Ross goes bumper to bumper

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WARINGSTOWN’S Ross Houston will go bumper to bumper with some of the toughest drivers in UK oval racing when Ballymena Raceway hosts the UK Masters Championship on Saturday May 11 (6.30pm start time).

Houston has made a splendid start to the 2013 season in his 2-Litre powered Ford and currently sits at the top of the Irish Points chart after a fine run of form. On his last outing at Ballymena Houston, a former Irish Open champion,

rattled off an imperious hat-trick of wins in the opening round of the Shoot Out Series. Other Northern Ireland drivers in contention for the title include current Irish Champion Ryan Wright from Cullybackey, Matty Stilring from Ballymoney, Mark Hughes from Armagh and Coleraine based brothers Anthony and Kieran McIvor.

Topping the star-studded entry is double World Champion Eddie Darby from Devon. This will be Darby’s first ever time in the province and his appearance is sure to be a highlight for local race fans. Scottish Champion Stuart Shevill from

Motherwell, current National Champion Gordon Alexander from Boneyrigg, 2007 World Champion Steve Webster from Sheffield and Banger racing legend Shane Davies from Northfleet in Kent are some of the other star names amongst the strong group of eighteen mainland visitors. Scottish drivers Paul and Stevie Honeyman, Kyle Hegg, Ian McLaughlin, Alistair Strachan, Graeme Shevill, Aaryn Triggs, Glen Heeps, Stuart Drobinski and William Mitchell, plus English trio

Jacob Downey, Ian Elms and George Boult Jnr. complete the excellent line-up of visitors.

The support races on Saturday evening include the Stock Rods Irish Grand Prix. World Champion Chris Gordon from Ballymena will be hunting for more titles at his home track, but faces some stern opposition in the form of Irish

Champion Stevie McNiece from Newtownhamilton and other local favourites such as Victor McAfee, Mickey McCall, Carl Sloan and Steven McLane. The home drivers will be joined on track by European Champion Chris ‘Gunner’ Lattka

who is travelling over from Scotland for the event.