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8/11 Wimbledon - Best in Britain Paul Wright wins after a race long battle for the lead, the podium was filled by Damon Wellman and George Turiccki. The heats were won by Rob Gamble and Lewis Shelley that gave Dan Bennett pole position.
Final: 43, 8, 186, 565, 75, 745, 71, 303, 39, 30 Mylaps
Previous winners Best in Britain

5/11 Points - Hoosier Series Damon Wellman cuts Dan Bennett's lead by 3 points with one qualifying round left before the Grand Final.
745-381, 8-361, 330-307, 186-302, 565-280. Full list @ Spedeworth

31/10 Birmingham Sam Gray takes all 3 races, followed home in the final by Ryan Morgen for a Vauxhall Corsa C 1-2.
Final: 446, 2, 823, 5, 280, 75, 11, 93, 35 Mylaps

31/10 Tullyroan Wayne Woolsey moves by Dean McFarland to take the Boal Airport Parking sponsored Final. Woolsey wins the opening heat and Allen Cherry takes the other heat.
Final: 950, 342, 914, 921, 60, 924, 983, 990 Mylaps

24/10 Ipswich Tyler Wilkin takes the wet final ahead of Brian Twinn. Dan Smith and Twinn win heats. Mitchell Souter and Dan Guidotti debut, Dalton Scarlett races a new Saxo.
Final: 330, 381, 566, 118, 745, 186, 310, 303, 8, 146 Mylaps

11/10 Hednesford Recent returnee to racing Mark Turiccki wins a heat and finishes second in the final behind Sean O'Leary. Brisca F2 convert Lee Carlin wins the other heat.
Final: 310, 368, 928, 81, 75, 93, 133, 11, 280, 5 Mylaps

10/10 Tullyroan - Irish Championship Steve Emerson adds the 2L version to the five he won in Lightning Rods winning ahead of Shane Murray, Stuart Cochrane and Wayne Woolsey. Jason Devlin wins the revenge heat.
Final: 923, 70, 979, 342, 950, 993, 924, 943, 990 Mylaps
Previous winners Irish Championship

3/10 Ter Apel - National Championship Gavin Botfield wins ahead of Charlie Jowers and Dan Smith. This is the first championship taken by a Zetec engine in the class.
Final: 303, 31, 565, 71, 75, 368, 351, 22, 11, 280
Previous winners National Championship

19/9 Lochgelly - Scottish Championship Kerr Paterson takes the title after two second places in the reverse grid qualifying heats that were won by Kenny Purdie and Robbie Burgoyne
Final: 67, 900, 71, 58, 147, 999, 875, 61, 614 Mylaps

16/9 Eastbourne - Southern Championship Damon Wellman takes title followed home by Gavin Botfield who started on pole. The qualifying heats were won by Wellman and Dan Bennett.
Final: 303, 31, 565, 71, 75, 368, 351, 22, 11, 280 Mylaps

12/9 Ipswich After 2 cancelled domestic meetings in a row at Spedeworth, the Ipswich fixture goes ahead but with just 13 cars. First over the line George Turiccki is docked two places in the final. Final: 745, 565, 186, 30, 275, 446, 69 Mylaps

31/8 Northampton - English Championship For the second time the English title was held at Northampton. George Turiccki took the title, his first since moving from Brisca F2. Turiccki had qualified on pole position after taking a second and third in the heats. Dan Smith and Mark Paffey won the heats and filled the other podium places ahead of reigning champ Paul Wright.
Final: 186, 565, 60, 43, 928, 280, 39, 8, 745, 330 Mylaps
Previous winners English Championship

16/8 Lochgelly - Scottish Open Restoring some home pride Kenny Purdie took the final. Gavin Botfield and Robbie Burgoyne won the heats.
Final: 17, 186, 565, 745, 31, 26, 58, 8, 999, 935 Mylaps

15/8 Lochgelly - World Championship The World headed to Scotland for the first time and a gallant effort from Robbie Burgoyne saw him runner-up but he couldn't stop Adam Hylands taking gold in the Davy Philp Commercials sponsored meeting. The other podium finisher was early leader Chris Crane. Hylands won the opening heat and George Turiccki won the other. Only 3 Spedeworth drivers finished in the top 10 shows how the class is so strong in all regions now.
Final: 54, 900, 75, 70, 8, 745, 923, 565, 67, 11 Mylaps
Previous winners World Championship

