Ballymena Raceway 2016

Ballymena Raceway starts 2016 with the Winter National Championships on New Year's Day (pic by Gilmore Race Photography

Ballymena Raceway starts 2016 with the Winter National Championships on New Year's Day (pic by Gilmore Race Photography

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Ballymena Raceway ushers in 2016 with the Winter National Championship meeting on New Year’s Day.

The traditional fixture at the Showground’s oval will provide a high speed afternoon of short track action, with the National Hot Rod, BriSCA F2 Stock Car, Stock Rod, Group Two Lightning Rod and Super Saloon classes all contesting their Winter National titles.

Defending Winter National Champion in the showcase National Hot Rod category is Jaimie McCurdy and he is likely to be one of the favourites for honours again this time around.

The popular F2 Stock Cars provided some terrific race action throughout 2015 and look set for another exciting year ahead, with the prestigious British Championship set to be staged in the province for the first time since 1995. More good news for the Stock Rod formula was received recently from the sport’s governing body which confirmed that Raceway will host the coveted European Championship in 2016 on August 26 and 27.

The competitive Group Two Lightning Rod category will provide their own unique brand of thrills on New Year’s Day, where the race programme is completed by the Super Saloon division. The 2015 Points Champions will be presented with their awards where the first race gets underway in the Ballymena Showground’s at 2pm.