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Night of thrilling action served up for spectators at Tullyroan Oval.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

ON a night of thrilling action at Tullyroan Oval, Portadown's Nigel Jackson and Bleary's Drew McKeown lifted Irish Championship titles in the Lightning Rods and Junior Productions respective ly.

As well as the two fabulous championship events, there were also wins at the Derek McMillan Commercial Refinishers sponsored meeting for Stevie McNiece (MR Fabrications Stock Rods Challenge Series), Clive Richardson (Classic Hot Rods) and Bradley Woods (1300 Stock Cars).

Lightning Rods An excellent field of almost twenty Lightning Rods took to the track for the coveted Irish Championship title, lined up in points scoring order from throughout the season.


A hectic start saw a huge turn one incident, which caused a stoppage and eliminated a number of runners from the restart. At the second time of asking front row starters Jordan Rochford and Scott Cochrane battled hard, with Cochrane getting his nose in front before oil on the raceway made the going very slippery indeed.


Rochford went to retake the lead only for he and Cochrane to tangle, which opened the door for Nigel Jackson to nip past on the wide outside in an opportune move. Nigel had started fourteenth on the grid, and was now sensationally out front!


He stretched clear as the laps progressed, with Rochford managing to recover to second on the road. As Jackson took the title for the fourth time since DMC Race Promotions were founded in 2003, Rochford was docked for early contact on Ricky Shaw.


That elevated World Champion Aaron Stewart to second ahead of Stephen Hollywood in third. Unfortunately Hollywood later failed the post race technical checks and was subsequently removed from the result.

The reverse grid Irish Revenge race saw Aaron Brunton set the pace out front, before Richard Stewart found a way past to take the flag. The manner of his driving before and during his pass on Brunton caught the eye of Race Control though, and he was penalised two places in the final analysis.

That handed victory to Aaron Stewart ahead of Vince Litter.

The next action at Tullyroan Oval is on Saturday October 14th (6.30pm) featuring the National Hot Rods Ulster Championship, Stock Rods Irish Championship, Lightning Rods 2ke Engineering Challenge Series Grand Final, Classic Hot Rods and 2.0 Hot Rods.

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