Dou­ble cham­pion Hy­lands con­sid­ers his Hot Rod fu­ture af­ter Tul­ly­roan tyre slip up

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Bri­tish and Na­tional Hot Rod win­ner Adam Hy­lands has de­cided to sell his car and take a break from rac­ing af­ter pick­ing up a two-event ban.

The North­ern Ir­ish­man claimed the Bri­tish ti­tle at Tul­ly­roan re­cently to add to the Na­tional crown he won at Hed­nes­ford at the be­gin­ning of Au­gust. How­ever, in the Les­lie Dal­las Tro­phy race at Tul­ly­roan 10 days ago, Hy­lands was found to be run­ning a non-reg­is­tered tyre on his Vaux­hall Ti­gra and he was pinged from the win and handed the two-race ban.

“I was go­ing to try and qual­ify for next year’s World Fi­nal at Ip­swich be­cause I love that event, but this ban makes it im­pos­si­ble now,” said Hy­lands.

“I am gut­ted, as it was an in­no­cent mis­take as ev­ery­one was scrab­bling around chang­ing from wets to dry [tyres] just be­fore the race. The penalty is pretty harsh. I am go­ing to take some time out to think about what to do next.” Rob Mc­don­ald also fell foul of the se­ries’ tyre rules at Fox­hall Heath last week­end ( see re­port be­low). Mc­don­ald had won the fi­nal on the road but was later thrown out in post-race scru­ti­neer­ing for run­ning a non-reg­is­tered tyre. Mc­don­ald has also picked up a two-event ban.

Hot Rod ace Christie to race F1 mon­ster

For­mer Na­tional Hot Rod World Fi­nal win­ner John Christie will make his de­but in a BRISCA F1 stock car at Birm­ing­ham Wheels in Novem­ber.

The North­ern Ir­ish­man, who won the Hot Rod ti­tle in 2013, will use the car of friend Paul Hines for the 2016 Gala Night event at the track.

“I had al­ways wanted to drive an F1 car and then Paul found this chance for me – I am very grate­ful,” said Christie. “We got to know each other when we were run­ning cars at the Au­tosport Show one year. Now there is a chance.”

Christie, who is sec­ond in the North­ern Ir­ish points, has never driven a 650bhp F1 stock car be­fore. “It is go­ing to be one hell of a bap­tism of fire,” said Christie. “I am hope­fully go­ing to test the week be­fore the event but I am not sure yet. I hope the ri­val drivers treat me gen­tly, be­cause some of the hits can be quite big. But rac­ing an F1 car is some­thing I re­ally want to tick off my wish list.”

Hy­lands is selling his Hot Rod

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