HYLANDS ADDS THE BRITISH TITLE TO HIS TROPHY HAUL
Organiser: DMC Race Promotion When: September 17/18
Adam Hylands continued his recent success in National Hot Rods by adding the British Championship held at Tullyroan Oval to last month’s National Championship win at Hednesford.
Two qualification races run the night previously in dry conditions provided heat wins for Jaimie Mccurdy and Glenn Bell but, with second and fifth place results, Derek Martin was on pole for the final.
Alongside him was Bell, with Hylands and Keith Martin occupying the second row.
Neither the current World nor European champions managed to finish either qualifying race. That led to the rare sight of both Adam Maxwell and Carl Waller-barrett towards the rear of the 20-car grid.
Also enduring a poor qualifying run was defending British champion David Casey, who was disqualified from heat two after contact and elected not to race for the rest of the meeting.
For the main race on Sunday, the track was soaked and drivers faced a tough task.
Bell leapt into the lead at the start although this was short lived because several drivers had not stayed side by side until the green flag. That prompted a restart.
The second attempt started spectacularly with Martin almost spinning out completely from pole only to catch it, avoid chaos and rejoining without losing too many places.
This allowed Bell and Hylands to take advantage of the brief melee and move slightly ahead of the rest.
The two Tigras remained side by side for several laps, both drivers utilising part of the centre line of the track, giving the best grip and neither gave an inch.
Behind, Keith Martin, Gary Wilson, Mccurdy, Rob Mcdonald and a recovering Derek Martin chased the leaders down.
Hylands and Bell stayed side by side until a collision between Billy Wood and Carl Sloan at the first bend brought a stoppage.
Hylands jumped ahead of Bell at the restart, with Keith Martin ahead of nephew Derek.
Derek appeared anxious to get past his family member as Mcdonald was breathing down his neck. Mcdonald briefly made it in to third position but was forced to retire to the centre with a handful of laps to go.
At the front Hylands had pulled almost half a lap ahead of Bell with Derek Martin in third. They were followed by Keith Martin, John Christie and Wilson.
Hylands held on to win with an impressive victory ahead of Bell and Derek Martin.
During other events over the course of the weekend, Ian Mcreynolds won the reverse-grid Revenge race and Derek Martin took the Leslie Dallas Memorial Trophy.
A happy Hylands collects the silverware
Hylands (l) fends off Bell and the pair would finish first and second in the British showdown