Causeway Chronicle

McKeown crowned 2.0 Hot Rod King of Aghadowey

Drew McKeown from County Armagh claimed the 2.0 Hot Rods King of Aghadowey title as the drivers and fans enjoyed a sunny spring evening at Aghadowey Oval on Saturday night.

There was action aplenty amongst all five formulas on show, with Portadown duo Steven Haugh and Ollie Williamson taking heat and final doubles in the Superstox and Ninja Karts respectively, whilst there was also a double for Magherafelt newcomer Philip Porter in the Thunder Rods. The stars of the evening were arguably the 1300 Stock Cars, where Lisburn’s Craig Bodenham secured the feature race victory.

2.0 Hot Rods

The opening 2.0 Hot Rods heat saw a fantastic finish as Scott Cochrane just held off Wayne Woolsey by millimetres on the line after a fantastic battle, before heat two went to Ryan McCrory ahead of Drew McKeown.

Cochrane had pole spot for the King of Aghadowey final and went ahead, before a superb opportunistic move by McKeown saw him find a gap into the Brown Trout Bend. McKeown made off into the distance to secure the win over McCrory and Jordan Rochford.

1300 Stock Cars

The all-action 1300 Stock Cars entertained all evening with the bumpers going in hard. The opening heat was simply superb, which a whole host of cars rattling off the wall late on as they battled for the win. As they went to the final turn it was anybody’s victory, with Gareth Halliday driving superbly to take the chequered flag ahead of Craig Bodenham and Michael Logan.

An equally action packed heat two saw a rollover for James Crossett as Logan took the win  from Robbie Wright amidst the drama.

The final just couldn’t live up to the high standards set before, with Bodenham racing clear to record a well deserved victory over David Wilson and Jonathan Brown.


Brian Lammey set the pace in the Superstox opener, before losing out to Dean Catherwood. In an exciting finish Steven Haugh bumpered his way to the lead late on to take a great win over World Champion Craig McConnell.

Heat two again saw Lammey in the early lead, but this time it was Jordan Robinson who powered through to win with McConnell once again the runner up.

Jonathan Crawford and Lammey disputed the early lead in the final before Paddy Murphy took over. He had no answer to Haugh’s pace, the Birches man steaming through to record his second win of the night ahead of Catherwood and Murphy.

Ninja Karts

A pleasing entry of 20 Ninja Karts took the green flag in their opening heat. With Ollie Williamson leading until a late caution period. Star man Jake Barnett pounced to hit the front on the restart and win from Ollie and Keegan Turtle.

Williamson then starred throughout the remainder of the meeting, taking heat two from Barnett and then driving a superb final to take the silverware in style. After a tense scrap with Kahan Bradley, Ollie edged clear to win ahead of Barnett and Rowdy Grattan.

Thunder Rods

A busy field of Thunder Rods saw the evening’s racing dominated by the novice grade. Andy Brown raced clear to win the opening heat over Philip Porter while much attention focussed on the huge scrap within the main pack.

Porter then took over for the remainder of the meeting, the Magherafelt novice claiming heat two ahead of Brown and then relegating early leader Jordan McFetridge to win the feature final as the Thunder Rods again produced the goods..

Next Meeting

The next meeting at Aghadowey Oval is on North West 200 weekend, when the oval racing action takes place on Friday night, May 10th. The penultimate round of National Hot Rods World Series NI tops the programme alongside the King of Aghadowey for Stock Rods. Thunder Rods and Junior Production complete the line up, with the first race due off the grid at 7.15pm.

2.0 Hot Rods King of Aghadowey Drew McKeown receives the silverware from Race Official Jay Jay McConaghie.
1300 Stock Cars winner, Lisburn’s Craig Bodenham (left), receives his award from Race Official Curtis McConkey.
Portadown’s OIlie Williamson scored his first ever race wins by scooping a heat and final double in the Ninja Karts at Aghadowey Oval
Drew McKeown Powers his immaculate 2.0 Hot Rods to victory at Aghadowey.
Six year old Coleraine driver Axel McMullan saw his debut Ninja Karts race meeting end in spectacular style! He emerged unscathed and raring to go at the next meeting!
Aaron McCullough

Aaron McCullough