Meeting Review - Friday 20th May 2016
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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Hot Harry Leads Group Two Terraclean Series
Harry Gilmore tops the Group Two
Lightning Rod Terraclean Series after the opening round at
Ballymena Raceway on April 15. The impressive rookie racked up a
perfect hat-trick of wins in the opener to card a maximum score of
40 points. Matthew Curran chased Gilmore across the line at the
first round and the Broughshane man is second in the series chart
on 33 points, with Irish Champion Andy McLeister and Freddie Fleck
handily poised on 31 and 29 points respectively. The top six
positions are rounded out by Nigel Doherty and Karl Smyth.
Round Two of the Terraclean
Series takes place at the next Raceway meeting on May 20.
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Series points chart
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
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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Clyde edges clear at the top of DNA Tuning Series
Jason Clyde has opened
up a twelve point advantage at the head of the DNA Tuning Supreme
Series for the ORCi Stock Rods following the second round on April
22. Clyde clinched his third final win in a row at Raceway in
Round 2 and added a heat win as well on his way to a haul of 31
points. The top points scorer at Round 2 was Aaron Moody (32
points) which has propelled the former Junior Rod Irish Champion
up into second spot in the overall standings. Alastair Bolton and
Jack Kennedy are still well in contention just a further 5 points
behind Moody, with British Champion Steven McKane and Adam Sloan
filling out the remainder of the top six.
The series grand final takes
place at Raceway on June 10.
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Supreme Series points chart
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
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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
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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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National Hot-Rods 2016 World Series NI Rd 8
Impressive Hat-trick from Glenn
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
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.
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
prices range from £1500-£5000.
Stock-Rods 2016 Spec.
Super-Saloons 2016 Specficiations now available
The new 2016 Super
Saloons Specifications and Rules are now available to download.
Race it 2016 - Super Saloons
This very popular
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.
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.
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
range from £500-£1000.
Super-Saloons 2016 Spec.
Gp2 Lightning-Rods & Junior-Rods 2016 Specifications now
The Gp2 Lightning Rods &
Junior Rods 2016
Specifications & Rules are now available
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.
Gp2 Lightning-Rods 2016 Spec.
Junior-Rods 2016 Spec.
National Hot-Rods #994 Keith Martin storms to
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.
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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RACEWAY NATIONAL HOT ROD TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP REVIEW
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
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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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
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
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
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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Gp2 Irish Championship - McLEISTER TAKES HOME THE SILVERWARE
Junior Irish Championship - ANTONY KINCAID CROWNED THE NEW CHAMPION
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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FEGAN FLIES AT F2 WORLD FINAL
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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.
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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SCOTS DOMINATE STOCK ROD WORLD FINAL AT RACEWALL
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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
- 83 Michael Bethune
- 41 Stuart McKinnon
- 172 Derek Conner
- 197 James Gray
- 272 John McAllister
- 123 Craig Tosh
- 323 Trevor Calvin
- 92 Adam Daniels
- 26 Adam Sloan
- 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.
TOP PERFORMANCE FROM McKANE
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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Friday 10th June 2016 @ 7.15pm
BriSCA F2 Stock-Cars 2016 Irish Open Championship
Stock-Rods 2016 DNA Tuning Supreme Series Grand Final
Heritage F2 Stock-Cars 2016 Irish Challenge Cup
Micro F2 Stock-Cars 2016 Challenge Cup