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We are Northern Ireland's premier Short Oval Motor Racing promotion, bringing you the very best in Stock Car, Hot Rod and Banger racing since 2003. We promote top flight race meetings at both Tullyroan Oval near Dungannon and Aghadowey Oval near Coleraine. From the high speed, high octane National Hot Rods, to the thrill a minute wreck 'em racing of the National Bangers, DMC Race Promotions have something for everyone, from the serious motorsport enthusiast to the family looking for a day out with a difference.

Coming Fixtures
Aghadowey Oval
19/7/2024 @ 6pm-9pm

Practice & Test Night

Aghadowey Oval
20/7/2024 @ 4pm

2.0 Hot Rods 2024 World Championship Qualifying (sponsored by Cherry Pipes)
Stock Rods 2024 British Championship
Ninja Karts 2024 European Championship
Thunder Rods 2024 DMC Gold Cup (sponsored by McLaughlin Plumbing & Heating)

Aghadowey Oval
21/7/2024 @ 1pm

2.0 Hot Rods 2024 Championship of the World & 2024 NI Open (sponsored by Cherry Pipes)
National Hot Rods 2025 World Series NI Round 1
Stock Rods 2024 Irish Masters
Ninja Karts 2024 Irish Open Championship
1300 Stock Cars



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Kells driver Derek McMillan was the man on form at Aghadowey on Holiday Tuesday, taking a faultless hat-trick in the headlining National Hot Rods division. Young Jack Jones from Hampshire took a hotly contested Stars of Tomorrow Challenge for Ninja Karts, whilst the other feature race winners were Co Meath’s Shane O’Connor (Stock Rods), Portadown’s Nigel Jackson (Lightning Rods) and fellow Portadown man Rab Preston in the Thunder Rods. A fantastic Caravan Destruction Derby completed the festive meeting, with Ballymoney’s Ian Bolton taking the honours.

A healthy field of National Hot Rods arrived to contest Round 6 of Simpson Race Exhausts World Series NI. Former Stock Rods multi-champion Derek McMillan has steadily been improving over the past year since his graduation to the premier class, and he set down a marker with victory in the opening heat of the day ahead of Glenn Bell and Adam Maxwell, after John Christie was docked from second to fourth for contact.
Heat two saw McMillan again making good use of the grading system to hit the front early on, and he took the chequers for the second time with Christie and Derek Martin the chasers in this one. That third spot was enough to seal victory for Martin in the Cirrus Plastic DMC Points Championship for 2022.
The final was always going to be much tougher for McMillan with the longer race distance, but he again hit the front before the half distance mark. This time though Martin, Christie and Gary Woolsey were bearing down on him hard. Martin hit trouble and went out, with Christie and Woolsey soon challenging for the lead. Despite the very tricky track conditions, McMillan kept his nerve to hold them all at bay to seal an emphatic and well-deserved hat-trick, with Christie, Woolsey, Adam Maxwell and Ben McKee filling the places after an excellent afternoon’s racing.

Visitors from England and Scotland joined the local youngsters in the Ninja Karts for the Stars of Tomorrow Challenge. Local girl racer Kori Curran impressed in her new kart as she built up a healthy lead in the first heat only to spin out of contention late on. That handed the win to Hampshire’s Jack Jones ahead of fellow English driver Mason Carberry.
Keegan Turtle then restored local pride as the Cullybackey lad won heat two by the slenderest of margins from Jones and Carberry. The final was lined up in points order from the heats and produced an absolutely fantastic race. The battle for the top places was immense throughout, with Jones just taking the honours ahead of Carberry, with Turtle snatching third from Charlie Weston and Saxon Thompson right at the line.

Welcome Republic of Ireland visitor Ronan O’Brien took first blood in the Stock Rods formula, taking the opening heat win ahead of Samuel Wilson and Dan Shannon. Ronan led once again in heat two, only for Joe Largey to power past at half-way to record the win over Stevie McNiece and Sam McNeice.
O’Brien once again set the pace in the final, and his long trip from Tipperary looked like it would pay off until he unfortunately retired with electrical troubles with just three laps to go. That handed the lead and the win to teenager Shane O’Connor, with Adam Sloan, Shannon and McNiece filling the places.

