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Another great nights racingat Tipperary
What a great nights racing at the Tipperary this evening. A low number of Junior Acompeted for the Thomas O'Sullivan Memorial Cup. This was off set by good fields of Productions, Stock Rods and Premier Rods.Again the weather gods looked after us with a dry sometimes warm evening.

Racing got underway with the Lightning Rods finishing off from last weeks shortened programme. 653 Eamon Byrne must have enjoyed the break as he soon hit the front and finished 1st just ahead of 179 Mark Gleeson then 602 Adrian McNamara in 3rd.670 Paddy Graham retired during the race with engine problems that kept him out for the rest of the evening. Eamon Byrne was flying in the 1st round of tonights schedule leading from lap 1 to the finish. 603 Mattie Treacy and 602 Adrian Mcnamara swopped places a number of times with Mattie getting 2nd place aheadof Adrian. Unfortunately 179 Mark Gleeson blew an engine, but was back for the final where he had a nip and tuck race with Eamon Byrne but this time it was Mark who took the win.

The juniors were split into their A and B classes for the night as the A's were competing for the Thomas O'Sullivan Memorial Cup. 5 cars started in heat 1 and following engine problems for 98 Sam Clein was a 2 horse race with 162 Ian Riordan and 460 Jack O'Donovan pushing each other hard for the win. 69 Billy Ryan and 184 Adam Browne the otther finishers. Heat 2 was a rerun of the 1st heat with Ian Riordan taking his 2nd win Jack 2nd and Adam taking 3rd. 98 Sam Clein was back for the final and tried to give Ian and Jack a hard time but was unable to split the Ian taking the win, Jack second and Sam third. 184 Adam Browne finished fourth. It was a pity we had so few cars competing for this normally well supported cup.

Adian Hallinan 262 was back out in his lovely lookig Micra after a heavy crash last time out in the Productions. With a field of 17 cars there was always going to be problems, especially in this hard fought class. It was nice to see a few new drivers back on the track, 741 Jonny Patterson trying out the ex Barry O'Dwyer car. The rebuild of 262 Aidan Hallinans car, by Jack Shanahan, paid of big time as he won the first heat. 11 Mike Howard was second and Kevin casey third. 98 Malcolm Clein who shares the car with his son Sam had fixed the mis fire and took the honours in heat 2 with Trevon O'Brien 124 second. 25 Declan McGrath took third.
The same 3 took the honours in an incident packed final that saw points leader Barry O'Dwyer shunted heavily into the wall just after turn 2, the car being badly damaged.
98 Malcolm Clein first, 124 Trevor O'Brien 2nd and 25 Declan McGrath third.

There was a good field of Stock rods on show this evening and the racing was close and fast. The newly returned Brendan O'Connell took a clean sweep on the evening, leading for most of the 3 races. In heat 1 45 Sean Condon was second with 192 Bill Daly in third. Heat 2 saw a rejuvinated 39 John Ramsey go second and no8 John O'Donovan third. 45 Sean Condon had a lucky escape when he rolled the car over at the start finish line. In the final 83 Alan McCormackraced hard from the back of the field to finish second.John O'Donovan 8 took third place for the second race in a row. Bill Daly 192 was fourth.

Just as Brendan O'Connell did a clean sweep, Premier Rod 92, Aidan Kennedy did the same. As we are coming to expect from the premier rods we had some very close racing. In heat 1 658 Emma Lyons started on pole and fought hard all the way but was unable to keep back Aidan kennedy and 721 Tony Burgess. Emma only lost out on the straights but was faster on the corners with the Tigras better handling. Heat 2 was almost a repeat of the first Emma kept Aidan behind her until 2 laps to got she went wide on turn 4 allowing Aidan through. In the final it was same again with 92 Aidan Kennedy passing Emma on turn 4 but this time 608 Cathal Morrisey and 13 Tony Kenny also got passed to take seond and third respectively.

6 National Hotrods competed for the points in round 4 of qualifying for 2015 world championship. 961 Tom Casey back racing after gearbox problems earlier came back with a storm this evening. In heat 1 he got passed 740 Ruaro Cooke before turn 1 and stayed in the lead all the way to the end. 955 Damien Mulvey 2nd place,970 Shane Murphy in 3rd with 261 David Casey 4th. These 3 fought door to door for he places. In heat 2 261 David Casey took the win, Damien Mulvey another 2nd and 961 Tom Casey 3rd. Daddy decided that in the final he would show the young lads how to win beating 261 David into second with 955 Damien Mulvey third. It was good to see 420 Eddie Wall back out giving his newly rebuilt car a decent shakedown.

