MIDLETON’S Joey Dilworth may have only turned 15 years of age two weeks ago, but already he is fast becoming a star of the future in Hot Rod racing.
Last week the talented young driver won a major cup at the Waterford Raceway (the Pike) when he turned over the large field of cars to win the SOS Roll Cages and Race Prep sponsored Junior Production Cup.
Joey a member of the East Cork hot rod club in Broomfield in Midleton, as well as a member of the Waterford Raceway, had to secure victory over three, 10-lap races on the tarmac and he finished in style winning the third race from start to finish.
Earlier in the day, Dilworth was narrowly pipped by half a car length at the chequered flag in race one. In race number two he kept ahead of his main rival Aiden Heney from Wexford finishing third and a final race victory secured the cup.
Dilworth in his third year behind the wheel on grass and his second year on tarmac lies third overall in both venues and he finished in the Waterford Raceway second overall in 2016.
Dilworth told Evening Echo Sport: “I am delighted with the win and it is that bit extra special because my name is the first to go on the cup in this new competition.
"The racing was great on Sunday I really enjoyed it and I had some great battles with Aidan Heney and thankfully I came out on top. I am thrilled to have won this cup and my ambitions now are to go one better than last year at the Waterford Raceway and win the overall in my class and to try and do the same at Broomfield this year at the East Cork Hot Rod Club."
Conditions last Sunday were excellent and there was a huge entry for the different classes and there was a big crowd of spectators there too and racing throughout the different classes was fast and furious right through the day.
Dilworth will now turn his attention to the Araglin festival this coming weekend when the East Cork Hot Rod Club will have series three of a six-series racing calendar and, at the end of the day, their season will be at the half way stage and a clearer picture of who the class contenders will be.
So it is a break out of Broomfield to the grounds of Araglin GAA club next week for the drivers, so different conditions and a new track will test them all and Dilworth will look to amass as many points that he can to push his way up the Junior two rankings.
There were other Cork successes in the Waterford Raceway with race wins in the Modified Junior Class where Alex Loftus from Cork City was a winner along with Whitegate’s Shane O’Shea and Midleton’s Jack Hickey.
The plaudits are ringing out for Joey Dilworth though, with his second cup victory in the year and after seven series of racing a Cork success is a definite possibility at the track where the standard is so high and the competition is fierce.
“My father Joe and I have worked on our one litre Nissan Micras for a couple of years and it’s great to see the hard work pay off.
"I am looking forward to Araglin this weekend, it should be great racing and if the weather stays fine it should be pretty fast.
"It will be nice to go to a brand new track and there is a lot at stake for me in the overall rankings for the driver of the year in the class.
"I will be giving it everything I have and hopefully I can keep it going and so far so good, but there is a lot of racing to go."