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Added: 27/11/11
Tullyroan to Host 2012 European

It was announched this week that Tullyroan Oval will host the 2012 European Championship, which will see the biggest event for the 2Litre Hot Rods in the UK hosted in Northern Ireland for the second year in succession.
The European will be part of the Speedweekend on the 21st and 22nd of July.

The big dates for 2012 are as follows:
European Championship - Tullyroan - 21&22/7
British Championship - Ipswich - 7&8/7
National Championship - Yarmouth - 27/5
English Championship - Wimbledon - 26/2
East Anglian Championship - Yarmouth 25/3
Southern Championship - Aldershot - 15/4
Best in Britain - Wimbledon - 18/11

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Added: 27/11/11
Wrighty Finally Reigns

With no reigning champion (Mark Cooper not racing) there would be a new champion. The winners before Cooper: 43 Paul Wright and 110 Jason Wilks were racing and so was the 1993-4 winner 65 Mark Willis. The winner of 1997 Malcolm Blackman was viewing from the stands. The last Irish winner was back in 1995, trying their luck this year was 964 Bradley Dynes and 50 Wayne Woolsey in his new Saxo.

Heat 1
Woolsey was bumped aside at the start, he got caught on the outside line and fell back a few places. Wilks took up the running but he collected a black cross for contact on 8 Damon Wellman. The first caution was needed when 31 Charlie Jowers hit the fence by the starters rostrum, he was clipped by 11 Alex Crane and 22 Dan Payne who slide into the centre and into the parked car of 188 Rob Naismith.

For the restart Wilks led 7 Collin Moss, 88 Dale Atkins, Woolsey, Wellman and 310 Sean O’Leary. After the green Wellman spun out while Atkins put the bumper in on Moss to nudge him aside at turn 1, the next bend he ran deep which allowed Woolsey inside for second place. Moss also got back inside Atkins and ran him out wide allowing O’Leary and 304 Danny Fiske to move up. The chequers fell to Wilks but he was docked for contact handing the win to Woolsey.
Res: 50, 7, 110 (x-2), 310, 304, 65, 88 (x-2), 197, 43

Heat 2
World Champion 306 Will Reed led off proceeding but his engine was spluttering around the track, he held a distance led over the chasing duo of Wright and Willis. 188 Rob Naismith almost put himself in the fence on turn 4 that caused Reed to take avoiding action, now Wright and Willis closed up. With Reed struggling to defend his lead he was simply out-powered on the home straight and Wright swept past. Even with Reed’s poor sounding car the front 3 were half a lap clear of the rest of field that bunched up behind 30 Martin Codling.

Naismith pushed a little harder and this time hit the fence on the exit of turn 2, the race continued with a stationary yellow and Naismith done a great job to extract the car and get it to the centre even with a wheel hanging off. The bigger bunch of cars battling for the midfield places eventually found the fence this time back-marking Dynes and Wellman touched the posts to bring out reds and chequers.
Res: 43, 306, 65, 197, 30, 304, 310, 565 (x-2), 88, 50

Woolsey made a better start than Willis off the front row and was leading entering turn 1. Willis made contact with the back of Woolsey to put him offline and put Willis into first with Wright also making up ground. Yet again the fence claimed a victim, this time 146 Scott Morgan going in with 390 Dean Hunt running into the side of him.

For the restart the running order was Willis, Wright, Woolsey, O’Leary, Fiske, Moss and Reed. Wright started to put the pressure on Willis and moved inside him much to the appreciation of the crowd however Willis (who must have thought he was racing a stock car) put the bumper next bend to take back first. Woolsey moved inside Wright in a separate incident, while Fiske moved up to fourth place as the front six raced together as one. Willis took the flag but was docked for contact and so was Woolsey this promoted Wright and Fiske to first and second. Willis was booed on his lap of honour and in played up to this time. The result could still change, although video evidence was used drivers have appealed this result. Only 11 cars finished.
Res: 43, 304, 65 (x-2), 50 (x-2), 7, 110, 310, 88, 197, 30

Report thanks to Paul @ WhistlinJackSmith.co.uk


Heat One - 50 Wayne Woolsey, 7, 110, 310, 304, 65, 565, 88, 197, 43.
Heat Two - 43 Paul Wright, 306, 65, 197, 30, 304, 310, 565, 88, 50.
Best In Britain Final - 43 Paul Wright, 304 Danny Fiske, 65 Mark Willis (x2), 50(x2), 7, 110, 310, 88, 197, 30.

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Added: 7/11/11
Wellman wins at Wimbledon

Damon Wellman took the final win at Wimbledon on Gala night on Sunday 6th of November, following heat wins for Paul Freeman and Micheal Pagden.


