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'Speedy' McCready is new British Stock Rod champion!

Shaun Oneill

Reporter:

Shaun Oneill

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sport@ballymenaguardian.co.uk

STOCK Rod World Champion Stephen ‘Speedy’ McCready continued his success-laden 2018 campaign at the weekend with victory in the British Championship!

The Antrim Ace travelled over to the tricky Barford Raceway in County Durham on Sunday and led home Scottish stars Leon Stewart and Cameron Doak to add the British title to his Yokohama and National Championship successes.

This weekend McCready will look to continue his winning ways on Saturday evening when Ballymena Raceway hosts the UK Championship (6:30pm start).

There is plenty of opposition in this competitive class however, such as European Champion Raymond Harper from Dundrod.

Irish Open Champion Niall McFerran currently tops the Points Chart and will be another strong contender along with Irish Masters winner Wilfie McNiece.

Steve Gooch enjoyed a couple of race wins at the previous Raceway meeting and will hope to challenge again. Other frontrunners are likely to include Adam Sloan, Aaron Moody, Jason Clyde, Shea Duff, Kurtis Reid, Alastair Bolton and Jack Kennedy.

Two qualifying heats will determine the starting positions for the UK final.

The full programme at Raceway on Saturday evening also includes races for the National Hot Rods, Group Two Lightning Rods and Street Rods, plus a Classic, Retro and Fast Car Show.

Over 70 entrants have been received for the show and a varied line-up of top class machinery will be on display from 5pm onwards.

National Hot Rods - The National Hot Rods contest Round Two of the Simpson Race Exhausts sponsored World Series NI. After the opening round Crumlin’s Adam Maxwell tops the series, with Glenn Bell, Thomas Dilly and John Christie also well to the fore.

Portadown’s Gary Woolsey was the leading local finisher in the National Championship at Hednesford Hills Raceway last weekend in fourth position.

World Champion Billy Wood secured the National title ahead of Chris Haird and Shane Bland.

Carl Sloan from Kells registered a race win in one of the qualifying heats and will be another to watch out for, along with Shane Murray, Derek Martin and Jaimie McCurdy.

The final winner will receive the Anderson Racing Engines Trophy which is currently held by John Christie.

The popular Group Two division contests their Irish Open Championship this weekend.

Points Champion George Esler and Irish Champion David Reynolds are likely to feature prominently, along with the Nesbitt brothers, Paul and David.

Cullybackey’s Ricky Purdy will hope to be in the mix too, along with Clive Wilson, Jason Darragh, Freddie Fleck and Andy McLeister.

In the Street Rod section newcomer Warren Thompson bagged a perfect hat-trick of wins last time out.

Irish Champion Taylor Broggy and Points Champion Norman Mitchell are expected to provide a sterner test for Thompson this weekend.

* The action commences at 6:30pm on Saturday.

Spectators are reminded that the meeting originally scheduled for Friday evening (August 10) has been cancelled.

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