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Stock-Rods 2018 Irish Championship

BriSCA F2 Stock-Cars Norman Cromie Memorial Trophy

Gp2 Lightning-Rods 2018 World Cup

Junior-Rods 2018 Stadium Championship

Street-Rods 2018 Gold Cup

Stock-Rods 2018 Irish Championship - GRID

POLE IN 10 268 958 314 23 115 19 58 360 7 888 84
OUT 26 57 44 136 932 924 997 45 74 145 39 11

 




Meeting Review - Friday 14th September 2018

NESBITT IS GP2 IRISH CHAMPION FOR 2018

 

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Paul Nesbitt is the Group Two Lightning Rod Irish Champion for 2018 after a masterful display in the title decider at Ballymena Raceway on September 14. Nesbitt started on pole position and was never headed throughout a very clean encounter where all nineteen starters made it to the chequered flag without a single caution period. Richard Purdy withstood some late race pressure from David Nesbitt and Freddie Fleck to secure the runner-up spot. While the Irish title decider went of without a hitch it was a totally different story in the explosive support race which featured two spectacular spills for Adam Graham and David Reynolds. This one was eventually declared early with the Broughshane Car Dismantlers Cup awarded to Daniel Rodgers.

 

It was championship time for the BriSCA F2 Stock Cars also as they contested their Stadium Championship. Craig McConnell started this one on pole position and never put a wheel out of place throughout the 20 lap duration to secure the Ballymena Raceway Championship for a record fifth time. Gavin Fegan gave valiant chase, but had to settle for second with his brother Graham in third.

 

Northern Ireland Champion Adam Hylands returned to winning ways with a tidy heat and final double in Round 5 of the Simpson Race Exhausts World Series NI for the National Hot Rods. Heat two winner Jaimie McCurdy followed Hylands home in the feature race, with Glenn Bell in third.

 

Stock Rods and Street Rods completed the race programme. Jason Clyde secured his first final win of the 2018 campaign with a neat drive in the Stock Rod Challenge Cup event after Steve Gooch and Aaron Moody had split the earlier heat victories. Warren Thompson continued his winning streak in the Street Rod heat races, but his fine run came to an end in the final following a tangle with James Taylor. Kevin McGeown was first across the finish line in this one, but received a two place penalty from the race steward which handed the silverware to Shannon Morrow.

 

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McCREADY RUNNER-UP IN STOCK ROD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

 

2017 Stock Rod World Champion Stephen McCready put up a strong defence of his crown at The Racewall in Cowdenbeath on September 1, but ‘Speedy’ had to settle for a hard fought runner-up position on this occasion.

 

First up for the World Qualifiers were the time trials on Saturday afternoon to determine the grid positions for the Gilmore Engineering sponsored World Final. The qualifiers had been seeded into groups by their own promotions and the drivers within each grouping were sent on track together for a five minute session which would determine the starting order within each group. The representatives from Northern Ireland performed excellently in the time trials, with an Ulsterman fastest in each group! Group 4 was headed by Ian Thompson Snr, Group 3 was topped by Jack Kennedy (Jack’s time of 14.643 seconds was actually the fastest set by anyone) and Kurtis Reid proved to be the fastest in Group 2. All eyes were on Group 1 however and the battle for pole position. Some light drizzle prior to the start of this run added to the tension, but when the five minutes had elapsed it was defending champion McCready who locked down pole position, just ahead of English Champion Jordan Morgan, Scottish star Michael Bethune and Irish Open Champion Nialll McFerran. Scottish representative Lee McGill was on a very quick lap at the end of the session, which would have given him pole position, but unfortunately for Lee the red flag was out before he had completed the lap and the time did not stand.

 

Prior to the World Final race a Last Chance qualifier decided the final spots on the grid and Andrew Morrow netted a fourth place finish in this one which was good enough for him to join his fellow countrymen, McCready, McFerran, Reid, Shea Duff, Kennedy and Thompson on the World Final grid. Between the time trails and the actual race further rain had fallen at the Fife circuit which left a very greasy track for the drivers to contend with as the thirty-two qualifiers lined up for the forty lap showdown. There was drama as the grid formed when a driveshaft issue was discovered on McCready’s car, but some quick work saw the 17 machine take up its pole position slot.

