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Next Meeting: Friday 5th June 2015 @ 7.15pm

National Hot-Rods Richard Turtle Memorial Cup

(Winner to receive 4 new Hoosier Tires)

Stock-Rods 2015 Hill Contracts Supreme Series Finale

Euro Stocks, Gp2 Lightning-Rods & Junior-Rods

meeting kindly sponsored by Greers of Antrim, Townparks & Hill Contracts

Meeting Review - Friday 22nd May 2015

National Hot Rods 2015 World Series Round 13

Driver of the Day - #199 Jaimie McCurdy wins WQR 13 Final

 

The mild spring sunshine produced a pleasant backdrop for some very fast short circuit motorsport action at Ballymena Raceway on May 22, where the full schedule of races was concluded in efficient fashion by 10pm. The racers took full advantage of the favourable conditions to produce some close competition, with the twelve race programming producing no less eleven different winners! F2 Star Graham Fegan was the only driver to carry the chequered flag twice during the evening, but his hat-trick hopes were ruined in the final by Christopher Kincaid who powered away from the field to clinch overall victory in the McGill Motorsport Series. It proved to be a good night for the Antrim based Kincaid family as Christopher’s younger brother, Antony, was also celebrating after an emphatic win in the Junior Rod Supreme Championship.

Another driver on top form was Jaimie McCurdy from Broughshane who took a significant step towards qualification for this year’s National Hot Rod World Championship with a determined final win on Friday evening. McCurdy was also the top points scorer at the meeting, which earned the teenager the PC Paints and Components Driver of The Day award, and puts him in a strong position to secure the remaining slot on the World Final grid with only one qualifying round remaining.

The Eco Flame Boiler Services backed fixture also included races for the Group Two Lighting Rod division and once again the victories were spread around in this budget formula. Mark Turtle and Matthew Curran split the heat wins before Stewart Nicholl made it four different final winners from their four outings at Raceway this season.

Sponsored by: Ecoflame Boilers & Service & McGill Motorsport

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McNiece extends lead in Supreme Series after Round 2

 

Wilfie McNiece extended his advantage in the Hill Contracts Supreme Series for Stock Rods after the second round on May 8. Following a pair of runner-up finishes in the heat races McNiece secured the final honours at Round 2 to finish the evening as top points scorer. Gareth Bevan retains second spot in the series after another consistent showing, while just a handful of points separate Sammy Graham, Steven McKane, Richard Taylor and Adam Sloan who occupy positions 3 to 6. 

The final round of the series takes place at Raceway on Friday June 5. The points scored in the two heat races that evening will be added to those already accumulated at Rounds 1 & 2 to calculate the grid positions for the series finale. The winner of that race will be crowned Supreme Champion and receive a handsome prize of £500 which has been kindly put forward by Hill Contracts of Portglenone.

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McCauley Extends lead in National Hot-Rods Track Championship

Nigel McCauley has extended his advantage in the McConville Recovery Specialists Track Championship for National Hot Rods at Ballymena Raceway. McCauley has opened up an advantage of 25 points over Jaimie McCurdy following the second round of the series on April 24, with Adam Maxwell and Stewart Doak currently tied for third a further two points back.

The Track Championship covers all nine National Hot Rod fixtures at Ballymena Raceway in 2015, with the highest points scorer being crowned Track Champion and collecting a prize of £500 courtesy of McConville Recovery Specialists.Round 3 of the series takes place at World Qualifying Round 13 on Friday May 22.

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Meeting Review - Friday 24th April 2015

