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Friday 15th September 2017

National Hot-Rods 2018 World Series NI Rd 5


A superb entry of eighteen cars came under starters orders for the fifth round of the Hankook Performance Tyres World Series NI for National Hot Rods. Stephen McGonigle set the early pace from the front of the grid in heat one, before losing out to Carl Sloan from Kells. This saw Sloan comfortably reel off the laps to take a well-deserved victory in heat one ahead of Keith Martin and Adam Heatrick. Heat Two saw Adam Heatrick take and excellent victory to finish ahead of Gary Wilson and John Christie. Heatrick had earned himself pole position for the final ahead of Wilson. After the initial shake up and things had settled down it was Adam Heatrick who took a deserved victory with Wilson superb value in second, Gary Woolsey in third, K Martin, Hylands and John Christie filling out the top six.

Stock-Rods 2017 Challenge Cup

Before the opening Stock Rod event of the evening, Alastair Bolton and Wilfie McNiece were presented with a fine glass souvenirs by the promotion to say thank you for their long service to the sport and the Stock Rod class over the years. The Stock Rods raced for the Challenge Cup with impressive 24 car grid boosted by welcome visitors Jimmy Pitcaithly and Cameron Doak from the GMP Promotion and also making his debut in the formula was former Super Saloon driver Michael McMinn in a tidy looking Corsa C. Two graded order heat was the order of the night with the top point scorer starting in pole for the Challenge Cup Final. The opening the race of the night proved some of the best Stock Rod racing witnessed this season with Wilfie McNiece taking the honours in closely followed by Nuttscorner star name Raymond Harper in JB Race Engine powered Corsa C. Heat Two seen this reserve of result of Heat One this time with Harper powering home ahead of McNiece followed by Niall McFerran first of the Red graded drivers home with an excellent drive from the rear of the grid. McNiece consistency saw him on pole position for the Challenge Cup final, with Harper alongside on the front row. After some frantic opening laps, McNiece stayed at the front with star graded driver Steve Gooch, World Champion Stephen McCready closing Wilfie down over the final few laps a late move by McCready seen him docked two places for passing on the infield, so at the finish line it was McNiece followed home by a storming drive by Gooch, Harper, a demoted McCready in fourth, with Aaron Moody and Adam Sloan rounding out the top six.

Gp2 Lightning-Rods

A good field of Gp2 Lightning Rods produced some excellent racing, with newcomer Colin Crawley leading the field away for the opening number of laps, with blue graded drivers William Donnell and Ballymena’s Mark Goldie chasing hard, Goldie powered past in Vauxhall Astra to finish ahead of Donnell, Cullybackey’s Richard Purdy producing a fine drive from the rear of the grid to take third. Heat Two saw Goldie complete a heat double to claim this one with William Donnell coming home in second place ahead of former F2 Stock Car driver David Nesbitt in third. Goldie’s two heat wins had merited him an upgrade to Red grade for the final which allowed Donnell to romp home to victory in the final with returnee Harry Gilmore taking a good second place ahead of Mark Goldie, Paul Nesbitt, Rodney Stewart and David Nesbitt.

Junior-Rods 2017 Gold Roof Series Finale

Another excellent field of sixteen Junior Rods produced some excellent racing. Up for grabs for the Junior Rods was the Gold Roof Series title, two grade order heats added to the previous two rounds held earlier the season would form the Gold Roof Series Finale grid. Heat One saw Larne lad Samuel Wilson complete a great win ahead of Matthew Milliken and Cole McFall. Heat Two saw Jordan Nicholl clinch victory from Ballymoney’s Mark Brogan with Joshua McKinstry coming home in third place a result which would earn him in pole for the coveted Gold Roof crown. McKinstry claimed a flag to flag victory and took the chequered flag ahead of Wilson, Shea Duff, Stuart Percy, Mark Crawford and Cole McFall. Next up for the Junior Rod formula will be this Friday night (22 September) the prestige 2017 Irish Championship event.

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click for Official Results (15.09.17)




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