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Ballymena Raceway are pleased announce that we have been allocated the Stock Rod World Championship for 2017

with the provisional dates being Friday 25 August and Saturday 26 August '17

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.

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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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Meeting Review - Friday 9th September 2016
National Hot-Rods 2017 WQR 4 - Impressive Win for JC

There was an autumnal feel in the air at Ballymena Raceway on September 9 where some heavy rain beforehand left track conditions difficult for the opening series of heat races. First out on track were the youngest racers on the roster, the 7 to 11 year old Micro F2 Stock Cars, and the youngsters coped admirably with the wet track as Scott Hosie scampered home for a convincing win. The GP2 racers were next to sample the conditions in the opening qualifying heat for their Golden Helmet Trophy. Karl Smyth provided an indication of what was to come later by clinching a good win. Shea Duff was first across the line in the opening Junior Rod race, but the Crumlin lad was adjudged to have jumped the start which handed victory to Leah Hughes. The National Hot Rods were next on track for Round 4 of the Hankook Performance Tyres World Series NI and the powerful machines were a real handful in the slippery conditions. An excellent race ensued though with Stewart Doak and John Christie neck and neck at the line; Doak getting the verdict by a matter of inches. The Super Saloons completed the first round of races with a pleasing 11 cars on display. Colin Clifford steered his sleek Toyota to a clear win in this one.


Conditions had improved greatly for the second round of heats where Tyler McClurkin set things off with a good win in the Micros. Smyth extended his winning run in the GP2 class after a breathless race which saw four different leaders on the final four laps! Once again Duff felt the wrath of the steward in the second Junior Rod event. Duff’s misfortune handed a first ever win at Raceway to newcomer Mark Brogan from Ballymoney. Christie went one place better in the Nationals, where the 2013 World Champion led home Jaimie McCurdy, before Philip Holmes marked his Super Saloon debut with a win in their second heat.


The track was almost dry for the start of the Ross Hyndman Motors sponsored finals where the Stadium Championship for the Micro F2s was first up. This one developed into a real nip and tuck battle between McClurkin and Cathal McFerran and it was McFerran who edged it with Rhianna Murray from Randalstown the other podium finisher. The GP2 racers lined up for their Golden Helmet with Smyth on pole position after his two heat victories. That was as close as the others got to his Vauxhall Astra as Smyth disappeared at the green flag to complete a faultless hat-trick of wins. The finale of the Gold Roof Series was the feature race for the Junior Rods. Defending Champion Antony Kincaid occupied pole position for this one and immediately stepped into the lead. Matthew Milliken settled into second and chased down the leader going into the closing stages, but Kincaid was equal to the challenge and kept it all neat and tidy to retain his title ahead of Milliken and Hughes. The National Hot Rod final pitted together heat winners Christie and Doak on the front row. Christie made the inside line pay off right from the start, while Doak struggled on the still damp outer track and was rapidly relegated down to twelfth. McCurdy was Christie’s closest challenger, but the Broughshane racer had National Champion Adam Hylands and World Champion Adam Maxwell tight on his back bumper. Their battle allowed Christie a comfortable passage out front and he duly steered his Ford Fiesta home for a convincing win. McCurdy coolly held of his challengers to retain second, with Hylands in third. The Super Saloon final completed the programme of races and was led by Colin Mark until a stoppage was called when Gareth Robinson was involved in a nasty rollover at Fisherwick bend. Mark was still at the head of affairs when the action resumed, but his Vauxhall Astra clipped the wall which provided hope to his pursuers. There were only a few laps remaining however and a relieved Mark was able to nurse his car home for his first final win of the season.

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Meeting Review - Friday 26th August & Saturday 27th August 2016
#83 Michael Bethune Crowned 2016 Stock-Rod European Champion

Drivers from across England and Scotland joined the province’s racers for an action packed festival of short circuit motorsport at Ballymena Raceway over the weekend of August 26/27.  Main event on the twenty-six race programme was the Gilmore Engineering Stock Rod European Championship where an excellent entry of thirty-three competitors took part in a series of hotly contested races for this prestigious title.


Hopes of a local winner were raised when Ballymena based trio Aaron Moody, Steven McKane and Colin McKendry shared the victories in the qualifying heats on Friday evening. However it was current World Champion Michael Bethune from Fife who qualified on pole position for the championship final on Saturday and the Scotsman produced a master class in defensive driving throughout 40 absorbing laps to fend off relentless pressure from both McKane and Moody and claim the title. Moody in particular had the home crowd on the edge of their seats when he pulled his car right up alongside the leader, and fractionally ahead at one point! Bethune used all his race craft to thwart Moody’s advances and at the chequered flag it was McKane who eventually finished as the gallant runner-up, with Moody an excellent third. Later in the programme Niall McFerran produced a storming drive around the outside of the pack to lift the International Trophy in his Vauxhall Corsa.


The action in the support classes was just as competitive. The Group Two Lightning Rods competed in six races across the weekend with their World Cup and Irish Open titles at stake. Early pace setters in the World Cup race on Friday evening were Karl Smyth, David Reynolds and Mark Turtle, but the leading trio dramatically crashed out to leave the road clear for Broughshane’s Freddie Fleck to capture the crown. In Saturday’s Irish Open event the heat wins were shared between Reynolds and Keith Lyttle before Nigel Doherty romped to a decisive win in the final ahead of Lyttle and Smyth.


The National Hot Rods contested Round 3 of their Hankook Performance Tyres World Series NI on Saturday evening. Phillip McCloy recorded his first ever victory in the premier class after a great run in the opening heat, before recent returnee Ian McReynolds grabbed a heat and final double success in his Citroen Saxo.  Another driver to stamp his authority on proceedings was Christopher Kincaid from Antrim. Kincaid, Irish Champion in the F2 class, demolished the opposition with an impressive flag to flag win in the BF Motors Supreme Trophy race after splitting the heat wins with Scott Finlay. In the Super Saloon category Colin Clifford scampered to a brace of heat wins in his Toyota, but did not get things all his own way in the final. Clifford was under all sorts of pressure from Ashley Graham in the closing laps of the Irish Masters race and the pair eventually tripped over each other which allowed Aaron McGraw to sneak through and claim the silverware.


The stars of the future were also on view over the weekend with both the Junior Rods and Micro F2 Stock Cars in action. The youngsters raced just as hard as their senior counterparts, indeed the Junior Rod action on Friday evening was particularly fraught with a number of incidents throughout. Joel McPeake and Matthew Milliken grabbed the heat wins and it looked for a long time that the final belonged to Shea Duff. Irish Champion Antony Kincaid had other ideas however and somehow squeezed his Peugeot 106 ahead on the very last bend in one of the closest finishes off the weekend.  The Micro F2s were in action on Saturday evening where Rhianna Murray stormed to a brace of heats wins. Indeed the second heat was something off a white wash for the girls as Rhianna was followed home by Leah Sealey, who had travelled over from Bristol to compete, with another visitor, Staffordshire’s Elexie Bartram, in third! The boys got their revenge in the final however where Tyler McClurkin sprinted home for a good win, with Murray right on the pace once again in second.

