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MEETING REVIEW

Friday 13th April 2018 

National Hot Rods 2018 World Series NI Rd 10

The seventeen car entry for Round 10 of the Hankook Performance Tyres World Series NI included first appearances of 2018 for Gary Wilson and Philip McCloy. Carl Sloan made the most of his yellow grade starting slot to ease home for a comfortable brace of heat wins which locked down pole position for the final. Alongside Sloan’s Torquetronix Tigra on the front row of the grid for feature race was Keith Martin, but the 2005 World Champion was an early casualty as Sloan shot into the lead, with Stewart Doak and Mark Heatrick in hot pursuit. Further back John Christie earned a rare disqualification after a tangle with Gary Wilson and Jaimie McCurdy made steady progress in his Ginetta. Heatrick eventually eased ahead of Doak and now had the leader in his sights, but Sloan continued to maintain a comfortable gap out front. As the laps ticked down backmarkers came into play and proved decisive in the final outcome when Sloan lost time amongst the traffic. Heatrick seized the opportunity to nip ahead with only three laps to run and scampered home for his first win of 2018. Sloan had to be content with second place in this one and McCurdy netted third after his best run of the night.

Stock Rods

1300 Stock Car racer Calvin Blake joined the grid for a guest appearance in the Ian Thompson Corsa D, but it was Junior Rod recruit Matthew Milliken who led them away in the opening heat. Milliken continued to hold sway until the field was brought under caution after a nasty smash at turn four. Ian Thompson Snr and Johnny McCloy had tangled and were subsequently struck by the unfortunate Steve Gooch which sidelined all three for the remainder of the meeting. At the restart Kurtis Reid eased through and motored home for a tidy win ahead of Ashley Graham and Niall McFerran. It was Graham who set the pace in heat two before Reid made his move again to scamper through on lap 8.  Reid is perhaps the most improved driver in the class at present and motored home for his second win of the night, while McFerran dropped back in the closing laps which allowed Stephen McCready to claim the runner-up spot. That brace of wins earned Reid an automatic upgrade into the red roof section for the final however and provided Graham with an opportunity to set the pace out front. Alastair Bolton headed the chase after the leader, with the high speed chain of Reid, McFerran and World Champion McCready closing on both of them!   As the final entered the closing laps the top five were now all together and the pressure was on leader Graham. Reid took to the outside line in an attempt to break the deadlock, but lost ground as Graham expertly held his nerve to complete a hard fought win. McFerran blasted around Bolton on the final lap to snatch second with the top six rounded out by Bolton, McCready, Jack Kennedy and Reid.

Group Two Lightning Rods 2018 Muppet Motorsport GP Series Rd 1

The Group Two racers contested the opening round of their Muppet Motorsport Series on Friday evening and it was Jason Darragh who took an early lead in the standings with a fine heat and final double. Darragh showed that he meant business right from the start with a comprehensive flag to flag win in the opening heat, before Ballymena’s David Gillespie continued his strong start to the new season with another race win in heat two.  The points scored in the heat races determined the starting positions within each grade for the meeting final. Darragh quickly settled into the front running position in this one with Gillespie tucked in behind, while Richard Purdy led the charge from the red grade section. Darragh extended his advantage as the race developed and was never challenged on his way to another dominant win. Gillespie was equally safe in second, and Purdy made it up to third by the flag, followed over the finish line by the Nesbitt brother, Paul and David.

 

Prolites

William Donnell from Larne made it two final wins on the trot in the new Prolite division. Donnell and 1300 Stock Car star Ryan Stewart split the heat wins between them and were evenly matched in the final. Stewart led until the last lap when Donnell knocked his rival wide to take up the running. Stewart attempted a comeback on the run to the flag but Donnell managed to squeeze home for his second win of the night, with Paul White coming home in third place.

thanks to meeting Sponsors: McElmeel Mobility Services

& Muppet Motorsport

click for Official Results (13.04.18)

 


 

 

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