Next Meeting: Saturday 1st & 2nd of October
Season Finale this Weekend
This weekend (1st & 2nd of October) sees the final action of the year at Down Autograss, with some of the clubs points titles still to be decided there is sure to be some great racing.
Final Round of NI League
Following the cancellation of Causeway Autograss on Sunday 25th, the NI League round which was due to take place at it has now been rescheduled to Saturday 8th of October which is the first day of their big Dash 4 Cash meeting.
Make a note in your diary the 2016 AGM will be held at the Bannville on Friday 11th of November.
This year's awards night will be held at the Cohannon Inn in Dungannon on Saturday 5th of November at 7pm. The meal will be a carvery and tickets are priced at £22.50 for adults and £12.50 for Juniors.
**Note start time has been brought forward to 7pm. The evening will now include the prize giving for the Northern Ireland League
There will be a club meeting at the Bannville Hotel in Banbridge on Friday 23rd of September at 8pm.
Details of the AGM will follow the conclusion of the NI League.
The fixture that was rained off in July has now been rescheduled and will now be held over the weekend of the 1st & 2nd of October.
Congratulations to our Cup Winners
Congratulations to our Cup winners over the weekend of 10th & 11th of September.
Jenson Cup 10/9 - DA24 Evan Curran
King of Down 11/9 - DA99 Wayne McKenzie
Annie Moore Shield - DA43 Adam Cochrane
DGQRH Shield - DA141 Shane Parr
Note for Perpetual Cup Holders
Could all Perpetual Cup holders please return thier trophies this weekend to get them in and gathered out to be engraved and handed out to the 2016 winners.
Thank You in advance.
Weir Claims National Championship
Over the weekend of 3rd & 4th of September Alexander Weir represented Down Autograss at the Juniors National Championship staged by the Wiltshire league.
Competing against over 60 cars Alexander progressed through to the Semi finals, then the final and went on to win the National Championship, becoming the first Northern Ireland racer to have won the Junior Saloon title.
Everyone at Down Autograss would like to congratulate Alexander on his success.
Photos below thanks to Jeffrey Parish
A word from the Chairman
Delighted with the Down results from the 2016 AIAS, been a great season with so many relatively new faces taking the silver and the continued support from our southern members, traveling is a big
cost in our sport, but the Down members have traveled the miles and achieved their goals. With 2 club meetings left in the season 11_12 September and Jamie is sorting out our reserve date which
was agreed earlier in the season. I am sure Brian Lammey will be updating us shortly, must say spectator numbers are up at club meetings Big thanks to Brian for his hard work. Understand the
finals of the Northern Ireland League will be hosted by the Causeway Club on the 25th Sept when the awards will be presented.
Big thanks to all the members, their families who traveled to support our drivers in AIAS, 2016 has seen 29 new members join our club NASA tells me this is a great achievement because in general a lot of clubs are declining in numbers so well done Down give yourselves a clap, remember more silver up for the taking before the season finish's so keep doing what you are doing so we finish on a high.
Ashley Heffernan achieved 4th in class 4 was very special this year delighted to see him behind the wheel. Good man Ashley. Finally great to see our AIAS junior saloon Alexander Weir going to the junior nationals this weekend good luck Alexander Weir
Upcoming Race Action at Down
Racing returns to Down Autograss on the weekend of 10&11 September.
The Saturday will be another attempt to run the 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 Perpetual Shield.
The Sunday will be the 3rd round of the NI Series.
Racing will commence at 12noon on Saturday and 1pm on Sunday
Congratulations to all our AIAS Winners
Congratulations to all our AIAS winners following the final round of the series at West Waterford at the weekend.
With the points all totaled up we are delighted to have six All Ireland Champions at Down.
The following Down cars won their class
DA55 Alexander Weir - Junior 1
DA77 Matt Jess - Class 1
DA119 - Dylan Roche - Class 2
DA142 - Paul Parr - Class 3
DA24 - Evan Curran - Class 6
DA777 - Jerome Lynch - F1200
Also on the Sunday Davy Curran won the fastest man on grass in his class 4
Points arising from Club meeting 27/6/16
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
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
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.
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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