National Hot Rods 2015 World Series Round 10

Max Power as Tommy does Well

Rain failed to dampen the spirits at Ballymena Raceway on April 24 where the oval racers coped admirably with the tricky track conditions to produce an absorbing set of events for the fans to enjoy. Top of the bill was Round 10 of the PC Paints & Components World Series NI for the National Hot Rods. Before their opening heat newly crowned European Champion Adam Hylands and Scottish Open Champion Glenn Bell were given a lap of honour in recognition of their successful exploits in Scotland the previous weekend and the pair received a warm reception from the home fans. That’s as good as it got for Adam unfortunately, as the new Champion was caught up in an incident during the first heat which brought a premature end to his evening. It proved to be that sort of night for the Nationals, with incidents and talking points a plenty in all three races. One man that avoided most of the drama however was Tommy Maxwell from Antrim, who recorded a heat and final double victory which earned him the Driver of the Day accolade. The most popular win of the evening undoubtedly went to heat two winner Keith Martin, a fitting reward for all his hard work in getting the 994 car repaired after his spectacular crash on Good Friday.The Stock Rods contested the opening round of their Hill Contracts Supreme Series and the 1400cc class is certainly starting to recapture some of its former buzz as the drivers served up some harum-scarum stuff throughout. If you thought Martin’s crash was a big one on Good Friday, well young Matthew McKinstry matched that and raised the stakes again in his Stock Rod! McKinstry produced the most spectacular moment of the evening when the seventeen year old from Nutts Corner flipped his Vauxhall Nova into an enormous multiple rollover. Thanks to the stringent safety rules of oval racing the plucky seventeen year old thankfully emerged unscathed, which is more than could be said for his sorry looking car! It was another teenager, Adam Sloan, who romped to his maiden successes in the heat races before Sammy Graham opened his account for the season in the final.The Junior Rods made their first appearance of the season at Raceway to contest the opening round of the RPM Car & Commercial Sales Gold Roof Series. Joshua McKinstry and Shea Duff split the heat wins before Duff motored home to a well judged win in the final ahead of Antony Kincaid and Jack Kennedy.Group Two Lighting Rods completed the classes on display and produced a different winner from each of their three races. Brian Edgar and Darryl Reid recorded victories in the heat races with Andy McLeister the runner-up in both. McLeister turned the tables in the final however to take home the silverware, with Jason Clyde and Nigel Doherty the place men in this one.

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HYLANDS FLING! – ADAM CROWNED EUROPEAN CHAMPION IN SCOTLAND

 

Adam Hylands announced his arrival on the National Hot Rod stage with a splendid victory in the European Championship at the Lochgelly Raceway in Scotland on April 18.  The twenty-four year old from Portadown, who only made a full-time switch from the 2-Litre Hot Rod division into the elite National Hot Rod section at the start of the season, beat the best from Germany, Holland, England, Scotland and the Republic of the Ireland, plus all the top names from Northern Ireland, to capture the coveted crown.  Three consistent results in the qualifying heats earned Hylands pole position for 45 lap European showdown where the Portadown powerhouse had to be on his metal to withstand some concerted pressure from Scottish star Robert McDonald over the opening stages. McDonald’s challenge gradually faded however as Hylands exerted his authority on the race to ease his Vauxhall Tigra home for his first major title win in the National Hot Rod division. On the road runner-up Jason Kew from Oxfordshire received a three place penalty from the officials, which promoted Andrew Murray and Stewart Doak into second and third positions to make it a clean sweep of the podium places for drivers from the province. The Northern Ireland dominance continued the following day when Portadown’s Glenn Bell captured the Scottish Open title!Ballymena Raceway would like to congratulate all the National Hot Rod racers from Northern Ireland on their fantastic set of results over the weekend. Our new champions are sure to receive a warm welcome home when Raceway hosts Round 10 of the PC Paints and Components World Series NI on Friday evening.

 

 

Meeting Review - Friday 3rd April 2015

National Hot Rods 2015 WQR 8 - Edwards Motorsport Trophy 

McCauley wins Heat & Final Double

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. Nigel McCauley was the big winner in the National Hot Rods as the Gilford man finished the evening as top points scorer at Round 8 of the PC Paints & Components World Series NI. The other heat brought a victory for Andrew Stewart, while race two featured a horrific crash for former World Champion Keith Martin.

A very encouraging entry of 22 cars took to the track for the Yokohama Tyres Stock Rod Championship and it was local lad Steven McKane who fought off the stiff completion from England and Scotland to clinch the title for the first time. Scotland’s Derek Conner was runner-up in his Vauxhall Corsa with the podium positions completed by Wilfie McNiece.

F2 Stock Car Irish Champion Craig McConnell enjoyed the perfect start to his Raceway campaign with a faultless hat-trick of wins in the opening round of the McGill Motorsport Series. The Bangor man also posted the fastest F2 lap of the evening to earn himself the £50 Hot Lap bonus, and was followed home in the feature race by Mark Rainey and Gary Blair.

Group Two Lightning Rods and Euro Stocks completed the programme at the Gilmore Engineering sponsored opening fixture. Mark Turtle collected the Group Two silverware after a brace of heat wins for Johny Gillespie, while Stephen Doherty motored to a heat and final double success in the Euros.

