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Post lockdown momentum is still at high speed

After the success of Larne Motor Club's post lockdown return, our event popularity is still running at a high pace.

A record number of entries for the first round of the McMillan Specialist Cars Northern Ireland Autotest Championship in April continues into our next round of that Championship in June.

Over 40 entries are ready to battle the pylons against the clock. Spectators are now allowed to return and the TTS is ready to host Larne Motor Club once again. Can anyone prevent a Stephen Ferguson opening hat-trick of wins. Not long now until the handbrake action returns.

Next we have another event which has grown over the years. Our mid-week Autotest is designed for a night of fun. They give people with less experience and an interest in getting into the sport a chance to see what it's all about. Due to the venue size the entry is capped at 20 which is twice as many as when we first started the midweek events. The Wednesday Whizz Autotest is shaping up to be an enjoyable relaxed evening of fun.

Cairncastle Hill Climb is back. After a year off due to the pandemic, anticipation grew ahead of the official opening of the entries for the two-day Hill Climb weekend. The entries for both Friday and Saturday opened at 8 p.m and half an hour later the Saturday entry had peaked at 95 entries. Everyone is looking to dust off the tyres and tackle the East Antrim legend. Cairncastle Hill Climb hosts two rounds of the Miller's Oils Northern Ireland Hill Climb Championship and is the longest in the championship.

The desire for an entry and it's popularity was anticipated so Larne Motor Club decided to add all the entries on to reserve as a fair way to ensure the championship competitors do not miss out. The interest in the Friday event was the biggest surprise as 85 signed up for that day, a record entry. It was only a few years ago Larne Motor Club had considered dropping the Friday from the calendar.

The king of the hill Graham Thompson returns once again in his GTR but may not have it all his way. Gerrard O'Connell who won the last Saturday event in 2019 returns with his new machine, the Dallara World Series. Championship coordinator Alan Cassells will also bring new wheels to the Ballycoose Road but has retained his yellow colour scheme for his OMS. Former Hill Climb champion Christopher Houston is also hoping to be the one challenging Graham for the fastest man to the top. It's all gearing up in June for a fantastic month of Motorsport.

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