When the race got underway it was McCready and Bethune who fought over the lead in the early laps, but the man to watch was McGill. Starting on the third row of the grid McGill was quickly up into third position and snapping at the heels of the leading pair. He wasn’t finished there either and found a way around Bethune and McCready to take over the lead on lap eight. McGill’s car was perfectly dialled in for the conditions and Lee simply drove away from everyone to win by half a lap after a commanding display. The degree of McGill’s advantage was underlined by the fact that his fastest lap time was almost half a second better than any of his rivals. McCready kept fighting right to the end and nipped ahead of Bethune on the final lap to secure the runner-up spot. Many observers thought that anyone who finished ahead of ‘Speedy’ would be World Champion and that was exactly how the race panned out and the defending champion could not have done anymore to retain his title.

 

2018 ORCi STOCK ROD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT

1st.         363 Lee McGILL (GMP)

2nd.        17 Stephen McCready (NI)

3rd.         83 Michael BETHUNE (GMP)

4th.         216 Cameron DOAK (GMP)

5th.         117 Jon DUNN (PRI)

6th.         197 James GRAY (GMP)

7th.         96 Brett CONSTABLE (BARFORD)

8th.         9 Chris DRAKE (AUTOPSEED)

9th.         644 Martin RANKINE (GMP)

10th.       92 Adam DANIELS (AUTOSPEED)

 

Two qualifying heats for the Scottish Open Championship followed the main event on Saturday evening and brought victories for PRI visitor Jon Dunn and McCready. Sunday’s racing was held on a dry circuit with another two qualifying heats before the Scottish Open Final. The dry conditions proved more favourable for the Northern Ireland drivers, with victories in the qualifying heats for Morrow and McFerran. When the points were tallied up it was Irish Open Champion McFerran on pole position for the final and the Rasharkin lad controlled this one from the front. A late race stoppage provided a few anxious moments for the leader over the closing laps, but McFerran kept it all under control to claim the Scottish Open crown and the Michael Hastie Memorial Trophy. McCready was in the frame once more in second place and Reid made it a clean sweep of the podium positions for the Ulstermen with an excellent run to third.

 

Ballymena Raceway would like to congratulate Lee and Niall on their well earned championship victories and would also like to commend all the Northern Ireland drivers for once again doing the country proud with their performances.

 




Stock-Rods 2018 Irish Points Championship

#10 Niall McFerran leads by 30pts from British Champion McCready




Stock-Rods
2018 Irish Championship latest Points


Pos No. Driver    Total   Points
1 10 Niall McFerran 286
2 17 Stephen McCready 256
3 57 Raymond Harper 204
4 268 Kurtis Reid 195
5 26 Adam Sloan 193
6 958 Shea Duff 160
7 314 Jack Kennedy 145
8 44 Aaron Moody 142
9 136 Steve Gooch 136
10 23 Jason Clyde 119

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National Hot-Rods 2019 Simpson Race Exhausts World Series NI

#962 John Christie leads the way



National Hot-Rods
2019 Simpson Race Exhausts
World Series latest Points
Pos No. Driver    Total   Points
1 962 John Christie 192
2 20 Derek Martin 175
3 940 Gary Woolsey 165
4 70 Shane Murray 162
5 75 Carl Sloan 161
6 9 Glenn Bell 155
7 960 Mark Heatrick 154
8 199 Jaimie McCurdy 142
9 966 Thomas Dilly 132
10 54 Adam Hylands 115


Meeting Review - Friday 17th August 2018

 Stock-Rods

Gooch early leader of Teng Tools Series after Double at Round 1

 

Steve Gooch is the early leader of the Teng Tools Series for Stock Rods after a heat and final double victory in the opening round at Ballymena Raceway on August 17. Changeable track conditions throughout the evening proved a real challenge for the drivers, with the Rod classes in particular struggling with a damp outside line which stubbornly refused to dry out for the entire meeting.

