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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
Tullyroan Oval
21/9/2019 @ 4.30pm

SEPTEMBER SPEEDWEEKEND
National Hot Rods 2019 British Championship Qualifying
Superstox 2019 British Championship
Classic Hot Rods 2019 Irish Open Championship
Ninja Karts 2019 Keir Millar Memorial Trophy
Stock Rods 2019 Tullyroan Challenge Cup

Tullyroan Oval
22/9/2019 @ 1pm

SEPTEMBER SPEEDWEEKEND
National Hot Rods 2019 British Championship & The Leslie Dallas Memorial Trophy 2019
Superstox 2019 Irish Open Championship
Classic Hot Rods 2019 Jim Purdie Memorial Trophy
2.0 Hot Rods 2019 Irish Masters
Lightning Rods

Aghadowey Oval
28/9/2019 @ 6pm

WORLD CUP NIGHT
ProStocks 2019 World Cup
& Irish Open Championship
1300 Stock Cars 2019 National Championship
Lightning Rods 2019 Irish Championship
Junior Productions 2019 Irish Championship

Thunder Rods


 


 

 
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A mild February evening saw the local oval racers get their first taste of 2019 action, and they served up some excellent racing throughout the meeting. There were heat and final double successes for Portadown duo Scott Cochrane and Vince Litter in the 2.0 Hot Rods and Lightning Rods respectively, whilst Londonderry teenager David Gurney was also at the double with similar successes in the Thunder Rods. Young Larne ace Samuel Wilson celebrated his first ever feature race win in the well subscribed Stock Rods division, whilst the other feature race at the Hoggs Bar, Loughgall sponsored event fell to Nutts Corner’s Josh McKinstry in the Back To Basics Bangers.

An excellent field of 2.0 Hot Rods came under starters orders for their opening heat, which saw local driver Thomas Morrison set the early pace. Former Lightning Rods World Champ Scott Cochrane has caught the eye since his graduation to the 2 Litres, and he swooped past with 5 laps to go to grab the win over Stephen Emerson and Thomas Dilly. Heat two saw some tremendous battling in the pack, as the star drivers struggled to find a way past the stubborn resistance of Colin McFarland. Out front though a four way scrap for the lead between Michael Woods, Brian Cherry, Morrison and Davy Potter was settled right at the death, as Dungannon veteran Potter recorded a popular win over Wood and Morrison.
Woods set off at great pace in the final, challenged for the lead initially by Cherry before Dilly tried his luck too. None of them could unseat the impressive Woods from the top spot, until Cochrane arrived on the scene in the closing stages with a posse of star names in tow. Despite the best efforts of Woods, Cochrane found a way past to claim his second win of the night over Adam Best and Woods.

The local Stock Rods really are on the crest of a wave at present, with yet another fantastic entry on track. The crowded raceway produced some fantastic racing, with Cullybackey’s Rick Purdy leading the opening heat away. He held sway out front despite some heavy pressure from William Taggart, with the rest closing fast as the laps dwindled down. Former National Champion Micky McFall was the big threat over the final laps, but Purdy held on for a polished win ahead of McFall and Taggart. Purdy then went on to repeat the feat in the second heat, slipping past long time pacesetter Johnny McCloy in the closing stages for his second win of the evening, ahead of Samuel Wilson and McCloy.
From such a big field the star men were struggling to make an impact, with McCloy again running out front in the early stages of the final. Wilson had looked mightily impressive all evening, and he slipped past on lap nine to take up the running. A couple of caution periods brought the pack onto Wilson’s bumper to test his resolve, but he calmly remained out front before McFall mounted a stern challenge over the final laps. Teenager Wilson proved equal to the threat though, taking a fantastic final win to mark himself down as one to watch in 2019. McFall and Robert McIlroy completed the podium ahead of McCloy and Stuart Agnew.

The Lightning Rods were competing in their first meeting since some major rule changes in the formula, and it was Vince Litter who took the opening heat win after breaking free from Thomas McCrory. Irish Champion Nigel Jackson took second ahead of Richard Stewart. McCrory again led them away in heat two, opening up quite an advantage early on. Litter ran him down in the latter stages but it was to be McCrory’s victory. Litter and Adam McCann filled the top three.
McCrory once again led the way in the final, but Litter squeezed past on lap eight to race home to his second victory of the night. That earns him a rise to the star grade for the next meeting, with Ricky Shaw, Tim Hazlett, James McKinney and Stewart the next over the line.

