Raceway stars set for World Championships

Shaun Oneill


Shaun Oneill



Wednesday 4 July 2018 15:00

A strong representation from Northern Ireland - including Jaimie McCurdy, from Broughshane, - will travel over to Suffolk this weekend to compete in the National Hot Rod World Finals at Foxhall Raceway in Ipswich.

Ten racers have qualified to represent the province in this showcase event and the drivers will determine their grid positions via a series of Hot Laps on Saturday morning.

Northern Ireland Champion Adam Hylands from Portadown heads the local challenge.

This is the first time Hylands has qualified directly into the World Final and the former European, National and British Champion starts as one of the hot favourites.

Three former World winners, Glenn Bell, John Christie and Keith Martin, are expected to figure prominently in proceedings, along with Shane Murray and Derek Martin.

Local favourite Jaimie McCurdy from Broughshane has been getting good speed from his Ginetta this season and will be another to watch out for.

Adam Heatrick, Gary Wolsey and Mark Heatrick are also directly seeded into the World Final, while 2016 Champion Adam Maxwell from Crumlin will attempt to join them via the Last Chance race, which also features County Armagh pair Andrew Stewart and Kenny McCann.

Meanwhile current World Champion Chris Haird warmed up for his title defence with victory in the recent Thunder 500 event at Ipswich, where Carl Sloan from Kells finished as runner-up!

Sloan started the event with an impressive flag to flag victory in the opening race and a solid result in race two earned the Kells racer a place on the second row of the final grid behind World Champion Haird and English Champion Billy Wood.

Cambridgeshire based Haird sped into the lead from the start while Sloan slipped his TorqueTronix Tigra through into second during the opening exchanges. Oxfordshire’s Jason Kew challenged Sloan in the middle part of the race, but Sloan eased away again in the closing stages to record a very respectable second place finish behind World Champion Haird.

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