Next Meeting: Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st July
After some foul weather having an impact on our recent fixtures we're back in action this weekend and will be hoping for some more pleasant conditions.
Racing IS ON this weekend. Saturday's racing will start at 12noon, not 1 as previously advertised. Sunday's racing will include the 3 Cups previously postponed.
Points arising from Monday's meeting
Drivers and club members please note some of the points that have come about from Monday evening's club meeting.
Sign on & Start Times - In an attempt to improve punctuality and get meetings started at 1pm sharp, scrutineering will now open at 10am and finish at noon. Drivers sign on will close at 12noon. Sign on will close at 12.30pm, any driver not signed on by 12.30pm will incur a penalty of starting their first heat 3 car lengths back, any driver not signed on for 1pm will incur a penalty of exclusion from their opening heat.
Complaint Procedures - Official complaint procedures will now be in place that any driver who wishes to make a complaint must go up to Colin at the gate and request a complaint form. The complaint must be made in writing and should be completed and returned to Colin along with a fee of £20 for lodging the complaint. If the complaint is found to be justified and the driver found to be in the right, the fee will be refunded. Complaints must be lodged immediately after the race they relate to.
This Weekend's Racing - Following the abandonment of the last Sunday of racing, drivers who had signed on for the day will get a free sign on this weekend. The Jenson Cup, DGQRH Shield and Annie Moore Cup will now be raced for on Saturday 2nd of July and the King of Down will be run on the Sunday
National Qualifiers are confirmed and listed below. Please ring Colin Wood by Thursday Lunchtime to confirm you intend to go so subs can be made if you are not.
|2 - 11JT||?|
|3 - 12JT||?|
|4 - 9JT||?|
|5 - 3JT||DA15||Conor Devlin|
|6 - 4JT||DA64||Mark Burke|
|7 - 5JT||-|
|8 - 1R||DA120||Barry Leech|
|9 - 6JT||-|
Racing Resumes This Weekend
Race action returns to Brague road this weekend.
Sunday is Cup day with the Adults racing for the Jenson perpetual Cup (Childrens Heartbeat Trust), the junior saloons will be racing for The Annie Moore Perpetual Cup and the Junior Specials for the DGQRH Perpetuel Shield.
All Ireland Points
Thanks to Jeffrey Parish the All Ireland points from the opening weekend have been compiled and can be downloaded from the link below. (For club points click on 2016 points on the left)
All Ireland Photos & Video
I'm sure everyone will agree that the All Ireland weekend was a cracking weekend, the good news it has been captured in photos and in video
If you haven't yet seen them yet, photo Galleries have been uploaded to the below links
Tina Lee - Click Here for Facebook
Brian Lammey - Saturday - Click Here for Site | Click Here for Facebook
Brian Lammey - Sunday - Click Here for Site | Click Here for Facebook
Chris Sharp - Sunday Only - Click Here
A DVD is also available from the guys at NIOvalTV, you can order it online here with Free delivery to UK & RoI or see Brian (DA262) or Jonny (DA218). Double DVD Price £15
Down Autograss are saddened to have to report on the passing of Ryan Mills who passed away from ill health on Wednesday 1st of June.
Ryan had raced with us as recently as the start of May and will be greatly missed at the club.
Our thoughts are with his family at this time.
NI Qualifying Allocations for Nationals
The Northern Ireland Allocations for Nationals have been confirmed as follows
Class 1 - 2
Class 2 - 1 +11JT
Class 3 - 2 +12JT
Class 4 - 2 + 9JT
Class 5 - 2 + 3JT
Class 6 - 1 + 4JT
Class 7 - 1 + 5JT
Class 8 - 1 + 1R
Class 9 - 1 + 6JT
Class 10 - 2
Northern Ireland qualifying concludes on Sunday 12th of June at Causeway
Working Party Required This Weekend
A working party is required this weekend (28/29th May) to help get the track ready for the All Ireland Autograss series next weekend.
If you can help out give Colin a call on 07568474453 to arrange times.
Further work will also be required on Thursday 2nd of June.
Looking for Somewhere to Stay Near the Track?
For anyone looking to book accommodation for the first round of the All Ireland series at Down, here are a few suggestions.
Banville Hotel 174 Lurgan Road, Banbridge, Co Down, BT32 4NR,
Tel 0(044)2840 628884.
Only ten minutes from the track, b+b double \twin rooms for £60 per night.
Quote "Autograss" for reference when booking to get the discount.
Or wanting to stay even closer to the track, Greenacres Guesthouse is only a short walk from the track, Situated on the Brague Road.
Tel 0(044) 2840 623328
Great Days Racing at Down
In a weekend of contrasting weather consisting of a Sodden Saturday and a Sunburnt Sunday, Down Autograss staged it's National Qualifier and opening round of the Northern Ireland League series.
With a great turnout of cars fans were treated to some excellent racing.
The club's attention now turns to the staging of the opening round of the All Ireland Autograss series at the start of June.
Down Autograss are saddened to have to report on the passing of former member Mickey McManus, who died in a car accident in Kildare on 27th of April.
Our thoughts are with the family.
Bungee goes up on the 2016 season
The 2016 season got under way at Down Autograss on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th of April.
Both days had a good turnout of cars, some great racing and thankfully they stayed dry.
On Tuesday I had a call from Joe McCrory telling me that Heather Lyons died a month ago
In past years both Heather and Jamie Lyons worked very hard in our club Heather was past secretary and Jamie a past chairman. I personally never met them but have often heard of the work and time they put into the club.
I know I can speak for everyone when I convey our sincere condolences to Jamie and the family circle.
Down Autograss is saddened by the news of the tragic passing of Scott McNeill.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Scott's family as this time.
Season Opener - Postponed
Unfortunately due to the heavy rain in recent days the field is unsuitable for getting Spectators, towing and service vehicles in and out of, as a result the racing due to take place on the
9th and 10th of April will now be re-scheduled to the weekend of 23/24th of April.
Please spread the word.
All Ireland Autograss Series News
Updated Rules and Entry form for the All Ireland Autograss Series, which kicks off at Down in June, are now available to download from the All Ireland Autograss Series Page on facebook
National Qualifying News
The Committee has agreed this year that National Qualifying will be run over two rounds, one Sunday at each club consisting of three heats and a final. All points in both rounds will count towards national qualifying and in addition any driver who signs on for their car in both rounds will gain an additional 25 points towards national qualifying. As in previous years any driver allocated a place and does not avail of it will not be eligible for the national qualifying the following year.
Further to the committee statement above, the Down National Qualifying Round is scheduled to be held on the weekend of the 7th/8th May, should it end up cancelled due to
the weather it will be run on a reserve date of 14th/15th May with Sunday 15th being National qualifier. The Causeway National Qualifying round is scheduled for Sunday 22nd of May and should it
be cancelled due to the weather it will be run on a reserve date of Sunday 12th of June.
The Northern Ireland League Series will consist of 2 rounds at each track. The 1st two rounds will double up with the National Qualifiers, the other two rounds are TBC.
Any driver signing on to race in all four rounds will gain an additional 50 points.
Fixture Lists Now Available
A printed fixture list is now available.
If you are planning to attend any events or car shows where the fixture list could be given out to promote the club, or know any local businesses that may display them then please contact Colin to arrange getting hold of some.
It is with great sadness we share the news of the passing of Andy Sizer. Down Autograss were enriched to have Andy as a member, who was always willing to lend a hand. Our thoughts and prayers are with Curtis & the family circle.
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