Little did we know when we were booking this years Championship dates that this weekend we would be participating in the 60th Anniversary of Kirkistown Motor Racing Circuit just two weeks after celebrating 45 years of Mondello Park.
500 Motor Racing Club of Ireland have been hard at work organising this weekend that will even include a fly by on Saturday morning of the famous Red Arrows RAF display group.
Rounds 5 and 6 in Mondello Park had a few events that we didn’t expect – Sonya Fildes crashing out in qualifying, Alan Auerbach and Alan Watkins both receiving penalties that knocked them off the top steps and a club engine that was goosed before it went in to Dave Griffin’s car for the second race – not to mention carb and set up problems for Mark Baker and Andy D’Alton. A hectic weekend around the paddock and some positions and even paint swapped on track.
There was some positives though, Brian Kingston ended up on the podium again after a lot of hard work on the RetroCars number 26 car. It was 3rd time lucky for him as he battled with gearbox changes after Bishopscourt. It was only in the day or two before Mondello that he finally got the issues sorted which left him little time to test. Des Meehan got to the bottom of his difference in pace from the rest of the pack, a timing and tuning issue that was resolved before testing carried through to the races.
Most noticeable in Mondello was class sponsor Seamus Ryan stamping his authority over the rest of the grid in his Ryan’s Automotive prepared car. 1st and 2nd place in the two rounds were fine results for two very confident drives. Seamus’ best performance of the championship this year and a sure sign that he is eager to build on these results and better his current 2nd place in the championship. Seamus is not driving in Kirkistown this weekend so this will be Brian Kingston’s opportunity to gain some points before the calculators come out and we start doing the maths on the dropped rounds.
Paul Yeomans will return after his recent absence and will be looking to shake the cobwebs off his car in an attempt gain some much needed championship points.
A lot of work has gone into prepping cars with less than 2 weeks to do so after Mondello Park. Repairs and tweaks are all done now and all that’s left to do is roll these Strykers out onto this fast circuit tomorrow morning for testing.