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Meeting Review - Friday 12th August 2016

BriSCA F2 Stock-Cars 2016 Moffett Shield

#935 Dean McCrory claims the Silverware

F2 Stock Car racer Dean McCrory extended his excellent record at Ballymena Raceway with victory in the Moffett Shield on August 12. Last time out at Raceway McCrory romped to victory in the Norman Cromie Memorial Trophy event and once again the D.S. Autos sponsored car was the one to beat around the Showground’s oval. Scott Finlay took an encouraging win in the opening heat before Christopher Kincaid marked his track return with a polished win in heat two. McCrory carded a third and a second place finish in the heat races, but stepped it up a gear in the final where the teenager powered to the front in the opening laps and was never challenged over the 20 lap duration. Irish Champion Kincaid chased hard but had to settle for second, while Sean McFerran underlined the potential of his new car with a good run to third.


While McCrory is a regular visitor to victory lane at Raceway the other classes on the programme all produced a first time final winner. Johnny McCloy from Garvagh recorded his first ever final win in the Stock Rods with a flag to flag victory in his budget 16v Vauxhall. Keith Lyttle romped to a heat and final double in the Group Two Lightning Rod division and Stephen Elder was the star of the show in the Super Saloon category where the Ballymoney man racked up an unbeaten hat-trick of victories in his Vauxhall Astra. In the Junior Rod category newcomers Amy Bradford and Ty Richardson upset the form book as the two novices recorded their maiden victories in the class. Richardson accounted for both heat races before Bradford inherited the final honours when on the road winner Antony Kincaid was penalised for a jump start.

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Hylands Hednesford Heroics

For the fifth year in a row the prestigious National Championship for the National Hot Rods has been won by a Northern Ireland driver after Adam Hylands clinched the 2016 title over the weekend of August 6 & 7. Six qualifying heats on Saturday at a sun bathed Hednesford Hill Raceway in Staffordshire determined the grid positions for the championship race with Oxfordshire’s Jason Kew the victor in the opening encounter. Scottish star Robert McDonald lifted the flag in heat two before Glenn Bell recorded a maiden victory for his new Edwards Motorsport Vauxhall Tigra in heat three. Warwickshire’s Shane Bland was the winner in heat four and Stockport’s Jack Blood took the honours in heat five while the last qualifier brought a first win with the gold roof for World Champion Adam Maxwell.


A consistent set of results earned Hylands pole position for the 75 lap final. Adam put in a sterling effort in his first heat to reach seventh position from a starting position in the back group and followed that up with a pair of third place finishes to nail down the prime grid slot for the final on Sunday afternoon. It was an all Northern Ireland front row too as Adam was joined at the head of the grid by fellow Ulsterman Keith Martin, with European Champion Carl Waller-Barrett and McDonald on row two, followed by Maxwell and British Champion Dave Casey on row three. Hylands controlled this one from the off while Maxwell made good progress to run third before the Maxwell Freight Services Tigra was forced to retire due to a fluid leak. Up front Hylands had everything under control until some obstinate driving from a backmarking Billy Wood hindered the leader’s progress. It would have been very easy for Adam to lose patience and get involved in an incident with the tailender, but the Portadown ace displayed admirable restraint and character to skilfully drive around Wood. Once that hurdle had been overcome Adam confidently reeled off the remaining distance to claim a well deserved victory having led every one of the 75 lap distance. Waller-Barrett and McDonald joined Adam on the podium with Dungannon’s Derek Martin in fourth. The other Northern Ireland finishers were Keith Martin (6th.), Mark Heatrick (9th.), John Christie (11th.), Stewart Doak (13th.), Carl Sloan (14th.) and Gary Wilson (15th.).


The NHRPA Championship race followed later in the programme with the grid positions determined by a random draw. John Christie pulled out grid position three for this one and the Crumlin racer quickly took full advantage of that favourable draw to ease ahead of pole sitter Danny Hunn. There was still plenty to do from there however, with Kew, Waller-Barrett and McDonald amongst those trying to chase down the leader’s Ford Fiesta. The car never missed a beat throughout the 35 laps though and showed good pace as John steered it home to an emotional win which was a fitting reward for all the hard work that the team had put into the car. And judging by the reaction from the terraces the car is nearly as big a star as John!


Once again a great effort by all the Northern Ireland racers and Ballymena Raceway extend congratulations to Adam and John on their championship victories.


National Hot-Rods 2017 World Series NI Rd 1 - Full Review

World Champion
#76 Adam Maxwell victory parade lap

#998 Simon Kennedy wins Heat 1

#994 Keith Martin takes Heat 2

Richard Turtle Memorial  Cup up for grabs

Final Podium
Winner: Keith Martin
2nd: Adam Hylands
3rd: Shane Murray

Adam Maxwell made his first appearance as World Champion at the opening round of World Series NI on July 15, but it was a former holder of the gold roof who took the spoils at Ballymena Raceway where 2005 World Champion Keith Martin swept to a heat and final double that also earned him the Richard Turtle Memorial Cup.

Less than 2 weeks after the chequered flag had fallen on the 2016 World Final and the province’s racers assembled at Ballymena to begin their quest for a spot on the 2017 World Final grid. Qualifying rounds during the month of July were a regular occurrence in the province a while back, but over recent seasons the norm has been for the new campaign to start in August, after the National Championship weekend. However the age old problem of trying to find suitable dates on the fixture list meant this year’s series had to commence earlier than usual, during the peak holiday period in the province in fact. That was never going to suit everyone of course, but despite the absence of a few regulars there was still a very healthy entry of 19 cars at the opener. That should have been 20 too, but unfortunately the Heatrick Team bus was crippled en route. Some frantic calls managed to scramble a van and trailer which transported one of the cars, Adam’s Tigra B, to Ballymena but Mark’s car remained stranded.

Pride of place on the entry list went to our new World Champion Adam Maxwell. The fixture presented local fans with an opportunity to welcome home their new champion and Adam received a well deserved victory parade before racing got underway, together with a gift from the track promoter in recognition of his success. The silver roof on Adam’s Tigra B, which had only been applied for the Ipswich Spedeweekend, had gone already after only one meeting and been replaced with a gold top, how nice a problem was that to have!  And very well it looked too, the gold paint coming right down to the waist line of the car, crisp and clean, without the plethora of decals and sign writing which cover so many roofs these days, and all the better for it in my opinion. 

Other points of interest on the entry included a track debut for Brendan McConnell in his Peugeot 206cc, which hopefully hints at a full tilt at this qualifying campaign from the former Lightning Rod star. Keith Martin had reverted back to his usual Tigra after competing in the McMillan Team car at the World Finals and there was a welcome return for 2013 World Champion John Christie, at the wheel of the Autocross Fiesta which carried his father Ormond to a World title win 20 years previously in 1996. Christie’s evening was filled with the little niggles and problems that only track time can discover on a car, but the team’s performance against the modern day Tigras is sure to be one of the talking points of the new campaign. 

World Series NI also welcomed a new sponsor onboard for 2016/17, Hankook Performance Tyres. Former National Hot Rod racer Corrie Beggs had been one of the central figures in securing the deal and Corrie’s presence was much in evidence during the night, where some publicity shots were taken to mark the new partnership.

