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Added: 18 Mar 2013 Category: 2013 Oval Racing
2013 - #3 - Tullyroan Oval - 16/3/13
The first of two days of racing at Tullyroan Oval for the Tony Gilmore memorial meeting in aid of FORDS care.

To be perfectly honest, if it wasn’t for me being the track photographer, I wouldn’t have been there on the Saturday night, simply because all day long I’d encountered rain, heavy rain, snow, sleet and when I was leaving the house I was fairly confident I was heading for a wet and miserable evening, much like practice day the previous week.

In recent years it has been much more the trend that I’ve left Carrick in the dry and arrived at the racing in the wet, but for once I left Carrick in the wet and arrived at racing in the dry, a pleasant change I must add.

The racing itself still had that “out of season” feel about it, and you could have named nearly as many drivers not there in some of the classes as you could have named ones that were there.

In the Junior Production, Mark Graham debuted his Mark 2 Escort which was a joy to watch as he slide the tail out around the track, he was a fair bit off the pace, but he was doing in it much more spectacular style and I found myself more mesmerized with watching him drift the car round than watching the rest of the race. Graham Fegan Junior looked for a while like he would take the final win, but it was Jamie McCurdy who came through to take the flag. I don’t think it will be too long before young Fegan is bringing silverware home.

The Rookie Bangers made their track debut at Tullyroan, a class I knew that little about I had to read the rules of the Spedeworth website before writing this piece. They reminded me a bit of the Economy Bangers in the early days of Nutts Corner, where it seemed just about anything goes. Some strange cars, some pretty decent action, and pretty entertaining for all the amount that was out. Brian Mullen won the final.

The Robins had a pretty poor turnout of 5 cars, they had an experimental night of putting the Boltons further back as a handicap. Ian Bolton won heat one and the final, and during heat two I got chips.

The 2.0 Hot Rods could so easily have been a hat trick for Wayne Woolsey, but mechanical gremlins only permitted him the win in heat one, with Bobbie Johnston taking heat two and Derek Martin won the final.

There was a good field of National Bangers from which Keith Carey took the 2L FORDS Championship.

All in all, it wasn’t a bad nights racing, it stayed dry and it ended at a sensible time.

Approx Car Turnout: 68 cars - 10 Junior Productions, 15 2.0 Hot Rods, 5 Reliant Robins, 25 2L National Bangers, 13 Rookie Bangers

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