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Friday 22nd September 2017 @ 7.15pm

BriSCA F2 Stock-Cars 2017 Teng Tools Series Finale
Gp2 Lightning-Rods 2017 Irish Championship

Junior-Rods 2017 Irish Championship

Street-Rods 2017 World Cup

& Stock-Rods




The short circuit motorsport action continues at Ballymena Raceway on Friday evening (September 22) with an Irish Championship double header topping the programme! The Group Two Lightning Rods and Junior Rods contest their biggest domestic title of the season and both events promise to be very keenly contested.

Randalstown’s George Esler starts on pole position for the Group Two event, with Ballymena’s David Reynolds alongside on the front row. Paul Nesbitt and Richard Purdy share row two, while 2016 Champion Clive Wilson begins the defence of his title from row three beside Rodney Stewart. The top ten places on the grid are rounded out David Nesbitt, Freddie Fleck, Matthew Curran and Mark Goldie, with Johny Gillespie and William Donnell amongst those looking to make progress from further down the field. The Group Twos have produced some very close racing all season and Friday’s championship decider could well be another cracker. Richard Purdy Paint Preparations has very kindly put forward a prize of a full paint job for the winner, and Nicholl Motorsport are generously putting up four new tyres which will be distributed amongst the top three finishers.

The Junior Rod Irish Championship looks equally compelling. The youngsters have provided some fantastic racing in 2017, with very healthy turnouts at each and every meeting. Crumlin’s Shea Duff has managed to hold down a superstar grade for the entire season, which is no mean feat when you consider the full grids that the class attracts. Shea will be starting at the front of the grid on Friday evening and is sure to be a major player in this one. Newcomer Mark Crawford started the season on fire and jumped straight from the white to superstar grade. Not surprisingly the wins dried up from there, but Mark is another who has qualified well for the championship race and is more than capable of a good result. If you’re looking for the form driver however, then look no further than Joshua McKinstry. The Nutts Corner lad has won the National Championship and Gold Roof Series on his last two visits to Ballymena. Can Joshua make it a hat-trick of title wins on Friday evening? Other likely contenders include Samuel Wilson, Matthew Milliken, Matthew Drysdale, Cole McFall, Stuart Percy and Jack Morrow, while the likes of Mark Brogan, Jamie Hunter, Jonathan Brown, Ty Richardson and Josh Gooch could well spring a surprise.

The BriSCA F2 Stock Cars contest the final of their Teng Tools Series on Friday evening. Conor Hughes currently tops the standings heading in to the final round, with Christopher Kincaid, Ryan McCrory, Gordy McKee and Bradley McKinstry also well in contention. The points scored in Friday’s heat races will be added to those already accumulated at the previous rounds to determine the grid positions for the Series Final. The overall winner will receive a £500 Teng Tools voucher.

ORCi Stock Rods and Street Rods complete the classes on display, with the first race getting underway in the Ballymena Showground’s at 7:15pm.


sponsored by Teng Tools, BRM Services, Nicholl Motorsport, Richard Purdy Paint Preparations
& Kustom Racewear



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