Eighteen cars took to the track for heat one, Ben McKee an absentee for this one due to work commitments which saw him arrive late at the track. It was a muggy night in Ballymena where the rain was never far away, and intermittent showers would be a companion throughout. Indeed it was one of those nights where the track was never fully wet or fully dry, but rather a halfway house between the two. The mixed conditions was going to keep everyone guessing on tyre selection and sure enough the full gambit of tyre choices was employed, from 4 slicks to 4 wets, plus a mixture of both! Light rain had just arrived before the opener where lone white grader Philip McCloy led the field away. Simon Kennedy was quickly on the move from the yellow grade and motored ahead on lap two while further back Maxwell was catching the eye with his progress from the red grade. Adam Hylands and Shane Murray were both displaced in quick succession, no mean feat in itself, before Keith Martin, Rob Forsythe and Davy McKay were all relegated to leave the World Champion in third by the half-way point. Maxwell eased ahead of McCloy to go second on lap 12 and now only Kennedy stood between the World Champion and a victory first time out with the gold roof. There was to be no story book ending however as Kennedy’s late call to switch onto 2 wets and 2 slicks proved inspired and the Dungannon racer displayed good place to confirm a well taken victory. A fully slick shod Maxwell chased hard all the way, but had to settle for second in the end after a great run. His fastest lap of the race was the thick end of four-tenths quicker than any other driver on the track, a life-time by National Hot Rod standards, and underlined the confidence Adam is driving with at present. Behind the front two it was Keith Martin next across the strip, while nephew Derek hadn’t been hanging about either to make it up to fourth from near the back of the reds. 

McKee had arrived in time for heat two to give us a full complement of 19 starters for this one where the starting positions within each grade were reversed from the heat one order. The rain had eased prior to the start of the race, but the track was still very greasy as newcomer McCloy led them away once again. The novice made a real good fist of the challenging conditions too and maintained his advantage until the half way point when K. Martin slipped ahead. The leaders had already started to lap the stragglers by this point, which underlined what a big difference there was in tyre strategy, but Martin’s mix and match set up of 2 plus 2 seemed ideally suited to the conditions and carried him to a clear victory. Maxwell could not repeat his earlier heroics this time around however. The Maxwell Freight Services Tigra B caught one of the damper patches on track while battling with Jaimie McCurdy and even the World Champion’s reactions could not prevent his slick-shod car from a grassy departure onto the centre-green, with the following Carl Sloan caught up in the moment as well. Derek Martin followed his uncle home in this one after another strong run, with Heatrick a solid third. Heat one winner Kennedy was well to the fore again in fourth, followed home by Hylands and Andrew Stewart, while McCurdy lost seventh position after a two place penalty for a jump start dropped him to ninth behind Nigel McCauley and Gary Wilson.

Final Grid
994    20    342    82    943    199    992    937    64
998    54    70      669  76       4        962    409

When the points were tallied up for the final it was running mates K. Martin and Kennedy on the front row, with Derek M and Adam Hylands on row two, followed by Heatrick and Murray on row three.   McCloy and Sloan were absentees for the final; Sloan’s TorqueTronix Tigra packed away with a cooked engine. That left us 17 runners for the feature race where the winner would also receive the Richard Turtle Memorial Cup. This award was introduced last year in memory of Richard, who sadly passed away in November 2014. Richard had raced on and off in the National class from the late seventies until the early nineties and represented Northern Ireland at the World Championship in 1991.

Track conditions were the best they had been all evening for the Nationals, confirmed by lap times in the low 15 seconds for the feature race compared to 17 second laps during the heats. The silhouette of a dry line was visible on the track by this stage, great news for those on the racing line, but overtaking was certainly going to prove difficult for those not on the favoured groove. 

That was evident right from the green flag when Kennedy was railroaded down the order from his front row starting slot with the #998 car ruthlessly held out on the slippery stuff by the pack.  In fact none of the outside starters had fared particularly well at the start, with Hylands and Murray also going backwards as K. Martin led D. Martin and Wilson over the opening exchanges. Polesitter Martin had went with four slicks this time and the experienced campaigner quickly settled into  his stride as Murray and Hylands regained some ground by relegating Wilson, who now found himself under attack from Maxwell. Their battle would be an ongoing feature until the chequered flag, but try as he might the World Champion could not breech the defences of a dogged Wilson. 

Up front in the Martin dispute it was still Keith ahead of Derek and that’s the way it looked like staying too. While Derek was able to sit with the leader quite comfortably, the chances of him going right around the outside, on the damper section of track, looked slim. The only tactic available was to sit tight and hope that uncle Keith made a mistake which would provide an overtaking opportunity. However when you’re following a man that has seen it all, and done it all, in National Hot Rods for over 30 years those mistakes are few and far between and so it proved again as Keith demonstrated all his race craft and experience to secure the win after a faultless drive. There could have been no more fitting winner either, as Keith was the only driver on the grid who had raced regularly with Richard, and no doubt Dick would have enjoyed his former rival leading the youngsters a merry dance!

Things took a turn for the worse on the final lap for Derek Martin when the #20 Tigra coughed and spluttered its way down the back straight. Martin was immediately engulfed by Murray and Hylands and although Derek managed to keep them both at bay until the flag his defensive work through the final bend did not find favour with the steward. A two place penalty was handed out to Martin, which promoted Hylands into second with Murray in third. Beyond the front four Wilson successfully fended off Maxwell’s advances to retain fifth, with the top ten rounded out by McCauley, McKee, McConnell, a commendable performance on his track debut, and Christie.

A very encouraging start to the 2016/17 campaign. With a new title sponsor on board, record car turnouts and a new World Champion to boot, what’s not to like? There really is a buzz surrounding the National Hot Rod scene in Northern Ireland at the moment and long may that continue.  


Heat One: 998 76 994 20 70 54 943 343 82 992 199 342 669 962 409 4 nof.  DNF 75 & 64

Heat Two: 994 20 342 998 54 669 4 82 199 (x-2) 70 409 943 962 992 937 75 64 nof.

Final: 994 54 70 20 (x-2) 82 76 4 937 409 962 199 998 669 64 nof.

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Meeting Review - Friday 15th July 2016

  National Hot-Rods - #994 Keith Martin wins Richard Turtle Memorial Trophy

Intermittent rain throughout the meeting made track conditions difficult for the drivers at Ballymena Raceway on July 15. The track never dried up completely to allow the racers to reach top speed and tyre choice was crucial on the varying track surface where grip was at a premium off the racing line.


Main event on the race card was the opening round of the National Hot Rod World Qualifying Series for the National Hot Rods, where the final winner would also receive the Richard Turtle Memorial Cup. Before the action got underway newly crowned World Champion Adam Maxwell paraded his title winning Vauxhall Tigra and the Crumlin based racer received a warm welcome from the local race fans together with a memento from the track promoter in recognition of his success.


When the track action got underway Maxwell almost recorded a fairytale win in his first race with the gold roof, but eventually had to settle for second place behind Simon Kennedy in the opening heat race. It was another member of the province’s World Champions Club who dominated the rest of the meeting however.  2005 World winner Keith Martin took the honours in heat two and the Dungannon man never put a wheel out of place in the feature race to record a flag to flag win from pole position in his Vauxhall Tigra. It was a very fitting win too, as Martin had raced regularly with Richard in the National Hot Rod class during the late eighties and early nineties. Derek Martin followed his uncle across the finish line, but received a two place penalty from the steward for an incident on the very last lap which promoted Adam Hylands into second place with Shane Murray in third.


Race of the night however was provided by the Stock Rod class, which contested their Irish Masters Championship. A four strong entry from Scotland, which included World Champion Michael Bethune and British Champion Jim Pitcaithly, travelled over for the event and their presence inspired the locals to produce a breathless final that sizzled with action and incident from start to finish. Polesitter Jason Clyde slipped into the lead at the start while Pitcaithly dropped down from the front row to sixth position during the feisty opening exchanges where no inch was given by any driver. Clyde continued to hold sway under intense pressure until lap fourteen when Sam McKinstry jumped from fourth to first after the leaders tripped over each other at Fisherwick bend. Pitcaithly worked his way back to challenge the new leader and eased ahead just two laps from home to snatch victory at the end of a pulsating race. McKinstry claimed the runner-up spot and Ryan Murphy secured one of his best championship results to date in third.


