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Nutts Corner | Meetings | Results | 2017 | Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th May 2017
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Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th May 2017

Crash Bang Wallop at Raceway

Nutts Corner Raceway was the scene for a mammoth crash fest over the weekend of the 13th and 14th of May.

The National Bangers and 2L Saloon Stock Cars provided the main action while there was a full support race card featuring several of the domestic formula's.

Saturday 13 May

Saturday's race meeting comprised of Unlimited National Bangers, 2L Saloons, Junior Rods and GP 2 Lightning Rods.

A healthy showing of 26 Unlimited machines provided the onlookers with a fine display of wrecking, which featured a massive jacking train during heat one, the massive coming together saw around a dozen cars demolished in the process. Among the most notable attendees was local banger racing outfit Team Buckle and the no holes barred English Team, The Gladiators.

The 2L Saloons were on hand to provide the headline racing of the evening, twenty-two cars arrived to contest the Ryan Wright Signs & Embroidery sponsored Irish Masters, a much improved turnout compared to recent seasons. British Champion 85 Kyle Irvine and UK Champion 158 Shane Davies were the star names amongst the visiting line-up, which also included perennial visitor 777 Alan Ainslie. Scottish stars 670 Ross Watters and 684 Ian McLaughlin were two more welcome additions to the grid, along with their fellow countrymen 68 Scott Jamieson and 579 Kes Watson. It was good to see a healthy increase in English participation too, with Davies joined on the grid by 15 Mo Crowson, 28 Ian Govier, 78 Jack Thompson, 157 Max Stott, 276 Ben King and 603 Wayne Peckham. A season’s best total of nine local drivers completed the line-up, amongst their number 75 Ross Houston making his first appearance of the season.

Two graded heats would determine the starting positions for the closed grid final and it was the English visitors King and Davies who shared the victories. Light drizzle swirled through the air as 20 cars lined up for the 20-lap Irish Masters final, Houston and 160 Davy Patton the absentees from this one. Ogilby was an early casualty as Davies stretched out a slight advantage over the battle for second between Watters, Irvine and K. McIvor. The bumpers went in at every turn between this trio and their battle allowed Davies to open up a comfortable gap over his pursuers. Eventually K. McIvor managed to free himself from the others to nail down second and there was a near miss for Davies when the leader was almost caught out by the spinning 951 car of Robert Mawhinney. McIvor tried his best to close the gap through the backmarking traffic, but Davies coolly picked his way through to seal a fine win. K. McIvor was good value for second, while the final podium spot went to Watters.

Support Class Round Up

The GP2 Lightning Rods were in attendance also, Cullybackey's Rick Purdy was the man to beat in heat one where he recorded a clear victory ahead of the rapid Paul Nesbitt. Former F2 man turned rodder David Nesbitt enjoyed a clean sweep in heat two with a convincing flag to flag victory ahead of Mark Goldie. The final saw another commanding win for D Nesbitt, Curran was the runner up with P Nesbitt occupying the final step on the podium.

It was another lively evening for the young Junior Rod drivers, heat one got off to a false start after the drivers performed a somewhat unsatisfactory original start. At the second time of asking the youngsters got away clean with Mark Crawford soon establishing himself as the race leader, Crawford completed the distance to take the victory ahead of Matthew Drysdale. Heat two was a rather fiery affair which saw a major pile up claiming Jack Morrow, Drysdale and Josh Anderson as victims. Randalstown's Stuart Percy was the eventual race winner, with Joshua McKinstry coming home comfortable in second. Crawford was the man to beat once again in the final where he performed another show-stopping flag to flag victory. Shea Duff and Matthew Milliken completed the trophy placings.

Sunday 14 May – Irish Open

Day 2 of the speed weekend would see the saloon drivers contest the much coveted Gilmore Engineering sponsored Irish Open Championship. The same race format as the previous evening was in use once more, with each of the drivers taking part in two graded heats before the closed grid showdown.  19 Cars reassembled in the pit are for the concluding instalment of racing, Mark Hughes, Davy Patton and Ross Houston were the absentees.

