UDC Round 4 at Bishops Court

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<p class=”MsoNormal”><span style=”font-family: Arial;”>After
the draw in round 3 at Nutts Corner, round 4 of the Ulster Drift Championship
shaped up to be a heated battle back at its base in Bishopscourt Airfield
Circuit.<o:p>
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<p class=”MsoNormal”><span style=”font-family: Arial;”>Top
qualifier Chubby McCord faced </span><st1:personname><span style=”font-family: Arial;”>Andy Cooper</span></st1:personname><span style=”font-family: Arial;”> in the top 8 battle with
McCord going through. Rob Barnett who has been putting in great performances
met a hard charging Clive Heatherington in the top 8 with Barnett going through
after a one more time run to separate the two men.<o:p></o:p></span>

<p class=”MsoNormal”><span style=”font-family: Arial;”><o:p></o:p>Thirteen
year old Duane McKeever has made a mega impression on the drift scene since he
started this season and knocked out Ian Purcell in the top 8 to make it into
the top 4 yet again. Paul Conlan had a tough battle with </span><st1:personname><span style=”font-family: Arial;”>Chris Burnett</span></st1:personname><span style=”font-family: Arial;”> but got the advantage to
meet young McKeever.<o:p>
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<p class=”MsoNormal”><span style=”font-family: Arial;”>Into
the top 4 battles and Rob Barnett had to borrow a car from a fellow competitor
as his own had a turbo problem so not only had Barnett the problem of learning
a new car he also faced McCord, sadly it wasn’t to be for Barnett as he ran
wide onto the grass and pulled a tyre off the wheel forcing him to accept
defeat.<o:p>
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<p class=”MsoNormal”><span style=”font-family: Arial;”>Next
up in the top 4 was McKeever and Conlan and with Conlan having more experience,
young McKeever had it all to do and he certainly put the battle to Conlan to
take victory by just one point while Conlan went on to take third overall.<o:p>
</o:p></span>

<p class=”MsoNormal”><span style=”font-family: Arial;”>McCord
to meet McKeever in the final, this was the 13 year olds first time in a UDC
final and the nerves certainly didn’t get to the young Tyrone lad at all, after
run one it was petty much a dead heat and it was McKeevers turn to lead in
where he held his lines and speed which in turn forced a hard chasing McCord
into a spin giving Duane his first ever UDC win.<o:p></o:p></span>

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