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Friday 15th August 2014 @ 7.15pm

National Hot-Rods 2015 World Series NI Round 2

BriSCA F2 Stock-Cars Norman Cromie Memorial Trophy

BriSCA F2 Stock-Cars 2014 Grand National Championship Round 3

Speed Stocks 2014 Superpole Challenge Round 6

GP2 Lightning-Rods & Junior-Rods

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Meeting Review - Friday 18th July 2014

Andy Stewart wins 2014 National Hot-Rods Irish Masters


Short circuit motorsport made a successful return to the Ballymena Showgrounds on July 18 where a pleasant summer’s evening provided perfect conditions for both the competitors and spectators. The setting was ideal for some exciting action and the fans were not disappointed, with the Raceway serving up its usual mix of fast racing, close finishes and a few spectacular spills along the way!

Main race of the day was the SHP Engineering National Hot Rod Irish Masters which produced a keenly contested battle between Andrew Stewart and National debutant Adam Hylands. It was Stewart who finally edged his Peugeot 206cc home just ahead of the impressive Hylands, with Carl Sloan completing the podium party.

There were not one but two titles on offer to the Junior Rod racers, with the Gilmore Engineering Gold Roof race and the Supreme Championship both decided. Once again the youngsters were on sparkling form, with Jordan Finnegan ending on his roof in the first race and stable mate Taylor Broggy performing the spill of the day with a dramatic barrel roll along the length of the back straight in race three!  Their racing was excellent too, with Irish Champion Aaron Moody snatching the Gold Roof race on the very last bend with a do or die swoop around the outside of long time leader Niall McFerran. It proved to be a perfect evening for local lad Moody, who went on to collect the Supreme Championship later in the meeting as well! Another Ballymena based driver on top form was Noel Hazlett who steered his Vauxhall Astra to a heat and final double which earned him the Group Two Lighting Rod 2014 Challenge Cup.

Races for the Classic / Retro Rod and the Euro Stock divisions completed the packed schedule and it was double delight for Donegal visitors Declan Rodgers (Retros) and Shaun Arbuckle (Euros) who both headed back to the North West with the silverware.

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New 2014 World Champion

England's Chris Haird

Superb 3rd place finish for

Gary Woolsey

England’s Chris Haird is the National Hot Rod Champion of the World for 2014 after a superb drive at the Foxhall Raceway Ipswich on July 6. Haird qualified on pole position after setting the fastest time during the hot laps on Saturday afternoon (14.58 secs), with Northern Ireland Champion Andrew Murray second fastest (14.66 secs) and British Champion Glenn Bell in third (14.67 secs). Defending World Champion John Christie qualified down in eighteenth spot (14.91 secs), with the remaining Northern Ireland Series qualifiers ending up on grid positions 10 (Adam Maxwell 14.72secs), 11 (Stewart Doak 14.77secs), 22 (Mark Heatrick 14.95 secs) and 23 (Keith Martin 15.08 secs). The seven qualifiers from the Northern Ireland Series qualifiers were joined on the World Final grid by Portadown’s Gary Woolsey, who qualified via the English Series, and Derek Martin, who made it in via the Wild Card race on Saturday evening, to make it a record total of 9 Ulstermen on the grid.

The rain arrived with a vengeance on Sunday where the pre-race drama centred on Northern Ireland Champion Murray. His Vauxhall Tigra was deemed to be a fraction outside of the weight regulations by the NHRPA officials and subsequently relegated to the back of the grid. Haird was immediately into the lead at the green flag and made light of the difficult conditions to steadily pull away from the main pack in his Vauxhall Tigra B. Woolsey was his closest challenger in the early stages before Southern Ireland Champion Shane Murphy eased into second place, but no one came close to challenging Haird who added the 2014 World title to his previous success in 2010. Murphy retained second to the flag, with Woolsey in third, followed home by Jason Kew, Doak and Shane Brereton.

National Hot Rod 2014 World Championship Result

  1. 115 Chris Haird
  2. 970 Shane Murphy
  3. 940 Gary Woolsey
  4. 174 Jason Kew
  5. 996 Stewart Doak
  6. 348 Shane Brereton
  7. 305 Billy Wood
  8. 9 Glenn Bell
  9. 92 Jack Blood
  10. 42 Shane Bland

The support race went the way of Southern Ireland’s David Casey and the National Hot Rod races were concluded by the Best in Britain event which was won by Murphy, with Adam Maxwell the runner-up and Kew in third.

Hopefully we will see the new World Champion #115 Chris Haird over for 2014 Irish Masters Championship being @ Raceway in two week's time.



