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Great days racing today at Tipperary Raceway!!
Today saw the return of a few drivers in different classes, including the Stock Rods, National Hot Rods and Open Hot Rods Rwd.

Premier Rods - Championship Round
Heat 1- this saw a hat draw and while eight came out for practice, only seven lined up for this heat. Winner of the heat was Aaron Patterson (841), with Aidan Kennedy (92) taking second place and Andrew Burke (831) taking third place.
Heat 2- Aidan Kennedy (92) won this in a reverse of the results of the first two from Heat 1, followed by Aaron Patterson (841), and again Andrew Burke (831) took third place.
Final - this was a very wet race, seeing lots of understeer and the outside line seemed to be the fastest way around the track. Aaron Patterson (841)led most of the race but got overtaken by Aidan Kennedy (92) with only a few laps to go and Aidan then went on to the the checkered flag with Aaron Patterson (841) in second place and again Andrew Burke (831) taking third place and Daryl O'Regan (555) taking fourth place.

Production Rods
Heat 1 - saw 10 drivers line out and was a very close race and it went on. Niall Whelan (124) was first past the line, closely followed by Ger Russell (23) and third place went to Jamie Bowen (370).
Heat 2 - 8 drivers lined up for this one and again Niall Whelan (124) led from the front and was again first past the line. Ger Russell (23) was again in close hot pursuit and finished second with third place going to Jack Tobin (969).
Final - this was a very close run race with the main championship contenders right in the thick of it. The result saw the championship leaders take the first two positions Graham Nelson (95) and Ger Russell (23) with third position going to Evan Wallace (174).

Junior Rods
Heat1- all nine drivers started the two heats and the final. Winner of the heat was Cian Clancy (157) with Ted McGrath (257) taking second and Brian Manton (831) taking third place.
Heat 2- Ted McGrath (257) lost a front wheel after only a few laps but thankfully he was okay and his car was towed off the track and the racing recommenced. Cian Clancy (157) took first place again, with Eoghan Burke (12) taking second and Lisa Nelson (895) taking third place.
Final - With all nine drivers out and the rain pouring down, it was always going to be a challenging test to all. However, Cian Clancy (157) made it a hatrick of wins taking his third checkered flag of the day and was followed in second place by Eoghan Burke (12) and Ted McGrath (258) in third place.

Stock Rods
Heat 1 - we saw 8 drivers who lined up. Heat one saw a collision that saw Colm O'Sullivan (894) crash out. We saw the return of John O'Donovan (8) after about a year out of the class and he was seriously on the pace, taking the first heat.
Heat 2 - Cormac O' Donnell (169) was also back out after damaging his car a few meetings back and took the honours in the second heat and John O'Donovan (8) taking second place and Alan McCormack (83) taking third place.
The Final was played out in hazardous conditions as the rain poured down. It saw Colm O'Sullivan (894) pull up on the first lap and both John O'Donovan (8) and William O'Donovan (10) also pull off early in the race. There was a collision between Diarmuid O'Donnell (160), Eoin McGrath (851) and Cormac O'Donnell (169) resulting in both O'Donnell brothers having their cars removed from the track. The result of the race ended with Alan McCormack (83) taking first, Eoin McGrath (851) taking second and John Buckley (127) taking third.

National Hot Rods
Round 1 of the 2020 World Qualifying Series. Heat 1 - today marked the welcome return to Tipperary Raceway of David O'Regan (208), former National Hot Rod World Champion Shane Murphy (970) and a visit from Davy McKay (943) along with some of our regular drivers. So seven NHR drivers lined up to kick off the new season and Shane Murphy (970)taking the honours on his first trip back on track for some time. Damien Mulvey (51) took second place and third place went to Jeff Riordan (925).
Heat 2- was declared a wet race and again Shane Murphy (970) was well out of touch from the rest of the field taking the checkered flag first with second place going to Damien Mulvey (51) and third place going to David Casey (261).
Final - Saw five cars out. Again it was a very wet track with persistent rain coming down and tyre choice critical given that there seemed to be no dry line showing on the trace after the previous races. This time Dave Casey (261) won the first final of the new season. Jeff Riordan (925) finished in second place and Shane Murphy (970) completed the top three. Thanks to Trevor McNamara Car Sales & Repairs for sponsoring the new tyre for Round 1.

Open Hot Rods Rwd
Heat 1- a new format was worked on today for the class as it shared the same race time with the NHRs. It did get a bit crazy from a commentary perspective and unfortunately my notes were missing for the result of the first heat. However I will say that five drivers lined up with a return to the Raceway by Eamonn Donovan in the unfamiliar number of (142) of Mike Riordan's car, and Andy O'Donnell (175) in a Mark II Ford Escort, and Declan Duffy (436) was out in practice but was having issues with his car and did not get out for the racing itself. Regulars of the class saw the very familiar Drew Russell (333)make the long trip from Donegal, and Jonny Meenehan (325) and Megan O'Daly (93) complete the field of drivers in this class today. Unfortunately Jonny Meenehan (325) crashed into the wall on turn 3 and he was unable to make it back out racing for the afternoon.
Heat 2 - this heat saw the four drivers who completed heat 1 back out and giving it socks and mixing it up with the NHRs. It finished with all four drivers completing the heat and Eamonn Donovan (142) taking the heat with Drew Russell (333) in second place and Andy O'Donnell (175) in third.
Final - only three drivers were out for the final race with Eamonn Donovan (142) taking first and Drew Russell (333) taking second and Megan O'Daly (93)retiring early in the race.

The Demolition Derby was well turned out with 12 cars and the winner was Joe Fitz (77), and principally of the Lightning Rods) in the Opel Meriva with the entertainer of the Demolition Derby going to the mad Astra driver (who, as it turned out was our regular start marshal, Declan Kennedy.
Today saw some good racing and good close battles in the heats and finals. Well done to all drivers and supporters in the pits helping get cars back out.
It was brilliant too to see a rise in car numbers across some of the classes and also to see a big crowd on the banks. Hopefully we can continue to attract better attendances on all counts going forward and it will help drive us on to facilitate the Lightning Rods World Final in October.
All the best to all drivers heading to Hednesford over the August Bank Holiday weekend!!

Added: 22/07/19

summer break
Due to the number of championship races in other tracks we will not be racing until mid August.Keep up to date on our facebook page.

Added: 22/07/2019

some winners 21/07/2019
some winners from sunday. Also National Hotrod winner of round 1 of world qualifiers 2020 David Casey receiving a new tyre sponsored by Trevor McNamara auto repairs.

A few more winners from Sunday.
Added: 22/07/2019

Production Rods
Good evening Drivers our apologies there is an error on the website with round 6 of the Production Rods and you will be racing this weekend and I wish you all well and see you all Sunday thanks for your understanding

Added: 16/07/19

Great to announce 2 sponsors. JMsigns and graphics are sponsoring the Irish Open Championship for Junior Rods.
Weston Electrical is sponsoring the Lightning Rods on Saturday night.
More sponsors to be announced shortly.

Added: 11/05/19

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