25/7 Aghadowey - British Championship A weekend of racing began at Aghadowey on the Saturday for the European Final and it was Adam Hylands who won a heat, qualified on pole and took the title for another year. Mark Madill had scored the same points as Hylands through qualifying but lost the toss and the drag off turn 4 at the rolling start. The following day at Tullyroan the rain came and wet weather specialist Dan Smith won the opening heat before Shane Murray went onto win heat and final (Irish Open).
Final: 54, 931, 976, 959, 993, 75, 342, 70, 935, 303 Mylaps
Previous winners British Championship

28/6 Ipswich - European Championship The wet final at the Spedeweekend throw up an unexpected result as Kenny Purdie moved by Adam Hylands to win, a title he had won when racing a Saloon Stock Car back in 2005. Hylands stayed second while Dan Smith moved up to third as Kerr Paterson was docked for contact; Smith had moved his way through from 24th on the grid. The qualifying heats were won by Paul Wright (who crashed out) and Gavin Botfield (who bounced off the wall whilst battling for second). Final: 17, 54, 565, 67, 70, 303, 71, 26, 976, 931 Mylaps
Previous winners European Championship

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2 Litre Hot Rod were introduced in 1986 to bridge the gap between National Hot Rods and Stock Rods. The original class was called 1600 Hot Rods because they used the Ford 1600 crossflow engine. The Spedeworth rules were also used in Northern Ireland. Mainland Europe and South Africa also ran their own versions of the class. The class was relatively successful up until the mid-90's when numbers dramatically reduced, at this stage in Northern Ireland their drivers dominated the class.

To bring drivers into the class, reduce costs and move away from the ageing Toyota Starlet the rules were changed slightly in 1997, allowing front to rear wheel conversion and use the Ford Pinto engine that was already being used in Lightning Rods and Superstox. This did make the cars go slower but has made the class probably the best domestic hot rod class in the country. During the mid 90's Ringwood also ran the class and were represented at major championships. The racing has a good rivalry between Northern Ireland and England, both nations have had similar success in the championship meetings since the class has been under 2 litre power. The World Championship is held in Northern Ireland every 3 years and in England the other two.

Domestic meetings take place in normal graded order, because of the sheer amount of drivers racing some meetings have split grids for the heats. To keep interest in these domestic meetings small series like the Ludlow series take place. Other titles have been sponsored by BP and sent the winners to Daytona or South Africa.

Other 2 litre classes exist around the country, the older GMP based class and Buxton pinto based formula's are closer in specification to National Hot Rods, while Barford's are closer to Stock Rods. Swaffham also have a 2 Litre class for the budget racer. The Standlake hot rod formula is becoming a home for older 2L Hot Rods.

The Cars
The car construction is similar to that of a National Hot Rod as full space frames are allowed, but the exaggerated body panels aren't, nor is the use of kevlar and glass fibre on the whole car. Most cars are a mixture of steel wings and doors with kevlar doors and bonnets. The cars run use one tyre supplied by Hoosier.

The variety of cars is larger than any other class of hot rods, the class does tend to mimic the Nationals. The latest trend seems to be the Vauxhall Tigra. The Vauxhall Nova and Corsa are the most popular car on the grid but Saxo's are catching up in numbers. A few oddballs like a Nissan Almera and Suzuki Baleno have also been seen in the class. Ludlow and Haird are main constructors in the class while cars built by John Simms, Kevin Randell and Tim Barnes have also proved successful.

Racing takes places on all the Spedeworth tracks plus the two Northern Ieland tracks. With Incarace being controlled by Deane Wood's Spedeworth the class ventured to Northampton in 2008 for the National Championship. For 2009 the World Final was held at Hednesford for the first time, the class also made one appearance at Ballymena that previously promoted 1600 Hot Rods.

Tracks Used: Eastbourne, Great Yarmouth, Hednesford, Ipswich, Northampton, Nutts Corner, Wimbledon For further information check out the
track guide.

The Drivers
There are a large amount of drivers registered in England and Northern Ireland. A comprehensive guide to all the registered drivers and their cars can be found on the drivers page.

Championship Winners
The first title held was the Southern back in 1986, The World final was first contested at the 1989 Ipswich Spedeweekend and won by 57 Alan Dent. All the recorded title winners can be found on the champions page.

The Future
Ringwood and Rolling Thunder had previously ran similar classes and those numbers have dropped morphing the class into their Outlaw classes. On the otherhand Northern Ireland has never looked so strong, while Incarace are looking to run the class under their own right. Initially the formula will run along side the Lightning Rods. The ageing Ford Pinto needs to be replaced soon and the zetec or duratec are possible solutions.

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