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Sunday 12th June 2016

Burgoyne bags British crown

The eagerly awaited F2 British Championship speed-weekend at Nutts Corner Raceway lived up to all expectations, with drivers from all corners of the U.K. joining the locals to create an outstanding weekend that will be remembered for many years to come.

Saturday evening saw a gruelling 5 heats format adopted for the Brisca F2 Stock Cars, each driver took part in three heats in the hope of gaining as many points as possible towards the grid for Sunday afternoon's British Showdown.

The bookings for the event exceeded the 40 car barrier which ensured that each of the heat races featured over 20 cars with a healthy mix of star graders in each.

The qualifying campaign kicked of with a bang when the yellow flags were required in the early laps of heat one when the visiting duo of Stephen Forrester and Jamie Conway tangled together. Local ace William Murray was the pace setter at the restart holding a healthy gap ahead of Billy Finnegan, while further down the pack there were no shortage of lively exchanges between the star names as they all wanted to score vital points. Murray not worrying about what was taking place behind kept his head and took the flag, fellow country man Finnegan was runner up with Scotland's Chris Burgoyne in third.

The action continued to come thick as fast as the drivers contested heat two, it was English man Chris Bryan who held the advantage through the first half of the race, the yellow grader managed to hold the top spot until local teenager Bradley McKinstry appeared large in his mirror on lap 8, McKinstry made his move and went on to take the win ahead of Craig McConnell who was a man on a mission in this one, coming all the way from the super star grade at the rear of the field, Gavin Feagan was the third place finisher completing an all Northern Irish 1-2-3.

The third heat was quite arguably race of the evening, with a well balanced mix of hard fast racing and chaos along the way which kept the spectators looking on in amazement. A spectacular coming together between Finnegan and white grader Martin Stewart on the home straight was only to be the start of the drama, next to entertain the large crowd was Gordy McKee who performed a stunning wall of death type stunt up the home straight wall producing a massive shower of sparks before eventually landing safely on the entrance to turn one. Heat two winner McKinstry was the cause of a yellow suspension period when he become stranded on the river bend, this allowed the cars to regroup in single file which was sure to be a recipe for more action. Mark Murphy led them away on the green with Jon Palmer and Ryan McCrory in tow. Behind the race leaders some brutal hits were being exchanged among the likes of Graham Fegan, World Champion – Kelvyn Marshall and Michael Green before the yellows were required again to retrieve damaged machinery belonging to Forrester and Martin Conlon. Burgoyne made the best of the restart and went on to take the flag followed by McCrory and Palmer, this wasn't to be the end result however as the race steward penalised both Burgoyne and McCrory for jump starts. Palmer was promoted to the top step of the podium with Marshall and Burgoyne 2nd and 3rd.

Heat four wasn't without incident but in comparisons to the previous encounter it was a somewhat more subdued affair.  Kilrea's Thomas Greer was quick to build up a massive advantage in the early laps before a yellow flag period to deal with an incident in between Jonny Stirling and the Scottish Champion Dennis Middler was sanctioned by the race steward. Greer was on his 'A Game' at the drop of the green again powering clear of the opposition, at the chequers it was Greer ahead of Murray and England's Luke Wrench who snatched the final step on the podium.

Come heat 5 the rain had arrived just in time to play havoc with the drivers as they went in search of the final points available towards the championship grid. The now slippery track offered a fresh challenge to many however white grader Geroege Campbell appeared to adapt well and held the advantage for much of the race. Finnegan with his troubles in heat 3 behind him was on a charge and eventually made his way to the top spot in time to take the flag ahead of Graham Fegan who showed some fine pace in the tricky conditions, Campbell secured an excellent third place finish which proved to be enough to qualify him through to the main event.

With all the points totalled and verified it was Murray who found himself on pole position for the main event, the 2016 Gilmore Engineering Brisca F2 Stock Car British Championship.

Burgoyne who featured consistently on Saturday was rewarded with an outside front row starting slot, while Palmer, McCrory, Marshall, Wrench, McConnell and Finnegan completed the first block of starters.

Pre race showers had left the track slippery once more which was sure to add to the tension for the drivers and indeed the onlookers who didn't know what to expect come the first corner.

At the fall of the green flag Murray made a text book start making it safely around the first behind  in the top spot. Burgoyne had safely negotiated the river bend also and was soon in chase of the rapid yellow grader Murray. As the laps ticked away the gap between Murray and Burgoyne decreased until lap 6, when Burgoyne made a charge for the front. Campbell was a spinner on the home straight and showing no sign of removing himself from harms  way the race was brought under suspension.

