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Northern Ireland Formula Ford 1600 Championship RD1

Posted by Jonny McMullan on April 10, 2012 at 3:30 PM

After a long winter trying to find a seat for this year unfortunately due to our budget we couldnt get a deal put together after the fantastic deals that were offered from many teams. To keep our hand in this year I will be contesting the Northern Ireland Formula Ford 1600 Championship along with the first round of the Superseries at Kirkistown on the 28th April.

Round one and two of the championship kicked off last weekend at Kirkistown and it was a brilliant start to the year from me. We shook the car down for the first race two weeks before and we were very quick but didnt know ourselves if it was a quick day or not as there was no other fords out. We tested as usual on the Friday before the race and all day we were right on the pace with Ivor Mcullough and we were doing the same times as we did in testing the two weeks previous. Going into qualifying on the Saturday I was confident and from the start I was able to put the times in and was on pole the whole session untill the very last lap when Ivor pulled in a lap from nowhere to go pole by a tenth. Between the top three there was two tenthts so i knew it was going to be a tough race. Going into the first race we all got resonable starts and held our positions going into colonial. On the fourth lap i was able to get past ivor into colonial and was able to pull away a few car lengths. In the closing stages of the race Neville and Ivor worked together and were able to tow back up to me and contact going into the haiprin was made with me and Neville giving him the run down the front straight but on the last lap i was able to get the town down the front straight and committed to the move round the outside at colonial and got the lead and held it to the line. I was over the moon with the result and to make it even better i broke the Open Formula Ford lap record and the pre 90 lap record. In race two it was as tight as race one with three of us wheel to wheel but unfortunately i was in second most of it and i couldnt find a way past Ivor. A few attempts on the brakes and round the outside but Ivor held his place well. Going onto the last lap three of us were near three a breast on the back straight and i tried to outbreak both guys for the lead but when i turned in for the corner a slight bit of contact from Neville sent me spinning and the car stopped and i finished fourth. I was a bit disappointed with the race two result but was very happy with the win, two lap records and two fastest laps. I am now looking forward to the first round of the superseries at Kirkistown on the 28th April

I would just like to thank my Dad, Mum, NI Radiator Services and John Harris Motorsport

Speak soon

Jonny

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