Sponsored by: Gilmore Engineering, McGill Motorsport & Edwards Motorsport

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McCONVILLE RECOVERY SPECIALISTS SPONSOR 2015 TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP

Ballymena Raceway is thrilled to introduce McConville Recovery Specialists as the title sponsor for our National Hot Rod Track Championship in 2015. The Track Championship will cover all nine National Hot Rod fixtures at Ballymena in 2015, the World Qualifying Rounds on April 3 & 24, May 22, August 7 & 22, September 11 and October 9, plus the Richard Turtle Memorial Cup on June 5 and the Irish Masters on July 17, with the highest points scorer being crowned Track Champion and collecting a prize of £500. Based in the heart of Mid-Ulster McConville Recovery Specialists operate a quick and professional 24-hour call out service that covers the entire province. Their dedicated and efficient team provides a swift and reliable response to any emergency, accident or motoring situation, including misfuelling, flat battery / jump starts, wheel changing and lock outs. Full details of all the services provided by McConville Recovery Specialists can be found on their website www.mcconvillerecoveryspecialists.co.uk and their all important emergency contact number is 07842424436. In addition the top 3 finishers in the overall Track Championship will receive trophies which have been kindly presented by SHP Engineering.The promotion would like to sincerely thank John McConville and Sonny Howard for their support of National Hot Rod racing at Ballymena Raceway in 2015.

 

Ballymena Raceway 2015 Season Preview

The start of the 2015 season at Ballymena Raceway is now just around the corner with a total of sixteen meetings planned during the year at the Showground’s track. The new season roars off the starting grid on Good Friday (April 3), with regular meetings scheduled right through the year until the season finale on October 9. Things haven’t been standing still over the winter months at the Showground’s oval with additional resurfacing works on both bends completed during the closed season. That’s sure to see the lap times tumble even further at the Raceway during 2015 and those times will be even more significant to the drivers this year with the introduction of our Hot Laps reward scheme for 2015. At each meeting during the season one class from the BriSCA F2 Stock Cars, National Hot Rods and ORCi Stock Rods will be selected to receive the Hot Laps reward and the driver who records the fastest lap time over the course of the evening will receive a £50 bonus. Full details of the scheme are now available on our website, while the drivers will get a first opportunity to sample the new track surface at our test evening on March 28.As far as the fixture list for 2015 is concerned the promotion has decided to streamline the number of classes on the roster, with the 2015 programme based around our core classes of National Hot Rods, BriSCA F2 Stock Cars, ORCi Stock Rods, Group Two Lightning Rods, Euro Stocks and Junior Rods. Unfortunately that means no space on the programme for the Open Hot Rod or Speed Stock classes, which both sadly struggled with low grids, and reluctantly the Saloon Stock Cars will also not feature at the Raceway in 2015 following the well documented issues with the safety wall at their 2014 Irish Open meeting. The council and Raceway management continue to examine potential solutions which will allow the Saloons to return to the Raceway in the future, but for this season it has been decided to temporarily suspend the class from our schedule. Our colleagues at Nutts Corner Raceway have kindly picked up the slack to ensure that the Saloon drivers still enjoy a full schedule of fixtures for the year ahead and have also graciously granted us use of their excellent track to host the Saloon Stock Car Irish Open Championship on July 4. The simplification of our line-up will mean a much more settled feel to each and every meeting at the Raceway this season, but we still have room for a few new features along the way too! Most notable is expected to be the development of our Mini Twos class for the 6 to 11 year old age group. One of the Twos was demonstrated by Declan Og McFerran at our New Years Day meeting and since then we are delighted to say that orders for these cars are now well into double figures. Further demonstrations will take place at both Ballymena and Nutts Corner throughout the year as more cars are completed, with a view to a permanent introduction when numbers permit. At the other end of the sport’s time line we take a step back into the rich history of the F2 class at our meeting on June 12 when we welcome along the Heritage F2 Stock Cars for their first ever visit to the province. This formula reflects the early years of the sport, with the cars built in line with the F2 specifications from the 1960s, and is sure to provide a great trip down memory lane for fans and drivers alike. That’s not the only first at the Raceway in 2015 either, as we plan to welcome along the circuit racing Legend Cars for a track debut on September 18.The season gets underway with our traditional Good Friday meeting on April 3 where the Stock Rods compete for their Yokohama Championship.  The National Hot Rods resume their World Qualifying trail that evening too and the Speed Kings return to Raceway for another World Qualifier on April 24. The month of May will see racing on May 8 & May 22 before the Raceway proudly hosts a special memorial race for the National Hot Rods on June 5 in honour of former National star Richard Turtle.  One week later, on June 12, the Raceway presents a double bill of championship action where the Stock Rod British Championship and F2 Challenge Trophy will both be settled. Other dates for your diary include the Irish Masters Championship for National Hot Rods on July 17 and our double-header over the weekend of August 21 and 22, where the feature event is the Stock Rod UK Masters. This weekend is sure to provide some hectic action from the 1400cc rods, while the fine programme of support races includes another World Qualifier for the National Hot Rods, the Group Two Lightning Rod World Cup and the F2 Stock Car Supreme Championship, making these two days of short oval racing not to be missed. During September Raceway will host the Irish Championship races for the Junior Rod, Euro Stock and Group Two divisions, before the Stock Rods resolve their domestic championship on October 2. The Raceway season is wrapped up on October 9 and what a spectacle lies in store that evening where the packed race card features the Group Two Golden Helmet Trophy, always one of the most keenly contested races of the year, plus the Euro Stocks Champion of Champions. The Stock Rod Challenge Cup and Junior Rod Top Teen Trophy are also up for grabs, while the National Hot Rods are back on World Qualifying duty to provide a fitting conclusion to another season of short circuit motorsport at Ballymena Raceway. Are you ready to go racing in 2015?