Races for the Group Two Lightning Rods and Super Saloons completed the programme of events at the meeting, which was jointly sponsored by Townparks Car Sales and Greers of Antrim VOLVO.  The GP2 racers contested their Irish Grand Prix and it was Karl Smyth who took the trophy in his Vauxhall Astra. Smyth had to be on his guard throughout a keenly contested final however as Nigel Doherty put the winner under intense pressure for much of the race. Meanwhile Aaron McGraw enjoyed a convincing win in the Super Saloon Gold Roof Trophy. Michael McMinn set the early pace in the final, but was quickly demoted by a fast moving Trevor McFaul. McGraw was right in the leader’s tail however and eased ahead on lap five to control proceedings from the front in his powerful Honda.


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Hankook Tyres To Sponsor National Hot Rods World Series NI

The NHRPA are pleased to announce a new title sponsor for National Hot Rods World Series NI for the 2016/17 season.

A deal has been reached with leading tyre manufacturer Hankook, in conjunction with their Northern Ireland distributor Tyre Call Ltd, to promote their range of performance road tyres in the 'Hankook Performance Tyres National Hot Rods World Series NI'. Hankook are one of the world’s leading tyre manufacturers, and currently supply some of the most prestigious car marques with their state of the art performance tyres as factory fitted original equipment to provide the optimal driving experience.

Former National Hot Rod racer Corrie Beggs and Derek Hill, General Manager of Tyre Call Ltd, have been instrumental in securing the deal, and on behalf of Hankook Corrie said, "It's a perfect match for Hankook, as we associate our high quality performance road tyre range with the premier oval racing category in Northern Ireland, which attracts many fans on a weekly basis. The National Hot Rod scene is currently on a real high in Ulster at present, and we hope with our backing it can continue to thrive. The entertainment value for the fans at the moment is second to none as the grid sizes continue to increase."

As part of the sponsorship deal all cars will carry the logos of the series sponsor, and there will be a lucrative cash prize on offer for the winner of each final throughout the season.

On behalf of the NHRPA, Darren Black was thrilled at the new deal. "We would like to thank Corrie and Derek, and also Mervyn Crawford, for their help in securing this deal with such a prestigious brand as Hankook, and it can only go to help enhance the great standing that the National Hot Rods currently have in Northern Ireland. We would also like to thank Rodney Wallace of PC Paints & Components Ltd for his excellent support for World Series NI over the past number of years, and have agreed that our good relationship with Rodney will continue in other forms over the coming months and years."

The opening round of the Hankook Performance Tyres National Hot Rods World Series NI takes place at Ballymena Raceway on Friday July 15th (7.15pm).


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Adam Maxwell is the National Hot Rod Champion of the World for 2016 after a superb drive at the Foxhall Raceway Ipswich on July 3.

First up for the qualifiers were the lap times on Saturday afternoon to determine the gird positions for the World Final on Sunday. A draw amongst the drivers determined the order in which the qualifiers undertook their Hot Laps, with Mark Heatrick the very first to run. Mark set a time of 14.91 secs which ultimately left him down on grid 23 for the big race. Carl Sloan (15.07 secs) and Stewart Doak (14.89 secs) were also amongst the unfavourable early slots and would end up on grid positions 30 and 18 respectively, before defending champion Shane Murphy pumped in a 14.67secs lap which set the benchmark for the rest to attack. Gary Woolsey (14.89 secs for grid 19), Keith Martin (14.90 secs for grid 21) and Jaimie McCurdy (14.76 secs for grid 13) all failed to better Murphy’s time, before Derek Martin sent a ripple around the stadium with a time of 14.62 secs to knock Murphy down to second. There were eight drivers still to run at this stage with Gary Wilson recording a time of 14.85 secs on his World Final debut to qualify on grid 15. Chris Haird was next on track and his time of 14.66 secs put the 2014 winner right in the frame. There were only three runners remaining at this stage, with Northern Ireland Champion Maxwell the penultimate one to set a time. And what a time it was too, the Maxwell Freight Services Tigra B stopping the clock at 14.57 secs to snatch pole away from Martin, who would join his fellow countryman on the front row, with Haird and Murphy poised menacingly on row two.

World Final day arrived bright and sunny as the 35 qualifiers took their places on the grid. Martin made a real strong attempt at going around the outside of the pole sitter during the opening laps, but was eventually forced to drop back before the field was pulled up following a crash at the scoreboard bend, with McCurdy one of those caught up in the melee. Sloan had already been punted into a spin by Danny Hunn a lap earlier and the two rookies now found themselves down in positions 30 and 31 when the action resumed. Maxwell was driving quickly and accurately up front, but could not shake off the attentions of Murphy. The leading pair gradually eased away from the rest and the race turned into a straight battle between them. Murphy exerted a relentless pressure on the race leader which finally paid dividends when a gap appeared as Maxwell negotiated some backmarkers. However just as it looked like Murphy would pounce the defending champion's Tigra speared along the barrier and into retirement after contact between the leaders down the back straight. It was an incident that the stewards immediately reviewed, and cleared Maxwell of any blame, which left the Crumlin man out front alone with a handy advantage over Dave Casey. It was time for a cool head, along with a sure touch, and Maxwell displayed both as he steadily completed the remaining laps to claim a well deserved victory and bring the coveted title back to the province for the first time since 2013.

British Champion Casey followed the victor home, with European Champion Carl Waller-Barrett in third, while Danny Fiske produced a storming drive to claim fourth spot from grid position 25. Gary Wilson finished his debut appearance in ninth position with Gary Woolsey in eleventh. World Final rookies McCurdy and Sloan fought back from their early setbacks to finish in a respectable twelfth and fourteenth respectively.

National Hot Rod 2016 World Championship Result

  1. 76 Adam Maxwell
  2. 261 Dave Casey
  3. 162 Carl Waller-Barrett
  4. 304 Danny Fiske
  5. 117 Robert McDonald
  6. 42 Shane Bland
  7. 174 Jason Kew
  8. 955 Damien Mulvey
  9. 82 Gary Wilson
  10. 491 Colin Smith

Ballymena Raceway would like to congratulate Adam and the Maxwell Motorsport Team on their victory, along with all the other Northern Ireland racers who enjoyed success over the weekend in the support races.


Meeting Review - Friday 24th June 2016

  BriSCA F2 Stock-Cars Norman Cromie Memorial Trophy

#935 Dean McCrory Lands the Silverware

A slick programme of events at Ballymena Raceway on June 24 saw the entire programme of races done and dusted within two and a half hours. Perfect track conditions ensured some quick lap times were posted during the meeting, especially by F2 Stock Car racer Dean McCrory. The Antrim based teenager underlined the potential of his recently unveiled new car with a clear victory in the Norman Cromie Memorial Trophy race. Bradley McKinstry followed the winner across the line, with another member of the McCrory family, Ryan, in third.


Andy McLeister from Ballymoney added the Terraclean Series title to his growing list of successes after a controversial series finale for the well supported Group Two Lightning Rod division. Freddie Fleck occupied pole position for the showdown, but his hopes of victory were soon dashed in an early incident amongst the leading pack. Karl Smyth took over out front with McLeister and Matthew Curran in hot pursuit, but trouble lay ahead for Smyth when the leader came to lap Fleck. McLeister was in the right place to take full advantage, with Curran and David Reynolds following the winner home.


