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Meeke ‘rests’ by giving his superkart a run-out at Nutts Corner

By Robert Jones

Give Kris Meeke anything with wheels on it and he’s totally at home.

Rally cars, enduro or mountain bikes, karts. He takes to them like a duck to water.

With a weekend off from the Intercontinental Rally Challenge series, he turned out at the Irish Kart Grand Prix meeting at Nutts Corner in his latest ‘toy’, a 250cc superkart, and raised more than a few eyebrows.

Meeke qualified on pole position with a new lap record ... out-pacing the likes of current British champion Jason Dredge!

However, as a rookie, he was shunted to the back of the grid and was making his way through the field, setting the fastest lap and climbing to fifth, when the mechanical gremlins which have dogged his IRC campaign this season struck again.

The airbox flew off his kart.

The race went to Hillsborough’s Liam Fox who led throughout to win ahead of Bangor’s Colin Menary and Jonny Wilkinson from Newtownards with Dredge fourth, the winner of the National class.

The 125cc Rotax Max machines attracted the biggest field and the closest racing.

The opening laps saw Josh Mulholland lead from pole position but he was quickly challenged by Raymie Eastwood and Stefan Lyttle.

At third distance Eastwood made it through into the lead but two laps later Lyttle, who has dominated the Ulster Cup series, stormed past and gradually opened out a five kart lead.

He held on to take his first big GP title from Eastwood with Mulholland settling for third.

Moira’s Craig Stirling came through to fourth with Portadown’s Gary Turkington rounding out the top five.

In the Junior Cadets class, Adrian Hegarty from Toomebridge surged home in front with William Creighton second and Dublin’s Nicole in a superb third.

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