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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
26/7/2019 @ 6pm-9.30pm

Pre-Speedweekend Practice
£25 per car

Aghadowey Oval
27/7/2019 @ 4.30pm

SUMMER SPEEDWEEKEND
2.0 Hot Rods 2019 British Championship Qualifying
Lightning Rods 2019 British Championship
Ninja Karts 2019 British Championship

Stock Rods
Superstox

Aghadowey Oval
28/7/2019 @ 1pm

SUMMER SPEEDWEEKEND
2.0 Hot Rods 2019 British Championship & Irish Open Championship
Lightning Rods 2019 Irish Open Championship
Ninja Karts 2019 Irish Open Championship
1300 Stock Cars 2019 Irish Masters

Thunder Rods


 


 

 
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A sun-bathed Aghadowey Oval on Easter Monday saw the inaugural staging of The Alan Connolly Memorial Trophy for Stock Rods. After some fantastic racing, the trophy fittingly went the way of Ballymena’s Victor McAfee, a man who raced with Alan throughout his distinguished career.
A full programme of well supported races also saw Kells’ Carl Sloan victorious in the tenth round of the Simpson Race Exhausts World Series NI for National Hot Rods, whilst Portadown’s Max Hobson beat an international field to land the Ninja Karts King of Aghadowey crown. The other final winners at the Derek McMillan Commercial Refinishers sponsored event were Gordy McKee in the Lightning Rods and Joshua McMullan in the Thunder Rods.

In front of the huge Easter Monday crowd, the Stock Rods contested three reverse grid heats to qualify for The Alan Connolly Memorial Trophy final, the first of which saw a clear win for British Champion Shane McMillan. Jonny Cardwell, who had won the Irish Open title at Tullyroan Oval on Saturday evening, ran second for much of the way before being forced out. That handed the runner up spot to Scotland’s Chris Lattka over Stephen McCready. The second heat saw another clear win, this time for experienced campaigner Victor McAfee ahead of former World Champion Marc Morrell and Derek McMillan. Heat three saw Tipperary driver Alan McCormack race home to the chequers ahead of Sam Wilson and Mick Rodgers.
The non-qualifiers on points then contested the B Final, with the top four moving into the main race. World Champion Eric Walker from Surrey had suffered trouble in practice which necessitated an engine change, but he put his woes behind him to take a comfortable win ahead of fellow English star Maison Waugh.
The stadium rose for a minutes applause in memory of former World Champion Connolly before the first running of his memorial race, with two of his career long sparring partners, McAfee and Lattka, sharing the front row of the grid. The frantic opening exchanges saw McAfee ahead as Lattka got railroaded backwards, allowing Morrell to take up second ahead of McCready and D McMillan. As the places battle intensified, McAfee was able to edge clear out front and come home to take the chequered flag and the coveted win. Victor was visibly emotional as he emerged from his car to receive the superb Alan Connolly Memorial Trophy in memory of his long time friend and rival. Morrell and McCready completed the top three at the end of a simply sensational afternoon of Stock Rod racing, one which Alan himself would have been proud of.

The elite National Hot Rods were contesting the tenth round of Simpson Race Exhausts World Series NI, and it was the lower graders who dominated the heats as the star men failed to make an impact. Portadown’s Andrew Stewart took the opener ahead of Ian McReynolds and Podge McQuaid, before Simon Kennedy raced home to win heat two over Jaimie McCurdy and Carl Sloan.
McReynolds was on pole spot for the final, but he lost out to McQuaid early on before Sloan burst through to the front. Carl had been a busy driver all afternoon as he also raced in the Stock Rods, but he was able to pull clear to take an emphatic win in some style. As well as his prize from series sponsors Simpson Race Exhausts, Carl also received a new race tyre courtesy of Hoosier UK, in memory of Alan Connolly who of course also starred in the Nationals at the end of his illustrious career. Mark Heatrick and McCurdy filled out the podium positions.