Before the opening heat the Lightning Rod drivers and the fans paid tribute to their former European Champion Mervyn Emerson from Antrim, who tragically passed away at a very young age recently. Once racing commenced it was James McKinney who took the opening heat win ahead of Nigel Jackson and Vince Litter. Jackson then took victory in the second heat ahead of Dean Catherwood and McKinney, before Nigel repeated the feat in the final to complete his double for the afternoon. First across the line Stuart Agnew was docked two places to third by the Stewards for contact, elevating Jackson and Catherwood to the top two places.

The racing from the budget Thunder Rods formula was close and competitive as always, with Adam McKinney just holding on to win the opener in a blanket finish with Rab Preston and Adam Graham. Heat two saw Tom Archibald take the honours with a fine driver over McKinney and Preston.
The final saw Archibald again setting the pace, but coming under some severe pressure from behind. There was heartbreak for him with less than three laps to go as he ground to a halt on the back straight, his chances gone! Preston duly accepted the lead and the win, with Graham, Irish Champion Jason Darragh, Lee McCloy and Marc Morrell next over the line.

The Caravan Destruction Derby rounded off proceedings in front of the Bank Holiday crowd, with carnage around the raceway early on. Ballymoney’s Ian Bolton came through to take the win, although he did finish the event inside a caravan as he tried one last glory hit to take the trophy!
Added: 28/12/22

Everyone at DMC Race Promotions were shocked to learn of the sudden passing of our 2.0 Hot Rods driver Mervyn Emerson.

Mervyn was one of the most popular drivers around the local raceways, enjoying his racing with us initially in the Lightning Rods formula and more recently in the 2.0 Hot Rods. Mervyn was always one to let his driving do the talking, and he represented DMC both at home and right across the British Isles in the perfect manner for many years.

He was delighted to take a podium place in the final of the Hoosier Challenge Series towards the end of the 2022 season, but his finest hour came back in 2011 when he won the Lightning Rods European Championship in Birmingham.

To his partner Rachel and family, his parents Billy and Eileen, brother Stephen and the wider family circle, everyone at DMC Race Promotions would like to offer our sincere condolences at this sad time.

Added: 23/11/22

The curtain came down on the 2022 race season at Aghadowey Oval on Saturday evening, with the fans treated to some great racing as two new Irish Champions were crowned. Glenavy’s Dan Shannon took the Stock Rods Irish title whilst Rasharkin’s Jason Darragh was the winner of the Thunder Rods version.
Rathfriland’s Ivan Elliott took the King of Aghadowey title in the 1300 Stock Cars, with Cullybackey’s Curtis Greer (Superstox) and Portadown’s Nigel Jackson (Lightning Rods) the other feature race winners.

Dan Shannon and defending Irish Champion Jonny Cardwell shared the front row for the Stock Rods Irish title showdown, and as the race settled down it was Shannon who led ahead of former World Champion Stevie McNiece and European, British and National Champion Mark Crawford. Lap after lap they circulated with nothing between them, and at one stage we had a twelve car pack fighting for the lead! Crawford clawed his way past McNiece for second, but he couldn’t unseat Shannon from the top spot as Dan came home to claim the Irish Championship to complete a fantastic season. Crawford, Cardwell, Joe Largey and Sam McNeice completed the top places.
The reversed grid Irish Revenge race saw a win for Ballymena’s Steven McKane over Sam McNeice and Largey.

The Thunder Rods Irish Championship always had the makings of a classic, with Chris Baird and Matthew Nicholl sharing the front row. From row two, Jason Darragh capitalised when Baird left the slightest of gaps into turn one early on to take up the running, but with Rab Preston and Nicholl challenging. Darragh used every ounce of his experience to hold the rest at bay to take the biggest win of his career, with Preston a gallant runner up. A great late battle for third fell to James Goldie over Daniel Rodgers and Clifford Gordon.
The reverse grid Irish Revenge support race went the way of the returning Mark McLaughlin, with Goldie coming through for second ahead of Adam McKinney and Preston.

