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MEETING REVIEW

Friday 6th April 2018 

Stock Rods

Andrew Morrow led from start to finish in the opening heat to sneak home just ahead of a fast finishing Niall McFerran, with Shea Duff in third. Lester McCloy, Duff and Morrow all enjoyed stints out front in heat two before Kurtis Reid settled into the front running spot on lap 6. McFerran was on a charge from the back of the grid once again however and hunted down the leader to nip ahead with only three laps remaining for an impressive win. Reid was second on this occasion, with Adam Sloan in third after a good run from the red grade. The final was all about Duff however as the rookie quickly slotted into the lead spot and set about building up a handy gap over his pursuers. The chasing pack was led by Alastair Bolton and McFerran, but neither could make any inroads into the leader’s advantage as Duff steered his Vauxhall Corsa home for a fine win. Bolton enjoyed his best run of the night to secure a solid second place finish, while Sloan came on strong once again in the closing stages to finish third, with World Champion Stephen McCready in fourth.

 

F2 Stock Cars

This was the first meeting in the province where the new control tyre on the outside rear was compulsory and the lap times were around one second a lap down on their previous appearance this season. Some of the that difference was undoubtedly down to the track conditions however as damp patches on the exit of turn2 and entrance into turn 3 made conditions very tricky for the F2 men. There was a debut appearance for Aidan McFerran amongst the seven car grid, and the debutant acquitted himself well and finished all three races. Star of the show however was Bradley McKinstry, who marked his first domestic appearance of the season with a perfect hat-trick of wins in Round 2 of the Simpson Race Exhaust Series. The opening heat began with a bang when a clash between Conor Hughes and Thomas Greer at turn three saw both their cars end up in the wall along with Martin Stewart! All three were out on the spot as McKinstry took control at the resumption to slither home for his first win of the evening. Conditions were still tricky for heat two as the repaired Hughes led this one until lap 7 before McKinstry stormed through for his second win of the night.  Greer led the final until lap 6 before McKinstry eased to the front once more and completed a perfect set of results with another victory. Round One winner Craig McConnell followed McKinstry home, with Greer in third.

 

Group Twos

David Gillespie led a long way into the opening heat before Graham nipped in front just three laps from home to register his first win of the night. Gillespie was forced to settle for second, while Freddie Fleck made good ground from the red grade to claim third. Yellow graded Gillespie would not make the same mistake in heat two where the Ballymena man sped his Vauxhall Astra home for a flag to flag success, followed across the finish line by Paul Nesbitt and Graham. The final was led off by Jason Darragh, but heat winners Graham and Gillespie soon reeled in the leader to make it an intriguing three way battle up front. There was little to separate the trio, but Graham found a little extra edge from somewhere to power around the outside of Darragh and duly swept home for his second win of the night.  Darragh held onto second, with Gillespie in third and Irish Champion David Reynolds in fourth.

 

Junior Rods

Randalstown’s Ty Richardson collected the Next Gen Cup after a thrilling Junior Rod final where Amy Bradford’s hopes literally went up in smoke! Bradford’s Vauxhall Corsa was going along very nicely indeed in the final and with three laps to go looked well set to take the honours. However on the very next lap it all ended in disaster for Bradford as the engine beneath the bonnet of her Vauxhall expired in a dramatic ball of smoke, which also coated the track in oil! That triggered off a battle for the lead in the main pack, while the combination of the smoke plus the oil on track caused a certain degree of hesitancy amongst the youngsters. Many slowed to a snail’s pace, but the race was still very much on however! Richardson was alive to the situation and kept his cool to lead them home, with Matthew Drysdale and Mark Crawford in hot pursuit. Drysdale and Ballymoney’s Mark Brogan were successful in the earlier heat races.

 

Prolites

Five cars made it on track for the debut appearance of the Prolites and it was William Donnell from Larne who proved to be the pacesetter. Donnell’s Vauxhall Astra enjoyed a flag to flag success in their opening heat, chased home by Thomas Megarry and Matthew McKinstry. Megarry executed a perfectly timed spin on McKinstry in the early laps of heat two and never looked back to claim the honours in this one. McKinstry set the early standard in the final until Donnell nudged his way ahead on lap four. Once out front Donnell eased away from his rivals for a comfortable success, with Megarry, McKinstry and Ronnie Donnell the remaining finishers.

thanks to meeting Sponsors: Sam McKay Contracts

& Simpson Race Exhausts

click for Official Results (06.04.18)

 

 

 

 

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