A whole host of visiting young stars from England and Scotland joined the local aces for the Ninja Karts King of Aghadowey, with Leyton Hughes from Antrim stealing away from the front to land victory in the opening heat over Sussex star Anthony Weaver and fellow Englishman Toby Parfitt. Parfitt then took the win in heat two after relegating long time leader Odhran Monaghan, with Max Hobson and Toby Tyson chasing him home.
There was an all English front row for the final, shared by Parfitt and Weaver, and it turned out to be a truly sensational race from the young stars! They raced at breakneck speed and it was hard to believe they are all under 11 years old! Parfitt led them away as Tyson raced through to second chased by Hobson in third. The huge home crowd were willing Hobson on in search of a local win, and he got under Tyson to go second with just a couple of laps to run. Max then pulled off an astounding final lap to grab the lead on the back straight and take a tremendous win to be crowned King of Aghadowey. Toby Parfitt was a deserving runner up ahead of Weaver and Tyson.

Aaron Brunton was the first to show in the opening Lightning Rods field from a well subscribed field, but he lost out to Thomas McCrory who sped home to the flag for the opening win of the day. European Champion Jordan Rochford inherited second ahead of World Champion Gordy after McKee after Irish Champ Nigel Jackson was most unusually docked from second. Ronan McNally held sway out front in the second heat, before former World title holder Aaron Stewart blasted around the outside in style to take a clear win over Adam McCann and McNally.
McCrory made good his escape out front in the final, leaving the rest to battle behind him for second. And what a battle it was as most of the field became involved, before McCrory cruelly went out with a blown engine when half a lap ahead. McKee then showed just why he wears the gold roof of World Champion, powering through to the front to take the win in some style over Jackson and Mark McCambridge.

A great field of over twenty Thunder Rods completed the programme, with Declan Rodgers leading early on before losing out to Joshua McMullan who went on to grab the win over Gareth McCrory and Jerome Doherty. McCrory then took the heat two victory in great fashion, giving notice that he won’t be in the novice grade for too long. Joshua McMullan and his brother Adam McMullan chased Gareth over the line.
The final again saw some great racing, interspersed by some not so great with a number of penalties handed down. Rodgers and then McCrory had spells out front, but it was Joshua McMullan who burst through to take his second win of the day, with his brother Adam and McCrory filling to podium places.
Many thanks to our meeting sponsors, Derek McMillan Commercial Refinishers and LM Paints
Added: 23/04/19

Glenavy’s Jonny Cardwell took a hard earned victory in the Stock Rods Irish Open Championship at Tullyroan Oval on Saturday night, heading home a huge international field of cars to claim the championship crown. The racing was fast and furious all evening across all the divisions at the Hollytree Rare Breeds Farm sponsored event, with the other feature race wins falling to Nutts Corner’s Michael Woods in the 2.0 Hot Rods, World Champion Lee Davison from Portadown in the Superstox and Lurgan’s Graham Meek in the Junior Productions. The Micro Bangers were the other formula in action, with Garvagh’s Stephen Boyd claiming the Spring Classic trophy.

Four heats were required for qualifying for the Stock Rods Irish Open Championship, with drivers in attendance from all over the British Isles. The first encounter fell to defending champion Stevie McNiece from Enniskillen ahead of Victor McAfee, with Antrim’s Stephen McCready leading the pack home for a fine win in heat two over Limerick’s Colm O’Sullivan. Heat three saw Ballymena’s Micky McFall take the win over Jonny Cardwell, whilst the final heat saw a win for Tipperary’s Alan McCormack ahead of England’s Maison Waugh. The B Final for non qualifiers saw National Champion Curtis Greer grab a spot at the rear of the main event with a clear victory.

On points Cardwell had annexed pole position over McAfee for the coveted Irish Open final, and Jonny quickly assumed the lead with the pack squabbling right on his rear end. McCready made a brave attempt on the outside but couldn’t make it stick, before Derek McMillan was the next to challenge as Cardwell held on resolutely out front. Derek got right alongside but again couldn’t make it count, as Cardwell completed his fine defensive drive to take the flag and the championship title. McCready crossed the line second but was docked two places for contact on Glenn Bell, elevating McFall and McNiece to the podium places after an enthralling race.

