Paddy Piston 2013
Well hopping a short 1 hour flight from Southend to Belfast on friday evening i arrived in sunny Belfast with sunny weather ordered just for the event weekend. After a short drive from the airport i was delivered to what I can only describe as the best race track I have ever seen in person. Facilities that take racing tracks in the UK to another level loads of coverd pitting and even a few private pitting sheds now thats cool. Fully covered rostrum with enough monitors poking out that no one could ever complain about lack of information in addition to all of this there was a newly installed racer position information board. Im surprised that the UK nationals do not have this venue as a permanant feature on their race clandar as even with the traveling costs it probably work out the same as attending a 2 day national for most people. Speaking to the variouse competitors they were all echoing the same thoughs or very close perhaps this will open more racers eyes to what is truely a hidden gem.
The BADMCC team have done an amazing job of getting their track ready to host the event and deserve a massive pat on the pack for a job well done. The racers were blessed with plenty of track time with evening controled practice on friday in heat format and a couple rounds of practice on the saturday morning before heading into 7 rounds of qualifying with the best 4 from 7 to count towards your place on the grid for the finals now thats some seriouse track time.
Graham Alsop claimed a Hat Trick of victories 2011/2012 & now 2013 with his Bullitt powered Hotbodies Rallycross Buggy with a class act drive for the 1 hour A Main final
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Some intresting news Lee Bunker was running the new HUDY FX Engine at the event and was running 10 mins no problem throughout qualifying and finals with the engine coming off at around 182 deg after a 1 hour final not bad statistics. It will have to go some way to beat a dominant force clearly represented by the sheer qty of Bullitt engines in the A Main and no fewer than 33 of them in a field of 64 thats some seriouse engine support.
Photographs from the event can be found in our Gallery LINK
Full race meeting results and details can be found here LINK
Watch our for our traveling article to help you make your plan to attempt to get a place at the PPR 2014 Event and become part of the elite traveling racer who has been privileged to experience this superb race track.