Tim Hazlett continued his strong run of form with another final win in the Stock Rod category and Trevor McFaul left Raceway unbeaten after a dominant hat-trick of wins in the Super Saloon series. Junior Rods completed the race programme at the RWS Alloy Wheel and Car Body Repair sponsored fixture where Irish Champion Antony Kincaid extended his lead in the Gold Roof Series with another final win in his rapid Peugeot 106.

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Meeting Review -  Friday 10th June 2016

  BriSCA F2 Stock-Cars 2016 Irish Open Championship

#312 Christopher Kincaid wins the Open

F2 racers from right across the UK produced an absorbing series of hard fought events when Ballymena Raceway hosted the BriSCA F2 Stock Car Irish Open Championship on June 10. On this occasion the UK mainland visitors left empty handed as the drivers from Northern Ireland were on top form throughout the evening and secured victory in all four F2 races. Defending Champion Ryan McCrory, William Murray and Christopher Kincaid accounted for the heat races before Kincaid crushed the opposition with a flag to flag win in the championship final. Dean McCrory made an impressive debut in his new car to secure the runner-up spot with Bradley McKinstry making it a clean sweep of the podium positions for Northern Ireland drivers. Unfortunately the post race inspections discovered a technical irregularity with McCrory’s car which consequently saw the Antrim lad being removed from the results.

There was English and Scottish interest too in the Micro F2 division where an excellent field of 15 competitors contested the Challenge Cup. After three keenly contested events from the 7 to 11 year olds it was Scotland’s Lewis Burgoyne who took the honours, young Lewis becoming the latest member of the famous Burgoyne clan to enjoy success on Irish soil! Randalstown’s Rhianna Murray claimed a heat win and followed Burgoyne home in the final after an encouraging display, with Staffordshire’s Elexie Bartram in third.

The Stock Rods contested the final of their DNA Tuning Series where Jason Clyde produced a defiant drive to secure the honours. Clyde qualified on pole position for the series finale and needed to be on his guard throughout as Aaron Moody, Jack Kennedy, Adam Sloan and Moody again all harried the leader in a relentless barrage of pressure. Clyde somehow defied them all however to win the series ahead of Moody and Niall McFerran.

The Heritage F2 Stock Cars completed the classes on display and once again provided the local fans with a fascinating glimpse of how Stock Car racing used to look in a bygone era. Jack Bunter and Brian Owen split the heat wins before Nigel Finnegan successfully retained the Irish Challenge Cup, the winner followed home by Dan Chiplen and Bunter.

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 DNA Tuning & RS Motorsport

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Meeting Review -  Friday 20th May 2016

   National Hot-Rods 2016 World Series

Crumlin Charger #76 Adam Maxwell wins WQR 13 Final

Thirteen was certainly not an unlucky number for Adam Maxwell at Ballymena Raceway on May 20 where the Crumlin Charger recorded his first win of the current campaign in the final at Round 13 of the PC Paints and Components World Qualifying Series. The damp conditions proved a real test for the drivers of the high speed National Hot Rods where an excellent entry of 20 cars took to the track. Mark Heatrick romped to a brace of victories in the heat races and led the early stages of the final too until some gremlins beneath the bonnet of his Vauxhall Tigra restricted his pace and allowed Maxwell to scamper ahead. Derek Martin chased the leader all the way to the chequered flag, but had to be content with second in this one, while Keith Martin rounded out the top three to complete a strong set of results for the 2005 World Champion at the penultimate qualifier.


Dorset’s Levi Robinson joined the locals for Round 4 of the Stock Rod Grand Prix Series, but the Englishman endured a torrid night of misfortune and only completed a handful of laps over all 3 races. Each one produced a different winner, with Johnny McCloy and Shane Gault accounting for the heat races before Tim Hazlett staved off the combined advances of Wilfie McNiece and Jason Clyde in a humdinger of a final.


The Group Two Lightning Rod racers contested Round 2 of their Terraclean Series and it was Daniel Norris who took the silverware home for the second meeting in a row.  Super Saloons completed the classes on display at the Cirrus Plastics sponsored meeting and what the class lacked in numbers they made up for with an enthralling final where Irish Champion Alistair Christie did it all the hard way around the wide outside to snatch the victory from long time leader Mark Frew on the run to the flag.

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Meeting Review -  Friday 6th May 2016

   BriSCA F2 Stock-Cars 2016 Snap on Tools Series Grand Final

#312 Christopher Kincaid powers to Snap on Series Success

F2 Stock Car Irish Champion Christopher Kincaid was back on top form at Ballymena Raceway on May 6 where the Antrim ace secured the honours in the final of the Snap-On Tools Series. On a night punctuated with incidents and accidents there was success too for Christopher’s younger brother, Antony, who started the defence of his Junior Rod Gold Roof title with a clear win in the meeting final.


In the other classes at the Rodney Fleck Specialist Cars sponsored programme Adam Sloan warmed up for the forthcoming Stock Rod British Championship event at Cowdenbeath with a first final win of the 2016 campaign. Daniel Norris thwarted Mark Turtle’s hat-trick hopes in the Group Two Lightning Rods with his first final win of the season and Ashley Graham emerged victorious in a keenly contested Super Saloon feature race after Bobby Johnston had accounted for the heat races.

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Meeting Review -  Friday 22nd April 2016

    National Hot-Rods 2016 World Series NI Rd 10

#70 Shane Murray perfect Hat-trick of Wins

A perfect evening for racing provided ideal conditions for some fast and frantic action at Ballymena Raceway on April 22, where the fans were treated to some highly competitive racing mixed in with a few controversial clashes as well! Shane Murray avoided all the rough stuff in the National Hot Rods to mark his return to the ovals with a perfect hat-trick of wins in Round 10 of the PC Paints and Components World Qualifying Series. Carl Sloan boasted his qualifying hopes with a good run to second, while Mark Heatrick was back on track following his big crash on Good Friday and rounded out the top three finishers in the final.


A splendid entry of nineteen F2 Stock Cars served up some classic action in Round 2 of the Snap-On Tools Series. It was Series leader Gavin Fagin who accounted for both heat races, before a barnstorming finish to the final saw Sean McFerran ride out a last bend power driver from Fegan to secure the silverware.


Another driver in good form at the moment is Jason Clyde and the Stock Rod racer extended his impressive run with a third final win on the trot at Raceway in Round 2 of the DNA Tuning Supreme Series. The programme of races at the Buckna Autos sponsored fixture also included the Group Two Lightning Rods and Super Saloons. Meeting sponsor Matthew Curran made off with his own trophy after a dominant win in the GP2 final, while Liam Irwin held off a strong challenge from Aaron McGraw to clinch the Super Saloon honours.

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Meeting Review -  Friday 15th April 2016

    BriSCA F2 Stock-Cars

#312 Christopher Kincaid storms to Final Victory

It proved to be a successful evening for the Antrim based Kincaid family at Ballymena Raceway on April 15 where brothers Christopher and Antony secured the final honours in their respected classes! F2 Stock Car Irish Champion Christopher fired an ominous warning to his rivals with a brace of victories in his new car, while younger brother Antony produced one of the drives of the meeting to snatch the Junior Rod honours after a fantastic last lap charge.

