Brothers race to final successes at Ballymena Raceway meeting

Colin Price of ISUZU Truck congratulates Junior Rod winner Antony Kincaid, along with runner-up Leah Huighrs (left) and Samuel Wilson. Pictures: David Park.
Colin Price of ISUZU Truck congratulates Junior Rod winner Antony Kincaid, along with runner-up Leah Huighrs (left) and Samuel Wilson. Pictures: David Park.

It was a productive night for the Kincaid brothers at Ballymena Raceway as Christopher and Antony secured success in their classes.

F2 Stock Car Irish Champion Christopher fired an ominous warning to his rivals with a brace of victories in his new car, while younger brother Antony produced one of the drives of the evening to snatch the Junior Rod honours after a fantastic last lap charge,

Cullybackey's Harry Gilmore enjoys a lap of honour after a race win in the GP2 class at Ballymena Raceway.

Cullybackey's Harry Gilmore enjoys a lap of honour after a race win in the GP2 class at Ballymena Raceway.

In the other classes at the ISUZU Truck Antrim sponsored programme there was a second final win in a row for Ballymena’s Jason Clyde in the Stock Rod division. Former Irish Champion Alastair Bolton accounted for both Stock Rod heats, while Cullybackey teenager Harry Gilmore went one better and took a faultless three wins from three races in the Group Two Lightning Rod category. That record was matched by Cathal McFeran in the Micro F2 Stock Car division where the Portglenone lad eased home to a hat-trick of victories.

F2 STOCK CARS

A pleasing turnout of 17 cars arrived for the F2 races, where Track Champion Craig McConnell scampered home to victory in the opening heat. Martin Conlon led heat two until lap 8 when Irish Champion Christopher Kincaid took over to claim his first Raceway win of the new season. Gavin Fegan appeared to have the final under control until a late race caution period eroded the leader’s healthy advantage. Kincaid took maximum benefit from the situation to bumper his way to the front at the resumption and the Irish Champion stretched his lead over the closing laps to comfortably take the silverware ahead of Fegan and McConnell.

Final: 1st. Christopher Kincaid, 2nd. Gavin Fegan, 3rd. Craig McConnell, 4th. Conor Hughes, 5th. Gordon McKee, 6th. Scott Finlay

F2 Stock Car Irish Champion Christopher Kincaid.

F2 Stock Car Irish Champion Christopher Kincaid.

STOCK RODS

Former Irish Champion Alastair Bolton displayed some of his old sparkle to secure a brace of heat victories in his Vauxhall. In the feature race It was former go-kart racer Kurtis Reid who set the pace initially before Jason Clyde eased to the front on lap eight. Bolton was soon with the leader again and the pair were also joined by Adam Sloan to make it a three way battle for the lead. The leading trio circulated as one for the remainder of a keenly contested race, but Clyde never pit a wheel out of place to make it two final wins in a row at Raceway.

Final: 1st. Jason Clyde, 2nd. Alastair Bolton, 3rd. Adam Sloan, 4th. Aaron Moody, 5th. Jack Kennedy, 6th Kurtis Reid

GP2 LIGHTNING RODS

Micro F2 winner Cathal McFerran from Portglenone with runner-up Sam Stewart (left) and Tyler McClurkin.

Micro F2 winner Cathal McFerran from Portglenone with runner-up Sam Stewart (left) and Tyler McClurkin.

Harry Gilmore stamped his authority on the opening heat from an early stage and went on to claim a clear win ahead of Matthew Curran. Billy Mark enjoyed a spell out front in heat two before Gilmore made his move to the front on lap five, the Cullybackey teenager followed home by Irish Champion Andy McLeister on this occasion. The results from the heat races determined the starting positions within each grade for the final, which was Round 1 of the Terraclean Ireland Series. Gilmore stormed away in the lead of this one as well and was never challenged throughout to complete a dominant hat-trick with the length of the straight to spare over nearest challenger Curran.

Terraclean Series Rd 1: 1st. Harry Gilmore, 2nd. Matthew Curran, 3rd. Andy McLeister, 4th. Freddie Fleck, 5th. Nigel Doherty, 6th. Karl Smyth

JUNIOR RODS

Newcomer Matthew Nicholl set the pace in the heat races where the novice steered his Vauxhall Corsa to a well judged brace of victories. Nicholl was an early retirement in the final however as Leah Hughes stormed into a strong lead. Irish Champion Antony Kincaid closed in rapidly over the closing laps however to set up a barnstorming finish. The pair came across backmarker Ty Richardson half way around the last lap and Kincaid pulled out a brave three abreast overtaking manoeuvre to snatch the honours ahead of the ever improving Hughes and Samuel Wilson.

Final: 1st. Antony Kincaid, 2nd. Conor Hughes, 3rd. Samuel Wilson, 4th. Jack Patchett, 5th. Liam Wilson, 6th. Cole McFall

MICRO F2 STOCK CARS

This new fun formula for 7 to 11 year old kids made another appearance at Raceway and the numbers continue to grow, with three youngsters making their Raceway debut amongst the seven car entry. Cathal McFerran proved to be the star of the show, the Portglenone lad registering a fine hat-trick of wins, with Sam Stewart and Tyler McClurkin proving to be his main opposition.

Final: 1st. Cathal McFerran, 2nd. Sam Stewart, 3rd. Tyler McClurkin, 4th. Keenan, 5th. Levi Crooks, 6th. Hill

THIS WEEKEND

This weekend

The National Hot Rods resume their World Qualifying campaign on Friday evening (April 22) when Raceway hosts Round 10 of the PC Paints and Components World Series.

Newly crowned Scottish Open Champion Derek Martin heads the standings, with Keith Martin, Gary Woolsey, Adam Maxwell and Glen Bell also well placed, while local favourites Jaimie McCurdy from Broughshane and Carl Sloan from Kells will be aiming to make up ground on the leaders.

Also on the programme at the Buckna Auto sponsored fixture are races for the F2 Stock Cars and ORCi Stock Rods, plus Group Two Lightning Rods and Super Saloons.

The F2s contest Round 2 of their Snap-On Tools Series which is currently headed by Gavin Fegan, while the Stock Rod racers compete in Round 2 of their £500 DNA Tuning Series. Following the opening round Jason Clyde and Jack Kennedy are locked together at the top of the standings, with Alastair Bolton, Adam Sloan and Aaron Moody also well in contention.

The first race gets underway in the Ballymena Showgrounds at 7:15pm.