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Hot-Lap Sponorship Details for 2015

We are delighted to announce further details of our Hot Laps reward scheme for 2015. One formula has been selected to receive the Hot Lap bonus at each and every one of our meetings during the season, with the driver who sets the fastest lap time during that meeting collecting a £50 prize. The Hot Lap rewards have been split equally between the BriSCA F2 Stock Cars, National Hot Rods and ORCi Stock Rods, with each class competing for this extra reward on five occasions during the campaign. The Saloon Stock Cars have not been forgotten about either and will collect a Hot Lap bonus when we host their Irish Open Championship at Nutts Corner on July 4.

Ballymena Raceway would like to sincerely thank all the individuals and businesses who have stepped forward to support the Hot Lap programme for 2015.

Fixture Date Formula Hot-Lap Sponsor
3rd April BriSCA F2 Stock Cars Gilmore Engineering
24th April National Hot Rods Ross Park Motors
08th May BriSCA F2 Stock Cars CJS Contracts
22nd May National Hot Rods Sid's Ices
5th June National Hot Rods Sloan Motorsport
12th June ORCi Stock Rods Ross Park Motors
4th July Saloon Stock Cars Still Available
17th July National Hot Rods KR Photo Imaging
7th August BriSCA F2 Stock Cars Buckna Autos
21st August BriSCA F2 Stock Cars NI oval TV
22nd August ORCi Stock Rods Wm. Moody & Son Car Sales
11th Sept National Hot Rods McCloy Motorsport
18th Sept ORCi Stock Rods Hayes Filling Station
25th Sept ORCi Stock Rods Nicholl Motorsport
2nd October BriSCA F2 Stock Cars DmAc
9th October ORCi Stock Rods Ballykeel Valet Service & MOT Preparation

 

 

#54 Adam Hylands unveils his new NHR Tigra

plus National Hot-Rods 2015 Spec. now available

Adam Hylands unveils his new National Hot Rod after a very successful 2 Litre Hot Rod career, Adam is set to transfer his winning ways to National Hot Rods and is set to debut his car @ Ballymena Raceway on Good Friday. Despite the ultra competitiveness of Northern Ireland World Qualifying series, Adam is still hopeful that he can get on the grid for the big one at Ipswich. Without doubt the NHR #54 machine will be one to watch.The new National Hot-Rods 2015 Specifications & Rules are available by clicking on the link below.

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Gp2 Lightning-Rods 2015 Spec. now available

Gp2 Lightning Rods 2015 Specifications are now available to view with the Ford Escort Mk5/Mk6, Focus Mk1/Mk2 Peugeot 206, Vauxhall Astra Mk5 and VW Golf Mk3 now added to list of eligible cars permitted to race. Other additions to the rules allow drivers to lighten Flywheels if they wish with engine mountings being free.

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2015 Raceway Fixtures now online

The eagerly anticipated 2015 fixtures are now available to view and what a line up of events we have for you. The new season blasts off with a practice night being held on Saturday 28th March starting @ 6pm and finishing around 9pm.  The Raceway season begins proper the following week on Good Friday night (3 April) with the National Hot Rods contesting 2015 World Qualifying Round 8.Full season preview will be added shortly.

