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MEETING REVIEW

Friday 17th August 2018 

Stock Rods 2018 Teng Tools Series Rd 1

Matthew Milliken led the opening heat until a caution period was called around the halfway point when Liam Irwin was turned around by Steve Gooch. Milliken dropped out at the resumption with mechanical problems as the high speed train of Niall McFerran, Stephen McCready and Aaron Moody powered ahead. There was little to separate the trio, but Irish Open Champion McFerran kept his cool to lead home World Champion McCready and Moody. Gooch earned a two place penalty for his misdemeanour which promoted Adam Sloan and Jason Clyde into fourth and fifth. Further penalties were handed out in heat two where on the road winner Clyde was demoted to third by the steward. This gifted a first win of the night to Gooch, with McCready in second spot. The results from the heat races determined the starting positions within each grade for the final and it was blue graders Gooch and Clyde who quickly settled into the front running positions. There was nothing to separate the pair throughout, but Gooch managed to keep his nose ahead to the chequered flag and grabbed his second win of the night. Clyde displayed a good turn of pace in his new car to finish as a strong runner-up, with McCready back in third.

 

F2 Stock Cars 2018 Moffett Shield

Sam McKay began proceedings with a victory in the opening F2 heat, the Ballyclare racer revelling in the damp conditions to finish well clear of Craig McConnell and Gavin Fegan.  The track had dried out slightly by heat two and McConnell proved the man to beat this time, powering home ahead of Irish Open Champion Fegan and heat one winner McKay. Ted Holland and George Campbell both enjoyed stints out front in the final, but McConnell was on the move again and nipped ahead on lap five. Fegan gave valiant chase, but could not get on terms with the leader as McConnell stroked it home for his second win of the evening to claim the Moffett Shield. Fegan finished in second, with McKay in third, while Campbell picked up the award for the best white or yellow roof finisher.

 

Group Twos 2018 Muppet Motorsport GP Series

The opening heat featured a keen dice for the lead between Rodney Stewart and Adam Graham. At the chequered flag it was Stewart who prevailed from Graham, with Richard Purdy in third. Richard Nicholl led the early laps of heat two until Joshua McMullan made his move on lap four. McMullan stayed out front for the duration to net a tidy win from a fast finishing Paul Nesbitt, with Stewart well to the fore again in third. When the points were tallied up it was Jason Darragh who qualified on pole position for the series showdown. Purdy was alongside on the front row and the pair ran first and second during the opening exchanges, with Nesbitt and Freddie Fleck next in line. Purdy was the first to attempt an attack on the leader, but fell back to fifth as Darragh confidently defended his position. The pressure was mounting on the leader however with the first five cars now nose to tail! Nesbitt was next to try his luck and managed to draw alongside the leader at one stage before a determined Darragh teased out a slight gap once again. Darragh continued to hold a neat and tidy inside line as Fleck now positioned himself for a challenge. Darragh was not going to be denied at this late stage however and the Rasharkin racer completed a superb defensive display to take the chequered flag and claim the GP Series title. Fleck was a close second, with George Esler in third.

 

Junior Rods 2018 Wash n Dash Gold Roof Series

Two further qualifying heats preceded the final of the Wash’N’Dash Gold Roof Series and both proved fraught, with a number of incidents. Newcomer Odhrann McGeown marked his first appearance at Raceway with a well taken victory in the opening heat ahead of Matthew Drysdale and Cole McFall. McGeown showed well once again in heat two, but this time Jack Morrow nipped ahead at the half way point and breezed home for an eye catching win in his Vauxhall Corsa ahead of McGeown and Jonathan Brown. Drysdale and McFall shared the front row of the grid for the Gold Roof final, with Morrow and Declan Og McFerran on row two. Drysdale eased ahead at the green flag as Morrow squeezed into second ahead of McFall, and this trio quickly began to pull away from the main pack. Morrow tried the outside line unsuccessfully which allowed McFall to slip through into second, while Drysdale continued to set the pace out front. As the laps ticked down McFall went on a charge and closed the gap on the leader, but Drysdale still had everything well under control and confidently reeled off the remaining laps to secure the Gold Roof title. McFall was good value for second, with Ty  Richardson from Randalstown in third after a strong end to the race. Morrow, Brown and McGeown were classified in positions four, five and six after McFerran and Mark Crawford were both penalised by the steward for contact during their heated battle for the minor places.

thanks to meeting Sponsors:

Moffett Family, Rodney Fleck Specialist Cars, Teng Tools

 Muppet Motorsport & Wash n Dash

click for Official Results (17/08/18)

 

 

 

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