The F2 Stock Cars made their first appearance at Raceway since April and it was Craig McConnell who continued where he left off on that occasion with another final victory which netted the County Down man the Moffett Shield. The Group Two Lightning Rods contested the final of their Muppet Motorsport Grand Prix Series and produced one of the best races of the night. Pole sitter Jason Darragh led from the start, but was under huge pressure throughout with a lead train of six cars running nose to tail. The Rasharkin racer resolutely stuck to the inside line throughout and claimed his biggest win to date with a superbly executed piece of defensive driving. 

Junior Rods completed the race programme and provided some fraught action, particularly in the heat races. Newcomer Odhrann McGeown marked his first appearance at Raceway with a good win in the opening heat before Jack Morrow sprinted home in heat two. Matthew Drysdale qualified on pole position for the final of the Wash’N’Dash Gold Roof Series and controlled this one throughout to lead home Cole McFall and Ty Richardson.

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Meeting Review - Saturday 11th August 2018

 Stock-Rods - ***McCready wins the UK Championship***

 

 

 

 

Stock Rod World Champion Stephen ‘Speedy’ McCready extended his winning streak with victory in the Moody Car Sales UK Championship at Ballymena Raceway on August 11. Two solid results in the qualifying heats earned McCready pole position for the championship showdown, where the Antrim Ace had to fend off a strong challenge from Ballymena’s Aaron Moody to secure the title. An unfortunate coming together amongst the leading cars sent Moody’s Citroen into retirement as Niall McFerran picked up the pieces to follow the winner home with Kurtis Reid in third.

The National Hot Rods contested Round Two of the Simpson Race Exhausts World Series NI with British Champion John Christie in top form to earn a handsome heat and final double success. Heat one winner Carl Sloan chased Christie all the way to the chequered flag in the final, with Derek Martin in third. The thirteen car grid included a track return for 3 times World Champion and Hot Rod legend Norman Woolsey. The Portadown veteran celebrated his seventy-fifth birthday on Saturday and decided to spend it out on the race track behind the wheel of the team’s Vauxhall Corsa which son Gary had raced at Round One! Norman certainly displayed some decent pace and received a warm reception from the race fans for his efforts.

Group Two Lightning Rods and Street Rods completed the race programme. A real nip and tuck battle raged between Richard Purdy and Clive Wilson for the Stewart Commercials backed GP2 Irish Open title and it was Purdy who kept his nerve to land the crown after a faultless performance. In the Street Rod section newcomer Warren Thompson made it six wins on the trot with another impressive hat-trick in his Ford Fiesta.

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Meeting Review - Friday 20th July 2018
National Hot-Rods
BELL BACK ON FORM TO WIN
RICHARD TURTLE MEMORIAL TROPHY

 

Glenn Bell bounced back from his World Final disappointment to take victory in the opening round of the Simpson Race Exhausts Word Series NI at Ballymena Raceway on July 20. Bell looked poised to win the 2018 National Hot Rod World Final until a throttle problem forced him out in the closing stages, but the Portadown racer was back on top form at Ballymena, where his final victory earned him the Richard Turtle Memorial Trophy. An excellent entry of seventeen National Hot Rod competitors arrived for the opening act of the 14 round series which determines the drivers who will represent Northern Ireland at the 2019 World Championship. A new sponsor, Simpson Race Exhausts, has come on board for the latest campaign and the drivers marked the occasion with a terrific show. The National Hot Rod final was undoubtedly race of the night, with some superb side by side Hot Rod racing at its best involving Bell, Adam Maxwell and Adam Hylands.

In the other classes veteran racer Wilfie McNiece rolled back the years to win the Stock Rod Irish Masters after a close battle with Steve Gooch and Aaron Moody. Former Irish Champion Andy McLeister marked his return to the Group Two Lighting Rod division with victory in the MM Recovery Challenge Cup and newcomer Warren Thompson enjoyed a perfect debut in the Street Rods with a dominant hat-trick of wins.

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WOOD YOU BELIEVE IT – BILLY IS NATIONAL HOT ROD

WORLD CHAMPION

 

 

 

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Billy Wood is the National Hot Rod World Champion for 2018 after an eventful final at Foxhall Raceway over the weekend of July 7&8. For a long time it looked like Portadown’s Glenn Bell was set to claim the title for a second time until a throttle problem cruelly ended his challenge in the closing stages. Hampshire based Wood was followed home by John Christie with defending champion Chris Haird in third and Derek Martin the second Ulsterman on the podium in fourth position.

