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Christie is crowned Irish Open Champion!

Thursday, 25 May 2017

BALLYMENA Raceway celebrated 40 years of Stock Car racing at the Showgrounds as the weekend, where a marathon 25 race programme was completed over the two days.
Main event of the weekend was the Irish Open Championship for the National Hot Rods and it was Crumlin's John Christie who ran out a resounding and popular winner.
Christie breezed home three quarters of a lap ahead of runner-up Dave Casey from Waterford, with local favourite Jaimie McCurdy from Broughshane in third.
Later in the programme Christie also won the 40th. Anniversary Trophy before his father, legendary 5 times World Champion Ormond, thrilled the crowds by getting behind the wheel of the famous 962 car for a few demonstration laps.
The Stock Rods contested six highly competitive races over the course of the two days, where Steven McCready from Antrim proved to be the one to beat.
McCready scored a dominant victory in the Inter Nations Cup on Friday evening and collected the 40th Anniversary Trophy on Saturday after another convincing display.
Scottish visitor James Gray recorded a brace of victories in his Vauxhall Corsa, with Graham Moore also amongst the wins.
The Group Two Lightning Rods were also kept busy over the two days and produced a set of keenly contested events.
Irish Champion Clive Wilson added the National Championship to his title haul on Friday, before Ballymena's David Reynolds kept his nose out front to claim the 40th. Anniversary Trophy on Saturday.
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.

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