Hyde home first around County Louth circuit in kart showdown

Michael Hyde on his way to victory in the Race of Champions. Pic by Mark Quinlivan.
Michael Hyde on his way to victory in the Race of Champions. Pic by Mark Quinlivan.

Portadown teenager Michael Hyde steered a path to karting’s Race of Champions prize on County Louth.

The 16-year-old ace proved the pick of the field in the Irish Championship’s sixth-round outing.

The Whiteriver circuit featured a slick performance by Hyde within the X30 Junior class.

Tyre problems came close to disrupting Hyde’s progress before the start of the race and the young driver also ended up off the track at the second corner.

However, Hyde regrouped from last position to move up the pack and sit second by the third lap with the leader in a commanding position.

Hyde cut the gap by the final lap and eventually secured top spot for his one-second success.

It provided a first trip to Portadown for the coveted Race of Champions trophy.

Hyde’s previous Whiteriver appearance also resulted in victory, with the town teenager building up points to remain competitive for a spot at the IAME World finals in France.

SUPERSPORT

Marshall Neill produced a podium position at Brands Hatch GP during last weekend’s British Supersport Evo Championship.

The IN Competition Racing rider finished practice and qualifying with impressive form.

The sprint race featured Neill clear by 1.4 seconds before a slip entering the closing four laps.

In the main event, Neill clocked up a strong start to the feature race but dropped down the rankings for third home in the Evo class.

“I have always felt that Brands isn’t a very lucky track for me but I thought I was finally going to break that spell as I felt really good after qualifying and knew I had a package good enough to win,” said Neill. “When I crashed I was so disappointed and then a total lack of confidence on Sunday stopped me from maintaining the speed I had found over the weekend. “Big thanks to Adrian and Ruairi for all their work over the weekend and also all my sponsors.

“I will get it together again for Thruxton.”

STOCK CARS

Gary Grattan clocked up a slick success in the Superstox meeting at Tullyroan Oval.

The 15-race programme also featured wins for Adam Best (Two-Litre Hot Rods), Marc Morrell (Stock Rods), Peter Henderson (Thunder Rods) and Chris Knipe (Junior Productions).

Adam Hylands from the area was runner-up across heat two in the Two-Litre Hot Rods.

The next Tullyroan Oval event will take place on Sunday, July 26 for the second event in the Speedweekend programme at 1 o’clock.

The opening Speedweekend showcase will run at Aghadowey tomorrow (Saturday) from 4.30.

Portadown’s Adam Hylands will defend his Clive Richardson-sponsored Two-Litre Hot Rods British Championship crown.

Competition will include the Irish champion, Annaghmore’s Joel Richardson.

Scott Cochrane from Portadown - the World title-holder - has a Corry Car Sales-backed Lightning Rods European Championship prize in his sights.

Other Portadown drivers aiming to impress include Nigel Jackson and Jordan Rochford.