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Latest ORCi 2015 Rules of Racing available

 

The ORCi 2015 Rules of Racing are now online for all the drivers to view. Any changes made from the last version are highlighted in RED bold.

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Junior Rods 2015 Specifications are now online

 

The Junior Rod formula will see a new lower age limit being introduced for 2015 racing season with drivers now being allowed to race from their 10th Birthday.Some minor changes to the 2015 Specifications will see no competition shocks allowed with cars now being permitted to run the Stock Rod type rear panel as a bumper.

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Euro Stocks 2015 Specifications are now available

The new 2015 Euro Stock Specifications are now available for viewing by clicking on the link below.2015 will see the Euro Stock formula run a 15" rim with the introducing of the TOYO T1R Tyre with the following sizes being permitted for use to suit gearing: 195/55/15, 195/50/15 or 205/55/15. Any driver may use tyres which they have stockpiled up until the end of July 2015. The introducing of this rule will hopefully see all the cars evenly matched and help bring more drivers on board with the price for the T1R tyre being very reasonable. Other changes to the rules will allow drivers to run negative camber on the driver's side front wheel with positive or negative camber also being permitted on the rear wheels.

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Meeting Review - Thursday 1st January 2015

National Hot-Rods 2015 Winternational Championship

Clean Sweep for young McCurdy

Photo thanks to

Gilmore Race Photography

It was a full speed start to 2015 at Ballymena Raceway with a packed programme of short oval racing on New Year’s Day. Persistent rain during the afternoon made for difficult driving conditions throughout the exciting schedule of races, where the main event was the Winter National Championship for the high speed National Hot Rods. Jaimie McCurdy enhanced his growing reputation once again to secure the Gilmore Engineering backed title with a faultless hat-trick of wins in his Vauxhall Tigra, the Broughshane teenager followed home in the final by European Champion John Christie and 2014 winner Keith Martin. Another driver to register a perfect hat-trick of wins on New Year’s Day was Johny Gillespie, who stormed through the day unbeaten to collect the Group Two Lightning Rod Winter Supreme Cup. In the other classes a diverse field of Euro Stocks assembled to contest their Winter National Championship where victory went to Lester McCloy, while Steven McKane was back on form to lift the Stock Rod Challenge Cup in his rapid Vauxhall Nova. The Junior Rods produced some fine racing once again as Niall McFerran signed off on his junior career in fine style by capturing the Challenge Cup on his last outing in the formula. The programme was completed by the F2 Stock Cars where Conor Hughes took the final honours after splitting the heat wins with Sam McKay.

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979 RICHARD TURTLE TRIBUTE

 

