Kirkistown Win for Polley

Formula Vee returned to the fast Kirkistown circuit on the Ards peninsula for Round 8 of the E Fox Engineers National Championship. Dan Polley was looking to build on his dominant season so far but was pipped to pole position by championship rival Kevin Grogan, driving a Newsome Racing Sheane chassis for this weekend.

When the lights went out it was Grogan who led in the early stages until a safety car period to clear a damaged car from Colonial neutralised the race. At the restart Colm Blackburn seized the initiative and took the lead. However it was short lived as Dan Polley used all his experience to make the most of the slipstream on the long Kirkistown straights to take the lead on Lap 7. Colm kept the pressure on though, and the two traded the lead lap after lap.

Their dicing meant that Grogan in third position was all over the two leaders waiting for an opportunity to pass. On the last lap Blackburn made a brave move for the lead around the outside of Colonial but ran out of road on the exit and the resulting spin dropped him to 4th and out of contention for the win. Polley held on for the remainder of the lap to take his 7th win of the season in his LOH Motorsport Sheane. Gavin Buckley followed the lead duo home to take his maiden podium in the National Championship.

Behind the lead group there were several close battles that are typical of Formula Vee racing. Three cars were nip and tuck all the way through and at the flag it was Shane McBride who took 5th while Paula Moore pipped Anthony Cross to 6th by a tiny margin, just two thousands of a second!

In the earlier qualifying race it was Paula Moore who emerged victorious after a fantastic move at the hairpin on the penultimate lap to pass both Anthony Cross and Gavin Buckley. It was Cross who took second place to consolidate his position at the top of the Crowne Plaza Dundalk B championship.

Joe Power guided his GRRR Leastone to another comfortable win in the Finol Star of Tomorrow class to edge ever closer to the 2016 championship for new drivers.

Our next outing is at the Leinster Trophy race meeting in Mondello Park on September 17th/18th.

Pole Position : Kevin Grogan 1.06.343
Fastest Lap: Colm Blackburn 1.07.176
VW Spares Highest Grid Mover: PJ Percival

FORMULA VEE WIN FOR POLLEY IN OPENING ROUND

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After a long winter of rebuilding our cars we arrived at Kirkistown for the first round. Plans hatched and aspirations formed it was time to see where the chips fell on a wet and windy weekend in the Ards. Kevin Grogan set the early testing pace in the rain while fellow championship contender Dan Polley and his LOH team faced a long day and night returning to Kildare to fetch a spare gearbox after a failure in the first practice session. There was about 4 hours of dry weather the whole weekend. Just enough for qualifying then.

Qualifying

Colm Blackburn has teamed up with Kershaw Motorsport for this season and with them and along with a fresh engine he grabbed his first ever Pole Position in his Leastone JH002. Colm laying down a marker that he will be a championship contender this year. Alongside Colm on the front row was Gavin Buckley in his Sheane. Also a best ever starting position for Gavin, and like Colm, laying down a marker to his Crowne Plaza B championship rivals. On row two we had pre-season championship favourites Dan Polley in the LOH Sheane and Kevin Grogan in the Avanti Sport Leastone. Next up was Paula Moore in the Bernard Dolan run Leastone and top qualifying rookie Joe Power in his newly liveried team GRRR Leastone.

B and C Race.

Any hopes of a dry B and C race were dashed when the ominous looking cumulus started spitting about 15 minutes before scheduled lights out. Polesitter Gavin Buckley led through colonial for the first time followed by fast starting James Jones. That was as good as it got for the pair with Gavin spinning on the entry to Fishermans and James following him off in sympathy. Paula Moore dropped down the order after a collision with Brendan O Brien at the hairpin.

After a hectic opening in the tricky conditions the race settled down into a three car battle for the lead between Anthony Cross, Joe Power, and Shane McBride. Cross led initially before Power took over mid-way through and held on to take an impressive maiden win. Cross was second closely followed by McBride with James Jones and Gavin Buckley a distant fourth and fifth after opening lap spins. The Crowne Plaza B championship points going to Cross and the Finol Star of Tomorrow championship points to Joe Power.

E.Fox Engineers National Championship Race.

It was proper Irish weather and a soaked track for the main event. The initial start was red flagged after Kevin Grogan stalled on the line and was collected by the unfortunate Ken Browne and Kevin Cahill. Grogan and Cahill were out instantly, but Browne’s car was OK to take the restart. Second time round Blackburn got the jump and tore off into a 2.3 second lead by the end of the first lap followed by Polley who had demoted Buckley to third and the fast starting Jones was fourth.

Polley got into a good rhythm and began to take half a second out of Blackburn’s lead each time they crossed the line. Buckley and Jones looked set to duke it out for the bottom step of the podium until a spin at colonial dropped Buckley well down the order and out of contention. Polley passed Blackburn into Debtors mid-way through the race only for Blackburn to re-seize the initiative almost immediately with a bold move on entry to Colonial.

