Special anniversary as Hylands hits his second European jackpot in Scotland

Adam Hylands from the Birches celebrates winning the National Hot Rod European title in Scotland. Pic by Ken Reay.
Adam Hylands from the Birches celebrates winning the National Hot Rod European title in Scotland. Pic by Ken Reay.
  • Title glory for Birches ace
  • Three from the area in the field
  • Happy memories at Lochgelly track

Adam Hylands produced the perfect celebration to mark the anniversary of his Two-Litre Hot Rod European title triumph - by capturing the National prize at the same venue.

A return to Scotland’s Lochgelly circuit last weekend left Hylands with happy memories exactly one year on from his 2014 two-litre victory.

I had a great time in the Two-Litre Hot Rods but was ready to move up

Adam Hylands

The national class honour arrived despite just two previous outings behind the wheel for the Birches ace since moving into the fresh challenge.

Hylands left the two-litre discipline with a host of trophies across five years including Northern Ireland, British and European honours in his final season.

The opportunity to test his skills in the National Hot Rods class was then presented to Hylands and he grabbed the chance in style.

“I had a great time in the Two-Litre Hot Rods but was ready to move up,” said the 24-year-old. “Circumstances came together to allow that to happen as we got a good offer for the car and a sponsorship boost opened the door to the national hot rods.

“We got the car just before Christmas and basically stripped it down to build it up to our way.

“Our first go at Ballymena was not great but then I won a heat and final at Aghadowey so that gave us the encouragement to travel over to Scotland.

“The chance came to compete for the European title and my results over the three heats left me sitting in pole position.

“That is always half the battle and, having been at Lochgelly in the past, I used that knowledge and pole to hold the lead and it worked out really well.

“I was shocked and delighted with how everything went and it was a nice for that win to come on the anniversary of the Two-Litre Hot Rod European victory.”

Hylands was one of three drivers from the area in the European field - along with Glenn Bell and Stewart Doak.

“Stewart was third and Glenn may not have had the best of runs but we are great friends and he was first over to offer congratulations,” said Hylands. “Glenn is one of the Big Four names to have dominated the class over the past five years so it was great to get the win and now I just want to keep on improving the car.

“I was also able to race my old two-litre car in Scotland and there is the possibility, if everything works out, I may have a chance at going for the World title back at Lochgelly, which is the only trophy I missed out on in the past.

“Thanks go to my sponsors and the team.”