A superb field of 21 2.0 Hot Rods included visitors Dave Leech from England and David Murray from Tipperary, plus a return to action for former World Champion Wayne Woolsey. Dean McFarland set the early heat one pace, before losing out to veteran racer Davy Potter who took the win over Michael Woods and Conor Hughes. Heat two saw Woods in command, leading home Allen Cherry and Thomas Dilly at the flag.

Woods managed to break clear of the battling pack early in the final to open up a huge lead, but in the closing stages his car seemed to go off with some engine issue or other. Cherry was closing him down hand over fist, but Michael just held on to take the victory and earn himself a rise to the blue grade for the next meeting. Cherry, Adam Best and Mervyn Emerson completed the places.

Welcome Scottish visitor Bryan Forrest joined the 17 car Superstox field, where Ed Davis raced to the heat one win ahead of Ally Neill and Conor Murphy. Heat two again saw Davis in command, taking his second win of the evening over the impressive Forrest and Cyril Hawe.
Up an upgrade to yellow roof made little difference to Davis at the start of the final, Ed again hitting the front and pulling clear. But this time World Champion Lee Davison was on the move, reeling in the leader as the laps dwindled down. Davison was within touching distance as they took the one lap to go board, and when Davis got out of shape onto the back straight Lee nudged him into a spin to race through and collect a fantastic win. Murphy and Keith McAreavey filled out the podium slots.

They may have been down in numbers, but the Micro Bangers still produced some superb action all evening. The opener was for the Spring Classic trophy, with some spectacular hits going in especially on the Annaghmore Bend. Jonny Rutherford, Matthew McKinstry, Rodney Herron and Tony Gillespie were some of those involved, as Stephen Boyd charged through to take the victory over Leonard Dunn and Karl Smyth.

Another entertaining encounter in the Allcomers saw Dunn take the win over Aaron McGraw as the big hits kept flying in. The DD again saw some entertainment, but was unfortunately abandoned as the track curfew was reached with no end in sight. For the record, Boyd, Smyth and McGraw were the three remaining runners when the red flags were shown. Tony Gillespie deservedly took the trophies for both Best Wreck and Entertainer of the Day.

James Stewart was the star of the opening Junior Productions heat, taking the win over Sam Percy and Sam McNeice. Stewart again showed well in heat two, before getting into a battle with Graham Meek which saw both feel the wrath of the Stewards in Race Control. Meek took the flag but was docked for contact, handing the win to Mark Crawford over Adam McFall.
The star men took control of the final early on, with Meek and McFall racing to the front in close proximity. The duo battled hard all the way home, with Meek even surviving a mid race caution to hold on for the victory after a fine drive. McFall, McNeice and Stewart completed the places.
Pics by John Wolsey
Many thanks to our meeting sponsors, Hollytree Rare Breeds Farm
Added: 23/04/19

The 2019 oval racing season at Tullyroan Oval started in style last Saturday night, with some fast and furious action on a dry but cold evening. Portadown’s British Champion Adam Hylands was on top form as he scooped a heat and final double in the National Hot Rods, with the other silverware of the evening, sponsored by Bell Building, falling to Banbridge driver Denver Grattan (2.0 Hot Rods), Draperstown’s Aaron Brunton (Lightning Rods), Cavan’s Jason Goodman (Rookie Bangers) and Birches ace Steven Haugh (ProStocks).

The opening National Hot Rods heat was halted early on for a huge crash for Carl Sloan, from which he thankfully walked away unscathed. Simon Kennedy went ahead on the resumption, before losing out to former World Champion Adam Maxwell. Adam Hylands was showing blistering pace though, racing through to the win over Maxwell and Gary Woolsey. Heat two saw Kennedy hang on out front all the way home for a great win, taking the flag ahead of Andy Stewart and Mark Heatrick.
Woolsey had claimed pole position for the final, round nine of the Simpson Race Exhausts World Series NI. From the outside of the front row, Hylands made a blistering getaway to take up the running. Adam showed the rest a clean pair of heels as he completed his double for the night in some style, ahead of gallant runner up Derek Martin and Woolsey.

