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Meeting Review - Friday 19th May & Saturday 20th May 2017


Ballymena Raceway celebrated 40 years of Stock Car racing at the Showgrounds over May 19 & 20, where a marathon 25 race programme was completed over the two days. Main event of the weekend was the Irish Open Championship for the National Hot Rods and it was Crumlin’s John Christie who ran out a resounding and popular winner. Christie breezed home three quarters of a lap ahead of runner-up Dave Casey from Waterford, with local favourite Jaimie McCurdy from Broughshane in third. Later in the programme Christie also won the 40th. Anniversary Trophy before his father, legendary 5 times World Champion Ormond, thrilled the crowds by getting behind the wheel of the famous 962 car for a few demonstration laps.

The Stock Rods contested six highly competitive races over the course of the two days, where Steven McCready from Antrim proved to be the one to beat. McCready scorched to a dominant victory in the Inter Nations Cup on Friday evening and collected the 40th. Anniversary Trophy on Saturday after another convincing display. Scottish visitor James Gray recorded a brace of victories in his Vauxhall Corsa, with Graham Moore also amongst the wins.

The Group Two Lightning Rods were also kept busy over the two days and produced a set of keenly contested events. Irish Champion Clive Wilson added the National Championship to his title haul on Friday, before Ballymena’s David Reynolds kept his nose out front to claim the 40th. Anniversary Trophy on Saturday. Other race winners in the Group Twos included David Nesbitt and old hand Kenny Carson. The hard charging youngsters in the Junior Rods competed for their Supreme Championship on Friday evening where the track action was drama filled to say the least! Newcomer Jack Morrow rolled his Vauxhall Corsa in one the races, with Leah Hughes also involved in a big spill. Local lad Mark Crawford qualified on pole position for the final, but was made to work very hard by Joshua McKinstry before completing his hat-trick to be confirmed as Supreme Champion.

The F2 Stock Cars and Super Saloons joined proceedings on Saturday afternoon. Paul Crooks and Irish Champion Christopher Kincaid split the heat wins in the F2 division, but it was Graham Fegan who scampered home to win the 40th. Anniversary Trophy after long time leader Conor Hughes hit problems in the closing stages. A lively Super Saloon final was won by a delighted Colin Clifford after Gareth Robinson had taken the honours in the heat event.

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Meeting Review - Friday 5th May 2017
National Hot-Rods 2017 World Series NI Rd 11
Wilson Holds Sway in Bruising National Hot Rod World Qualifier


Gary Wilson kept his cool to take victory in a contentious Round 11 of the Hankook Performance Tyres World Series NI for the National Hot Rods at Ballymena Raceway on May 5. A night of high drama from the Nationals began in practice when Points Leader Derek Martin ended up on top of the wall after the throttle in his Vauxhall Tigra stuck open. Tommy Maxwell snapped to victory in the two heat races, whish saw disqualifications for Glenn Bell and Mark Heatrick along the way, to qualify on pole position for the final with Wilson alongside on the front row. This one took three attempts to get underway properly, and it was Maxwell who led away initially before losing out to Wilson during the hectic opening exchanges. Shane Murray and Carl Sloan were the next to clash in an incident which left Murray spun out to the wall and earned Sloan a load-up from the meeting. Wilson kept his head out front to lead home Adam Hylands and John Christie after an incident filled evening from the National Hot Rods.


F2 Stock Cars, Group Two Lightning Rods and Street Rods were the other classes on the programme at the McElmeel Mobility Services sponsored event. There were no problems for Conor Hughes in the F2 Stock Cars where the Antrim racer took maximum advantage of his recent downgrading to the blues with a perfect hat-trick of wins in Round 2 of the Teng Tools Series. The Group Two Lightning Rods attended in good numbers for the opening round of their Grand Prix Series. Freddie Fleck and Johnny Gillespie split the heat wins before Fleck doubled up with another clear victory in the meeting final. Shannon Morrow and Taylor Broggy made their debut appearances in the new Street Rod class and Broggy marked the occasion with a good win in the final after Ronnie Donnell had accounted for both heat races.