9 cars were in the visitors class and saw 156 Gerry Rothwell back on track after his lucky escape during the Irish Grand Prix for Classic Hotrods when his beautiful little ford Poplar went on fire. The word is that the car is almost ready to race again and Gerry made a point of thanking the marshals who fought and extinguished the fire. 73 and 79 Philip and Andrew Brady gave a display of doughnuts after the last 2 races. The first race was won by 73 Philip Brady with 32 John Meenahan second. Joe Hegarty 219 in his new 1.3lt gave the 1600's a fright with his speed and handling taking third place. In the second heat Joe was able to hold of a charging James Ginty in the 1600 to take the win, 156 Gerry Rothwell took third. 724 James Ginty won the final with display of fine driving, 73 Philip Brady was second and 219 Joe Hegarty 3rd 961 Barry casey in his new stockrod was 4th and we want to wish Barry all the best in his soon to be move to Stock Rods.

Added: 16/09/14

Championship night
Winners,
Junior A Jack O'Donovan
Junior B Conor Quigley
Premier Rods Mark Walsh
Tom Hennerby Cup Darren McNamara

Full results and report to follow later

Added: 24//08/14

Irish Grand Prix for Classic Hotrods
Saturday 23rd August sees the classic hotrods return for the inaugural running of the Irish Grand Prix. The race is being
sponsored by Weston Electrical. A number of cars from the UK have already booked in so we should have a good field of Classics to watch.
Saturday is also Cup Championships for Junior A, Junior B and Premier Rods. Davy O'Brien through O'Briens Autos Callan and Fethard has kindly agreed to sponspor the Junior B Championship. The Magee family will sponsor the Premier Rod Cups. We still require a sponsor for the Junior A cup. Bill Daly of Dalys Car sales Bansha is sponsoring the Tom Hennerby Memorial cup for Productions. A large number of cars is expected for this annual race.
Lightning Rods. Visitors and National Hotrods complete the line up for a packed night of racing.

So come along and expect to see a fantastic evenings racing.

Important notice for drivers:

ALL cars must be at the track early, gates open 3pm. Drivers briefing will be at 4.50pm with practice starting at 5pm sharp. The 1st race MUST START AT 6PM.

Added: 19/08/2014

Tipperary Raceway 24/5
Saturday evening saw a very wet track at Tipperary raceway and with heavy Rain Showers pouring down before racing started we were in for a good night racing.

The lightning Rods had their Challenge cup and with up to 10 cars on track it looked like we were in for a cracking nights racing. With (987)Francis Rafferty returning to Tipperary after a long break he was going to run off the back of the pack for the night not counting for the cup. (600) David O Brien was also with us with his newly reshelled car that looked like it wouldnt go again after a crash a couple of weeks ago.
Heat 1 saw (670) Paddy Graham away from the front row into the lead followed by (653) Eamon Byrne, (614) Richard McNamara, (602) Adrian McNamara. By lap 6 (679) Mark Gleeson had made his move into the top 5 and. Graham started to pull a slight lead with Gleeson making his way through the field into 2nd with Byrne, R McNamara following in tow. Graham had enough of a lead when the flag dropped followed by Gleeson, Byrne McNamara, A McNamara, and OBrien
Heat 2 saw Gleeson and OBrien front row and when the green flag dropped Gleeson was in front for turn one. With the rest of the pack fighting for third it gave these two a chance to get away and OBrien followed Gleeson moves on every part of the track for the whole race until the chequered flag dropped. While this went on 3rd was a close battle among all in the pack with Rafferty coming through followed by Graham, R McNamara and (676) Sean Ryan.
The final saw a front row with Gleeson on pole and Graham beside him second row saw OBrien and A Mc Namara. on the green flag Gleeson got away from Graham with OBrien, A Mc Namara, R Mc Namara and (630) Noel Hadden. By lap 3 Gleeson had pulled a gap from the rest but all eyes were on second place with OBrien trying to make the outside move on Graham. With that failing OBrien fell back in behind Graham again and stayed for a few laps which saw R Mc Namara 4th at this stage and Rafferty 5th. With Gleeson well in the lead OBrien made a second move on the outside of Graham again and it took a few laps side by side again but this time OBrien got ahead of Graham for 2nd. With the chequered flag dropping for Gleeson followed by OBrien 2nd Graham 3rd and Rafferty 4th , and R Mc Namara 5th but Rafferty not getting points on the day R mc Namara taking 4th instead.

National Hotrods
(17) Gary Kelly led away the pack but into turn one saw(261) David Casey and (200) Eamon ODonovan coming together with ODonovan in the wall and with damage to both cars a red flag was brought out. On the restart Kelly lead away again followed by Murphy (982) Tom McSweeney and (740) Ruari Cooke. By lap 4 Murphy made his move around the outside of Kelly for the lead and from there started to pull away which saw them that way till the flag dropped.Heat 2; This saw Kelly led away again from the start with Murphy into 2nd by the first turn followed by Casey,ODonovan,Cooke and McSweeney.Murphy made his move on lap 2 on the outside of Kelly again and pulled away from the field. Casey had moved by Kelly into 2nd and Kelly and ODonovan was door on door for a couple of laps with ODonovan getting the better of Kelly for 3rd with Cooke in 4th.
The final saw (955) Damien Mulvey join the pack and with the track drying out tyre choice was critical. Kelly led away again but this time Casey was on the move around the outside of Mulvey and Kelly. Murphy was making his way through the field and caught Casey with 5 to go. Murphy made a move to the outside a couple of times but with the greasy track couldnt make the move for the lead but was beside Casey going over the line with Mulvey 3rd then ODonovan, Kelly, and Cooke.
The Nationals had a 4th race for round 2 of Billy Walsh Cup. Murphy got away out in front followed by ODonovan, Mulvey, Casey and Kelly. With a dry track there Casey had made his way up to 3rd but Murphy had opened out a lead that the rest couldnt reel in. Murphy crossed the line with ODonovan, Casey, Mulvey and Kelly