Michael Woods quickly worked his way to the front in the opening 2.0 Hot Rods heat, ahead of a very impressive field of cars. Antrim’s Mervyn Emerson chased him down as the race progressed, just failing to get past after a spirited outside challenge. Behind the pair, Adam Best inherited third after a number of penalties were handed down. Woods’ bid for another win disappeared in heat two when he lost a wheel early on, leaving Davy Potter to take up the running. The veteran held on for most of the distance before local star Allen Cherry found a way around the outside to take an impressive win ahead of Potter and Denver Grattan.
The feature race final saw early leader Lester McCloy lose out to Potter, before Grattan hit the front as the star men closed in. A clumsy challenge then regained the lead for Potter, but that would cost him later on. Potter took the flag ahead of Adam Best and Stephen Emerson, but all three fell foul of the stewards in Race Control for misdemeanours during the race. With penalties imposed on the top three, Grattan inherited the victory ahead of Thomas Dilly and the demoted Potter.

Glenavy’s Mark McCambridge was on top form in the opening Lightning Rods heat, racing ahead early on to take victory over James McKinney and Richard Stewart, with a fine drive from Ricky Shaw netting him fourth. Ronan McNally was the first to show in heat two, and he held on all the way home for a morale boosting win. Behind him there was a great scrap for the places, which fell the way of McKinney over former World Champion Aaron Stewart and Shaw.
The final again saw McNally out front, with fellow yellow grader Aaron Brunton holding off a gaggle of challengers behind. McKinney, Aaron Stewart, Nigel Jackson and Jordan Rochford were all on his case, but Aaron held his nerve to claw the pack onto the tail end of leader McNally. With just two laps to go Brunton found a way past for the lead, taking a sensational victory over Rochford and Jackson as McNally lost out in the closing exchanges.

The Rookie Bangers again excelled in terms of action, but a number of drivers will face disciplinary action as tempers got frayed as the night progressed. Peter McConnell took the opener over Josh McKinstry and Sammy Fisher, before Jason Goodman took the win in heat two ahead of Michael Hyland and Deano McGrath. The final saw a number of disqualifications handed out as some of the driving standards left a lot to be desired. Through the chaos Goodman landed his second deserved victory of the night, ahead of Paul O’Connor and Rocky McKenna.

A depleted field of ProStocks saw Dylan Booth grab both heat wins, before European Champion Steven Haugh blasted through to grab the win in the final, the opening round of the McElmeel Mobility Services Supreme Series. Booth and Darryl McAleese chased him across the line.
Many thanks to our meeting sponsors, Bell Building of Portadown Tel: 07921 256826
Added: 14/04/19

After last weekend's Irish Teams Championship meeting, defending champion Leonard Dunn continues to lead the way in the DMC Race Promotions Points Championship, ahead of Rodney Herron and Paul Gaffney.

The first chart for the new NI Accident Services DMC Entertainers League has also been published, and it sees English ace Marck Marchant in top spot ahead of Gaffney and Dunn.

To view the latest points, click on 'Drivers' in the menu bar above, then select 'Points and Grades' and select 'National Bangers' from the drop down menu.

Added: 05/04/19

The 2019 Aghadowey Oval race season kicked off in style on Saturday evening, with a packed programme of entertaining race action. Dungannon’s Derek Martin took a polished heat and final double in the eighth round of the Simpson Race Exhausts National Hot Rods World Series NI to christen his new car in style, while English based outfit Team TMT won the 2L National Bangers Irish Teams Championship after a bruising affair.
The well subscribed Stock Rods division saw Mick Rodgers from Randalstown take the victory despite some huge pressure from a chasing pack, whilst the other victories at the Collision Accident Management Services sponsored meeting fell to World Champion Lee Davison in the Superstox and Irish Champion Adam McFall in the Junior Productions.

