Woolsey adds to family collection of silverware

Portadown's Gary Woolsey (left) celebrates a memorable trophy win in England. Pic by Ed Fahey.
Portadown's Gary Woolsey (left) celebrates a memorable trophy win in England. Pic by Ed Fahey.
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Gary Woolsey has added to the rich history of stock car’s oldest championship by claiming the hot rods’ National title with a landmark win.

The National Championship’s 52nd final was staged on Saturday in England at Hednesford and Woolsey wrapped up victory in front of family and friends.

It proved especially significant for Woolsey’s father, Norman, as the two-time title winner watched his son follow that same path to glory.

Post-race research confirmed the Woolseys now hold a place in the record books as the first family to have multiple champions in the class.

“It was a nice moment to become the first second-generation champion, especially with my dad watching on the night.

“He won the title in both 1986 and 1991.

“Three years ago I was leading then got a flat tyre towards the end so at least last weekend has put that memory to bed.

“I also finished the weekend with the one-off NHRPA Championship.

“We had some trouble with the car leading up to England but Jimmy Patton helped me work on it and I clocked the fastest lap during testing.

“I was fourth for the final but hung on in then grabbed the lead late on to finish in front of another Portadown driver, Stewart Doak.”

The defending champion, Glenn Bell, is also from Portadown and the 50-strong field included the Birches’ Adam Hylands. Bell and Hylands both suffered mechanical issues.

MOTORCYCLING

Portadown’s Marshall Neill clocked up a memorable run of results in the British Supersport Evo Championship at Thruxton.

Neill was first home in race one, having previously dominated both practice sessions and claimed pole in qualifying.

His weekend finished with fourth in the second outing following a change to the gearing system.

“I am generally happy with the weekend,” said Neill. “It was great to take the win in the Sprint race on Saturday but I am annoyed at myself for changing the gearing for Sunday’s race.

“In hindsight, I should have stuck with what we had, Sunday’s race was so tight and I made a few mistakes while in close battles.

“It would have been really nice to have had a clean sweep of podium results.”