The all-action 1300 Stock Cars entertained all evening, with bumpers and places exchanged throughout each and every race. Jonny Patterson was the star turn in the heats, taking the opener ahead of Fionn Donnelly and David Wilson, before repeating the feat in heat two with Donnelly again second and Ivan Elliott this time in third.
Patterson broke clear out front again in the King of Aghadowey Final, before faltering which handed the lead to Gareth Halliday. Halliday was well clear by the time Elliott appeared in second, with Ivan chipping into his advantage on each lap. It was nail biting stuff as the laps counted down, and into the Brown Trout Bend for the final time Elliott launched an attack from way back which sent Halliday wide to the wall. That allowed Elliott to steal through for a fantastic win, with Halliday having to make do with second ahead of James Crossett and Thomas McCrory.

The Superstox were lightning fast all evening, with Curtis Greer making short work of those ahead of him to take the opening heat from Craig McConnell and Jordan Robinson. McConnell went one better in heat two, the NI Points Champion taking the chequered flag ahead of Greer and World Champion Kyle Beattie.
Greer once again had the bit between his teeth right from the off in the final, quickly slicing through to the front to go on and complete his double for the night in some style. Irish Champion Steven Haugh, McConnell and Beattie completed the top four.

James McKinney took the opening heat win from a depleted field of Lightning Rods, before British and Irish Champion Stuart Agnew sealed victory in heat two.
The final saw Nigel Jackson get ahead early on, and he took a clear win over Dean Catherwood for a BMW top two. Mark Corry was third ahead of Agnew.
Added: 06/11/22

The 2022 Tullyroan Oval racing season finished in style on Saturday evening with a full programme of championship events. Dublin’s Stevo McGrath successfully retained his Unlimited National Bangers Irish Championship, whilst Magheralin’s Stuart Agnew added the Lightning Rods Irish title to the British crown he won earlier in the summer.
In the popular National Hot Rods, Dungannon’s Derek Martin won Round 5 of Simpson Race Exhausts World Series NI and Portadown’s Adam Hylands took the Ulster Championship victory. Young Jack Jones from Surrey won the Ninja Karts Champion of Champion and Portaodwn’s Jack Morrison took the Individual Achievement Award. The 2.0 Hot Rods final fell to Portadown’s Scott Cochrane.

Before racing commenced, recently crowned Unlimited National Bangers World Champion Stevo McGrath was paraded to his home crowd and he also received a presentation from DMC Race Promotions promoter Davy McCall. Stevo had qualified on pole position for the Irish Championship, and he pulled clear from the start whilst the rest went into self destruction mode! Some of the action was incredible as cars were left littering the track, but McGrath was clear and took the win over Mike Flaherty and Leonard Dunn.
Ballymoney’s Steven Bolton took victory in both Allcomers events, before a huge hit from England’s Curtis Rathbone saw him win the Stephen Bannon Memorial Destruction Derby, even though he did end up on his roof in the crunching finale!

Some rapid National Hot Rod racing under the floodlights was the order of the day, with Johnny McCloy and Thomas Dilly sharing the heat wins. Derek Martin had been making good use of his drop to the blue grade all evening with some good finishes, and over the extra laps of the final he was able to take a fantastic win ahead of McCloy after a great outside pass for the lead. Dilly drove a great defensive race to land third ahead of Shane Murray and Adam Maxwell.
The Ulster Championship race completed the night, using the chose cone challenge rule at 5 laps to go. Adam Hylands had gained pole position thanks to having set the fastest lap time of the night, and he took the title despite having Carl Sloan right alongside him for the final restart. John Christie came home as runner up ahead of Murray and Sloan.

From pole position Stuart Agnew stamped his authority all over the Lightning Rods Irish Championship, the Magheralin man taking the victory in style. Ricky Shaw, James McKinney and Nigel Jackson had a close battle for second but finished in that order.
The reversed grid Irish Revenge race saw a welcome and deserved win for Vince Litter ahead of Jackson and Shaw.

A whole host of mainland UK visitors were amongst an excellent entry of Ninja Karts. The first race of the day was for the local drivers who had not won a race so far in 2022, and it was Jack Morrison who powered clear to win the Individual Achievement Award, with all the drivers getting awards and goodies from the sponsors Midway Autopoint.
The opening heat then saw a great win for England’s Jack Jones over fellow English driver Mason Carberry and Belfast’s Caolan Fegan. The second heat was a Hunn benefit, with Essex based Henry Hunn taking the win over his brother William.
The Champion of Champions Final, sponsored by Hollytree Farm, was a superb race, with little to choose between the front runners throughout. Carberry, Charlie Weston, Jones and Riley Dawson-Stirling battled hard for the full distance, with Jones making the decisive moves to take the win in some style over Carberry and Weston for an all England top three.

