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MEETING REVIEW

Saturday 11th August 2018 

National Hot Rods 2019 Simpson Race Exhausts World Series NI Rd 2

 

Kenny McCann led the opening heat until beyond the halfway point before Davy McKay nipped ahead on lap 12. McKay’s lead was short lived however as Carl Sloan motored through from the red grade to annex the win ahead of Derek Martin and McKay, while John Christie made it all the way up to fourth from the back of the red grade. Christie confirmed that pace in heat two with an eye catching win in his Ford Fiesta, with Shane Murray and Jaimie McCurdy next across the finishing line and McKay well to the fore again in fourth. Christie and McKay shared the front row for the Foster Forklifts & Plant sponsored final, with Sloan and Martin on row two. Christie got the drop at the green flag while Sloan nipped into second ahead of Martin and McKay as the race developed at a rapid pace. Christie put in some quick laps to tease out a gap before Sloan closed in again as the pair encountered some back marking traffic. Christie had it all under control however and stroked it home to confirm his second win of the night and also retain the Anderson Racing Engines Trophy. Sloan was a strong second to complete a solid night’s work, with the top six rounded out by Martin, McCurdy, Murray and Mark Heatrick.

 

Stock Rods 2018 UK Championship

Two reverse grid qualifying heats determined the starting positions for the Moody Car Sales sponsored UK Championship. Ballymena’s Aaron Moody displayed excellent pace in his Citroen Saxo to lead from start to finish in heat one, with World Champion Stephen McCready and Steve Gooch in second and third. Sam McKinstry set the pace in heat two with Niall McFerran his closest challenger in the early stages. McFerran soon had his hands full with McCready however and the pair fought it out for a number of laps before McCready pressed ahead on lap 13. By this stage McKinstry had things wrapped up however and safely completed the remaining laps to register a good win. McCready fell foul of the steward for his move on McFerran and was dropped two places which promoted McFerran and Shea Duff into second and third.

His strong heat results were still good enough to confirm McCready on pole for the final with Moody alongside on the front row. It was McCready who darted into the lead straight from the green flag, while Moody dropped down to third during the opening exchanges behind McCready and McKinstry. Once into his stride however Moody quickly relegated McKinstry and started to reel in leader McCready with a string of fast laps in his Citroen Saxo. McCready had to be on his guard as Moody went on the attack and their battle allowed McFerran and Kurtis Reid to join the leading group before an unfortunate coming together amongst the leading cars sent Moody’s Citroen into retirement. This provided some respite for McCready and the Antrim Ace put the hammer down again to comfortably reel off the remaining laps and continue his success laden 2018 campaign. McFerran followed the winner home with Reid in third ahead of McKinstry, Gooch and Jason Clyde.

Group Two Lightning Rods 2018 Irish Open Championship

As with the Stock Rods the reverse grid format was adopted to determine the grid positions for the Stewart Commercials backed GP2 Irish Open Championship. Joshua McMullan set the ball rolling with a good win in heat one, before Broughshane’s Freddie Fleck took the honours in heat two. A brace of third place finishers was enough to confirm Richard Purdy on pole position however and the Cullybackey man nipped ahead straight from the off, with Clive Wilson in hot pursuit. The pair quickly dropped their pursuers as this one developed into a very evenly matched contest between them. Wilson hounded the leader throughout, but Purdy never put a wheel out of place and steered his Vauxhall Astra to a very smart win with Wilson forced to settle for second. The heated battle for third in the early stages saw penalties handed out to both Paul Nesbitt and McMullan for contact. Nesbitt was third across the finishing line, but dropped to fifth in the final standings which promoted Rodney Stewart into the final rostrum position.

 

Street Rods 2018 World Cup

In the Street Rod section newcomer Warren Thompson made it six wins on the trot with another impressive hat-trick in his Ford Fiesta. Thompson left it until the very last lap to make his move in heat one and swopped ahead of long time leader James Taylor. Glenarm’s Shannon Morrow held sway for a long way in heat two before Thompson squeezed ahead one lap from home. Those brace of victories earned Thompson pole position for the Sid’s Ices backed final where a flag to flag success followed to complete a perfect hat-trick of results. Taylor, Morrow, Norman Mitchell and Ben Carvill completed the finishing order.

Photo's thanks Ken Reay Photography

thanks to meeting Sponsors: Simpson Race Exhausts, Moody Car-Sales

Foster Forklifts & Plant, Sid's Ices, Redz Piano Bar & Grill

McCurdy Fuels & Stewart Commercials

click for Official Results (11/08/18)

 

 

 

 

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