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McKinstry wins F2 Challenge at Raceway

Thursday, 15 June 2017

BRADLEY McKinstry captured his biggest win to date with a resounding victory in the F2 Challenge Trophy at Ballymena Raceway on Friday evening.
The province's best were joined on the grid by racers from England and Scotland for two qualifying heats which preceded the main event.
The first of these brought a fine win for Portglenone based Sean McFerran, before defending Champion Nathan Maidment from Somerset underlined that he would not give up his crown lightly with a determined drive to win the second qualifier in very changeable weather conditions.
The rain had stopped by final time where McFerran was the first to show.
A caution period tightened the entire field onto the leader's back bumper however and McKinstry quickly made a decisive move at the resumption of racing to progress into the lead from third position.
Once out front the Nutts Corner lad put the hammer down and built up a handy cushion over his rivals. Irish Champion Christopher Kincaid burst into second spot, but could not chase down the leader as McKinstry stroked it home for a popular win, 20 years after his father Darren had won the same event back in 1997! Kincaid was a strong second, with UK Champion Luke Wrench from Cheshire in third and Randalstown's William Murray in fourth.

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