In the other classes at the ISUZU Truck Antrim sponsored programme there was a second final win in a row for Jason Clyde in the Stock Rod division. Former Irish Champion Alastair Bolton had earlier accounted for both the Stock Rod heats, while Cullybackey teenager Harry Gilmore went one better and took a faultless three wins from three races in the opening round of the Group Two Lightning Rod Terraclean Supreme Series. That record was matched by Cathal McFeran in the Micro F2 Stock Car division where the Portglenone lad eased home to a hat-trick of victories.

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Meeting Review -  Friday 1st April 2016

    BriSCA F2 Stock-Cars

#47 Sean McFerran takes home Snap on Tools Rd 1 Silverware

Slippery conditions at Ballymena Raceway on April 1 proved to be a real leveller for the drivers, with the 14 race programme producing no fewer than twelve different winners! The Micro F2 Stock Cars, a new class for 7 to 11 year olds, made their first official appearance at the Raceway and it was English visitor Elexie Bartram from Staffordshire who journeyed back across the Irish Sea with the Next Gen Cup after an eye catching heat and final double success.  Apart from Elexie the only other driver to enjoy more than one victory during the evening was Karl Smyth in the Group Two Lightning Rod division, and even then Karl got a little assistance from the steward when on the road final winner Mark Turtle was demoted two places in the official result. Smyth had gained an earlier success in the opening heat while Harry Gilmore recorded his first ever race win in heat two.


The F2 Stock Cars contested the opening round of their Snap-On Tools Series and produced a different winner on all of their outings. Sam McKay and Gavin Fegan slithered home in the heat races before Sean McFerran survived a late race caution period to claim an assured win in the final ahead of Fegan and Track Champion Craig McConnell.


Likewise there were three different winners in the Stock Rod division where Jack Kennedy and Jason Clyde fought out an enthralling duel in the opener which eventually went the way of Kennedy. Ryan Murphy took the honours in heat two after a good run in his Vauxhall Corsa, before Clyde recorded his first ever Stock Rod win in the opening Round of the DNA Tuning Series.


Super Saloons completed the classes on display, with Irish Champion Alistair Christie taking the honours in the heat race with a well timed late run, before Ashley Graham annexed the final ahead of Aaron McGraw and Johnny McCloy.

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Meeting Review -  Friday 25th March 2016

    National Hot-Rods 2016 World Series NI Rd 8

Impressive Hat-trick from Glenn Bell

The temperature may have been cool, but the track action was certainly hot as the new season at Ballymena Raceway was ushered in with the usual mixture of thrills and spills on Good Friday. Glenn Bell was the big winner in the National Hot Rods as the former World Champion motored to an impressive hat-trick of wins to finish the evening as top points scorer at Round 8 of the PC Paints & Components World Series NI. However it proved to be anything but a Good Friday for Jaimie McCurdy and Series Leader Mark Heatrick after both their cars suffered substantial damage in a heavy crash during the opening heat which sidelined both drivers for the remainder of the meeting.


In the other classes flying Scotsman Michael Bethune underlined just why he is the current Stock Rod World Champion by clinching the Yokohama Championship in his rapid Vauxhall Corsa. To put Michael’s victory into context it is only the third time that the title has left Northern Ireland in twenty-five years! Former Junior Rod ace Jack Kennedy produced a storming drive to follow the World Champion home, with another of our ex-Junior Rod stars, Niall McFeran in third.


Group Two Lightning Rods and Junior Rods completed the programme at the Broughshane Car Dismantlers sponsored opening fixture. Mark Turtle captured the GP2 Challenge Cup after a well judged flag to flag win in his Vauxhall Astra, while Jack Patchett scampered home in a rip-roaring Junior Rod final to lift the Top Teen Trophy.


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2016 Fixtures Released

Full details of our 2016 fixtures are now available to view online. A compact schedule of 16 meetings is planned for 2016, with the National Hot Rods, BriSCA F2 Stock Cars, ORCi Stock Rods, Group Two Lightning Rods, Super Saloons and Junior Rods providing the backbone of the race programme once again. A welcome addition to the regular roster for 2016 will be the Micro F2s, which provide a starter formula for 7 to 11 year olds, and the Micros will make their Raceway debut in the Next Gen Cup on April 1. We are also delighted to welcome onboard Snap-On Tools, DNA Tuning and Terraclean as title sponsors for our F2, Stock Rod and Group Two Series.

Following our practice evening on Friday 18 March the season proper commences with our traditional Good Friday fixture on March 25 where the Stock Rod Yokohama Championship will once again kick off the campaign in style. Another date to mark in the diary is undoubtedly the BriSCA F2 Irish Open Championship on June 10, when the Heritage F2 Stock Cars will make a return visit following their well received debut appearance last term.

Our colleagues at Nutts Corner Raceway have once again kindly granted us use of their excellent track to host the Saloon Stock Car Irish Masters Championship on May 21, while the centre piece of our Speedweekend on August 26 and 27 will be provided by the prestigious European Championship for the Stock Rods, ably supported by the GP2 World Cup, and F2 Supreme Championship.

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Stock-Rods 2016 Specficiations now available

The new 2016 Stock Rods Specifications and Rules are now available to download.

Race it 2016 - Stock Rods intro.

A well supported and keenly contested non-contact formula for saloon cars up to 1400cc capacity. Limited engine and suspension modifications are allowed and the cars race on a single control tyre.

The standard of car preparation and presentation is very high which leads to ultra close, wheel-to-wheel racing. The top drivers must be on it from the drop of the green flag to make any progress through the large grid of evenly matched competitors. Most successful car of the last decade has been the ubiquitous Vauxhall Nova and Corsa B, but the Vauxhall Corsa C model is becoming increasingly popular and competitive. 

Car prices range from £1500-£5000.

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Super-Saloons 2016 Specficiations now available

The new 2016 Super Saloons Specifications and Rules are now available to download.

Race it 2016 - Super Saloons intro.

This very popular 2 litre budget class caters for 8v, 12v and 16v cars. This is a non contact formula and cars must be prepared in a professional manner. It is permissable to skim the cyclinder head by 40 thou.

Current cars that race at the moment include the Honda Civic, Ford Focus, Ford Puma, Ford Sierra, Nissan Almera, Toyota MR2, Toyota Celica, Vauxhall Astra & VW Golf.

Super Saloons run a 15" rim and a controlled TOYO T1R Tyre with the following sizes being permitted for use to suit gearing: 195/55/15, 195/50/15 or 205/55/15.

Car prices range from £500-£1000.

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Gp2 Lightning-Rods & Junior-Rods 2016 Specifications now available

The Gp2 Lightning Rods & Junior Rods 2016 Specifications & Rules are now available to download.

The new Raceway season will see the introduction of the Vauxhall Corsa B and Corsa C (5 door) to the Gp2 Lightning Rod class.

In the Junior Rod formula a number of changes have been made to the 2016 Specifications, these are indicated in Red Bold writing.

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Meeting Review -  Friday 1st January 2016

      National Hot-Rods #994 Keith Martin storms to Winternational Victory

Ballymena Raceway welcomed in 2016 with a full programme of short oval racing for the Winter National Championships on New Year’s Day. The honour of the first race win of the New Year went to track stalwart Brian Edgar in the Group Two Lightning Rod division, but it was Johny Gillespie who would go on to secure the GP2 title with an immaculate heat and final double in his Vauxhall Astra.


The high speed National Hot Rods were a real handful in the tricky track conditions and the evergreen Keith Martin put all his experience to good use to capture the honours in his Vauxhall Tigra. Martin split the heat wins with Carl Sloan and the pair occupied the top two spots in the final, with 2015 winner Jaimie McCurdy in third. F2 Stock Car Irish Champion Christopher Kincaid joined the regulars for a trial run in Chris Foster’s Peugeot 206cc and the Antrim ace put in a solid display on his Hot Rod debut.