Saturday morning brought the Hot Laps qualifying session to determine the World Final grid and it was 2012 winner Bell who took pole position with a lap of 14.43 secs. McDonald joined him on the front row after posting a time of 14.47 secs, with Gary Woolsey on the inside of row two (14.48 secs) alongside English Champion Wood. It was a strong qualifying performance by the Northern Ireland representatives, with John Christie, Derek Martin, Adam Hylands and Adam Heatrick all within the first four rows of the grid, and they were joined on the grid by Mark Heatrick (12), Shane Murray (13), Jaimie McCurdy (22) and Keith Martin (29).

The rest of the National Hot Rod action on Saturday centred on the support cars and the battle to grab the last spot on the World Final grid via the Wild Card race. Aaron Dew took victory in the opening heat before Adam Maxwell took the honours in heat two and the 2016 World Champion went on to secure his place on the World Final grid with another success in the final.

The World Final was first up on Sunday and it was Bell who stepped off pole to lead, but further down the pack some contact triggered an accident into turn one which caught out several cars. The leaders had circulated again before the track was cleared and the recovering Terry Hunn was subsequently hit very hard by the unfortunate Gary Woolsey on the exit of turn two which brought out the red flags. Hunn and Woolsey were unable to continue, as was Hylands who received damaged in the aftermath of the Woolsey / Hunn smash. Bell led away once more at the restart and quickly settled into a groove which eased him away from the main pack. Wood led the chasers, with Christie in toe, while McDonald and Haird scrapped over fourth. Up front Bell continued to control things comfortably until the sixty lap mark when the Bell Building Tigra appeared to slow. Unbeknown to everyone Glenn was now having to battle with a sticking throttle and trying to control the engine with the ignition switch. He battled on bravely for a number of laps until Wood and Christie both nipped ahead and Glenn eventually spun out on turn two which triggered another caution period. Wood led them away at the resumption and now really had the bit between his teeth. As Christie and McDonald battled over second Wood was able to pull away and calmly reeled off the remaining distance to become the 2018 Champion. Christie was a worthy runner-up, with Haird in third, while Martin nipped through into fourth spot during the closing laps. McDonald crossed the line in fifth, with Adam Heatrick a solid sixth and Mark Heatrick in ninth. Murray, McCurdy and Martin joined Woolsey, Hylands and Bell as non-finishers, while Maxwell made it through from the very back of the grid to eleventh position at the chequered flag.

NATIONAL HOT ROD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2018

1 305 Billy WOODS (ENG)

2 962 John CHRISTIE (NI)

3 115 Chris HAIRD (ENG)

4 20 Derek MARTIN (NI)

5 17 Rob McDONALD (SCO)

6 342 Adam HEATRICK (NI)

7 162 Carl WALLER-BARRETT (ENG)

8 209 Kym WEAVER (ENG)

9 960 Mark HEATRICK (NI)

10 23 Aaron DEW (ENG)

The Betfred Trophy race was next up for the Nationals and Maxwell continued his successful weekend with another flag to flag win in this one. The Nick Thomas Memorial Trophy race rounded off proceedings and provided another Ulster win, this time for the patched-up Hylands.

Ballymena Raceway would like to congratulate Billy on his World Final victory and would also like to applaud the strong set of results recorded by the Northern Ireland National Hot Rod racers over the weekend. The 2018/19 World Qualifying Series in Northern Ireland commences at Ballymena Raceway on Friday July 20.

 



Meeting Review - Friday 27th April 2018

BIG IAN BY THE SMALLEST MARGIN!
THOMPSON TAKES STOCK ROD THRILLER

 

Ian Thompson went home with the Stock Rod silverware on April 27 after one of the closest finishes ever witnessed at Ballymena Raceway! A superb feature race for the Stock Rods developed into a thrilling three way dash to the finish line between Thompson, Niall McFerran and Raymond Harper. Thompson, promoter at neighbouring Nutts Corner Raceway, led from the early stages, while Harper and McFerran made steady progress from the rear of the pack. At the start of the final lap Harper and McFerran were fixed onto the leader’s tail and Harper took to the outside line in a bold effort to grab the glory! Thompson defended for all his worth around that last lap and the pair were still side by side as they exited the final turn. At this point McFerran spotted a gap on the inside of Thompson and got a run on both to make it a three way charge to the chequered flag! The trio were literally inches apart as they crossed the finish line as one, but the decision went the way of Thompson, with McFerran and Harper classified in second and third after a breathless finish.