Polley wasn’t to be denied however and was back in front a couple of laps later repeating his earlier move at Debtors. Polley had the corner exit speed at the chicane and the hairpin and was just about able to keep Blackburn at arm’s length for the remainder of the race. James Jones had a lonely race to third, a fantastic drive from James and his best ever finish in Formula Vee. Joe Power crossed the line fourth an excellent and impressive drive for a man in his first full season of Vee. Shane McBride was next up in a strong 5th place capping off a very good weekend for the Dundalk man. Anthony Cross took sixth after a race long battle with Paula Moore. Gavin Buckley, Mark Miller, and PJ Percival rounded out the top ten. Next up for Formula Vee is the super quick Bishopscourt Circuit in May for Rounds two and three on the 7th and 8th May.

Pole Position : Colm Blackburn 1.07.323
Kirkistown Fastest Lap: Dan Polley 1.13.789
VW Spares Highest Grid Mover: James Jones/Shane McBride
Kirkistown Fastest Lap: Dan Polley

Driver of the Day: James Jones.

Colm Blackburn, Dan Polley and Joe Power are worthy of mentions for excellent performances over various sessions but the award goes to James Jones for an excellent drive in the rain. This is the first time James has shown genuine front running pace and he has make a big step forward from last season.

E. FOX ENGINEERS LTD. AND FORMULA VEE JOIN FORCES FOR 2016

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Formula Vee Ireland has announced today that the National Formula Vee Championship will be sponsored by E. Fox Engineers Ltd. for the 2016 season.

Despite reduced entries and the demise of a number of classes in recent years, Formula Vee has maintained strong grids and produced quality racing, thanks to the hard efforts of its competitors and budget friendly ethos. The class will continue to grow for 2016, welcoming a number of newcomers and veterans alike.

Adam Macauley, Chairman, Formula Vee Ireland– “To have a company like E.Fox Engineers on board is fantastic for the class. This sponsorship allows us to continue our efforts in growing the class while also giving back to the competitors through various initiatives throughout the year. E.Fox have contributed significantly to the Irish motorsport scene in recent years and we are delighted that they choose Formula Vee as the next platform to showcase their services. It says a lot about credibility of the class and adds to the excitement of the upcoming 2016 season”

Craig Fox, Marketing Manager, E Fox Engineers Ltd. ‐ “We are excited about our partnership with the Formula Vee Championship and look forward to forging a strong and lasting relationship with the competitors and support crews. Having watched the Formula Vees on Mondello TV last year the next logical step was to get more involved and I believe that this year is going to be really entertaining.”

The E. Fox Engineers Ltd and Formula Vee partnership was helped in no small part by Leo Nulty Promotions, who worked tirelessly in the background to bring the two parties together.

The Formula Vee season kicks off at Kirkistown on April 2nd. Full calendar can be found athttp://www.formulavee.ie.

About E.Fox Engineers Ltd.

E. Fox [Engineers] Ltd has been a supplier to the Irish Industrial & Automotive Markets with Bearings, Tools, Lubricants & Transmission Products for over 70 years from their warehouse located in Baldonnell just off the N7.

E. Fox Engineers Ltd has long standing distributor agreements with all the major bearing manufacturers ‐ SKF, NSK, RHP, TIMKEN. This has made us well known for the sourcing of obsolete and special bearings that are not readily available through normal channels. We distribute a wide range of Hand Tools ‐ Facom, Britool, BETA, Jefferson, Sykes‐Pickavant Draper, Clarke & Tang making it possible to suit all requirements and budgets. A wide range of tools and equipment is on display at our trade counter where you can try before you buy.

They also carry a full range of power transmission products such as Vee Belts, Pulleys, Taper Lock Bushes, Gearboxes, Couplings, Sprockets, and Chain together with Timing Belts and Link Belting along with a range of lubricating equipment from grease nipples and grease guns right up to completely automated multi point lubricating systems.

About Leo Nulty Promotions

Leo Nulty Promotions is uniquely positioned to offer services to the Motor and Motorsport Industries, amongst others. We specialise in Event Management, Sponsorship Activation, Public Relations, Social Media Management, Corporate & Vehicle Demonstration and even live streaming of events. Clients include Suzuki Ireland, Mondello Park, Dynamic Events, Jeep Ireland, Hutton & Meade, Siltex Safety, Rally School Ireland, E Fox Engineers, Sportchip.ie and many more.

Find out more at www.leonultypromotions.com

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Moore Back On The Top Step In Formula Vee

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Race Report by Stephen Morrin

Ray Moore wins on his return to the Crowne Plaza Dundalk National Formula Vee Championship. (c) James Foley Photography.

Ray Moore wins on his return to the Crowne Plaza Dundalk National Formula Vee Championship.
(c) James Foley Photography.

Following our recent trip to Kirkistown at the end of June the Crowne Plaza Dundalk National Formula Vee championship rolled into Mondello Park for Round 6 on 12th July. The healthy growth of the class seen in 2014 continues with 26 cars entered and 4 new drivers making their debut. Continue reading

The Macaulay Train Rolls Through Kirkistown

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Race Report by Adam Macaulay

Dan Polley heads the grid at Round 5 of the Crowne Plaza Dundalk National Formula Vee Championship at Kirkistown.

Dan Polley heads the grid at Round 5 of the Crowne Plaza Dundalk National Formula Vee Championship at Kirkistown.

The Vees arrived to a sunny Kirkistown for their first of three Crowne Plaza Dundalk National Formula Vee championship rounds this year.

The nature of the super quick Kirkistown sees average lap speeds of well over 80mph which usually leads to epic slipstreaming battles. This race was no exception. Continue reading