Raceway action resumes this Friday

World Qualifying Round for the National Hot Rods at Ballymena Raceway on Friday evening. Picture: Gilmore Race Photography.

World Qualifying Round for the National Hot Rods at Ballymena Raceway on Friday evening. Picture: Gilmore Race Photography.

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The speed kings of the local ovals, the National Hot Rods, resume their World Qualifying trail at Ballymena Raceway on Friday evening.

Gary Wilson currently tops the PC Paints & Components standings after the opening 3 rounds and the Ballyclare based haulier also leads the Track Championship at the Showground’s track. With only two rounds of the Raceway Championship remaining a good score on Friday evening will put Wilson in line for the McConville Recovery Services sponsored first prize of £500.

Wilson’s nearest challenger for the Track Championship is Carl Sloan from Kells. Sloan took the honours at World Qualifying Round 2 and will be aiming for another good run in the TorqueTronix backed Vauxhall Tigra. Others currently riding high in the World Qualifying table include Mark Heatrick, Gary Woolsey, Keith Martin, Stewart Doak and Nigel McCauley, while the likes of Glenn Bell, Jaimie McCurdy and European Champion Adam Hylands will be looking to make up some ground on the leaders at Round 4.

The race programme on Friday evening also includes events for the Stock Rod, Group Two Lighting Rod, Euro Stock and Junior Rod classes. The GP2 racers contest Round 5 of their season long National Series. Andy McLeister from Ballymoney currently leads this one in his Vauxhall Astra, with Irish Open Champion Jason Clyde and Garvagh’s Nigel Doherty his closest challengers. Ballymena racer Johny Gillespie will also be in the thick of the action, along with Kenny Carson, Irish Champion Freddie Fleck and Daniel Rodgers, who lifted the King of the Corner title at Nutts Corner last week.

British Champion Steven McKane from Ballymena will be hoping to continue his winning ways in the Stock Rod division, with Supreme Champion Wilfie McNiece and the ever improving Adam Sloan expected to be his closest challengers.

The green flag drops to get racing underway in the Showgrounds at 7:15pm.