Drivers out in force for Irish Championship
Stock carsONCE again the sun shone at Aghadowey Stock Car Stadium on Friday as the drivers lined up for the Open Hot Rod Irish Championship.
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Open Hot Rod Irish Championship
Paul Nevin started in pole postion with Richard Stewart on the outside of the front row with Lindsay Ferry, Terrance McConlogue, Gareth Nevin, Thomas Dilly and Gary Laffin following behind.
The race got off to a flying start with Paul Nevin and Richard Stewart battling for first place with Lindsay Ferry, Gareth Nevin and Thomas Dilly closing in on the leaders.
As the two local drivers fought for the Championship title, Paul Nevin went wide at the Brown Trout Corner and Richard Stewart made his move up into first place. He managed to hold onto this spot as Dungannon man Lindsay Ferry made his way up into second place ahead of Thomas Dilly in his national spec Hot Rod. Paul Nevin, who was experiencing mechanical problems, finished in fourth place with his nephew Gareth Nevin in fifth, and Terrance McConlogue and Gary Laffin bringing up the rear.
1600 Bangers – Newcomer William Taggart from Coleraine won the two heats but was unable to hold off the red roof drivers Lee McCloy and Mark McLaughlin
Heat1 1st William Taggart, Coleraine 2nd Roy White, Coleraine 3rd Lee McCloy, Ballymoney
Heat 2 1st William Taggart, Coleraine 2nd William McFaul Jnr, Garvagh 3rd David Streeter, Coleraine
Final 1st Lee McCloy, Ballymoney 2nd Mark McLaughlin, Coleraine 3rd Roy White, Castleroe
2L Sierras - Dessie Kearnery made it a hat trick with newcomer David Faloon, a former F2 driver, from Aghadowey making an impression on the results.
Heat 1 1st Dessie Kearney, Coleraine 2nd David Faloon, Aghadowey 3rd Colin McAleese, Coleraine
Heat 2 1st Dessie Kearney, Coleraine 2nd Colin McAleese, Coleraine 3rd David Faloon, Aghadowey
Final 1st Dessie Kearney, Coleraine 2nd David Faloon, Aghadowey 3rd Colin McAleese, Coleraine
1600 Lightning Rods Greg McMullan also made it a hat trick closely followed by Nolan Wilson and Sammy Stewart in the final.
Heat 1 1st Greg McMullan, Coleraine 2nd Nolan Wilson, Articlave 3rd Mark Dunlop, Ballymoney
Heat 2 1st Greg McMullan, Coleraine 2nd Mark Dunlop, Ballymoney 3rd Nolan Wilson, Articlave
Final 1st Greg McMullan, Coleraine 2nd Nolan Wilson, Articlave 3rd Sammy Stewart, Castlerock
Junior Stocks - Newly crowned Irish Champion Curtis Greer from Cullybackey won the final with Coleraine driver Glen White second and Mark Graham from Maghera in third place
Heat 11st Glen White
2nd Curtis Greer
3rd Daryl McAleese
Final 1st Curtis Greer
2nd Glen White
3rd Mark Graham
Our next meeting is on Saturday 9th October featuring Junior Stocks, Lightning Rods, Bangers, Hot Rods and 2l Sierras. Racing starts at 1.00pm.
A presentation night is being held on Friday 12th November at The Lodge Hotel, Coleraine. There will be a Disco Trophy Presentations and a Buffet Supper. Tickets are 15 and can be bought from Race Control or any of the Promoters.