Heat 1 - 626 Paul Freeman, 197, 310, 87, 65, 8, 96, 7, 88, 30.
Heat 2 - 197 Michael Pagden, 87, 8, 7, 110, 310, 65, 306, 146, 75.
Final - 8 Damon Wellman, 197 Michael Pagden, 30 Martin Codling, 304, 43, 306, 88, 110, 87, 96.

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Added: 25/10/11
Murray Wins Season Finale at Nuttscorner

Shane Murray took the final win at the last meeting of the regular season at Nuttscorner Oval on Saturday 22nd of October.
A fantastic turn out of twenty six cars grided for the opening heat which was won by Paul Wilson, before Adam Heatrick took the heat two honours.
The final was set to become one of the best races of the night with various twists and turns. Sean Dynes got into an early lead and was comofrtably out in front when there was a stoppage. From the restart Dynes again pulled away and looked to have the race in the bag before pulling out with mechanical problems. Up front Adam Hylands and Adam Heatrick were battling for the lead with Derek Martin in third and Shane Murray and Wayne Woolsey dicing for fourth, when heat one winner Wilson tangled with Denver McLean on the back straight and causing havoc when the leaders came round as Hylands spun onto the infield in avoidence, and Wayne Woolsey collected the broadside car. The race was once again stopped and Woolsey was out. The race ran to it's conclusion with Hylands first over the line, Heatrick second and Martin third, but all three had been black crossed earlier in the race and were docked 2 places, this promoted Shane Murray to first and Andrew Murray to second.


Heat One: 991 Paul Wilson, 997, 979, 926, 920, 70, 984, 982, 931, 342.
Heat Two: 342 Adam Heatrick, 979, 70, 50, 921, 984, 54, 931, 920, 997.
Final: 70 Shane Murray, 997, 54, 342, 920, 982, 931, 925, 926, 921.

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Added: 25/10/11
Atkins Wins at Ipswich

Dale Atkins took a heat and final double at Ipswich on Saturday 22nd of October, after an opening heat win from Sean O'Leary.


Heat 1 - 310 (Sean O'Leary), 87, 88, 39, 308, 31, 43, 565, 110, 182
Heat 2 - 88 (Dale Atkins), 626, 87, 31, 543, 43, 2, 29, 306, 304
Final - 88 (Dale Atkins), 43, 304, 31, 306, 39, 29, 626, 75, 565

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Added: 18/10/11
Woolsey Wins Irish Points

With the Irish points scoring finished last Saturday, it is Wayne Woolsey who tops the 2011 Wash 'n' Dash 2.0 Hot Rod Irish Points.
Derek Martin was runner up, just edging out Andrew Murray by 4 points.

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Added: 18/10/11
Andrew Murray's Irish Title

Andrew Murray mastered some miserable wet conditions to win the Irish closed title in the 2 Litre Hot Rods at Nuttscorner Oval on Saturday 15th of October, following in the footsteps of his father John and younger brother Shane.
With the grid decided on points scored throughout the season, Wayne Woolsey and Derek Martin shared the front row with Andrew Murray and Adam Hylands on row two of the Twenty Two car grid.
Wayne Woolsey made the most of his pole and went straight into the lead, followed by Andrew Murray with Derek Martin moving into third and Adam Hylands occupying fourth early on. The lead three broke from the field and within five laps were already starting to lap traffic. As the leaders started to come through the field Woolsey got caught up and within 2 laps the top three had swapped positions as Martin got through to the lead with Murray second and Woolsey in third, before Murray got through and into the lead. At mid distance Murray was baulked by backmarker Vince Campbell which caused the leaders to bunch up and Martin pushed his way through to the front, with Woolsey moving into second and Murray dropping to third. Martin got out in front and pulled away while a mistake from Woolsey allowed Murray back up the inside. Martin took the flag, but had received a black cross for a push on Woolsey and was docked two places, promoting Murray to the win, Woolsey to second and Martin had to settle for third with Mark Madill fourth, having started eleventh.
Madill went on to take the win in an action packed Irish revenge support race, in which Andrew Murray came from the back of the field to end up going around the outside of Madill in the dash for the line, only to be beaten by 0.001s.


2011 Irish Championship: 1st 997 Andrew Murray, 2nd 50 Wayne Woolsey, 3rd 920 Derek Martin, 931, 70, 54, 918, 982, 96, 926.
Irish Revenge Race: 931 Mark Madill, 997, 982, 50, 903, 342, 70, 921, 54, 955.

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Added: 10/10/11
Murray is the man at Northampton

Shane Murray won the British Championship at Northampton on Saturday 8th of October as the 2 Litre’s got their sole outing at Northampton this season.

Andy Collins led the field away for the opening heat with Dale Atkins quickly moving through and into the lead. Atkins led the remainder of the race and took the win with Colin Moss coming through to second, Richard Poulter third and Shane Murray fourth.

