Hylands on the right track after sealing Euro delight
Adam Hylands announced his arrival on the National Hot Rod stage with a splendid victory in the European Championships at the Lochgelly Raceway in Scotland at the weekend.
The 24-year-old from Portadown only made a full-time switch from the 2-Litre Hot Rod division into the elite National Hot Rod section at the start of the year and beat the best from Northern Ireland, England, Scotland, the Republic of Ireland and Holland to capture the coveted title.
Three consistent results in the qualifying heats earned Hylands pole position for the 45-lap showdown where he had to withstand some concerted pressure from Scottish star Robert McDonald before exerting his authority to guide his Vauxhall Tigra home for his first major title win in the National Hot Rod division.
It was a whitewash of the major places for the province's racers with Andrew Murray from Bangor and Portadown's Stewart Doak completing the podium positions in the European event.
The Northern Ireland dominance continued the following day when Portadown's Glenn Bell captured the Scottish Open title.
It's back to World Qualifying action at Ballymena Raceway this Friday (7.15pm) for the National Hot Rod racers.