Burgoyne anticipated the restart to perfection and avoided any onslaught into the first bend, Murray continued to feature comfortably in second with Palmer still there in third. While the leaders had found rhythm up front, there were plenty of ferocious exchanges of the bumper taking place behind with Marshall, Wrench, Conor Hughes, Sean McFerran, Green, McConnell, Fegan and McCrory all  wanting their piece of the action.

The second race suspension was called on lap 15 when McKee become stranded on turns 3+4 after a visit to the concrete,  the restart line was similar to the previous one with the top three unchanged, however a notable addition to the affray was Portglenone's young gun Sean McFerran who found himself in fourth ahead of Graham Fegan.  Burgoyne's restart was again flawless getting a clean break again ahead of Murray, Palmer was a retirement soon after the green promoting Sean McFerran to third; this is how it would stay for 3 laps until Graham Fegan and McConnell both former Irish and European Champions barged there way into the top four ahead of McFerran.

With the 5 lap board just on display, the yellows were aired again this time to assist McCrory who had spun on the mouth of the back straight.

The scene was now set for a showdown to the finish, as the cars were about to go rolling for the restart Murray was disappointingly forced to retire with car troubles,, this left Graham Fegan breathing down Burgoyne’s exhaust pipe with McConnell just a few feet behind. Burgoyne used all his experience to perform yet another top flight start steering himself clear of danger, the bumpers were flying in behind with Graham Fegan, McConnell and Wrench all swapping paint before the yellows were dramatically called again for Forrester  & James Wriggal who had a nasty coming together just past start finish.

Now only 3 laps from home the atmosphere was at fever pitch, Burgoyne not phased by the situation, completed the restart to military precision breaking free once more, behind Burgoyne the action was frantic as Graham Fegan, McConnell, Gavin Feagn, Wrench and Green all continued to fight for the remaining silverware. As the last lap board appeared it was becoming clear Burgoyne was home and dry however the final podium steps weren't to decided until a spectacular last bend reshuffle. Burgoyne stormed home to a truly emphatic victory, it was McConnell who emerged as the popular runner up with the home crowd, while Gavin Fegan claimed third spot giving the local support more to celebrate. The top 6 was completed by Wrench, Murphy and Graham Fegan.

With the British done and dusted all attentions then turned to the annual George Fegan Perpetual Cup which was run over 2 heats and a closed grid final.

The action in both heats was mouthwatering with dramas all around the raceway. Many caution periods were required to deal with a multitude of incidents including a massive moment for Bradley McKinstry when he found another car perched on top of his cab on the airport bend. Finnegan and Murphy were the winners flying the flag high for the yellow grade.

The points gained in both heats were tallied to form the feature race grid which saw Georges son Gavin fittingly claim pole position with Conor Hughes along side.

At the green Hughes was quick to make his move for the front, shunting Gavin aside which allowed many of the chasing pack to move through also. As the race settled Hughes was well and truly in a groove out front before the yellow flags were displayed to remove Mark Rainey's stricken machinery from the river bend.  The cars were regrouped in single file on the back straight awaiting the restart which saw Hughes lead them away again, Hughes continued to show confident pace at the head of the pack, Ryan McCrory was his closest pursuer with Graham Fegan, Wriggall and McConnell next in line. As the one lap board was produced Hughes still held the upper hand over McCrory who had closed the gap slightly, however it would proof not to be enough with Hughes taking the coveted title. McCrory was the gallant runner up ahead of Wriggall who completed the podium positions.

Support formula

Ant's Final

The 2L Saloons featured in a support role on Saturday evening.  A debut in the formula for Daryl McCammon as well as a rare outing by Davy Patton helped to swell the car count and add to the on track action. Anthony McIvor was the start performer in heat one where he stormed to a comfortable victory ahead of his brother Kieran and the newcomer McCammon. The drivers were greeted in the final by a slippery track as passing showers continued to move over the venue, McCammon set the early pace but it wasn’t long before the McIvor duo moved to the front, after a race long battle between the brothers Anthony emerged the winner, Kieran was runner up with McCammon recording an excellent third place finish.

