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Nutts Corner | Meetings | Results | 2018 | 9th and 10th June 2018
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9th and 10th June 2018

50 Years of Racing Celebrated in style at Nutts Corner Raceway

Fifty years of Stock Car racing in Northern Ireland was celebrated in style at Nutts Corner Raceway over the weekend of June 9th and 10 where visitors and guests from across the UK joined the province’s best for the landmark occasion. As the only class that can trace its heritage right back to the pioneering racers of the late sixties it was entirely appropriate that the BriSCA F2 Stock Cars took centre stage, and on this special anniversary it was fitting that the big winners were provided by two of the most famous families in Northern Ireland Stock Car racing, as Gavin Fegan was crowned Irish Open Champion and Ian Thompson Jnr. took a popular victory in the F2 Challenge Trophy.

First up on Saturday evening was the Ryan Wright Signs & Embroidery sponsored Irish Open Championship where the perfect track conditions proved ideal for some hard and fast racing with 23 F2s on track. Gavin Fegan from Lisburn and Edinburgh’s Adam Blacklock recorded a win apiece in the qualifying heats before the championship decider boiled down to a tense battle between Fegan and Ian Thompson Jnr. On the final bend Thompson went in hard with the front bumper to unsettle long time leader Fegan and set up a frantic dash to the finish line!  The pair raced neck and neck as they approached the chequered flag, but Fegan shrewdly squeezed Thompson to the wall which impeded his rival’s progress and ensured Fegan got the verdict by the narrowest of margins. It was a long overdue first international title for Gavin, twenty-seven years after his father George won the Irish Open title! Thompson was a very close runner-up after that dramatic conclusion and the final podium position was filled by another well-known racing family with Bradley McKinstry from Nutt’s Corner in third. Blacklock finished off the evening with another win in the Grand National race.

Weather conditions were glorious once again on Sunday afternoon for the MMR Metal Recycling sponsored F2 Challenge Trophy. Blacklock continued his impressive form with a polished brace of heat wins to lock down pole position for the final. The Scotsman led the feature race for a long way too before Thompson made his move to secure the F2 Challenge Trophy for the fourth time. Third generation racer McKinstry, whose grandfather Eric raced in the very early days of the sport back in 1968, won the Challenge Trophy in 2017 and chased hard after Thompson, but had to settle for second on this occasion after a valiant defence of his title, with Craig McConnell from Bangor in third. 2015 World Champion Kelvyn Marshall from Cheshire rounded out the weekend with victory in the Grand National race.

The support classes did not disappoint either with some competitive racing over the two days. After a few near misses in recent times Niall McFerran captured his first major honour in the Stock Rods with a well deserved victory in the Irish Open Championship on Saturday evening. McFerran and Steve Gooch split the wins in the qualifying heats and were evenly matched in the early stages of the final until Gooch’s Vauxhall retired to the infield. That allowed McFerran some breathing space out front as attention switched to the absorbing, and courteous, battle for second between World Champion Stephen McCready and Aaron Moody. The pair circulated side by side for many laps and it was McCready who edged it at the finish line, with Moody in third. The Stock Rods were also in action on Sunday where Kurtis Reid and Jack Kennedy recorded a win apiece.

Saturday’s action was completed by races for the Group Two Lightning Rods and Junior Rods. Paul Nesbitt and Richard Purdy were triumphant in the GP2 qualifying heats and occupied the front row of the grid for the National Championship. Newtownabbey based Nesbitt controlled this one from the start to become National Champion after a dominant flag to flag success. Things were a lot more hectic for those behind however and a number of penalties were handed out by the race steward as a result. George Esler and Jason Darragh came through to second and third in the final standings. The steward was also kept busy by the enthusiastic youngsters of the Junior Rod division, where Matthew Drysdale lost his final win due to a two-place penalty for an infringement. That promoted Cole McFall into first position at Round Two of their Gold Roof Series, with Ty Richardson in second and the demoted Drysdale in third. Anais McCreight and Declan Og McFerran recorded victories in the earlier heat races.

The popular Saloon Stock Cars hit the track on Sunday afternoon and provided their usual drama. Ryan Wright and Matt Stirling were involved in the thick of the action during the heat races, while Winston Weir and Girvin Houston avoided the trouble spots to register a win each. Houston went on to record his second win of the day in the meeting final after another good run, with the McIvor brothers, Kieran and Anthony, in second and third. The girls dominated the results in the Micro F2 Stock Car division on Sunday. Levi Crooks continued her good form with victory in the opening two events, before Ava McCreight took the honours in event three.

The heritage of the sport was celebrated over the weekend as well, where the special guests included the first ever F2 Stock Car World Champion Roy Goodman, the spritely 88 year old having travelled all the way over from the South West of England to participate in the weekend! Northern Ireland’s inaugural Stock Car World Champion Jimmy Murray was also in attendance, along with National Hot Rod World Champions Ormond Christie and Norman Woolsey, plus many other champion drivers such as Ian McKnight, Roy McKane, Richard Douglas, Maurice Stirling, Derek Jackson, Jim Trouton, Ian Murdock, Robert Robinson, Raymond Clifford, Jack Adams, Stan Woods, Paul Magee and Ronnie Wright to name but a few. Star of the show however was the reproduction of Murray’s 1972 World winning Stock Car, which had been specially built by Billy Finnegan for the event and attracted a lot of attention, as did the exquisite replica of Ivor Greenwood’s famous F2 from the mid-seventies which had been kindly brought over from England by owners Mike Whittle and Kirk Woodford.

Brisca F2 Stock Cars 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 14th 15th
Heat 1 852 335 901 718 101 747 909 480 216 925 24 16 998 652
Heat 2 852 718 998 527 901 747 925 216 652 480 335 282 368
Challenge Cup 901 747 925 527 852 998 101 629 718 16 24 480 236 335
Grand National 101 527 629 852 747 16 925 652 236 335
Stock Rods 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Irish Open Revenge 268 272 10 314 26
Allcomers 314 268 272 26 10 115
2L Saloon Stock Cars 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Heat 1 262 951 711 747 811 147
Heat 2 147 811 262 711 951
Final 147 811 711 951 153 262 747
Brisca F2 Stock Cars 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 14th 15th
Heat 1 718 852 901 998 335 747 527 101 925 16 216 24 243 480
Heat 2 852 718 335 101 527 909 480 652 901 925 16 747 216 171
Irish Open Championship 718 901 747 925 998 629 16 652 527 480 909 852 216 236
Grand National 852 747 16 527 925 629 480 909 236 282
Stock Rods 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Heat 1 10 44 17 958 314 136 115 58 39 997
Heat 2 136 314 958 44 10 58 17 115 272 39
Irish Open Championship 10 17 44 958 314 115 58 268 272 39
Junior Rods 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Heat 1 932 517 65 911 924 41 273 525 961 47
Heat 2 517 65 932 911 91 41 924
Final 911 41 65 924 12 47 961 525
Group 2 Lightning Rods 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Heat 1 917 37 837 194 39 77 192 114 5
Heat 2 37 837 917 51 139 77 5
National Championship 37 51 77 139 194
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