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Added: 26 Jul 2011 Category: 2011 Oval Racing
2011 - #24 – Nuttscorner Oval - 24/7/2011
Day 3 of the weekend’s racing, day 2 of the Speedweekend, but most importantly World final day for the 2 Litre Hot Rods, and British Championship day for the Lightning Rods.

Will Reed was the pole man for the world, Adam Hylands had drawn the outside front row with McMenemy on the inside of row two and McLean on the outside. Wayne Woolsey was on the third row alongside Shane Murray with Adam Heatrick inside Gareth Hagan on the fourth row and the back of the first group. Defending champion Jason Wilks was in the last group and it looked a definite uphill struggle to do anything from there.
From the off Reed got a good start with Hylands slotting in behind him and putting him under pressure in the first lap before falling down the order allowing McLean through into second and Shane Murray up to third. Wayne Woolsey became the first favoured runner to find themselves on the infield with mechanical problems in the early stages, where he would soon be joined by Jason Wilks, at which stage we knew a new world champion would be crowned.
Shane Murray was soon through to second with McLean in toe, while Reed’s lead increased lap after lap.
Midway through the race Wayne McClure and Sam Holland came together, sending Nigel McCauley into the wall and leaving Holland stranded in the middle of the track, Andrew Murray clipped her spinning him into the wall and the McCauley car, bringing out the yellow flags. At that point Chris Crane was disqualified and loaded for baulking lead drivers. On the restart Reed led Shane Murray with two backmarkers between them, who quickly got out of the road on the restart. While Murray and McLean diced for second Reed was getting away and went on to take a comfortable victory, the battle for second was settled when Sam Holland forced Shane Murray wide as he tried to lap her, which allowed McLean through and up the inside. McLean took second, Murray third, Derek Martin finished fourth with Adam Hylands fifth. The top 5 all sporting the web address.
Sam Holland finished the race but was also disqualified for baulking the leaders.
Wayne Woolsey demonstrated what could have been by taking the Dash for Cash after a lively battle with Wayne McClure, before Adam Hylands took his second win of the weekend in the Nuttscorner Grand Prix.

In the Lightning Rods after one false start Brendan McConnell came under pressure in the opening laps from Stephen Emerson, who himself was under pressure and soon passed by David Hearst. McConnell had broken away from the pack and was getting an easier task of passing traffic. As the battle for second caught traffic, Hearst got spun out and Emerson picked up damage in the incident, taking both out of the race and bringing out the yellow flags. McConnell rebuilt a comfortable lead after the restart, and took the title, with Gordy McKee second, Ben McKee third, Mervyn Emerson fourth and Harry Skoyles the first visiting driver home in fifth.
McConnell went on to take the dash 4 cash victory with Stephen Emerson rounding the weekend out with a win in the Nuttscorner Grand Prix.

In the Juniors Derek McMillan took the opening heat win, with Stuart Cochrane taking heat two. The final was seeded based on the points scored in the previous five races over the weekend. McMillan led the race from lights to flag with Cochrane second and Ben McCully third.

Even after the previous night’s car thirsty final the ProStocks still got 24 cars on the grid for heat one, which was won by Stuart Agnew. Heat two also went the way of Agnew, putting him on pole for the Golden Helmet final. Perhaps not as lively a race as the Irish Open, but the ProStock final was once again a hot and heavy affair, and unpredictable. Billy Finnegan Jnr took the honours ahead of David Morrison and Adrain McKinstry.

With the big Westy meeting in England the bangers were a bit on the tame side. Willy Ogilby of the Bomb Squad took the King of Krash win, with Kieran McIvor of Team Buckle taking the support race.

So there you have it, a great weekend racing, great weather, worthy champions. Roll on Speedweekend 2012!

2 Litre World Grid

Action from the World Final

A.Murray exits the world with McCauley

Poulter and Beatty come together

Daktari lines up for the support race

Action from the support races

McClure and Woolsey in the dash

2 Litres go 3 wide

ProStocks go 3 wide

Juniors going 3 wide.... notice a theme?

McConnell and Trophy... before the race

McConnell takes the flag

Banger action

Juniors line up for the Shoot Out

Jonny Teggart's Go faster sticker
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