Busy Easter on Local Ovals – Photo 1 of 1

As tradition dictates, the Easter weekend will see a feast of oval racing at local circuits.

The race starts at Tullyroan Oval, near Dungannon, on Easter Saturday (6.30pm), before the action moves to Aghadowey Oval, near Coleraine, on Easter Monday (2pm start).

The Stock Rods formula will play a headlining role over the two days, with the Irish Open Championship up for grabs on Saturday and then the second staging of the coveted Alan Connolly Memorial Trophy on Easter Monday.

Current world champion Siobhan Martin and five-time world title holder Chris Lattka will represent Scotland and add international flair to the race.

Siobhan is now based at Dungannon though, so Saturday will almost feel like a home date for the first lady of the oval!

Kells star Derek McMillan is the defending Irish Open champion and has been tipped to make an appearance to defend his crown, while Ballymena garage owner Victor McAfee will defend the Alan Connolly Memorial Trophy after having won the first edition in 2019.

.That event three years ago in Aghadowey was one of the most memorable meetings ever held in the province, and hopes are high for a repeat as we remember the Ballymoney-based former world champion who sadly passed away in 2018.

Alan was one of the most talented and beloved drivers to ever grace the local ovals, and the race will be another fitting tribute to his memory.

The National Hot Rods will also be present at both meetings, as the quest for vital World Series points intensifies.

All the important places on the World Championship grid at Ipswich in July are on the line, with national and NI champion Derek Martin assuredly a major draw.

Crowd favorite John Christie of Ballinderry will chase glory in his Lotus, while Shane Murray (Galgorm), Adam Hylands (Portadown), Adam Maxwell (Crumlin) and Kells driver Carl Sloan will be ones to watch.

Also in action at Tullyroan on Easter Saturday are 2L wreckers National Bangers plus 1300 Stock Cars and Junior Productions, with the title race Ninja Karts King of Aghadowey, Lightning Rods and Thunder Rods rounding out the lineup at Aghadowey on Monday afternoon.

Jack C. Nugent