Newcomer Daniel Rodgers led the opening laps of the first Thunder Rods heat, being joined in the battle for the lead by Jason Darragh and Jonny Teggart. Teggart found a gap up the inside to take the win over Darragh and Irish Champion Andrew McLean in his new car. Heat two was all about teenage sensation David Gurney as he raced clear to take an emphatic win, and that despite a late caution period which brought the experienced Norman Purdy onto his tail. Behind Purdy, David’s father Davy Gurney Snr took third.
David Gurney once again had the bit between his teeth in the Hoggs Bar sponsored final, powering ahead to take a clear victory and earn his second rise in the gradings in as many meetings. Purdy and Teggart took the podium places in this one ahead of Jerome Doherty and Gurney Snr.

The Back To Basics Bangers entertained with some great action all evening, with all the drivers really getting stuck in and providing plenty of contact and spins. Dan Shannon took the opening heat ahead of Josh McKinstry and Neil Capper, before Matthew McKinstry came through to land heat two ahead of Josh Goligher and Josh McKinstry.
The final was perhaps their race of the night, with all sorts of action on track. Josh McKinstry came through the chaos to take the win over Shannon and Goligher.
Pics by John Wolsey
Many thanks to our meeting sponsors, Hogg's Bar of Loughgall
Added: 24/02/19

Easter Monday at Aghadowey Oval (April 22nd) will see the richest Stock Rod race meeting ever staged, as the oval racing world gathers to celebrate the memory of the much-missed Ballymoney legend Alan Connolly. The special Alan Connolly Memorial Trophy will see the top drivers in the Stock Rod formula from right across the British Isles travel to race in the former multi-World Champion's honour.

Already a fantastic £1800 of extra prize money has been donated by a number of companies including Trevor Hill Race Engines, Murray's of Randalstown, S McAfee & Son, McKinstry Skip Hire, Bell Building, NW Developments, Darrell Hanna Auto Repairs, Cirrus Plastics, DS Autos, Alex Hunter Race Prep and NIOvalTV.

As if that wasn't enough, in addition to the above there will also be a number of new parts and vouchers on offer- everything from race tyres to harnesses, shocks to exhausts and everything in between!!
These prizes have been kindly donated by LM Paints, Gilmore Engineering, Simpson Race Exhausts, Polleysport, Maxwell Freight Services, Gunner Motorsport, Racemart, DMD Air Art, SP Suspension, Edwards Motorsport, Redline Racing, Racewear Design, Lee Smart Racing, Muppet Motorsport, Chris Hamill Design, JMC Hydrographics and Rick Purdy Race Paint.

The aim is to not only enhance the winners prize fund, but also to have multiple grade and spot prizes throughout the afternoon. Former Stock Rods and National Hot Rods World Champion Glenn Bell has already signalled his intention to be on the grid, which should add some extra spice to the occasion.

Travel incentives are also available for visiting UK drivers, and ferry deals are available from Holyhead to Dublin for English based racers.
***Spedeworth/Incarace and HRP registered drivers can score National Points at this meeting***

Don't forget the Stock Rods Irish Open Championship takes place at Tullyroan Oval on Easter Saturday evening for those hoping to make a long weekend out of it!

It promises to be a festival of Stock Rod racing, a fitting tribute to one of the true gentlemen and legends of our sport.

The Stock Rods Alan Connolly Memorial Trophy, Aghadowey Oval, Easter Monday April 22nd 2019.

Further donations to the prize fund will be most welcome, anyone wishing to donate in any way please contact Ronnie McMillan or Darren Black or contact us at info@dmcracepromotions.com

Added: 13/02/19

The 2019 Race Dates for DMC Race Promotions in association with Spedeworth Motorsports are now available to view on our website. With some huge events on offer, the new season looks to be one of our best to date!

British Championship showdowns for National Hot Rods, 2.0 Hot Rods, Superstox, Lightning Rods and Ninja Karts are sure to be highlights of the season ahead, whilst the in-form Stock Rods contest their European Championship and the ProStocks World Cup returns to Ulster once again.

Shamwreck 2019 for the Unlimited National Bangers, the National Championship for the all-action 1300 Stock Cars and the inaugural running of the Alan Connolly Memorial Trophy for Stock Rods are other feature events which are sure to arouse huge interest amongst fans and drivers alike.