In the second heat it was Chris Crane who led the early stages, before Paul Wright took to the front. Wright went on to take the win with Crane finishing second, with ex World Champion Jason Wilks ahead of current World Champion Will Reed in fourth and Shane Murray in fifth.

Shane Murray’s fourth and fifth spots in the heats had done enough to put him on pole in the final, with Will Reed joining him on the front row, with row 2 occupied by Moss and Atkins with Wright and Danny Fiske on Row 3. Murray took the lead from the off with Moss getting in behind him and moving into second and Reed slotting into third. Reed soon became the first lead driver out of the race, as he coasted to the outside of turn one in the opening laps, promoting Atkins to third. The battle for the lead settled down for the middle section of the race, with Moss always looking like he was biding his time behind Murray. Atkins became the next lead driver to fall by the wayside as he came together with backmarker Bradley Dynes, sustaining damage in the collision. Wright moved up into third with Fiske hot on his heels. As the race entered the closing stages Lewis Shelley was in all shapes as the leaders came onto the home straight, Murray went to the inside of the action with Moss going to the outside, both cars managed to stay out of trouble, but Murray had increased his lead. Murray went on to take the win and his second Championship on the mainland this season, with Moss runner up and Fiske passed Wright in the closing laps to take third.


Heat 1 – 88 (Dale Atkins), 7, 175, 70, 304, 306, 920, 54(x2), 537, 997
Heat 2 – 43 (Paul Wright), 75, 110, 306, 70, 96, 997, 54, 537, 7
Final – 70 (Shane Murray), 7, 304, 43, 175, 537, 54, 920, 75, 49

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Added: 4/2/11
Busby is Top Dog at Wimbledon

87 Busby took the final at Wimbledon on Sunday 2nd of October, only 5 days before the hot rods needs to be ready for Northampton!
25 cars braved the meeting being so close to the British championship.
Heats were taken by 30 Codling and 310 O' Leary.


Heat One 310 Sean O'Leary, 43, 306, 175, 304, 39, 65, 118, 110, 565.
Heat Two 30 Martin Codling, 87, 88, 175, 43, 310, 39, 65, 306, 304.
Final 87 Jason Busby, 43 Paul Wright, 88 Dale Atkins, 175, 39, 30, 304, 306, 310, 197.

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Added: 2/10/11
Potter Wins At Nuttscorner

Seasoned Hot Rod Racer Davy Potter took the final win at Nuttscorner Oval on Saturday 1st of October.
Twenty one cars lined up for the opening heat, which was led right up until the closing laps by Lee McCracken, until Sean Dynes went around the outside to take the win. McCracken was second with Paul Wilson third.
Heat two was a straight forward win for Alastair Calvin who led from the early stages to the flag with Gary Wilson second and Davy McMenemy third.
Davy Potter took a flag to flag win in the final which included two caution periods, firstly for a pile up on the back straight and secondly for Raymond Harper who was stranded in turns one and two. Derek Martin took second with Mervyn Crawford third and Shane Murray fourth


Heat One: 984 Sean Dynes, 921, 991, 935, 920, 50, 997, 982, 957, 926.
Heat Two: 49 Alastair Calvin, 982, 918, 925, 984, 975, 997, 920, 50, 96.
Final: 975 Davy Potter, 920, 957, 70, 50, 997, 918, 925, 935, 964.

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Added: 1/10/11
Nicholl Takes Ballymena Track Championship

Leigh Nicholl won the Ballymena Track Championship on Friday 30th of September.
While parts of the UK are experiencing an Indian Summer, Ballymena experienced one of the wettest meetings of the season.
Nicholl took the win in heat one after Wayne McLure had led for the opening part of the race. Heat two went to Adam Hylands with Mark Madill coming through to second in the closing stages.
Ten cars lined up for the final with Nicholl on pole and Madill alongside with Hylands and Gary Wilson on row two.
On the first start Nicholl got out of shape coming out of the last bend before the flag and was spun by Hylands, brining out the reds and causing a restart. The second attempt to start the race only went one bend further with Gary Wilson and Hylands clashing on the home straight resulting in wilson spinning onto the infield, over the wet grass and collecting Hylands and McLure into turn one.
With the field reduced Nicholl led the race from light to flag with Wilson and Philip Beatty battling for second throughout the race with Wilson just holding on to take it at the flag.