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Meeting Review - Friday 28th April 2017

BriSCA F2 Stock-Cars 2017 Teng Tools Series Rd 1

McKee continues good form with victory in opening round of Teng Tools F2 Series

Templepatrick based F2 racer Gordy McKee continued his excellent start to the new Stock Car season with a final win at Ballymena Raceway on April 28. McKee has recorded more race wins than any other F2 driver so far in 2017 and added another victory to his collection with a polished win in the opening heat race. Paul Crooks registered his first ever race win at the Ballymena oval after a flag to flag success in heat two, before McKee returned to winning ways in the final, which was Round One of the Teng Tools Series.


A strong entry of 20 Stock Rods contested the opening round of the FG Race Fabrications Series. Current Junior Rod Irish Champion Jack Patchett underlined his potential with a well taken brace of victories in the heat races, but had to settle for a second place finish in the final as a determined Philip Wilson clung on for a hard fought win.


The lower grade domination continued in the other classes too. Indeed there wasn’t a red or blue grade final winner all evening as the white and yellows cleaned up all 5 finals between them! In the Super Saloon category Colin Clifford and Gareth Robinson split the heat wins before Robinson grabbed his second win of the night in their feature event.  Rodney Stewart scampered to a brace of victories in the Group Two Lighting Rod heats, but it was impressive newcomer Adam Graham who motored home to collect the final silverware. There were more new winners in the Junior Rod category too. Mark Crawford snapped up two heat wins in his tidy Vauxhall Corsa, before Josh Gooch secured the Top Teen Trophy with a well judged win in the final.


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Meeting Review - Friday 14th April 2017

Stock-Rods 2017 Yokohama Tyres Championship

McFall Lands Yokohama Title at Raceway Season Opener

The new season at Ballymena Raceway roared of the starting grid on Good Friday with an entertaining programme of races. Main event of the evening was the Yokohama Championship for the Stock Rods and the 1400cc Rods provided some great entertainment as Michael McFall clinched the title for a fourth time.


An excellent entry of 21 National Hot Rods assembled for the resumption of their World Qualifying Series and it was Shane Murray who departed Raceway as top points scorer for the evening after an impressive heat and final double in his Vauxhall Tigra.

The Group Two Lightning Rods produced 3 different winners from their outings, with Rodney Stewart departing with the silverware, while the new Street Rods class completed the action with a couple of demonstration runs.

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ORCi Statement on Fuel Non Return Valves

Fuel Non return valves were included as an ORCi requirement in Oval Race formulae some time ago. 

In 2016 there was a high profile case involving a Non return valve not being fitted in a particular formula that was dealt with somewhat leniently at the time given some more general issues with regards their fitting and s
crutineering with the anticipation that this would be an example to raise the awareness to all drivers that a fully operational/working Non return valve MUST be fitted.

In recent weeks various investigations have revealed that drivers continue to abuse the rule from taking cars to scrutineering and then removing them or fitted and tampered with. 

From the 1st May 2017 drivers are now warned that contravention of this rule WILL result in an automatic mandatory ban under  the technical rules/ penalties  of 6 months. This applies to any driver not having a fully working non return valve fitted and/or it being tampered with in any way.

Issued ORCi 6th April 2017.

Ballymena Raceway 2017 Fixture List Released

The full list of fixtures for the 2017 season at Ballymena Raceway has been released. The venue celebrates its fortieth anniversary in 2017 and that significant landmark will be marked with a special weekend of racing over May 19 and 20. The Irish Open Championship for the National Hot Rods and the Nations Cup for the Stock Rods will provide the main attractions of the weekend, while all the regular Raceway classes will also be in action with a commemorative 40th. Anniversary Trophy on offer.

Another date to pencil into your diary is the weekend of August 25 and 26 when Raceway proudly hosts the ORCi sanctioned Stock Rod Championship of the World for the sixth time. The ORCi Stock Rod class has gone from strength to strength over the past couple of seasons and that momentum looks set to continue into 2017 with another influx of entrants anticipated. As always the Stock Rod class figures prominently on the Raceway roster, with the Yokohama Championship, Shock-Tec Supreme Trophy and the FG Fabrications Series amongst the other prizes on offer.

