McNeice impresses at Tullyroan meeting

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

McNeice impresses at Tullyroan meeting thumbnailSam McNeice from Toomebridge receives the Junior Productions Tullyroan Challenge Cup from BTCC star Colin Turkington at Tullyroan Oval.

YOUNG Sam McNeice was victorious in the Junior Productions Tullyroan Challenge Cup during the midsummer race meeting at Tullyroan Oval on Saturday night, the young Toomebridge star taking the flag in style for his first major title victory in the formula.
Cloughmills racer Sean Mark took his first ever feature race win in the Superstox, whilst other final winners at the George Fegan Tyres of Belfast sponsored event were Joe Largey (ProStocks), Stuart Cochrane (2.0 Hot Rods) and Clive Richardson (Classic Hot Rods).
Junior Productions
The reversed grid qualifying procedure was in place for the Junior Productions Tullyroan Challenge Cup, with Ballymena's Adam McFall making good his escape to take a clear victory in heat one after a great drive. Behind Adam, Sam McNeice outfoxed the battling Adam Weir and Drew McKeown to snatch second on the line.
Heat two saw Matthew Nicholl drive an excellent race to hold off McNeice for the win, with Graham Meek and McKeown next across the line.
The final paired McNeice and Nicholl on the front row, with Sam soon settling into the prime position out front. McKeown came through to second but had Nichol all over his back bumper for most of the race.
At the head of the field though McNiece was edging clear, and he stormed home to lift the Challenge Cup after a dominant performance. He was followed home by McKeown and Nicholl, with all three presented with their trophies by BTCC superstar Colin Turkington.
An excellent showing of seventeen Superstox included very welcome English visitors Chris and Dan Roots, and they were to play a huge part in the night's proceedings. David Beattie led the opening heat for much of the duration from the white grade, before losing out to a fast charging Chris Roots.
Local form man Lee Davison was quickly onto the leader's tail as the laps dwindled down, with Lee trying a last bend lunge for the win but Chris held on to take the first chequered flag of the night.
Beattie again led much of the way in the second heat, but this time it was Dan Roots who arrived to challenge in the closing stages. Dan moved ahead to take a morale boosting win ahead of his father Chris, with Davison in third.
The final again saw Beattie set the pace, until the charging duo of Sean Mark and James Turkington bumpered their way past to the lead. Davison was showing some great pace once again, and he slipped past into the lead before disaster struck with the flag in sight.
A puncture ended his hopes, and Mark accepted the gift of the lead and raced home to his first ever final win. Turkington and Dan Roots completed the podium finishers. A Dash 4 Cash concluded the night, with Beattie hanging on out front to take the win despite Mark's late charge on an oil covered surface.
Irish Champion Dan Shannon and Joe Largey swapped the lead back and forth in the opening ProStocks heat, with Shannon ahead when it mattered to take the win. Stephen Boyd was the winner in heat two, fending off Steven Haugh at the line.
The Tullyroan Challenge Cup Final saw Boyd on pole from Shannon, and it proved to be an absolutely terrific race. Haugh found himself out front and he and Shannon traded blows and the lead on a number of occasions before Largey joined the fun too.
There was a different leader every lap for some time, and they even went down the back straight three abreast at one stage! Largey eventually was able to edge clear to take a truly great win, with Shannon snatching second on the line thanks to a late lunge at Haugh.
2.0 Hot Rods
Ryan McClure was the star turn during the 2.0 Hot Rods heats, the local driver powering past leader Michael Woods on the outside to take the opening heat win over Irish Champion Glenn Bell who had a great battle with Stuart Cochrane.
Woods again led in heat two, before being bundled out of the lead by contact from the pack. McClure assumed the top spot, and took the flag over Allen Cherry and Cochrane. Cochrane was elevated to second ahead of Bell when Cherry was docked for the contact earlier in the race.
Woods again impressed from the novice grade in the final, leading the way before losing out to Colin McFarland. Cochrane had got the break from the star grade, and he quickly swooped past to take the lead and the win in some style ahead of Bell and Mervyn Emerson.
Classic Hot Rods
The small field of Classic Hot Rods were joined by a number of cars from other formulae for three invitation races, including the National Hot Rods of John Christie and Ian McReynolds.
Clive Richardson took the opening heat in his Mk2 Escort, before his son Joel took the honours in heat two. Damien Corrigan led the final, but had no answer to the pace of Clive Richardson as he raced past to take his second win of the evening.
Next meeting
The next meeting at Tullyroan Oval is this Saturday evening, 23 June (6.30pm), featuring Stock Rods, Lightning Rods, 1300 Stock Cars, Rookie Bangers and Ninja Karts.


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