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Added: 26 Aug 2013 Category: 2013 Oval Racing
2013 - #38 - Tullyroan Oval - 26/8/13
I’d somewhat expected this to be my 40th meeting of the season as the weekend approached, but my current enthusiasm levels for the racing was outweighed by the weather on Friday night, and some work around the house took longer than expected on Saturday and so I ended up missing both Ballymena meetings.
A rollover in the Ninja Karts at the end of practice, followed by stoppages in the first two races at Tullyroan didn’t do much to boost my enthusiasm at the time either and for a while I felt I might be missing a better Grand Prix, but the meeting got better as it went on.

The ProStocks returned to the 30+ cars we’ve come to expect as the standard entry level, and they’d an action packed afternoon from the first bend of the first heat to the last bend of the final, in which Ryan Fleming took out Adam McCready to take the win. Earlier heats had gone the way of Jack Gilpin and Adam McCready.

The 2.0 Hot Rods were down a few cars in numbers. Andrew Emerson took the opening heat before Gareth Thompson took the win in heat two. In the final Thompson led the early stages before Adam Best took up the running, going on to take the win despite close attention from Adam Hylands and Derek Martin in the closing laps, who finished side by side for second with Hylands just pipping Martin to the place.

Week on week the Superstox entry list of licensed drivers seems to grow without the car numbers on track really going anywhere. ____ Hughes was the latest driver to join the action, while the Superstox only fielded six cars. The heats seen two wins for Nathan Beattie, who spun in the final collecting brother Kyle who was able to limp around for a few more laps before pulling in, but with both drivers sidelined it left Gary Grattan a comfortable cruise around to take the final win.

In the final practice session before the meeting started, the Ninja Karts or Stuart Emerson, Sophie Willis and Callum Magill came together in turn one, with Magill left upside down in the incident. With no doubt quite a bit of work in the pits, all three youngsters made it back out to race, a credit to both the teams around them and the kids themselves.
Niall Cregan dominated the races taking all three wins.

In the Juniors Shane McMillan took both heat wins before Dean McCrory took the honours in an action packed final.

All in all, the meeting got better as it went on, I finished the weekend more enthusiastic by the end of the weekend than I started it, so we’re going in the right direction.

Approx Car Turnout: 82 cars (12 Junior Productions, 6 Superstox, 15 2.0 Hot Rods, 34 ProStocks, 15 Ninja Karts)

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