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Added: 21 Oct 2012 Category: 2012 Oval Racing
2012 - #43 – Tullyroan Oval – 20/10/12
The last meeting of the local season for me, before we start into out of season meetings, trips to far off destinations and standing foundered wondering what it was that made you think it was a good idea to leave the comfort of the living room.

On the cards was the ProStock Irish Closed Championship, 2L National Bangers Irish Championship, Lightning Rods and 2.0 Hot Rods.

It’s funny how these things work themselves out, but despite a few cancelled meetings at while Tullyroan was finished, and a few I’d like to have taken in at Aghadowey being moved, it just so happens I’ve done exactly the same amount of meeting at this stage this year as I had at the same stage last year, forty three to be exact. This time last year I’d done about half a dozen straight meetings in the rain and the end of the season couldn’t come quick enough, but despite not having the greatest of summers, the weather has been kind to us on race days this season, and now that I’ve discovered you can get a cracking cup of coffee at Tullyroan I don’t feel as relieved that the season is over, although I won’t miss the drive up and down.
The Lightning Rods kicked off proceedings with a lower than usual car turnout in the low teens, with Francis Rafferty and Vince Litter splitting the heat wins ahead of Gary Beggs taking the final win.

As with the Lightning Rods the 2 Litre’s were well down on numbers but did include the 2011 World Champion Will Reed. Garry Campbell took the honours in heat one with Derek Martin driving around the outside of three cars in the closing laps to take second. The second heat went the way of Mark Madill before Reed took the win in a cracking 2 Litre final.

In the ProStocks Stefan McClelland took and eventful Irish closed championship and Adrian McKinstry took the support race. The evening also featured a ladies race which was won by Stefanie Kingham.

The bangers made their traditional end of season “under the lights” appearance and Keith Carey won the Irish title in a rather tame feature race, which was followed by a much more lively all comers race. The Destruction Derby was declared null and void after the would have been winner continued hitting cars after the flag.

Aside from the racing I decided I was going to get one last video shot for the season, and thought that it would be great to get the lights going out around the track, but surely they’d be on long after I went, after several minutes of indecision I finally grabbed the camera to take a shot of the track with the lights on and no sooner did I power it on and the lights went out, literally split seconds before I’d the chance to start recording, so close yet so far.

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