Proving that winning is a habit, Adam Macauley followed up his first ever race winning weekend with another victory at Round 5 of the Crowne Plaza National Formula Vee Championship at Kirkistown.
Dan Polley, recovering from a fractured and dislocated ankle, put his LOH Sheane on pole position during qualifying while Macauley battled with a misfire. Even with his problems, Macauley’s second flying lap was enough to put him second on the grid with last seasons rookie Stephen Morrin’s Leastone lining up in third, a career best. Championship leader Ray Moore failed to make qualifying after suffering engine problems before he got on track. Once the lights went out, Macauley got the jump on Polley and reeled off a series of fastest laps to take the chequered flag over 8 seconds ahead of Polley in second. Ray Moore had fought his way through the field up to second position on lap 6 before he pulled over on the following lap with a suspected engine failure. Polley carried on through the pain of his recent injury to manage the gap back to Jimmy Furlong’s Sheane who had also battled through the field after issues in qualifying. Last seasons Rookie Champion, Colm Blackburn, had a personal best finish of fourth in his works Leastone. Making light of his victory after the race, Macauley quoted his favourite fictional driver, Ricky Bobby, and said “I just wanna go fast”.
The earlier B/C race initially saw the Leastones of Stephen Morrin and Colm Blackburn battling it out for the lead before both suffered mechanical issues that led to them falling back down the order. KERS driver, Morgan McCourt, had been running with the lead duo and was on hand to take over and continue on to the end for his maiden victory and also maximum points in the Dunlop Formula Vee Championship. After an off track excursion on the first lap, rookie Justin Costello charged through the field to take second place on the last corner from Kershaw M-Sport’s Damian Murphy who finished third with Gary Owens’ AvantiSport Sheane in fourth. Costello was the first rookie home and with it wins the VW Spares Rookie points.
After Round 5, Macauley now joins Dan Polley in the top position on equal points at the top of the Crowne Plaza National Championship with Morgan McCourt putting a good dent into Colm Blackburn’s leadership of the Dunlop Championship. Justin Costello has a commanding lead of the VW Spares Rookie Championship.
Star Drive – Stephen Morrin. Despite having engine issues in both races, he qualified 3rd overall with a time which was significantly quicker than his previous best at the Kirkistown track. He led the B/C race and was running in the Top 4 of the main race before trouble struck.
Total Oils Fastest Lap Award – Adam Macauley.