Statement regarding Saloon Stock-Car #75



Following much recent speculation about the legality of Saloon Stockcar Driver Ross Houston's engine in Car Number 75, said engine was sealed at Nutt's Corner Raceway on 15th June 2014.

The engine was measured today (18th June) by a representative from Byre Engineering, Dundrod, in the presence of Ian Foster, Scrutineer, Ballymena Raceway and found to be totally legal.


Meeting Review - Friday 6th June 2014

National Hot-Rods 2014 World Series

Murray crowned Northern Ireland Champion


It was D-Day for the province’s National Hot Rod drivers at Ballymena Raceway on June 6 where the destiny of the Northern Ireland Championship was decided at the final round of their World Qualifying Series. Andrew Murray, Glenn Bell and John Christie were all still in contention for the title, mathematically at least, going into the decider, with Christie needing to win all 3 races to have any shot at the crown. When Andrew Stewart took the honours in heat one it removed World Champion Christie from the equation however, and Murray’s opening result of seventh place, coupled with a fourth place finish for Bell, meant series leader Murray required only 2 more points to secure the title. Those points, and more, duly arrived in the second heat where Murray followed home race winner Christie to become Northern Ireland Champion for the first time after a mightily impressive campaign in the TRM Vauxhall Tigra. The meeting final for the Nationals brought a resounding win for Derek Martin, who was followed home by outgoing champion Bell and his successor Murray.

Just like in the National Hot Rods there was also a different winner in each race for both the Speed Stocks and Group Two Lightning Rod divisions. After a brace of second place finishes behind Darryl Reid and Rodney Fleck in the heat races Jason Clyde went one better in the GP2 final to capture the silverware, a first final win of the season for the Broughshane man. It was a similar story in the Speed Stocks where Noel Hazlett was forced to play second fiddle in both heat races, but turned it around in the final to win Round 5 of the Speed Stocks Super Pole Series. The heat victories went the way of Jason McCreight and Mark Morrow.

The McCarroll Plant Hire sponsored fixture also featured the Junior Rods where Patrick O’Boyle romped to a heat and final double in his Vauxhall Corsa. It was almost a perfect hat-trick for O’Boyle too, but a two place penalty imposed by the race steward for contact cost Patrick his race win in heat two and handed victory instead to Jack Kennedy. There were no such problems for Drew Russell in the combined Retro and Classics section where the County Donegal based speedster guided his potent Peugeot 205 to an impeccable hat-trick of wins. 

Sponsored by: McCarroll Plant Hire, Cloughmills.

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National Hot Rod World Champion 962 John Christie's Race Team are completing a Charity Cycle to raise money for Action Cancer. 8 members of the team plan to set off on Wednesday 2nd July from Crumlin and cycle 300 miles over 2 days across England from Liverpool to Ipswich. Also, some of the female team members will also be completing The Moonlight Walk in June. We have the ambitious goal of raising £20000 and we would be very grateful if you could support us by providing donations.

Action Cancer's dedicated team of staff and volunteers work across the whole of Northern Ireland helping to save lives and support people affected by cancer. Cancer is a devastating illness that affects millions of people, it has affected many of our teams families and friends, unfortunately there aren’t many people who haven’t been touched in some way by Cancer. We have decided to try and do our bit to raise money to help those who are dealing with Cancer, and to support prevention of this terrible disease.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

Thank you very, very much - we really appreciate every donation!!!

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Coming Events

Friday 15th August 2014 @ 7.15pm

National Hot Rods 2015 World Series Round 2

BriSCA F2 Stock Cars Norman Cromie Memorial Trophy

BriSCA F2 Stock Cars 2014 Grand National Championship Round 3

Speed Stocks 2014 Superpole Challenge Round 6

GP2 Lightning Rods

Junior Rods

The Ultimate Speedfest Weekend

Friday 22nd August 2014 @ 7.15pm

BriSCA F2 Stock Cars 2014 Supreme Championship
BriSCA F2 Stock Cars 2014 Grand National Championship Round 4
Classic Hot Rods/Retro Rods 2014 Irish Open Championship
1300 Stock Cars 2014 King of the North Trophy

GP2 Lightning Rods 2014 World Cup

Junior Rods 2014 Irish Masters

Saturday 23rd August 2014 @ 6.30pm

National Hot Rods 2015 World Series NI Round 3

Euro Stocks 2014 Irish GP

GP2 Lightning Rods 2014 Irish Open Championship

Saloon Stock Cars 2014 Slemish SuperCup

Speed Stocks 2014 Challenge Cup












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