All Ireland Autograss Series Round 1
Re-Scheduled Season Opener Cancelled
Our season opening weekends, due to run on 31st March and 1st April, and then 15th April were unfortunately cancelled due to the weather of late. And now we have to bring you the news that we've cancelled our third weekend, the national qualifier reserve on 29th April! With the rain that has fallen and the low temperatures of late we can't go in on the field to do the works required to get the track ready, let alone race on it. We now look ahead to our next days racing on 13th May which will be our national qualifier as well. There will be a work party in the next couple of weeks to get the track ready, and this will also be a chance for those who have not yet got their licenses to apply for them before the season starts. Keep an eye on here and on the Down Autograss Facebook Page for info on race dates!
License Meeting/Work Parties
Our main license meeting will be held before our presentation night in the Armagh City Hotel on 27th January 2018. Licenses will be available from 6PM-8PM. This will be our only license meeting so please ensure you can attend to get yours before the season kicks off.
Work parties will start from the second weekend in February and will continue every weekend until the start of the season. There is a great deal of work to be done at the track so please give some of your time to help in any way possible. Your club needs you! Further details on work parties will be given closer to the time on both Facebook and the website. Thanks!
2017 Presentation Night
Down Autograss' annual presentation night will take place on 27th January 2018 in the Armagh City Hotel at 8:00pm! Tickets are £15 for adults and £10 for juniors. The evening will consist of our trophy presentation, finger food and a DJ afterwards. All trophies will be presented on the night! Tickets are to be pre-booked before 19th January and payed for on the night. Tickets must be pre-booked as there will be no extra tickets available on the night, and can be booked through the Down Autograss Facebook page, Brian Smyth (email@example.com), Howard Thomas or Barry Leech! Rooms will be available in the hotel and can be booked with a discount from November 1st by quoting Down Autograss. Rooms are priced at £90 for a double, bed and breakfast, of £77 for a single, bed and breakfast. We hope you can all make it and look forward to seeing you on the night!
That's a Wrap for 2017
Now that the dust has settled on our years racing we'd like to congratulate all of our class winners and
thank all of you for a great year! All points can be found through the 2017 points link in the menu. Please note that only DA members are eligible for club points.
Also ahead of our dinner dance in January we will need all of our perpetual trophies returned. The trophies not yet returned are Class 2/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/Junior Saloon/Junior Special/F1200/Junior Special Champion of champions. If you have any of these or any other perpetual trophies can you please give them to any of the committee members! Thanks!
Following the AGM in the Bannville House Hotel on Friday 13-10-2017, the 2018 Committee is as follows:
Chairman- Howard Thomas
Vice Chairman- Barry Leech
Secretary- Derek Leech
License Secretary- Ciaran Smyth
Treasurer- Paul Parr
PRO- Brian Smyth
Safety Officer- Keith Graham
Chief Marshall- Robbie McGill
Assistant Chief Marshall- Ciaran Smyth
Track master- Robbie McGill
Assistant track master- Ryan Mallon
Start line Marshall- Howard Thomas
Assistant Start Marshall- Jemma McNeill/Michelle Cochrane/Barry Leech
Finish Line Marshall- Hazel Cochrane
Chief Scrutineer- Paul Parr
Assistant Scrutineers- Conor Devlin/Gerard Darragh/Junior Murphy
Gate- Howard/Hazel Cochrane
All Ireland Rep- Ciaran Smyth
Drivers Rep- Leslie Graham
Junior Reps-Jemma McNeill/Shane Parr
We would like to thank the outgoing committee for all their hard work over the past year, and wish our new committee all the best for the year ahead!
This year's AGM will take place on Friday 13th of October at the Bannville @ 8pm
We have finalised the dates for the 2018 all Ireland autograss series.
They will be as follows:
Down is the June 2nd and 3rd.
Cork is July 7th and 8th.
Waterford is August 25th and 26th.
Also to note this is the first year of a new system that will see each of the six clubs hosting 3 events over 6 years.
