Round two of The Rallysport Association Winter Championship Series 2012/13 sponsored by Alltrak Rallysport, Craigavon, takes place this Saturday at Aghadowey Motorsports Centre.
This is the most popular rally venue for The Rallysport Association and an impressive entry of around 100 competitors is expected.
There are seven classes ranging from the absolutely fantastic high speed juniors in Class 1 in their Novas and Corsas right through the field to the supercar class 8 turbo cars. There will be Impreza’s, Evos, Cossies, Escorts, Corollas, Civics, Peugeots, Citroens and all sorts of impressive machinery all chasing for points in the early rounds of this series.
Keith McClelland from Portadown is the outright leader in the series with his overall win in the first round through the concrete lanes of the Moneyglass. He has powered his beautifully self prepared rear wheel drive Toyota Starlet to head all fields in the difficult wet and slippery winter conditions. The former World Hot Rod Champion has proved that his driving skills are not reserved solely for the oval scene and he has mastered the demands of the ever changing challenges of a wide range of rally stages.
Local front runners include Hugh Watson from Draperstown in his Escort, who took first place in class 5 last time out, Randalstown’s Anthony McCann took his Peugeot 205 to a fourth place finish in class 4 just ahead of Portadown’s Aaron Beattie in the last round at Moneyglass and the fastest lady competitor, Janice Magee from Glenarm took a very respectable fourth place in Class 3. The Antrim driver James Kennedy and Joe McQuilllan (pictured above) from Larne have also had considerable success in recent events.
This Saturday each competitor will take at least six timed runs on the Aghadowey stages and unique to The Rallysport Association rally sprints is that each car starts at short intervals and close competitive racing and passing is encouraged. There is loads of continuous high action motorsport with some beautifully prepared machinery and it is a safe, well organized event for spectators.