Stock Rod British Champion Steven McKane was another driver in top form on New Year’s Day as the Ballymena based racer went through the race card unbeaten to capture the Winter National title. Shane Gault was McKane’s closest challenger, but the former Group Two Champion was removed from the final result for an incident with Stephen Doherty which promoted Adam Sloan into the runner-up spot, with Aaron Moody in third.

F2 Stock Cars and Super Saloons completed the classes on display at the McCarroll Plant Hire sponsored meeting. Track Champion Craig McConnell scorched to a brace of victories in the F2 Stock Car division to earn pole position for the final, but his hat-trick hopes were dashed by Conor Hughes as the Antrim racer breezed through to capture the Winter National crown after a determined drive. Philip Doherty was the star of the show in the Super Saloon division. Returnee Doherty began the afternoon with a second place finish in the opening heat behind Ryan Nixon’s Ford Puma and took the chequered flag in the second qualifying race to earn pole position for the final, which the Garvagh racer subsequently dominated in his Toyota to lead home Points Champion Johnny McCloy and Irish Champion Alistair Christie.

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Following the last meeting of the season at Ballymena Raceway on October 9 Gary Wilson has been confirmed as the winner of the National Hot Rod Track Championship at Ballymena for 2015.

Wilson went into the final meeting with a useful 40 plus points lead over nearest challengers Jaimie McCurdy and Carl Sloan, the only two drivers who could still deprive him of the outright title at the start of proceedings. When both his rivals struck problems during the evening it was a relatively straightforward job for Wilson to gather the necessary points which confirmed his position at the head of the chart on 378 points, with McCurdy runner-up on 339 points and Sloan in third (315 points). The Track Championship carried a first prize of £500, plus trophies for the top three finishers, and these awards were presented to Gary, Jaimie and Carl at the conclusion of the final meeting.

The top three finishers all had a 100% attendance record at Ballymena in 2015 and their admirable commitment to compete at all nine fixtures was reflected in their positions at the top of the Stadium Championship. Even more impressive was the finishing record of Gary over the season, with the Harold Johnston Agricultural backed Vauxhall Tigra finishing an incredible 25 of the 27 National Hot Rod races at Ballymena! That was a great effort by Gary and his team in their first full season of National Hot Rod racing and we offer our congratulations to Gary on becoming our Track Champion for 2015. Those consistent finishes definitely proved the difference, whereas Jamie and Carl were unfortunate with mechanical problems at various times during the season.

The season saw 23 different National Hot Rod drivers compete at Ballymena with 12 of those drivers enjoying race wins at the venue. The nine meetings produced seven different final winners, with Jaimie McCurdy and Nigel McCauley the couple who recorded two final successes during the campaign. Jaimie also finished joint top of our race winners league with 4 race victories to his credit, a total matched by Andrew Stewart, while McCauley, Glenn Bell and Mark Heatrick all raked up 3 wins apiece.

We would like to thank all the National Hot Rod drivers, their teams and families for their support throughout 2015, plus the NHRPA officials for all their hard work and assistance, and we very much look forward to welcoming you all back to Ballymena Raceway once again in 2016.

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Meeting Review -  Friday 9th October 2015

      Gp2 Lightning-Rods - #23 Jason Clyde wins Golden Helmet Crown

A full programme of championship races brought the 2015 season at Ballymena Raceway to a stirring conclusion on October 9.  Jason Clyde finished the season in the best possible fashion with victory in the Golden Helmet Trophy event for the Group Two Lightning Rod division. Clyde qualified his Vauxhall Astra on pole position for the sought after trophy after two consistent finishes in the heat races and controlled the final from the front to lead home Nigel Doherty and Matthew Curran.

Another driver on top form was National Hot Rod ace Glenn Bell, who boasted his World Qualifying campaign with a perfect hat-trick of wins in Round 6 of the PC Paints and Components World Series NI. That performance earned the Portadown powerhouse the Driver of the Day award, while the season long Track Championship for the Nationals was settled conclusively in favour of Gary Wilson, with Jaimie McCurdy and Carl Sloan rounding out the top three in the overall standings.

Newly crowned Stock Rod Irish Champion Wilfie McNiece began his reign with another dominant win in the Challenge Cup event. The Newtownhamilton man split the heat wins with Stephen Doherty before leading the final from start to finish in his Vauxhall Corsa, with Lester McCloy and Doherty the place men in this one.

Junior Rods and Euro Stocks completed the classes on display. Shannon Morrow continued her great end of season form with a fine victory in the Junior Rod Top Teen Trophy. The Glenarm girl just held off a fast finishing Jack Kennedy to take the silverware, with the final podium spot going to Joel McPeake who would go on to claim victory in the support race.  In the Euro Stock division Mark Frew was in the right place at the right time to swop past early leaders Colin Clifford and Stephen McCahon in one race winning move which earned the Moneymore man the Champion of Champions Trophy. Clifford returned a comfortable win in the support race.

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Meeting Review - Friday 25th September 2015




Two new names were added to the Irish Championship roll of honour at Ballymena Raceway on September 25 where the Group Two Lightning Rod and Junior Rod Champions for 2015 were decided. Andy McLeister from Ballymoney emerged victorious from a typically hectic GP2 showdown to lift the coveted title from the first time in his Vauxhall Astra, with Rodney Stewart and Matthew Curran second and third respectively. Five days after big brother Christopher won the F2 Stock Car Irish title at Nutts Corner it was the turn of Antony Kincaid to uphold the family honour and the Antrim teenager managed that in some style to claim the Junior Rod Irish crown for the first time. Jack Patchett and Jack Kennedy tracked the leader over the final laps, but Kincaid would never be headed in a flag to flag win.

The F2 Stock Cars competed for the Wash’N’Dash Super Cup where Gordy McKee motored home for his second final win of the season at Raceway after star names Graham Fegan and Christopher Kincaid had accounted for the heats. A number of the F2 Stock Cars were also put through their paces by some former Raceway favourites in the Legends Cup race where ex-Irish Champion Davy McCrory romped home ahead of Decky and Gary McFerran.

Stock Rods completed the classes on display and served up a first time winner in the form of Aaron Moody. The Ballymena lad was making his first appearance in the senior ranks and proved to be an instant success with a heat and final double victory in his immaculate Peugeot 106. Wilfie McNiece and Steven McKane followed the seventeen year old home in the final, while the other race brought another win for Adam Sloan.

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Hannahstown’s Graham Fegan produced a storming drive in the BriSCA F2 Stock Car World Championship at Hednesford Hills Raceway on September 12 to finish as runner-up to new champion Kelvyn Marshall. Outgoing World No. 1 George MacMillan from Glasgow finished in third, while Antrim’s Christopher Kincaid recorded his best ever World Final result to make it two Ulstermen in the top four positions!

It was the first time ever that the historic event had been staged at the Staffordshire circuit and first up for the six representatives from Northern Ireland were the international time trials on Saturday afternoon to determine their starting positions on the World Final grid. Fegan, Kincaid, Craig McConnell, Ryan McCrory, Dean McCrory and Bradley McKinstry, the latter pair making their World Final debuts, joined drivers from Holland, Germany, Belgium and the Isle of Man in the trials, from which Holland’s Wim Peeters emerged fastest with a time of 14.737 seconds. Kincaid joined the Dutchman on row 3 after posting a best time of 14.770 seconds, while Fegan qualified on row 6 alongside Holland’s Rick Lenssen on a time of 14.787 seconds.

