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Added: 08 Sep 2013 Category: 2013 Oval Racing
2013 - #41 – Tullyroan Oval – 7/9/13
2013 - #41 – Tullyroan Oval – 7/9/13
For most of the week I’d been keeping an eye on the weather for Saturday night, and for most of the week the weather hadn’t been bad, but the forecast for Saturday only varied between rain and heavy rain, it was as though someone flicked a switch on Saturday and just turned the spell of reasonably good weather off and switched winter on for the day at least. Saturday therefore delivered one of Tullyroan’s few wet meetings. With the nights drawing in, lots of people standing about in hi-viz clothing, it’s not much of a joy to be a photographer, or at least I don’t find it to be one.

Aside from the conditions the meeting was the final round of the NIOvalTV series, boosted by a few hire cars and a few new cars and add a trio of Scottish visitors into the mix and there was a fantastic turnout of 15 cars in action, which put on a good show and showed what the Superstox can be capable off around Tullyroan Oval. Gary Grattan took the opening heat win, despatching Stuart Gilchrist along the way, Gary Grattan went on to take the second heat as well before Denver Grattan won the final from pole, where he’d been joined on the front row by Scottish visitor David Frame, who has contested all three rounds of the series, which shows quite a commitment.
The Ninja Karts included the debut of Keeley Farquhar daughter of Bike racing star Ryan. The Ninja Karts had spent quite a lot of their practice sessions going round in circles in the wet, but I think I’m right in saying managed their first meeting which didn’t feature a stoppage. Mark Crawford was first across the line in all three races, but the kart failed post race scrutineering which handed the heats to Shea Fegan and the final to Jack Hazlett.
Another victim of a practice crash, Robert Mawhinney, took the opening win in the Junior Productions before Jordan Robinson won heat two and Dean McCrory took the final.
The Lightning rods were missing a few big names, not that surprising with their World final only two weeks away, Ben McKee won the opening heat and the final, but failed post race scrutineering, which promoted Gordy McKee to the final win. Nigel Jackson won heat two.
As with the Lightning Rods, the ProStocks too were missing a number of regular big names. Alastair Stewart took the two heat wins before Samuel Purdy took the honours in the final.

Approx Car Turnout: 80 cars (15 Superstox, 10 Junior Productions, 22 ProStocks, 17 Lightning Rods, 16 Ninja Karts)

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