It may have taken Enya and Aigle Music backed driver, Dan Polley, 5 laps to hit the front, but once there, he was never going to be beaten as he took victory in Round 4 of the Crowne Plaza National Formula Vee Championship at Bishopscourt.
AvantiSport driver, Kevin Grogan, initially led off the line and for the first lap and a half before pole man Adam McAuley took over at the front with Grogan slipping back to fifth. In the meantime, Polley’s LOH Sheane was cutting through the field working his way to the front from 5th on the grid and opening up a gap.
He left behind a three way battle for 2nd position with Ray Moore, Adam McAuley and Kevin Grogan all taking their turn in the runner up position. With 4 laps to go, Grogan used some backmarkers to his advantage as he shot past both Moore and McAuley only to undo the move with a slight mistake which again demoted him to 4th. Despite the best efforts of McAuley, multiple champion Ray Moore put his Bernard Dolan run Leastone in exactly the right positions to hold onto 2nd place at the flag. McAuley finished right behind in 3rd with Grogan in close pursuit.
Following on from his fine showing at the previous round, Formula Vee returnee Roy Tobin produced a fine performance to finish 5th after a race long battle with Colm Blackburn in the works Leastone. Blackburn put his previous days accident behind him to finish top of the Dunlop B Championship.
In a reversal of the previous round, Justin Costello edged out Brendan O’Brien for honours in the VW Spares Rookie Championship after O’Brien had a few excursions off track in tricky conditions.
Speaking after the race, a happy Dan Polley said “Luke O’Hara once again worked his magic on the setup. All I had to do was drive”.
After Round 4, Dan Polley now shares the top spot with Ray Moore on equal points at the top of the Crowne Plaza National Championship with Colm Blackburn and Justin Costello leading the Dunlop B and VW Spares Rookie Championships respectively.
Star Drive – Dan Polley. A committed drive early on gave him a decisive break that he was able to maintain to the end and hold on for victory.
Total Oils Fastest Lap Award – Kevin Grogan.