Annaghmore ace lifts classic trophy

Clive Richardson from Annaghmore with his trophy in England.
Clive Richardson from Annaghmore with his trophy in England.

Annaghmore’s Clive Richardson returned home from England with a National Championship prize following his impressive final drive.

Richardson took top spot within the Classic Hot Rods class at Ipswich’s Foxhall Stadium.

It marked a superb finale to his debut season in the class for Richardson after a successful switch from the oval’s elite National Hot Rods formula.

The Classic Hot Rods section is based on cars popular around the short ovals within the 1970s and 1980s.

Richardson steered his Ford Escort Mk2 around the circuit as part of the Ipswich Spedeweekend programme.

The biggest event within the oval racing calendar provided Richardson with a test against leading drivers from around the United Kingdom.

Richardson clocked up two fifth-place positions around the qualifying heats to secure a leading spot in the National Championship final grid.

He managed to prove competitive despite early pressure from Dave Owen and eventually pushed clear of the pack for an emphatic victory.

Richardson provided fans with some post-race thrills during his celebrations ahead of the trophy presentation.

Other competitors from Northern Ireland claimed prizes - with Crumlin’s Adam Maxwell, Carrick’s Gary Beggs and Ballymena’s Derek McMillan on the roll of honour.

Leading names will be on show at Tullyroan Oval across forthcoming events starting with a meeting on Saturday, July 16 from 6.30.