A big grid of 2.0 Hot Rods completed the line up, with both heats falling to a rapid Adam Heatrick. In the final 16-year-old Sam Percy, a recent graduate from our Junior Productions, impressed as he led for some distance only to spin just as Michael Woods was putting him under pressure for the top spot with only a few laps to run. With Woods also delayed, that gave Scott Cochrane the chance to launch a challenge for the le ad which gained him the win over Jordan Rochford and Drew McKeown.
Added: 30/10/22

Despite wet and treacherous conditions all evening, the fans at Aghadowey Oval were served up some exciting racing throughout last Saturday’s championship event. Portadown driver Steven Haugh and Rathfriland’s Jack Morrow both secured Irish Championship titles in the Superstox and Junior Productions, with Glenavy’s Joe Largey (Stock Rods), Portadown’s Rab Preston (Thunder Rods) and Limavady’s John Goligher (Back to Basics Bangers) the other feature race winners.

Craig McConnell and Jamie McCann shared the front row for the Superstox Irish Championship, and what followed was a drama filled event! An action packed opening saw a number of fancied runners fall by the wayside, as McCann sped ahead to lead. Debris on the home straight saw a caution period called, and in the exchanges on the restart David McMenemy and then McConnell had spells out front. McCann was the fastest car on the track however and quickly came back into contention, taking the lead only for McConnell to come back at him and take both cars out of the running in dramatic fashion on the pit bend. For the restart, Steven Haugh had the top spot and he reeled off the remaining laps to take the coveted Irish title and the right to wear the green roof for the next twelve months. Conor Murphy came through for second with Gerard Hartley the only other of the handful of finishers on the lead lap in third.
The reverse grid Irish Revenge race saw World Champion Kyle Beattie take the win on a very greasy track, before the JMC Custom Paintwork Dash for Cash to complete the meeting fell to Curtis Greer.

The Junior Productions Irish Championship saw British Champion Jack Morrow on pole position alongside Daniel Stewart, and it was Morrow who coped best with the tricky conditions to pull clear out front early on. As Jack increased his advantage, Leyton Hughes and Matthew Weir were involved in a great scrap for second. A late caution period for a loose wheel couldn’t stop Jack’s march to the title, and he duly reeled off the remaining laps to take a well deserved win and the coveted Derek McMillan Memorial Trophy for Irish Champion. Hughes took a creditable second spot ahead of defending champion Weir, Callum Doak and Stewart. The reversed grid Irish Revenge event saw Dylan Fegan lead early on before Jake Devlin powered through to take a fine victory

The Stock Rods were joined by welcome visitors John Gray and Paddy O’Dwyer from Tipperary Raceway, with Samuel Murphy claiming the opening heat win after demoting early leader Ryan Dilly. Joe Largey and Samuel Wilson filled the places. Teenager Dilly made no mistake in heat two, taking his maiden win in the formula ahead of Murphy and Largey.
The final was again run in atrocious track conditions, with Murphy stretching out a big lead early on. Largey was the man to watch though, and after finding a way past Wilson he set about reducing the deficit to Murphy out front. Samuel could offer little resistance when the challenge came, and with just five laps to go Largey swept ahead to take an impressive win over Wilson, Murphy and Victor McAfee.

The Thunder Rods opening heat saw a clear win for Ballymena’s Adam Graham ahead of David Wilson and Rab Preston. Heat two saw a big crash when Daniel Rodgers blew an engine and coated the track in oil, something which left the going very tricky for the rest of the field in the already wet conditions. The pace was almost at pedestrian level as the drivers did their best to just keep pointing in the right direction on the restart, with Graham again getting the nod by inches on the line after a drag race from the final bend with Josh Goligher. The final saw Sam Watt out front early on, but Preston soon took the lead and pulled well clear to take an emphatic win. Graham returned to second despite his upgrade after the brace of heat wins, with Wilson, James Goldie and Clifford Gordon next home.

A handful of Back to Basics Bangers once again helped to blood some new drivers to the sport, with Aaron McGraw and William McFaul sharing the heats before John Goligher came through to win an entertaining final.
Added: 24/10/22

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