Ballymena Raceway was saddened to learn of the death of former National Hot Rod racer Richard Turtle on Friday 14th. November 2014. Richard, or Dick as he was better known around the ovals, had been ill for some time and passed away peacefully on Friday morning at the Macmillan Unit of Antrim Area Hospital. Dick was a fine servant to National Hot Rod racing in Northern Ireland for many years, where his well turned out cars and press on driving style made him a very welcome and popular addition to any race grid. Dick made his Hot Rod debut way back in 1976 when the Hot Rod class in Northern Ireland was still very much in its infancy. A rather unwieldy Volkswagen Beetle was Dick’s unusual choice of mount, but the car was not really suited to oval competition and Dick called time on this unsuccessful venture at the end of the season. After a spell away Dick was eventually coaxed into returning by the persuasive influence of fellow Cullybackey based racer Sticky Torrens. A Ford Anglia was readied for the 1979 season and this proved to be a much more suitable car for the job, with Dick enjoying a number of heat wins and earning his first final victory in 1980. A new Anglia was prepared for the 1982 season and this car performed admirably, propelling Dick to red roof status for the first time in his career.For the 1983 season Dick unveiled a stunning home built Ford Escort Mk.II and the Holbay powered machine set a blistering pace right out of the box, winning numerous heats and finals in the early part of the season. No mean feat amongst a field of cars that included the likes of Ormond Christie, Davy Evans, Norman Woolsey and Leslie Dallas. It proved to be Dick’s best season to date, with victory in the King of Aghadowey race one of the highlights, and Dick was also immensely proud to be a member of the Northern Ireland team which raced against England in the test matches that year. It was not a season without its problems however. A jammed throttle resulted in a big crash at Raceway, which left the chassis twisted, and a further crash at Shamrock Park finished the car off completely. A replacement shell was purchased and a new car built by Dick and his team within a week. Dick had only just got his new car going to his liking when it was also heavily damaged in another crash at Portadown. Worse was to follow when the car burst into flames while Dick and the crew worked on its repair at the garage! It required the services of the Fire Brigade to extinguish the blaze, but the car was left a complete write-off. With the Irish Championship just around the corner it looked like Dick would be an absentee from the biggest domestic race of the season, but in stepped Davy Evans and Norman Woolsey to lend a helping hand. Davy offered Dick his old Vauxhall Chevette shell and Norman lent him an engine to get him onto the grid for the Irish where Dick put in a storming drive to bring the unfamiliar car home in third place. Indeed Dick also played a hand in the outcome of the race, as he lent his Goodyear Blue Streak wet tyres to eventual winner Norman Woolsey and these proved just the ticket on a very wet night at Raceway! Dick continued to campaign a Ford Escort Mk. II during the 1984 and ‘85 seasons, but somehow could never recapture that dazzling form of 1983 and eventually decided to take a break from Nationals at the end of the ’85 season. The oval racing bug never really left him completely however and Dick eventually returned to the National Hot Rod class towards the end of 1989 at the wheel of a Norman Woolsey prepared Toyota Starlet. This proved to be the most successful spell of Dick’s career with a first ever international title collected, the NHRPA Masters, at the Knockhill Tri-Oval in Scotland during 1990. Dick also fulfilled a lifetime ambition by qualifying to represent Northern Ireland in the 1991 National Hot Rod World Championship where his Toyota Starlet, decked out in the colours of the Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles (a very popular children’s television series at the time), carried him home in a creditable eighth position.  A controversial Irish Open Championship later in the year saw Dick lose the final win on a jump start penalty and by the end of the season the car was sold as Dick made a switch over to kart racing. While that proved to be the end of Dick’s racing days on the ovals he always kept a keen interest in what was happening on the Hot Rod scene and was a welcome guest at Raceway’s 30th. anniversary dinner back in 2007. Indeed Dick was very keen to get a run out in a modern National Hot Rod that weekend in the former drivers’ race, but was left frustrated after he jumped into Neville Stanley’s Peugeot 206cc only to find his legs were too short to reach the pedals in big Nev’s car!

Unfortunately Dick’s deteriorating health over the last few years made any trips a difficult task and Dick finally lost his battle with cancer on Friday morning. Ballymena Raceway offers our condolences to his wife Rosie, stepchildren Gary and Sharon, and all of Dick’s family and friends at this sad time.

 

Meeting Review - Friday 3rd October 2014

National Hot-Rods 2015 World Qualifying

Record breaker McCurdy

It proved to be a record breaking conclusion to the Ballymena Raceway season on October 3 where sixteen year old Jaimie McCurdy from Broughshane wrote his name into the record books as the youngest ever Northern Ireland driver to win a race in the elite National Hot Rod division. The teenager went through the programme undefeated in his Wilson McCurdy Haulage Vauxhall Tigra to claim a perfect hat-trick of wins in Round 6 of the PC Paints and Components World Series NI. McCurdy led home British Champion Glenn Bell and Crumlin’s Adam Maxwell in the feature race and his impressive performance earned McCurdy the Driver of the Day award. It proved to be a great night all round for drivers from the Garden Village of Broughshane as another Braid man, Freddie Fleck, confirmed his place in the record books as well! Fleck added his names to the list of Group Two Lightning Rod Irish Champions for the first time after a faultless flag to flag victory in his Vauxhall Astra.  Stewart Nicholl tracked the winner throughout the second half of the race, but had to settle for second with Johny Gillespie in third. Christopher Kincaid stamped his authority on the F2 Stock Car division once again with a crushing victory in the Ross Hyndman Motors backed Stadium Championship. Bangor’s Craig McConnell followed Kincaid home with Ryan McCrory in third, while Mark Rainey collected the award for first white or yellow roof driver home in sixth. Rainey completed a successful evening with a fine brace of victories in the two support heats.In the other championship events at the Curtis Toyota sponsored season finale Garvagh’s Stephen Doherty bounced back from the loss of his Irish Championship crown to record an emphatic hat-trick of victories in the Euro Stocks Champion of Champions event and Daniel Rodgers captured the Group Two Lightning Rod Golden Helmet Trophy.

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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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2015 Fixtures

Forthcoming Events

Friday 5th June 2015 @ 7.15pm
National Hot-Rods Richard Turtle Memorial Cup
Stock-Rods 2015 Hill Contracts Supreme Series Finale
Euro Stocks
Gp2 Lightning-Rods
Junior-Rods

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