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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
29/2/2020 @ 2pm-7pm

Pre-Season Practice Day 1

Tullyroan Oval
7/3/2020 @ 2pm-7pm

Pre-Season Practice Day 2

Tullyroan Oval
14/3/2020 @ 6.30pm

National Hot Rods Simpson Race Exhausts 2020 World Series NI Round 7

2.0 Hot Rods
Lightning Rods
Junior Productions



A Fitting Winner: McAfee Victor-ious In Alan Connolly Memorial
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

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