The Formula Vee class returned to Mondello Park last weekend for round 2 of their three championships. Both of the Vee races were streamed live on Mondello Park’s new Mondello.tv, allowing sponsors, friends and family to watch in real time from around the globe for the first time ever!
In the Dunlop B Championship and VW Spares Rookie Championship race, Colm Blackburn’s Total Oils Leastone was first across the line, having overcome an on-form Ger Byrne early on. Ger had qualified superbly in the wet but when the track dried out a little, his down on power engine made him an easy target on the main straight. Damian Murphy in the Simtech Aviation car lead off the line for the opening lap of the race before a spin at the exit of the Esses left him down the order. Stephen Morrin, driving John Downey’s car for the weekend, was on a charge however, and also displaced Byrne to make it a Leastone 1-2. He seemed to be on the ragged edge though as he tried to close the gap to Blackburn and had the first of a number of off track excursions on lap six. By the end of the race though, he had mounted an impressive charge back to fourth, setting fastest lap on the final tour. Byrne held on for an impressive second with Morgan McCourt driving well for another good result in third.
In the main Crowne Plaza Dundalk National Formula Vee Championship race Ray Moore had dominated qualifying, his Bernard Dolan run Leastone handling perfectly in tricky conditions. His margin at the top of the timesheets was an unheard of 1.7 seconds- Normally grid positions in Formula Vee are decided by fractions of a second. Adam McAuley and Dave O’Brien were next up, both in Newsome tended Sheanes. When the lights changed, McAulay nailed a perfect start to lead the field down to Ford corner. Further back, Morrin’s day was going from bad to worse as his borrowed Leastone was launched skywards after a mid pack shuffle. Moore challenged the leader almost immediately and looked clearly quicker, drawing alongside on a number of occasions on the opening lap. He eventually made the move stick on the exit of Adelaide corner when McAulay’s master switch turned off, killing the engine for an instant. Dan Polley was on a charge, his LOH tended Sheane having qualified back in eighth, and came out tops of a battle with Kevin Grogan, the pair having both displaced O’Brien. Robbie Allen was also driving superbly, carving through the field to fourth, although he had to defend from Grogan in the closing stages. A bonus to Moore’s dominent win was the fastest lap prize sponsored by Total Oils while the AvantiSport Highest Grid Mover award was shared by Colm Blackburn, Morgan McCourt and Gary Owens.
Both Moore and Blackburn now lead their respective championships with two maximum scores each, whilst Justin Costello now heads the novice title chase.
Star Drive- Ray Moore (again). A flawless performance from the former double champion. If someone is going to stop him adding to his title, they need to stand and be counted soon.
One to Watch- Jack Byrne. At just 16, the youngest driver in the class. Drove impressively again this weekend and did well to avoid trouble on the way to the first corner.