After outqualifying the entire grid by over one second, Adam Macaulay took his first ever win by dominating Round 3 of the Crowne Plaza National Formula Vee Championship at a damp Bishopscourt. Despite a brief challenge at the first corner by the fast starting Kevin Grogan, Macaulay in his Newsome Racing assisted Sheane pulled out a comfortable lead that he maintained all the way to the chequered flag.
The real battle emerged behind Macaulay with Dan Polley in his LOH Motorsport Sheane and Kevin Grogan in his AvantiSport Leastone swapping places several times as they both looked for the runner up prize. A well timed dive up the inside with just 3 corners to go on the last lap saw Polley take 2nd with Grogan taking 3rd Current championship leader, Ray Moore, was involved in an incident at the end of the first lap which saw him drop to the back of the grid where he duly went about putting in a spirited fight to work his way back up to 5th ahead of the returning Roy Tobin in a Newsome Racing Sheane.
Stephen Morrin in his Leastone had his best result to date when he finished 4th overall and with it took the honours in the Dunlop B Championship. Morrin also claimed the Avantisport “Highest Grid Mover” Award.
The battle for the VW Spares Rookie Championship took place further down the grid with Brendan O’Brien emerging victorious over Justin Costello; the pair being split by less than a second at the chequered flag.
Being interviewed after the race, Adam Macaulay said “It’s about time I got this win. Hopefully there are plenty more to come. I really think I can challenge for the title this season.”
After Round 3, Adam Macaulay now joins Ray Moore on equal points at the top of the Crowne Plaza National Championship with Damian Murphy and Justin Costello leading the Dunlop B and VW Spares Rookie Championships respectively.
Star Drive – Roy Tobin. On his return to the class after a lengthy break, he took it to former champion Ray Moore for the entirety of the race finishing only 0.2secs behind.
Fastest Lap – Adam Macaulay