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Jaimie McCurdy out to retain title at Showgrounds Oval

Ballymena Raceway ushers in 2016 with the Winter National Championship meeting on New Year's Day.

The traditional festive fixture at the Showgrounds Oval will provide a high speed afternoon of short track action, with the National Hot Rod, BriSCA F2 Stock Car, Stock Rod, Group Two Lightning Rod and Super Saloon classes all contesting their Winter National titles.

The defending Winter National champion in the showcase National Hot Rod category is Jaimie McCurdy.

The Broughshane teenager swept through the race card unbeaten 12 months ago in his Wilson McCurdy Haulage Vauxhall and is likely to be one of the favourites for honours again this time around.

The popular F2 Stock Cars provided some terrific race action throughout 2015 and look set for another exciting year ahead, with the prestigious British Championship set to be staged in the province for the first time since 1995.

Another class that really got back on track during 2015 was the ORC Stock Rod division. Young guns such as Niall McFerran, Adam Sloan, Matthew McKinstry and Aaron Moody swelled the ranks of the 1400cc class during 2015 and that upturn in fortunes looks set to continue in 2016, with a number of drivers expressing interest in the class over the winter months.

The Stock Rod formula received more good news recently from the sport's governing body, the ORCi.

They confirmed that Ballymena Raceway will host the European Championship in 2016 over the weekend of August 26 and 27.

The 2015 Points Champions will also be presented with their awards during the McCarroll Plant Hire sponsored fixture on New Year's Day, where the first race is scheduled to get under way in the Ballymena Showgrounds at 2pm.

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