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MEETING REVIEW

Friday 23rd March 2018 

Stock Rods

 

Sixteen cars arrived on track for the opening heat, which eventually boiled down to a straight fight between Ashley Graham and Wilfie McNiece. There was very little to separate the pair, but Graham kept his nose ahead until the chequered flag to lead home McNiece and Kurtis Reid. Junior Rod recruits Shea Duff and Matthew Milliken headed the field in heat two and the teenagers set a brisk pace out front. The pack eventually hunted down Milliken, but Duff outran them all to take a comfortable maiden victory in the senior ranks. Graham and McNiece both featured strongly again in second and third. Heat winners Graham and Duff battled hard over the lead in the early stages of the final and were soon joined by McNiece to make it a three way dice out front. Reid held a watching brief behind and jumped from fourth to first when the three leaders tripped over each other at Suffolk bend! Reid still had work to do however, as a fast finishing Niall McFerran loomed large behind, but Reid controlled the remaining laps perfectly for a well judged success. McFerran’s second place finish was a fine effort from the red grade, and the top six was rounded out by Graham, Duff, Aaron Moody and Jason Clyde.

 

F2 Stock Cars

Regrettably some late cancelations meant that only Craig McConnell and Sam McKay arrived for the opening round of the Simpson Race Exhausts Series. It would therefore prove to be rich pickings for the pair, as they both enjoyed some valuable track time and punched in some very respectable lap times around the 16 second mark. Victory in all three races went to McConnell.

 

Group Twos

Ballymena’s David Gillespie got his season off to a flying start with a convincing win in the opening heat, before impressive newcomer Joshua McMullan underlined his potential with a solid win in heat two. McMullan quickly settled into the front running position again in the final and marked himself down as one to watch in 2018 with his second win of the night. Gillespie followed the winner home, with Paul Nesbitt the best of the red grade in third.

 

Street Rods

Philip Porter made the perfect start to the 2018 season, but needed a ruling from the steward to get his hands on the final trophy! Newcomer Porter dominated both heat races and looked well on his way to a final win too until he was punted out of the way by another competitor in the closing laps! The damage inflicted during the incident forced Porter out on the spot, but the rules of racing allow the steward to intervene as the race had entered the final three laps. Porter was therefore duly reinstated into first position, with Points Champion Norman Mitchell the runner-up and Louise Donnell in third.

 

Junior Rods

Once again the youngsters produced some cracking racing and served up three closely contested events. Eleven cars lined up for heat one which developed into a real ding-dong battle out front. Jack Morrow was installed at the head of affairs, but under all sorts of pressure from the pack, and eventually Ty Richardson squeezed passed in the closing laps to nick a hard fought win. Mark Brogan nipped out front early in heat two and kept his pursuers at bay to record a good win head of Jonathan Brown and Morrow.  Brogan’s Citroen Saxo would prove to be the pace setter in the final as well where the Ballymoney lad romped home for his second win of the night to secure the Top Teen trophy. An almighty scrap raged in the main pack for the other trophy positions and these eventually went the way of Matthew Drysdale and Mark Crawford, with the top six rounded out by Morrow, Cole McFall and Brown.

Photo's thanks DPP 

thanks to meeting Sponsors: Mid & East Antrim Borough Council

& Simpson Race Exhausts

click for Official Results (23/03/18)

 

 

 

 

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