Cork Down and West Waterford this year. Causeway Carlow and Mallow next year and the possibility Of a shuffle the year after.
All clubs were up for this therefore lets put all the negative behind us and finally make this the championship it can be.
2018 All Ireland News
Following the AGM the 2018 committee is as follows :
Chairman -Cian O'Mahony
Vice chairman - Ciaran Smyth
Secatery/treasurer -Maria Houlihan
Pro - Damien Shannon
Points co-ordinator-Séamus O'Riordan
It is also a 3 round series with the points format change to the nationals points system
You can qualify for a prize by competing in two rounds and getting 55 bonus points for doing all 3
Round 1 - Down autograss
Round 2 - Cork autograss
Final round -West Waterford autograss
Dates to follow
Congratulations to John Wilde
Everyone at Down Autograss would like to send their congratulations to Causeway racer John Wilde for retaining the Class 5 Nationals title at the weekend.
Racing this Weekend 12/13 August
Scrutineering 10-12 on Saturday
Sign on closes 12.30 on Saturday
Racing Starts 1pm
Scrutineering 9-11 on Sunday
Sign on closes 11.30 on Sunday
Racing Starts 12noon
Any driver not scrutineered & signed on by those times will incur a penalty of starting their first heat 3 car lengths back, Any driver not signed on for start time will incur a penalty of exclusion from their opening heat.
Reports and Photos from 10/11 June
We were fortunate enough to have Jeffrey Parish with us over the weekend and he has posted meeting reports as well as some excellent photos on his Autograss Review Website, check them out
An afternoon of varied weather conditions was in store for those who attended Down Autograss on Sunday 21st of May for the second and final round of NI League National Qualifying.
With a pit of 50 cars there was some great racing throughout the afternoon, one of the highlights being the class 7's which was closely contended between Barry Smyth and Howard Thomas.
Tagging Follow Up
Anyone with cars that had minor issues on tagging day can contact Paul Parr before their first day of racing to ensure and check that anything identified has been corrected.
Until those issues have been resolved you will be unable to race
Important Notice Regarding Licensing
We've received word from Jan Ward, who looks after the licenses, that she has received a number of license application with insufficient postage for the return of the license or blank envelopes
for the return rather than self addresses envelopes.
Please ensure if you are sending your license off it needs to be accompanied by a self addressed envelope and the right postage (2x 1st class stamps in the North, £2.45 in the South), otherwise you risk not receiving your license back.
Following the AGM on Friday 17th of November the 2017 Committee is as follows
Chairman Colin Wood
Vice Chair Paul Parr
Secretary Derek Leech
Assistant secretary Maeve Devlin
License Secretary Stephen Irwin
Treasurer Stephen Irwin
Pro & Website Brian Lammey
Safety officer Keith Graham
Chief Marshal Nigel Mc'Cracken
Assistant Chief Marshall Maeve Devlin
Track master Colin Wood
Assistant track masters Cecil Haffey. Alexander Weir.
Pits Marshal Adam McCready
Assistant pits Marshal Barry Leech
Pits caller Ian Newport
Start line Marshal Michelle Cochrane
Finish line Marshal Hazel Cochrane
Chief Scrutineer Conor Devlin
Assistant Scrutineers Emmett Kelly,David Mc'Neill
Gate Colin Wood
Gate assistant Stephen Irwin.
2017 Down Autograss Race Dates
15th 16th April
20th 21st May 21st National Qualifier
10th 11th June
1st 2nd July. Down Open Weekend. Cash prizes for adult classes Trophies for Juniors. Plus King of Down.
12th 13th August
16th 17th September
30th Sept 1st October
Reserve 14th 15th October.
All Ireland Dates for 2017
The 2017 All Ireland Autograss Series are as follows
Round 1 Carlow Autograss - 6th/7th May
Round 2 Causeway Autograss - 3rd/4th June
Round 3 Cork Autograss 22nd/ 23rd July
Round 4 Mallow Autograss 26th/ 27th August
For Sales Page
Looking to get into Autograss or a change of class for 2017. Check out the For Sale section of the website.
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
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