Premier Rods saw 13 cars on track and with 3 different winners in all the 3 races, racing was close all night and Heat 1 saw (13) Tony Kelly and (50) Shane Quinlan having a great battle for the lead but when Quinlan moved in to the lead the red and chequered flag was brought out and Quinlan winner from Kenny and (110) Adrian Gleeson 3rd.
Heat 2 saw (197) Brian fennessy out in the lead with the pack sorting themselves out for a few laps. (607) Mark Walsh, (110) Aidan Gleeson, (608) Cathal Morrissey all came through the field to catch the front runners. With 5 laps to go Gleeson made his move to the lead and to see the chequered flag followed by Walsh and Morrissey.
The final saw (188) Christopher Nagle come out in front into turn one followed by (13) Tony Kenny and (107) Michael Corcoran. Nagel and Kenny were pulling away and fighting for the lead with Gleeson gone into 3rd and moving fast. The red flag was brought out over halfway when (29) Alan Burke meet the wall down the back straight and Nagle broke his duck for his first final win with Kenny 2nd and Gleeson 3rd.


Stock rods saw 16 cars on track with ex National hot rod driver Brendan OConnell out in his new car and (109) David Murray. The wet track wasnt a help but it was (10) William ODonovan who was the man in form with 2 heat wins. Heat 1 saw ODonovan pull out a slight lead but when the pack sorted themselves out it was (24) Jason OBrien, (894) Colm OSullivan, (83) Alan McCormack that were with him when they crossed the line.
Heat 2 saw ODonovan away again and with the pack sorting themselves out he started to pull a slight lead. (617) Philip Heery was bringing the pack along with (36) Anthony McGinty, McCormack, OSullivan, Brien and (35) Mark Buckley. ODonovan held his lead till the chequered flag and the rest holding their positions as above.
The final saw (92) Rory Murphy away from the front and with a lot of battles going on behind him he had pulled a slight lead over the pack. ODonovan had worked his way to 2nd and Heery to 3rd but a slight mistake by Heery in the bottom bend saw (803) Sean Kenny through and with him OBrien, OSullivan, Buckley and McCormack. At the chequered flag it was Murphy who got there in front of ODonovan followed by Kenny, OBrien, OSullivan, and Buckley.


Junior rods had few numbers so they joined both classes together. This saw some great driving from these youngsters on a very wet track and a credit to their parents that bring them week in week out. Junior B class saw a hatch trick of wins for young (43) Conor Quigley with (800) Eoin OBrien 2nd and (824) Niall OBrien 3rd and these results were for all 3 races. The junior A class saw a hatch trick of wins for young (460) Jack ODonovan. Heat 1 saw ODonovan come through the pack and take a nice win with (15) Billy Ryan 2nd (888) Mollie OSullivan 3rd and (184) Adam Brown 4th. Heat 2 saw ODonovan do the same again but had a battle with OSullivan for the lead this time. After claiming the lead ODonovan saw it to the flag followed by OSullivan, Ryan and Brown. The final saw Ryan out in the lead but OSullivan and ODonovan were coming quickly followed by Brown. ODonovan made his move by OSullivan and then Ryan for the lead and OSullivan passed Ryan for second. At the flag it was ODonovan, OSullivan, Ryan and Brown.

Productions saw 8 cars on the track and with 2 heat wins for (827) Barry ODwyer he seemed to be the lad in form on the wet track. When the final came around the track was drying slowly. The final saw (351) Darren Williams out front followed by (801) Robert Magee, (37) Robbie Ryan and Dwyer. Ryan and Dwyer Caught Magee and traded places with each other until Magee and ODwyre have a slight coming together with each other on the last bend. Williams was well clear for the win with Magee coming 2nd and ODwyre 3rd and Ryan 4th.

Can Drivers and spectators please note that there is no Racing next Saturday evening 31st May as previously advertised but we are Racing Sunday 1st june 1:00pm instead all classes racing on the day.

Added: 28/5/2014

Tipperary Raceway Lighnting Rod Championship
Well done to(679) Mark Gleeson winner of Tipperaryracewaysora lighnting rod championship last night.
2nd(600) David O Brien 3rd(670) Paddy Graham and 4th (614)Richard Mc Namara. Report and results of last night's racing coming soon.


Added: 25/5/2014


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