McFall lands Yokohama title in Raceway’s opener
Thursday, 20 April 2017
BALLYMENA'S Micky McFall captured the Stock Rod Yokohama Championship as the new Stock Car season at Ballymena Raceway got underway on Good Friday.
The event attracted a superb entry of 32 cars from all across the UK and the results from the keenly contested series of qualifying heats reflected the cosmopolitan nature of the field.
Alastair Bolton from Aghadowey struck first for the local racers with a well earned victory in heat one, before World Champion Luke Oliver from East Sussex displayed his class with a clear victory in heat two.
After a win for Ireland and a win for England it was time for the Scottish contingent to show their speed as James Matson from Glenrothes in Fife steered his Vauxhall to success in the final qualifier.
When the points from the qualifying heats were accumulated it was Irish Champion Adam Sloan from Kells who had earned pole position, with McFall alongside on the front row.
Heat one winner Bolton occupied row two with Antrim's Stephen McCready, before the first of the visitors on row three, Leon Stewart and Jordan Wainright. McFall got the slightly better getaway to squeeze his Vauxhall ahead on the opening lap, with Sloan, McCready and Bolton all tight on the leader's tail.
There would be no let up in the pressure on the leader as the front group circulated as one throughout, but a determined McFall called on all his experience to fend of his pursuers for a hard fought win. Sloan was a very close second, with Bolton in the places once more in third.
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.
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