Heat 1 - 902 (Leigh Nicholl), 941, 982, 931, 49, 997, 54, 918, 935, 944
Heat 2 - 54 (Adam Hylands), 931, 935, 902, 982, 997, 918, 941, 926, 49, 944
Final (Track Championship) - 902 (Leigh Nicholl), 982, 935, 918, 49, 926, 931

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Added: 27/9/11
Harper Wins At Nuttscorner

Reigning Stock Rod British Champion Raymond Harper took his first final win in the 2 Litre Hot Rods, at Nuttscorner Oval on Sunday 25th of September.
The first race took place in wet conditions and it was no surprise that it was the rain master himself Andrew Murray who came through to take the win, with Wayne Woolsey second and Mark Madill third.
By the time heat two came around it had stopped raining and the track was starting to dry out, or at least didn’t have as much lying water on it as it had in heat one. Vince Campbell came through to take the honours with Davy Potter runner up and Sean Dynes in third.
Torrential rain between heat two and the final had left parts of the track flooded for the final. As the rain continued a lot of cars pulled out in the early stages of the race, while those remaining slipped and slided around the oval. Davy Potter led in the early stages before ending up in the wall on the exit of turn two, bringing out the yellow flags. Adam Hylands lined up at the front for the restart, but was then removed and disqualified for having made up places under the yellow flags, this gave the lead to Raymond Harper, ahead of Andrew Murray. The top two didn’t change for the remainder of the race and the best of the action came in the battle for third where Derek Martin eventually got the better of Adam Heatrick. With 5 laps to go the race was then stopped as conditions became too dangerous to continue, with only seven of the eighteen starters taking the flag.


Heat One: 997 Andrew Murray, 50, 931, 54, 984, 70, 975, 920, 342, 926.
Heat Two: 983 Vince Campbell, 975, 984, 957, 50, 49, 931, 997, 921, 54.
Final: 96 Raymond Harper, 997, 920, 342, 70, 941, 926.

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Added: 24/9/11
Jowers Wins at Arlington

Charlie Jowers bagged a hat trick of wins at Arlington on Wednesday 21th of September.
Damon Wellman was runner up in heat one and the final with Richard Poulter runner up in heat two.


Heat 1 - 31 Charlie Jowers, 8, 30, 175, 88, 87, 306, 304, 65, 39.
Heat 2 - 31 Charlie Jowers, 175, 88, 197, 304, 8, 65, 39, 30, 306.
Final - 31 Charlie Jowers, 8 Damon Wellman, 88 Dale Atkins, 175, 39, 65, 197, 304, 75, NOF.

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Added: 24/9/11
Crawford Takes Nuttscorner Final

The 2.0 Hot Rods coped admirably with some horrendous conditions at Nuttscorner Oval on Saturday 17th of September, said by many to be the worst we’ve raced in at Nuttscorner in quite some time. Andy Cochrane soon moved ahead on the opening race to win handsomely from Lee McCracken and Adam Hylands. Cochrane then made it two in a row when he was gifted the heat two win after long time leader Gary O’Neill spun it all away whilst well ahead. Wayne Woolsey and Denver McLean followed Cochrane over the line, after Derek Martin was dropped two places for contact. Andy was therefore automatically upgraded to blue roof for the final, and it was Vince Campbell who set the early pace in what was his first race of the night. O’Neill soon reeled him in, before moving ahead only for the two to clash and gift Mervyn Crawford the lead. Crawford, better known these days as the NHRPA Scrutineer in Northern Ireland, came home for a fine victory indeed, from Martin and Cochrane who inherited second and third after both Campbell and Woolsey had been docked.


Heat One: 979 Andy Cochrane, 921, 54, 975, 925, 903, 50, 935, 70, 920.
Heat Two: 979 Andy Cochrane, 50, 903, 920, 975, 54, 957, 925, 70, 49.
Final: 957 Mervyn Crawford, 920, 979, 983, 50, 935, 54, 342, 70, 96.

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Added: 11/9/11
Woolsey takes Wash 'n' Dash Series

Wayne Woolsey took the final round of the Wash 'n' Dash series at Nuttscorner Oval on Saturday 10th of September.
Adam Hylands took the opening heat of the vening, going around the outside of Lee McCracken in the closing stages to take the flag, McCracken held on to second with Mark Madill third.
Vince Campbell took the early lead in heat two, but was soon overtaken by Andy Cochrane who went on to take the win, McCracken was again second with Wayne McClure third.
The points scored over the series gave the grid for the series final with Wayne Woolsey on pole and Andrew Murray alongside. Woolsey took the lead from the off and remained unchallenged throughout to take the win. Shane Murray and Derek Martin scrapped for second in the early stages of the race, before Murray pulled out, all the while Andrew Murray had been battling with Adam Hylands for fourth, which became third. Woolsey took the win with Martin second and Hylands third.


Wash ‘n’ Dash Series Grand Final
Heat One: 54 Adam Hylands, 921, 931, 979, 50, 988, 983, 935, 997, 982.
Heat Two: 979 Andy Cochrane, 921, 941, 935, 50, 931, 54, 70, 982, 903.
Grand Final: 1st 50 Wayne Woolsey, 2nd 920 Derek Martin, 3rd 54 Adam Hylands, 997, 918, 935, 926, 931, 921, 96.

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