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Added: 01 Oct 2011 Category: 2011 Oval Racing
2011 - #37 - Ballymena Raceway - 30/9/2011
For me, it was just one of those nights. The wet provides some good racing and different winners and it is a much better experience to sit in the stand at Ballymena than to be drowned in the open at Nuttscorner. From tha stands aren't a great place to take photos from, especially not now that the H&S nazis have decided photographers too must be behind the blue rope in the stand, apparently it is safer to sit down so that if a tyre comes your way your in serious trouble than it is to stand up and be given credit to have the wit to get out of the road of anything which looks to be coming your way.

I must admit the meeting line up wouldn't have been one that I'd have circled on the fixture list as a "must see" and most of the way up in the car I was considering going home as the conditions worsened. None the less I persisted and arrived at Ballymena with the concept of making the most of the conditions and taking up the challenge of getting a a good photo, in not ideal circumstances.
Those "not ideal circumstances" soon became even less ideal when I turned my camera on and nothing happened, after a few nervous seconds of wondering why, I had a quick think and realized that in my rush out of the house I hadn't lifted my battery from the charger.... IDIOT!

So for the first time, I'm blogging 2 photos which are relevent to the meeting (for me) but weren't actually taken at it.

I arrived late as ever and suspect I probably missed the best race of the night, which I suspect could have been the Junior Rods Irish Championship, won by Sean McFerran, with I think Dean McCrory second and Jamie McCurdy third.

The Saloons had a rather disapointing 4 car turnout, which still had a few good battles, but ended with 14 or 15 posts being ripped out as Andrew Sterwart sent Matthew Sterling around the wall, which in my view was exactly what you would do in his position and try and get the race brought under caution to close the gap. The red flags came out and Anthony McIvor was awarded the win of the stadium championship. It's only my opinion, but I would suspect with the poor numbers and the big damage, that we have seen the last of the saloons at Ballymena, a real shame becuase they used to be a great class up there.

The 2 Litre's also had a disapointing turn out, with 11 cars in action, which included Junior Production multiple champion Derek McMillan. Throughout the night Leigh Nicholl looked the fastest man and he won the Stadium Championship.

Something is missing

Ah yes, that would be it

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