Wylie bags final glory

The rapid front wheel drive Stock rods were a welcome addition to Sunday's race schedule and with a decent showing of cars they put on a fine display of close non contact racing.  Tim Hazlett and Johnny McCloy the former Super Saloon start name enjoyed wins in the heat races.  The final was a cracking race with plenty of wheel to wheel action, Lee Wylie chased down the early leaders and emerged the victor ahead of Matthew McKinstry and Adam Sloan.

McFall takes Gold

The Super Saloons and GP 2 Lightning Rods amalgamated together at Sunday's event to form a large field of cars adding to the non contact element of the race card.  The main attraction was of course the Super Saloons who contested their Gold Cup title. Trevor Mcfall was undefeated in the Super Saloon section taking wins in both heats as well as the feature final where he was followed him by Richard Nicholl. Rick Purdy was winner of the first GP 2 heat before Joshua McMullan enjoyed wins in bother heat two and the final.

Kincaid's red hot streak continues

The popular Junior Rods put on a fine performance as they provided support to the BriSCA F2 British Championship qualifying campaign on Saturday night. With a high turn out of cars  the racing was fast and ultra competitive, Jack Patchett claimed glory in the first heat while Stuart Percy romped to an impressive victory in heat 2. Kincaid rounded off the night in fine form taking the silverware to the RPM Racing headquarters after a hard fought final amongst some fellow red graders who made his journey to supremacy a very difficult one indeed, Taylor Broggy found some decent form following Kincaid home in second place with Josh McKinstry finishing the meeting with a hat-trick of podium finishes.

Visitors dominant in Micro F2's

Jack Morrow got the first qualifying heat of the Micro F2's Irish Open Championship off to a flyer win an impressive win, the youngster was quickly in among the lead cars and wasn’t long making a move for the lead position; making it stick until the flag, Morrow was followed home by one of the visiting drivers, young lady racer Elexie Bartram - another fine young talent behind the wheel, Tyler McClurkin recorded a fine finish in in third. The second heat turned out a better qualifier for the visiting drivers as Bartram went one better and took the heat win from young Lewis Burgoyne  in second place and again McClurkin rounded out the podium in third position. Newcomer Scott Hosie got his debut weekend off to a memorable start in the formula taking the final qualifying heat win, and again Bartram came home in second and Morrow third before the grid was set for the 2016 Irish Open, where Jack Morrow took the honours and indeed becoming the first crowned Irish Open Champion in the Micro F2 formula, Elexie Bartram came home in second rounding out a great weekend for her over on Irish soil for only the second time, Tyler McClurkin yet again placed in third completing the event with a consistent set of results.

Trip down memory lane as the heritage F2's grace the raceway

The heritage F2 Stock Cars were a stunning addition to the Speed Weekend as they made their second annual visit to Nutts Corner Raceway.  Saturday night saw the retro machines, modelled on machinery dating back to the 1960's contest the Ulster Cup, Keith Passey and Jack Bunter shared the heat wins before Nick Whitney stormed to a comfortable victory in the trophy race ahead of Nigel Finnegan and Graham Bunter.

The Irish Open Championship was the main event on Sunday's race card for the heritage cars,  Dan Chiplin blasted his way victory in both the qualifying heats however he couldn't match the pace of his opposition in the title showdown which was won by Whitney, Finnegan got his hands on yet more silverware with a pleasing runner up finish while Passey squeezed his way on to the final podium step.

BriSCA Formula 2 Stockcars 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th
British Championship Final 647 925 718 560 978 998 618 154 236 335 747 852
Heat 1 86 718 560 929 236 852 92 600 300 944 822 243
Heat 2 978 718 929 998 527 85247 944 92 300 236 571 102
George Fegan Perpetual Cup 929 944 527 925 718 47 652 998 243 278 852
Heritage F2 Stock Cars 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Heat 1 107 728 61 886 773 128 59 253
Heat 2 107 728 61 59 128 886 773 253 86
Final 773 59 61 728 107 128 886 253
Super Saloons/ GP 2 Lightning Rods 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th
Heat 1 917 54 777 32 888 51 77 78 999 39 8 9
Heat 2 888 917 777 74 8 18 78 3 54 999 39 32
Final 888 917 9 51 74 32 54 999 39 77 8 979
Micro F2's 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th
Heat 3 914 293 924 212 647 165 5 22 928 909 922 747
Irish Open Championship Final 924 293 212 647 525 22 5 928 945 422 909 165
Stock Rods 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Heat 1 920 10 118 23 924 314 888 115
Heat 2 988 4 10 920 23 284 888 924 118
Final 4 118 26 888 314 23 284
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