Hylands flying high after back-to-back British wins

The Birches' Adam Hylands celebrates success on Saturday in the British final. Pic by Brian Lammey.
The Birches' Adam Hylands celebrates success on Saturday in the British final. Pic by Brian Lammey.

Adam Hylands’ Two-Litre Hot Rods career will draw to a close with a forthcoming appearance at Scotland in pursuit of a first World title.

It is set to prove a significant night for the Birches ace as he attempts to close his career in the class with a first World crown on his final appearance in a car linked to so many past glory days.

Hylands’ latest championship success behind the wheel arrived last weekend at Aghadowey with a winning defence of his British honour.

The car - previously owned by Hylands but now under his guidance thanks to an agreement with Billy Bonnar from Scotland - proved in superb form at Aghadowey.

Now Hylands is hoping to leave the car in Scotland with Bonnar but return home as World champion.

“It was fantastic to get the British win, especially in front of a local crowd with so many friends and family,” said Hylands. “Previously, I have been in a position to win titles at home but not finished with the right performance.

“As the defending champion last weekend I felt some nerves but they disappeared at the start of the race and, overall, I was a bit more relaxed this time around.

“I have never managed to retain a title before, with second at the European defence.

“I managed to break my own lap record in the first heat last weekend and, after getting pole, was able to negotiate the traffic for the final win.

“It all just fell into place.”

TWO-LITRE HOT RODS BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP: (heat one) 1, Mark Madill. (heat two) 1, Adam Best. (heat three) 1, Adam Hylands. (final) 1, Adam Hylands.

LIGHTNING RODS: (heat one) 1, Craig Boyd. (heat two) 1, Winston Weir. (heat three) 1, Gary Beggs. (final) 1, Richard Stewart.

1300 STOCK CARS: (heat one) 1, Dean O’Dell. (heat two) 1, Aaron Rainey. (final) 1, Callum Barclay.

PROSTOCKS: (heat one) 1, Stefan McClelland. (heat two) 1, Stefan McClelland. (final) 1, Dan Shannon.

NINJA KARTS: (heat one) 1, Sam McNeice. (heat two) 1, Sam NcNeice. (final) 1, Jay Clyde.