|Posted by Jonny McMullan on January 19, 2012 at 5:35 PM|
I competed in the Martin Donnelly Trophy Race on Saturday at Kirkistown. We were testing on Friday and were joint quickest all day. Saturday morning in qualifying we qualified 2nd on the grid for our heat 0.2 off pole position. At the start of the heat we had a missfire in the car but thankfully it cleared itself out after two laps. We ended up finishing third in the race with a race long battle with Noel Dunne the eventual winner and John Ferguson. For the final the grid was worked out by the quickest heat starting on the right hand side of the grid, because our heat was slower we started on the left hand side which made me start sixth on the grid. In the final I got a good start of the line up into fourth and held my position for a few laps with six cars for the lead. The race was so close and there was a different leader every lap and positions were being changed most corners and slipstream down the back straight of the circuit was crucial with around a second between first and sixth. I finally got into second position and held it there for a lap or two but dropped to third with four laps to go. I ended a very good race in third position but a stewards enquiry after the race meant an exclusion from the race for the second place driver. This meant I finished second overall with the eventual winner going to Noel Robinson and third place to Championship winner Ivor Mccullough.
It was a great result for us as we were in an pre 90 (1989 car) racing against modern cars. From this we will regroup and move onto Brands Hatch in three weeks time for the Prestigious Formula Ford Festival and hopefully go one better! At this time I would just like to thank NI Radiator Services and Newtownabbey Borough Council for their continued support