The BriSCA F2 Stock Cars continue to entertain as only they can and the single seaters are well catered for in 2017. The Teng Tools Series offers a £500 voucher for the winner, while the Stadium Championship winner will receive a set of shocks courtesy of Protech. The F2 Challenge Trophy on June 10 will see the best from England and Scotland clash bumpers with the local stars and the Showgrounds will also reverberate to the rumble of V8 engines that evening as the mighty Heritage F1 Stock Cars make their debut appearance in the province.

The Group Two Lighting Rods, Super Saloons, Junior Rods and Micro F2 Stock Cars all continue as before along with the ever popular National Hot Rods. Over the winter months various options were considered with regard to the introduction of a new formula. The most popular choice proved to be Street Rods, a budget, non-contact class based around the Vauxhall Corsa and Ford Fiesta models. Interest has been keen to date and the new class will make its debut appearance at the season opener on Good Friday, April 14.

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Meeting Review - Monday 2nd January 2017


The bitterly cold weather ensured track conditions were extremely difficult for those hardy racers who braved the elements to compete in the Winter National Championships at Ballymena Raceway on January 2. The drivers demonstrated all their skills in the harsh environment, especially in the headlining National Hot Rod division where the powerful machines proved a real handful. Two entertaining heat races brought victories for Shane Murray and John Christie, but both would be very early casualties in the final which left the way clear for 2012 World Champion Glenn Bell to power home well clear of runner-up Carl Sloan, with Ben McKee in third.


In the other classes Micky McFall marked his return to the ORCi Stock Rods with a handsome victory in the final. Ringwood’s Adam Robinson and World Champion Luke Oliver were welcome visitors amongst the 18 car entry where Points Champion Jason Clyde set the pace in heat one. McFall took the honours in the second qualifier to nail down pole position for the final with Alastair Bolton alongside on the front row. It was McFall who set the pace from the start while Bolton and Tim Hazlett argued over second. Eventually Hazlett escaped this battle to close in on the leader over the final laps, but McFall had it all under control to claim a tidy win ahead of Hazlett and Bolton.


The F2 Stock Cars provided some great entertainment on the slippery surface with each of their three races providing a different winner. Scottish novice Euan Millar stormed to victory in heat one, the teenager’s first ever F2 win to boot, before Gordy McKee snapped up the honours in heat two. McKee looked well set to claim the final as well until car problems frustrated his charge. This one subsequently developed into a fascinating scrap between Kyle Beattie and Conor Hughes. On the final bend Hughes managed to unsettle Beattie’s car with a last gasp attack which set-up a drag race to the finish. The pair were neck and neck as they hurtled towards the line, with Hughes edging it by a mere 3 hundredth of a second!


Group Two Lightning Rods and Super Saloons completed the classes on display at the McCarroll Plant Hire sponsored meeting. David Reynolds and Irish Champion Clive Wilson shared the spoils in the Group Two qualifiers before Reynolds secured his second win of the day with a runaway flag to flag success in the final. Another driver to enjoy a double over the New Year was Mark McEntee as the local lad celebrated his track return with a heat and final brace in the Super Saloon class! It was another familiar face who took the spoils in the second heat for the Super Saloons as Noel Mark rolled back the years to record a good win at the wheel of a Vauxhall Astra borrowed from Gareth Robinson.

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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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2017 Fixtures

Forthcoming Events

Friday 2nd June 2017 @ 7.15pm

National Hot-Rods
2017 World Series NI Rd 14
Gp2 Lightning-Rods
2017 Irish Grand Prix Series Rd 2

Sponsored by
Rodney Fleck Specialist Cars
Hankook Performance Tyres
BriSCA F2 Stock-Cars
2017 Festival of Speed
 Saturday 10th June 2017 @ 6.30pm
BriSCA F2 Stock-Cars
2017 Challenge Trophy
BriSCA F1 Heritage Stock-Cars
2017 Irish Grand Prix
Gp2 Lightning-Rods
2017 Challenge Cup
2017 Shock-Tec Supreme Trophy
Micro F2 Stock-Cars

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