Murray seals Jubilee prize
SHANE Murray was the toast of Tullyroan Oval on Saturday night as the Randalstown driver collected the main 2.0 Hot Rods trophy.
The British champion proved in commanding form during a debut appearance by the machines at the recently-opened circuit.
Each class featured a Jubilee Trophy for the overall winner in recognition of the special anniversary weekend - with Loughgall’s Winston Weir and Warren Thompson from Derrylee also in the honours.
Almost 30 cars lined out for the 2.0 Hot Rods but, in the end, one name stood alone as Murray dominated the line-up.
Glenn Bell from Portadown made his class debut following a switch from the National Hot Rods.
Darren McGeady set the early pace across heat one but was under pressure from Andy Cochrane before a collision cost both drivers, allowing Philip Beatty to take first over Gary Wilson and David McMenemy.
In heat two, Gilford’s Nigel McCauley claimed top spot at the expense of Wilson and McMenemy.
Murray proved impressive, however, in the key race to finish in front of McMenemy and the Birches’ Adam Hylands.
The meeting also provided the opening opportunity for points in the Wash ‘n’ Dash Challenge Series.
Weir proved too strong for the Lightning Rods pack despite sustained pressure from Stephen Emerson - with Brendan McConnell third.
David Hearst from Tandragee claimed second in heat one - with Ben McKee the winner and McConnell third.
Heat two was won by McKee over Emerson and Hearst.
Derrylee’s Thompson collected the Jubilee Trophy in the ProStocks to add to his earlier heat prize.
The McKinstry brothers - Sam and Adrian - won heat one, with Billy Finnegan next home.
Thompson, a familiar face from the old Shamrock Park race schedule, picked up the second heat prize and proved determined in the final lap despite late pressure.
In the Junior Productions, Portadown’s Stuart Cochrane was third across the opening heat and Ethan Dilly - another town driver - finished as runner-up in the next outing.
Dan Campbell claimed top spot in the final over Edmund Davis and Fionn Donnelly.
The next Tullyroan Oval meeting will take place across June 16 and 17 with a double-header from 6.30 and 2 o’clock respectively.
Drivers from England and Scotland have already signed up.
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