Hylands home in first place to top field at Tullyroan Oval track
PORTADOWN drivers proved in winning form at Tullyroan Oval as four competitors collected honours across the packed programme.
Adam Hylands, Stefan McClelland, David Hearst and Jordan Robinson each recorded feature wins.
Wayne Woolsey - a former World champion from Portadown - edged out his nephew, Mark Madill, in the Two-Litre Hot Rods opener. Ed Litter was next over the line.
The main event featured Nigel McCauley in the lead across the Cirrus Plastics-sponsored final before an incident with Litter left him out of contention.
Hylands claimed control until the finish line to pip Woolsey and the Irish title-holder, Derek Martin.
In the Lightning Rods, over 20 cars started including guests from England.
Francis Rafferty and Gary Beggs shared the heat honours and the former gained a strong position across the final before losing out to Hearst, the Northern Ireland points champion, over the closing moments.
The Junior Productions class provided bright prospects with a test due to demanding track conditions.
Fionn Donnelly from Drogheda picked up the heat prize before a dramatic final.
The introduction of the red flags disrupted the on-track action and Portadown’s Robinson was awarded victory courtesy of the countback system. Next home were Shane McMillan and Donnelly.
The ProStocks class suffered a depleted entry list but Robert McIlroy pipped Stefan McClelland to the heat win on the final bend.
McClelland produced a consistent drive over the final to add another highlight to a collection that includes appearances this season in the Van Bangers.
The Big Van Burgers’ Van-dalism title showdown included Dave Haugh and Stevo McGrath in competitive fashion but Kieran McIvor looked competitive overall.
McIvor also proved too strong in the All-Comers’ class.
The Destruction Derby featured a head-on clash between McClelland and David Wright - with the latter top but the former named ‘Entertainer of Day’.
In the Reliant Robins’ Irish Championship, Portadown’s Rab Stewart proved strong from the start but struggled to maintain the pace under pressure from Ian Bolton.
Billy McClean’s late push left Stewart down in third but the latter claimed the Irish Revenge trophy.
Tullyroan Oval’s next meeting will be on February 24 - with racing in the National Bangers’ Irish Teams’ Championship.
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