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MEETING REVIEW

Friday 29th September 2017 

Stock Rods 2017 Irish Championship

The twenty car grid for the Irish Championship was headed by World Champion Stephen McCready, with Niall McFerran alongside on the front row. Jack Kennedy and Aaron Moody sat on row two, with Jason Clyde and Raymond Harper on row three. There was drama in the opening laps with defending champion Adam Sloan an early casualty along with Andrew Morrow. After a caution period McCready quickly settled down into the lead spot with McFerran in second, while further back a gaggle of cars fought hard over third. Kennedy headed this tight knit bunch, with Harper, Clyde and Moody queued up behind. Kennedy defended his position resolutely until the closing laps when the pressure finally told and Harper squeezed ahead. Up front meanwhile McCready expertly picked his way through the backmarkers to cruise home for a comprehensive first Irish title victory. McFerran chased hard all the way to the flag and finished as a gallant runner-up, with the top six rounded out by Harper, Clyde, Moody and Kennedy.

 

Two keenly contested support races followed where Harper and Sam McKinstry proved to be the central figures. Harper inherited victory in the first race after on the road winner McKinstry received a two place penalty from the steward. The pair then clashed while battling for the lead in the second event, which left the way clear for Kyle Beattie to scamper home for a win in his Vauxhall Corsa.

 

Street Rods 2017 Irish Championship

The first ever Street Rod Irish Championship race which was headed away by pole sitter Norman Mitchell. Tyler Broggy was quickly up to speed however and made his move around the outside to grab the initiative in his Ford Fiesta. Once out front Broggy powered away from his challengers to win handsomely at the chequered flag. Mitchell retained second to the end and Ronnie Donnell withstood a late challenge from Shannon Morrow to claim third.

Morrow proved uncatchable in the support races. The Glenarm lass steered her Vauxhall Corsa to victory in the heat race and then rounded out the evening with another success in the £100 Dash for Cash event.

Group Two Lightning Rods 2017 Golden Helmet Trophy

A splendid field of 23 cars contested the two reverse-grid qualifying heats which would determine the starting positions for the Golden Helmet Trophy race. The first qualifier went the way of David Nesbitt, with Clive Wilson a close second. The Nesbitt boys continued their winning ways in heat two where David’s big brother, Paul, roared home ahead of Randalstown’s George Esler, with Wilson well to the fore again in third. Those consistent finishes earned Wilson pole position for the final, with Paul Nesbitt alongside on the front row. An untidy start saw Esler and Mark Goldie in trouble before the whole field was pulled up for another go. Wilson immediately nipped into the lead, but he was under all sorts of pressure from Paul Nesbitt, with Richard Purdy and David Nesbitt right in the mix as well. Nesbitt and Wilson have been swapping paint around the ovals for over twenty years now and the old rivals fought out a tight battle all the way to the chequered flag. Wilson drew upon all his experience to secure the win after a titanic struggle, with Paul Nesbitt a very close second and Purdy in third.

 

BriSCA F2 Stock Cars 2017 Stadium Championship

Two roof colour heat races preceded the Stadium Championship and it was the McCrory brothers from Antrim who proved dominant as Ryan led home his younger sibling Dean in both events. The points scored at Raceway over the entire 2017 season determined the grid positions for the Stadium Championship race and pitted together Kincaid and Ryan McCrory on the front row. Conor Hughes and Dean McCrory occupied row two, with the sparse grid completed by Sam McKay and Sean McFerran. The anticipated battle between Kincaid and McCrory never materialised however as Kincaid executed a fine start, while McCrory was delayed during an early scuffle with Hughes and dropped to third behind the fast starting McFerran. McCrory eventually fought back ahead of McFerran, but could never make up the time lost during those opening laps as Kincaid stroked it home for a convincing win.

Photos thanks to DPP

Thanks to meeting sponsor Valley Roofing

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