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
- 115 Chris Haird
- 970 Shane Murphy
- 940 Gary Woolsey
- 174 Jason Kew
- 996 Stewart Doak
- 348 Shane Brereton
- 305 Billy Wood
- 9 Glenn Bell
- 92 Jack Blood
- 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.