2019 British Championship – Tullyroan Oval, September 21st/22nd
Portadown star Glenn Bell tasted National Hot Rods British Championship glory at the annual DMC Race Promotions Speedweekend at Tullyroan Oval. In front of a packed house, Bell raced home to land the black & white chequered roof in some style
All four corners of the British Isles were represented in the DRS Steelbuildings sponsored British Championship, with Broughshane’s Jaimie McCurdy grabbing the first heat win as he just held off Derek Martin at the flag.
Heat two saw a fantastic victory for former British Champ John Christie, as he roared around long time leader Keith Martin on the wide outside line for a superb victory that had the crowd on their feet.
The final heat saw Shane Murray in victory lane, as he steered his Ginetta home ahead of World Champion Robert McDonald from Scotland.
The opening exchanges in the rain blighted British title race were simply breathtaking, as pole man Christie and Glenn Bell circulated side by side for some time, with Murray right in the mix too as all three chased the lead. The fans were on the edge of their seats with nothing at all between the three in the damp conditions, each trying every line and style possible in their attempts to edge an advantage. Bell finally did break clear as Scotsman Gordon Alexander joined the fun at the front. Glenn duly completed the remainder of the race to take the British Championship crown, with Murray and Alexander completing the top three at the end of a race that will live long in the memory.
The reverse grid British Revenge Race ended in controversial fashion with on the road winner Adam Maxwell disqualified for contact which took long time leader Derek Martin out of contention. That handed the win to Murray over McDonald and Bell.
The meeting finale was for the superb Leslie Dallas Memorial Trophy, which saw Murray romp to victory over McDonald and Bell to complete a great weekend for the National Hot Rods.