There’s something for everyone at DMC Race Promotions in 2019, and we hope to see you along to some of our events during the year.

Over the next few weeks we will be contacting our regular partners and sponsors, and if you would like to join us in 2019 to promote your company or brand, please contact us at info@dmcracepromotions.com or by PM to our Facebook page.


Added: 13/01/19

The Big Van Bangers headlined the annual festive meeting at Tullyroan Oval on Sunday afternoon, and served up some fantastic action for the bumper crowd. Lisburn’s Rodney Herron avoided the carnage to land the 2018 Van-dalism title, whilst Ahoghill’s Karl Smyth overcame a huge 30+ car entry in the Rookie Bangers to take the feature race victory. Other winners at the Cirrus Plastics sponsored meeting were Lee Davison (Superstox), Steven Haugh (ProStocks) and Graham Meek (Junior Productions).

One of the best Big Van Bangers entries in recent years took to the track, and proceeded to put on three fantastic events. Dublin duo Stevo McGrath and Paul Gaffney did their best to block the track in the main Van-dalism race, with Leonard Dunn hitting the front before he lost out to a flying Stephen Boyd. Just when Boyd looked to have victory sewn up, he was taken out in style on the final lap, which opened the door for Rodney Herron to steal through for the win in his Transit. Dunn and Gaffney filled the podium
There were more huge hits in the Allcomers race, with Matthew McKinstry getting his Transit well and truly squashed for the second time in as many races! Dunn again led and proceeded to once again get involved in aggro with McGrath and Gaffney. Herron again took the honours, this time ahead of Gaffney who was the only other finisher. The pits crews worked miracles to return quite a field for the Destruction Derby, and once again some huge hits were handed out. Tony Gillespie’s LDV was all but destroyed, as it boiled down to a shoot-out between McGrath and Gaffney. Gaffney went in with the killer blow on the Tullyroan Bend to take the win, with McGrath awarded Entertainer of the Day.

Over 30 Rookie Bangers took to the circuit, and right from the off there was action galore right throughout the field. James Goodman and Josh McKinstry battled for the lead in heat one, with Goodman getting the nod at the line ahead of Ger O’Beirne and Aaron Eager. Heat two some more great racing, with McKinstry, Stephen Clarke and Paul O’Connor contesting the lead until they all tripped over each other on the back straight. That opened the door for Deano McGrath to take the victory over Josh Goligher and O’Beirne.
Again some amazing work in the pits returned almost 25 cars for the Final, with a battle quickly developing between McKinstry, Goligher and Karl Smyth. Smyth went in hard on Goligher on turn four, slipping through to take the chequered flag in some style. Goligher had to make do with second ahead of Eugene Cadden in third, after another action packed afternoon from the Rookies.

Debutant Simon Halligan had a start to his Superstox career that he will care to forget, as he spun on the opening lap of heat one and was collected at full chat by World Champion Lee Davison. At the restart Sean Mark came through to take the flag and continue his recent good run of form, ahead of Chris McArdle and Aaron McNeilly. Davison bounced back in style by taking heat two, ahead of Cyril Hawe and Mark.
Hawe led for a number of laps in the final, but he had no answer to the flying World Champ as Davison powered through for his second victory of the day. Stephen Stewart took second ahead of Hawe.

British Champion Dan Shannon took the victory in the opening ProStocks heat over Sam Stewart, before European & Irish Champion Steven Haugh snatched the win in heat two by nudging past Conor McElmeel on the final bend.
There was a great battle between Steven Haugh, Alan Haugh and McElmeel for much of the distance in the final on a very slippery track indeed. It was Steven Haugh who powered clear to complete his double ahead of Alan Haugh and McElmeel.

There was a Junior Productions debut for Jack Morrow in a fine looking new Corsa, the former Ninja Kart star acquitting himself very well during the meeting. Aaron Ward took the opening heat win over Graham Meek and Sam McNeice, the latter duo elevated to the podium after a number of penalties were handed out to the placemen. Meek was relishing the slippery conditions, racing home to the heat two win on the outside line ahead of McNeice and Irish Champion Adam McFall.
Ward led the opening exchanges of the Cirrus Plastics sponsored final, but Meek again looked very strong as he cruised past to take the chequered flag after a very accomplished drive. McNeice and McFall completed the podium finishers.