New National Hot Rods from British Champion Adam Hylands and Derek Martin created plenty of interest in the pit area, on a night when conditions were absolutely perfect on track. The pace all evening was blistering, seeing the five-year-old lap record smashed a number of times. Simon Kennedy took a welcome victory in heat one over Andrew Stewart, with Keith Martin snatching third from a great battle that went right to the line. Gary Woolsey, Derek Martin and Glenn Bell followed them home, in a race in which Bell and then D Martin both lowered the lap record. Heat two saw D Martin blast through for a clear maiden win for his new charger, this time over Shane Murray and Stewart. Derek once again smashed the lap record, his time of 13.787 seconds lowering the benchmark held since the re-opening meeting in April 2014 by Mark Heatrick’s Mercedes.
D Martin beat pole sitter Stewart away in the final and was never to be headed as he raced home to land the spoils in Simpson Race Exhausts World Series NI Round 8. Bell chased hard in second, only losing out to a mis-timed challenge by Hylands. As Martin romped home to the win, Murray inherited second after Hylands was docked two places, with Bell third having dropped back late on with brake trouble.

The Irish Teams Championship for the 2L National Bangers was a bruising affair right from the off, with Aaron Kelly taking a huge knock in heat one and Stephen Boyd also getting fenced hard. English ace Mark Marchant came through for the win ahead of James Steele and Domie Hall for a Team TMT lock out of the top places. Karl Smyth spun Hall not once but twice in heat two, but he himself was then taken out from the lead as his Bad Company team mate Leonard Dunn took up the running. Late on he was also wiped out by a rampant Marchant, which allowed Team Sour’s Adam Maxwell to take the win over Steele and Marchant.
The action again came thick and fast in the final, with William McFaul out front until he was stopped in his tracks. Maxwell powered through to take his second win of the night ahead of Marchant and Hall. An entertaining Destruction Derby boiled down to a battle between Smyth and Rodney Herron, which finally went the way of Smyth after a couple of head-ons. Overall the Irish Teams title went to English visitors TMT by some margin, ahead of Team Sour A and Bad Company A.

A packed field of Stock Rods once again produced some thrilling racing – they are the ‘must see’ formula on the local ovals at present. Novice grader Johnny McCloy raced clear in the opening heat, and despite a last lap challenge on the outside by Willie Taggart he held on for the win with Robert McIlroy in third. McCloy again led them off in heat two before losing out to Samuel Wilson, the young Larne ace racing clear to take the win, even after surviving a late caution period. Jordan McCann and Mick Rodgers filled out the places.
Rodgers went ahead early in the final as the drivers once again produced fast and frenetic racing right down the field. Mick was having to withstand some huge pressure from behind, as Micky McFall and Wilson were right on his case for the full distance. Rodgers held his nerve though to take the win, with McFall, Wilson, Victor McAfee and Derek McMillan filling out the places.

Former Stock Rodder Ed Davis led them away in the opening Superstox heat, with Brian Lammey chasing. Keith McAreavey, is his superbly presented car, came through late on to grab the win over Davis and World Champion Lee Davison. Davison was at the wheel of the borrowed Adam Lockhart car, and he used it to full potential in heat two. A timely last lap hit on long time leader Davis was enough to see Lee through for the win, with Chris McArdle in third.
Davison was on a charge in the final too, going ahead to grab his second victory of the night, once again ahead of Davis and McArdle, with Sean Mark and McAreavey next up.

Alex Milligan and Jordan Nicholl were welcome debutants in the Junior Productions field, with James Stewart setting the pace in heat one. He kept them all at bay to take the win over a squabbling Adam McFall and Graham Meek. Stewart again led the way in heat two before Sam McNeice found a way past to take the flag. He was unfortunately demoted for jumping the start though, handing the win to Meek ahead of Stewart.
Jack Morrow was on a charge in the final, swooping past Stewart to go ahead before mechanical gremlins cruelly forced him out. That handed the lead to McFall, and the Irish Champion raced home to take the silverware over McNeice and Stewart.
Pics by John Wolsey
Added: 01/04/19

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