As the Heat one action got under-way it soon become apparent that the white graded Thompson had found the fast way around the County Antrim venue, as he recorded pleasing victories in both the events. An impressive showing of 18 cars returned to do battle for the 25 laps Irish Open, an earlier banger race had left the track sprayed with fluids and after the track staff had addressed this issue and treated the track with dust it was time to go racing with the rough and tumble saloon stock cars. The race burst into life immediately as the dust rise there were cars spinning out in all roads and directions. It wasn't long before the dust settled, as it did it was clear to see that the row 3 starters McIvor and Davies were the big beneficences of the early carnage. A McIvor occupied the lead for a few seconds before Davies breezed past to take up the running, McLaughlin also took his opportunity to pass the defending title holder McIvor. Davies  took charge at the front, holding a comfortable advantage over McLaughlin who had McIvor breathing down his neck. As the laps ticked away and the race settled, Davies still had things under control, while McIvor had re claimed that second place spot with McLaughlin and Watters completing the top four runners, all of whom were well clear of the remaining survivors. The lap boards soon arrived, as did a big problem for Davies in the form of back markers. On top of the general back markers to be expected in a title race, Davies also had to contend with the menacing K McIvor who was intent on making things very difficult indeed. On the back straight for the final time K McIvor attempted to run Davies towards the infield, all the while A McIvor was just a few car lengths back, as was McLaughlin and Watters. In an experienced manner Davies kept his cool, wittingly running deep into turns 3 and 4 edging what was now the McIvor double act towards the wall. In a last gasp attempt Davies powered his chariot out of turn 4 towards the flag taking the win just inches infront of A McIvor, during the dramatic last bend saga Watters just edged ahead of McLaughlin to secure his second podium finish of the weekend.

The Unlimited National banger's also returned to do battle at the concluding day of race action. On top of around fifteen there were over forty Micro Bangers on track to provide extra entertainment which featured many roll-overs and heavy hits over the course of five dramatic races. The local lads from Team Buckle were again out in force in the micro machines, and while they picked up plenty of damage they were also among the trophy winners.

Completing Sunday's race programme was the popular Micro F2 Stock Cars, these scaled down F2 style machines are very much a fun class for young drivers from the age of 6-11. The young stars made full use of their opportunity to perform on the big stage as they completed three action filled events which featured dramatic roll-overs for Callum Kincaid and Chelsy Rainey, thankfully both emerged from their machinery unscathed.

Racing returns to NuttsCorner on Wednesday 24th May at 7.30pm with the Brisca F2 Grand National Series Round 3, Micro F2's, 2L Saloons & Junior Rods all on the busy race card.

2L Saloons 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 14th 15th
Heat 1 78 15 670 28 276 68 158 157 603 85 711 811 684 292
Heat 2 78 15 684 670 166 711 28 811 777 85 158 579 157 68
Irish Open Final 158 711 670 684 85 28 157 78 292 276 811 166 603
Micro F2's 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Event 1 924 52 932 909 212 164 922 945
Event 2 52 924 928 164 212 747 922 909 945
Event 3 924 932 909 212 747 164 922 321 945
National Micro Bangers 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Heat 1 (group 1) 223 279 409 840 160 363ni
Heat 1 (group 2) 55 781 416 24 114 415 59
Heat 2 (½ cars) 363ni 840 59 111 221 76
Heat 2 (½ cars) 781 14 182 170 513 416 247
Pots of Gold Final 416 275 59 363 781 181 915
Unlimited National Bangers 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
European Masters Final 423 206
All Comers 427 425
2L Saloons 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 14th 15th
Heat 1 276 15 711 158 579 579 670 85 28 684 24 951 292 603
Heat 2 158 811 15 18 276 85 166 670 777 579 951 962
Irish Masters Final 158 811 670 85 684 711 276 292 603 257 15 28 78 68
All Comers 78 684 170 276 292 777 85 28 711 603 157 158
Junior Rods 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th
Heat 1 698 65 40 273 997 8 911 929 958 88 152 924
Heat 2 40 515 929 997 19 911 41 888 273 8
Final 698 958 997 924 40 911 273 8
Group 2 Lightning Rods 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Heat 1 917 37 88 194 87 32 51 9 55 60
Heat 2 837 87 9 37 51 88 194 917 32 55
Final 837 9 37 917 87 51 194 28 32
Unlimited National Bangers 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Heat 1 425 173 127 890
Heat 2 427 542 425 59 173
Paddywhack Final 589
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