2002 World Champion Chris Burgoyne and current European Champion Marshall led the field around to the green flag and there was instant drama when row two starter Gordon Moodie and Peeters tangled on the opening lap which put both out on the spot. British Champion Adam Rubery and consolation semi final winner David Polley were amongst the others who became embroiled in the incident and a restart was called to clear away the damaged cars. The remaining runners set off for a second time and it was Marshall who stamped his authority all over the race which the Cheshire driver led from start to finish for a dominant win. Fegan and Kincaid ran second and third for a brief time before Neil Hooper edged through into second place, while Kincaid dropped as low as seventh at one point during the frantic places battle. Fegan came back strongly in the closing laps to dispatch Hooper and seal a superb second place, while Kincaid fought back to finish fourth at the chequered flag behind 2014 winner MacMillan. Irish Champion McConnell was classified in tenth position to make it 3 Ulstermen in the top ten!

2015 F2 Stock Car World Final Result

1st.         101 Kelvyn MARSHALL
2nd.       NI998 Graham FEGAN
3rd.        1 George MacMILLAN
4th.        NI312 Christopher KINCAID
5th.        16 Craig WALLACE
6th.        604 Jamie CONWAY
7th.        618 Ben LOCKWOOD
8th.        846 Ashley ENGLAND
9th.        560 Luke WRENCH
10th.      NI925 Craig McCONNELL

Over the remainder of the weekend Ryan McCrory finished third in the meeting final on Saturday evening and McKinstry secured a third place finish in the Grand National, while Kincaid took a race win on Sunday afternoon in the consolation event.

Ballymena Raceway would like to congratulate Kelvin on becoming World Champion, plus Graham and Christopher on their fantastic finishes, and all the Northern Ireland drivers on such a strong showing over the weekend. It was the first time since the early seventies that Northern Ireland had two drivers in the top four places of this prestigious event which underlines the current strength of F2 racing in the province at the moment.



Meeting Review - Friday 11th September 2015

National Hot-Rods 2016 WQR 4

Slick McCurdy claims Hat-trick


National Hot Rod racer Jaimie McCurdy gave his World Qualifying campaign a timely boast with a polished hat-trick of wins at Ballymena Raceway on September 11. The talented teenager from Broughshane was closely tracked by 2012 World Champion Glenn Bell throughout the final, but never made a wrong move in the treacherous conditions to steer his Wilson McCurdy Haulage Vauxhall Tigra home for a fine win in Round 4 of the PC Paints & Components World Series NI. Bell also followed McCurdy home in the first heat, with Derek Martin the runner-up in heat two.

Another teenage talent tearing up the Showground’s oval at present is Adam Sloan and the nineteen year old from Kells guided his Vauxhall Corsa to the final honours in the Stock Rod division. Ballymena lad Joel McPeake romped to a heat and final brace in the Junior Rod category while Jason Clyde enjoyed success in Round 5 of the GP2 National Series.  Euro Stocks completed the classes on display at a sodden Raceway and contested their Irish Championship where Alistair Christie from Ballymoney was crowned champion for 2015 after a skilful performance in his immaculate Vauxhall Astra.

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The Scottish drivers were in top form at the ORCi Stock Rod World Championship last weekend where Fife’s Micheal Bethune wrote his name onto the World Champions roll of honour at his home circuit of Cowdenbeath. A series of 6 qualifying heats on Saturday evening determined the qualifiers for the World Final and Bethune made his intentions clear in these, winning all 3 of his heats to tie down pole position for Sunday’s final. The other heat wins went the way of Stuart McKinnon, James Gray and Derek Conner, while some consistent results saw Adam Sloan, Gareth Bevan and Rodney Arbuthnot all book their place in the final.

The rest of our representatives, Fergus Bevan, Matthew McKinstry, Ian Thompson and Richard Taylor joined the other non-qualifiers in a Last Chance race on Sunday afternoon from which Thompson grabbed one of the remaining spots on the World Final grid. Bethune made no mistake in the big race to clinch the gold roof after a dominant display, with McKinnon and European Champion Conner making it a clean sweep of the podium positions for the Scottish drivers. Sloan was the first Northern Ireland entry home and recorded a commendable top ten finish on his debut appearance on the UK mainland.

ORCi Stock Rod 2015 World Championship Result

  1. 83 Michael Bethune
  2. 41 Stuart McKinnon
  3. 172 Derek Conner
  4. 197 James Gray
  5. 272 John McAllister
  6. 123 Craig Tosh
  7. 323 Trevor Calvin
  8. 92 Adam Daniels
  9. 26 Adam Sloan
  10. 315 Trevor Ashworth

Ballymena Raceway would like to congratulate Michael on his World Final win and we look forward to welcoming the gold roof over to visit Northern Ireland during his reign. We would also like to applaud the efforts of the Northern Ireland representatives who all contributed to a great weekend of Stock Rod action.


Meeting Reviews - Friday 21st August & 22nd August 2015



Oval racers from across the province demonstrated their skills during two days of keen competition at Ballymena Raceway’s Speed Fest event on August 21 & 22.  All in all twenty seven races were contested over the two days with a number of championship titles decided during the course of the weekend.  The stand out performer proved to be Steven McKane from Ballymena who went home with two of the big prizes on offer and in two different formulas to boot! Stock Rod British Champion McKane returned to his Group Two Lightning Rod roots on Friday evening and proved his versatility with a convincing victory in their World Cup race, before reverting back to his normal Stock Rod on Saturday evening to lift the UK Masters title as well. While McKane has been a regular visitor to victory lane during a success laden season for the Ballymena man the weekend events at Raceway also provided a host of new winners, not least Adam Sloan from Kells. The nineteen year old steered his Vauxhall Corsa home to a first ever final win in the Premier Cup race on Friday evening and backed that up with a solid run to third place in the UK Masters behind star names McKane and Wilfie McNiece.Another racer celebrating a first ever final win on Friday evening was Gordy McKee from Templepatrick. The former Lightning Rod star switched to the ultra competitive F2 Stock Car division for 2015 and has been steadily getting to grips with his new car as the season progressed. McKee’s improved performance was underlined with a win in the Supreme Cup after surviving a last bend attack from double heat winner William Murray. McKee continued his winning ways with a heat win on Saturday before Graham Fegan powered through to capture the Irish Masters Trophy ahead of McKee and Ryan McCrory.Another first time victor was young Jaimie Hunter. The teenager secured the Junior Rod Irish Masters title in his Vauxhall Corsa ahead of Joel McPeake and Jack Patchett after another entertaining display from the youngsters. The high speed National Hot Rods were in action on Saturday evening to contest Round 3 of the PC Paints & Components World Series. Andrew Stewart from Portadown qualified on pole position after a brace of heat wins in his Vauxhall Tigra and led the final for a long way too until a late race skirmish saw Gilford’s Nigel McCauley emerge victorious ahead of Gary Wilson and Stewart Doak.Other winners over the weekend included Jason Clyde, who successfully defended the GP2 Irish Open title on Saturday evening after a close battle with Andy McLeister and Garvagh’s Karl Smyth who scorched to a hat-trick of wins in the Euro Stocks Irish Grand Prix event. Saturday’s meeting also included a superb display of Ford and Mini road cars, with the DNA Tuning Coleraine sponsored awards being up for grabs.

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