Pics by Brian Lammey & Ed Fahey
Added: 31/12/18

A fantastic festive feast of oval racing was served up at Aghadowey Oval on Boxing Day. Ballymoney’s Ian Bolton was crowned Irish Champion in the Reliant Robins as they enjoyed their final meeting on the local raceways, whilst Coleraine’s William Taggart took an excellent win from a crowded field of Stock Rods. Local Aghadowey driver Richard Stewart took the spoils in the Lightning Rods, whilst other winners at the Select Catering sponsored meeting were Londonderry’s David Gurney (Thunder Rods), Portadown’s Max Hobson (Ninja Karts) and Dan Shannon (Back to Basics Bangers), whilst an entertaining Caravan Destruction Derby went the way of Ahoghill’s Karl Smyth.

Defending Champion Ian Bolton went ahead early in the Irish Championship for the Reliant Robins, with an early stoppage after a clash between John Stewart and Steven Bolton. Ian Bolton pulled clear once again amongst the drama to take the last ever Irish Championship title for the formula, with Billy McClean and RJ Woolsey completing the podium finishers.
The Irish Revenge race also fell to Ian Bolton as some of the others rolled out of contention. The Destruction Derby was the final fling for the formula, and it saw huge hits and rollovers galore, with Steven Bolton and Jason McCaughern in the midst of things. Woolsey and Ian Bolton had a huge head on to finish in style, with RJ driving away to claim the DD win. The Robins certainly went out in style!

A very healthy winter field of 21 Stock Rods took to the track, with Rick Purdy taking a pleasing flag to flag win in the opening heat to really get his career in the formula up and running. Experienced former champions Micky McFall and Victor McAfee chased him home in that one, before Rick spent some time out front in heat two as well. Dan Shannon got the edge at the halfway mark though and raced home to the win ahead of William Taggart and Purdy, as the star men struggled to make an impact.
Purdy and Del McLaughlin had spells out front in the final, but it was Taggart who moved ahead and on to collect the silverware. There were a number of caution periods, but William survived them all to head home Purdy and Shannon, with McAfee and Derek McMillan next over the line.

Tommy McCrory and Aaron Brunton disputed the early lead in all three Lightning Rods races, with Brunton grabbing first blood by taking the opener over McCrory and Richard Stewart. Aaron again led heat two until challenged late on by Thomas Dilly. The duo tangled into turn one with just two laps left, opening the door for World Champion Gordy McKee to snatch victory over Tim Hazlett and Nigel Jackson.
Mark McCambridge nipped past McCrory and Brunton early in the final to race ahead, but he soon had Stewart breathing down his neck. Richard tracked Mark’s every move for lap after lap, until the smallest of errors from the leader allowed Stewart past to take the lead and the win. McCambridge had to settle for second ahead of Ricky Shaw and Hazlett.

Sixteen-year-old Londonderry lad David Gurney enjoyed a dream debt in the senior ranks when he raced to a flag to flag win in the opening Thunder Rods race of the day. Jonny Pollock and James Goldie kept him honest all the way home in that one, before Gurney again led heat two for much of the distance. Norman Purdy found a way past a couple of laps from home to take the win, with Gurney in second ahead of Jameson Tweed.
Gurney was back on top form for the final, simply driving away out front whilst the rest squabbled behind. He took a clear victory to record a double for the afternoon, also earning himself an instant rise to yellow grade for the next meeting. Purdy and Goldie chased hard in the closing stages but just couldn’t quite get on terns with the flying Gurney.

Amongst the Ninja Karts on show was a new LJN Motorsport machine for Leyton Hughes. He put it to good use with a great run in the opening heat, where he was just pipped near the flag by Max Hobson for the win. Irish Champion Lacey Bevan took heat two ahead of Hobson and Hughes, before the final produced an excellent encounter. Bevan and Hobson disputed the lead for much of the second part of the race, with Max just holding on for the win over Bevan and Matthew Weir.

A few Back to Basics Bangers put on a show in their two demonstration runs, with the wins falling Josh Goligher and Dan Shannon.

A very entertaining Caravan Destruction Derby rounded off the meeting, with carnage all around the track. Nathan Hanna, John Moore and Jamie Tannahill were amongst those who entertained, whilst Karl Smyth went right through, and then got stuck inside, a caravan body! He raced around the track barely able to see, all the while still towing his own caravan! He broke free to finish off the others in great fashion to take the win.
Many thanks to our meeting sponsors, Select Catering & DGH Services
Added: 27/12/18

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