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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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