 where Clive Wilson and Aaron McGraw clinched the Group Two Lightning Rod and Super Saloon crowns respectively for the first time. The GP2 race has provided its fair share of talking points down through the years and the 2016 version kept with tradition in what was another action packed showing from the GP2 racers! Event favourites Karl Smyth, Freddie Fleck and David Reynolds started at the front of the grid and it was Smyth who occupied the lead spot when the race settled down after some early caution periods. Defending Champion Andy McLeister eventually worked his way onto the leader’s back bumper before the two big rivals crashed out spectacularly after an aggressive move from McLeister left Smyth’s car on top of the wall! All the while Wilson, who had started down on grid 13, quietly worked his way towards the front and the Larne man was in the perfect position to take full advantage of this opportunity which now presented itself. Wilson confidently reeled off the remaining laps in his Vauxhall to secure the coveted Irish title, with Fleck the runner-up. Daniel Rodgers was another who made good progress, coming from grid 12 to finish in third, with the top six rounded out by Graham Young, Steven McNeill and Richard Purdy.

 

The Super Saloon Irish proved to be a far more straight-forward affair as McGraw underlined his superiority by leading from start to finish in his potent Honda to win by the length of the straight. Defending Champion Alistair Christie chased hard in his Vauxhall, but was forced to settle for second on this occasion, while Ballymoney’s Liam Irwin held off a posse of challengers to take the final podium spot in third.

 

The support action was provided by the F2 Stock Cars, Stock Rods and Junior Rods and proved no less controversial. The Stock Rod racers warmed up for their Irish Championship by contesting the Challenge Cup. Johnny McCloy and returnee Raymond Harper shared the heat wins, but it was Scottish visitor Jim Pitcaithly who occupied pole position for the main event after a pair of consistent finishes for the British Champion. The Scotsman led from the start, but was under real pressure from Aaron Moody and Harper. Moody’s perseverance was rewarded when a gap opened up on the exit of turn 2 before Pitcaithly responded with a big squeeze on his rival to maintain his advantage! The prohibited manoeuvre was quickly spotted by the steward who promptly issued a warning to the Scotsman and his actions received a two place penalty in the final standings which promoted Moody into first spot, with Harper a fine second on his track return.

 

The Junior Rods contested their Stadium Championship where Antony Kincaid and Jack Patchett qualified on the front row of the grid. The pair stormed away from the pack in a very evenly matched duel at the front which was eventually settled in the closing laps as the pair negotiated their way through the tail enders. Kincaid was caught up in a tangle with a backmarker which put the Antrim lad out on the spot, while Patchett completed the remaining distance unscathed for a decisive win ahead of Samuel Wilson and Leah Hughes. The Pace Tyres Shoot Out race saw a flag to flag win for newcomer Mark Brogan from Ballymoney.

 

The F2 Stock Cars completed the programme and brought more success for Christopher Kincaid, who warmed up for the defence of his Irish title with victory in the Yokohama Grand Prix! Antrim ace Kincaid began the evening with victory in the opening heat, but a tangle with Bradley McKinstry forced him to settle for a fifth place finish in heat two. Thomas Greer took full advantage of Kincaid’s delay to record a good win in that race and the yellow top set the pace again in the final. Greer led this one until lap 14 before Kincaid scurried through and on to his second win of the night. Gavin Fegan chased the winner home and Greer completed a good night’s work with a solid third place finish.

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2017 Fixtures

Forthcoming Events


Friday 28th April 2017 @ 7.15pm


BriSCA F2 Stock Cars
2017 Teng Tools Series Rd 1
Stock Rods
2017 FG Race Fabrications Race Series Rd 1
Junior Rods 2017 Top Teen Trophy
Gp2 Lightning Rods
Super Saloons

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Wilson Auto-Repairs
Teng Tools
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