Craig McConnell saved his best for the BriSCA F2 Stock Car final to leave his rivals trailing in the conclusion of the Simpson Race Exhausts Series. Gavin Fegan romped home to an eye catching brace of victories in the heat races, but when it really mattered in the final McConnell rose to the occasion and quickly edged out a small advantage at the start. Bradley McKinstry and Fegan chased hard throughout, but neither could make any impression on the leader due to the consistency of McConnell’s laptimes as the Bangor man stroked it home for an impressive win, which earned him a brand new exhaust system courtesy of series sponsor Simpson Race Exhausts.

In the Junior Rods newcomer Declan Og McFerran marked himself done as one to watch with a polished heat and final double in the opening round of the Wash’N’Dash Gold Roof Series. Ballymena’s Mark Crawford made great strides from the rear of the pack to claim a hard earned second place finish in the final, with heat two winner Matthew Drysdale in third.

Group Two Lightning Rods and Street Rods completed the race programme at the P.A. Nesbitt sponsored fixture. Points Champion George Esler bounced back to form with a hard fought win in the Group Two division and James Taylor recorded his first ever race win in the Street Rod final.

 

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Meeting Review - Friday 13th April 2018

National Hot-Rods 2018 World Series NI Rd 10
#960 Mark Heatrick takes the Silverware

 

Friday the thirteenth proved to be no nightmare for National Hot Rod star Mark Heatrick as the County Armagh racer recorded his first final win of 2018 in Round 10 of the Hankook Performance Tyres World Series NI at Ballymena Raceway on April 13. It was Carl Sloan who rocketed home in both heat races and led the final for a long way too before Heatrick made his move amongst the backmarkers in the closing stages to claim the silverware ahead of Sloan and Jaimie McCurdy. On an evening of sometimes ill-tempered racing from certain parties the steward was kept busy, with Adam Heatrick, Stewart Doak, Simon Kennedy and John Christie amongst those to receive penalties.

In the Stock Rod division Ashley Graham made it four different final winners in as many meetings at Raceway this term with a hard fought victory in their meeting final. Graham was under all sorts of pressure in the closing stages from a train of cars, but expertly kept his cool to earn his first final win of the season and a new Yokohama tyre courtesy of Nicholl Motorsport. Current form man Kurtis Reid enjoyed success in both heat races.

The Group Two Lightning Rods contested the opening Round of their Muppet Motorsport Series and the yellow grade continued to dominate proceedings. Jason Darragh is the earlier frontrunner in the series after a well judged heat and final double at the opening round, while fellow yellow top David Gillespie accounted for the other heat. The Prolites completed the McElmeel Mobility Services sponsored meeting and brought a second final win on the trot for William Donnell.

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2018 RACE DATES 

 Friday 28th September 2018
start time 7.15pm

Stock-Rods
2018 Irish Championship

BriSCA F2 Stock-Cars
2018 Norman Cromie Memorial Trophy

Gp2 Lightning-Rods
2018 World Cup

Junior-Rods
2018 Stadium Championship

Street-Rods
2018 Gold Cup

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Ringside Café
FG Race Fabrications
Lee Smart Racing Products
 John Marshall Tractor & Agricultural Sales & Services
Bobby Johnston
Garage Services

Friday 5th October 2018
start time 7.15pm

National Hot-Rods
2019 Simpson Race Exhausts World Series NI Rd 6

Stock-Rods
2018 Teng Tools Series Final

Street-Rods
2018 Irish Championship

Gp2 Lightning-Rods
2018 Golden Helmet Trophy

sponsored by

Teng Tools
Simpson Race Exhausts
Ross Hyndman Motors
Carl Bordley Motorsport
Nicholl Motorsport

 

 

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