|Posted by Jonny McMullan on October 28, 2013 at 4:00 PM|
This season is by far the most competitive Formula Ford grid I have raced in here in Ireland since my first car race in 2009! For the third season we have been driving the NI Radiator Services Mondiale 89s with John Harris running me.
Up to now we have had a pretty up and down season, the pace has been there but the luck hasn’t been on my side that much.
Going into the June meeting after three podiums, a fourth, a fifth and a DNF we were sitting second in the points!
After the 2nd May race fighting for the lead we knew we had a major weakness on Ivor McCullough and Kevin O’Hara! After the race we went back and talked and had a few plans to try and sort the issue out for the June race! So we went down on the Thursday to try a few things to the car but a lack of laps hindered those plans and a bad oil leak cut the day short for us, but pace seemed considerably good with the laps we got! A late night was on the cards with the gearbox and engine out of the car got us ready for testing on Friday morning! We got a lot more running on the Friday and we were able to concentrate on the setup of the car. A lot more tuning was needed for the slippy and slow track which we were to have for the rest of the weekend! The Friday was good and we were quickest in a good few of the sessions which put me in good form going into qualifying for the Kirkistown 60th anniversary race.
Unfortunately due to traffic and rain coming down, I qualified 2nd for race two, which I was disappointed with but at least we were on the front two rows!
Race 1 started off well by getting past McKenna off the line and doing McCullough round the outside through Colonial to get in behind the race leader Steven Daly! Three laps in behind Daly with McKenna right on me was all it lasted for me, as an attempt to pass Daly round the outside at Colonial ended my race when on the downshift to third, the clutch (which was replaced on Thursday) blew to bits and that was the end of race 1 when a race win could have been on the cards.
Race two- I was on the front row with McCullough, another good start got me into the lead and led the race for two laps when McCullough and Sean Doyle got past me, while I was struggling with a slipping clutch! Myself Doyle and McCullough got away but a mistake from McCullough at the chicane lost him the lead and Doyle and I got away! After this I started to reel him in and made the move for the lead down the back straight into the hairpin and held it from there. Twice I got a break from the pack but back markers two laps in a row made it a bit more interesting and closed the pack up meaning I had to defend for the last few laps to win my first race of 2013!
Just want to take this moment to thank NI Radiator Services, John Harris, Leslie Drysdale, John Morrow and of course Dad and Mum.
I’m currently writing this as I am on route from Cairnryan down through England to spanner for Nutts Corner Circuit driver Conor Mcpolin in the next round of the super 1 karting championship at PF then onto Mondello Park next weekend for the next round of the Gary Gibson Irish Championship! Can’t wait!