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