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Next Meeting: Saturday 27th September 2014 @ 7.15pm

BriSCA F2 Stock-Cars 2014 Stadium Championship

1300 Stock-Cars 2014 Iron Man Trophy - including Irish Open Championship - Heats

Euro Stocks 2014 King of the North Trophy

Junior-Rods 2014 Grand National Championship

Gp2 Lightning-Rods 2014 Golden Helmet Trophy

 

Meeting Review - Friday 12th September 2014

National Hot-Rods 2015 World Qualifying

Kennedy launches at Round 4

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

Ultimate Speedfest Winners All Round

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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Meeting Review - Friday 15th August 2014

First Class Honours

 

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

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

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

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

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

Sponsored by: The Ramble Inn, Antrim

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PC Paints & Components National Hot-Rods World Series NI

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

BELL RINGS UP ANOTHER NATIONAL TITLE

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

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.

Sponsored by: SHP Engineering & Gilmore Engineering

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HAIRD HITS THE HEIGHTS AT NATIONAL HOT ROD WORLD FINAL

 

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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WORLD CHAMPION - JC #962 GOES PINK FOR ACTION CANCER

 

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.

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Coming Events

Saturday 27th September 2014 @ 7.15pm

BriSCA F2 Stock Cars 2014 Stadium Championship

1300 Stock Cars 2014 Iron Man Trophy - including 2014 Irish Open Qualifying Heats

Euro Stocks 2014 King of the North Trophy

Junior Rods 2014 Grand National Championship

GP2 Lightning Rods 2014 Golden Helmet Trophy

Friday 3rd October 2014 @ 7.15pm

National Hot Rods 2015 WQR 6

GP2 Lightning Rods 2014 Irish Championship

Euro Stocks 2014 Champion of Champions

Junior Rods 2014 Top Teen Trophy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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