“Winning takes talent, to repeat it takes character” and so Adam Macauley showed real character in winning once again at Round 6 of the Crowne Plaza National Formula Vee Championship held at MondelloPark. Having not won in his previous six seasons, Macauley has now won three out of the last four races this season to take a healthy lead in the championship.
With Vee’s seeing a resurgence in numbers for the 45th anniversary of the first race held at Mondello Park, it was returnee Trevor Delaney who followed up a good days testing by qualifying his family run Sheane in 2nd place only 0.1secs behind Macauley with the Newsome Racing Sheane of David O Brien in 3rd place. Championship front runners Dan Polley and Ray Moore both had issues in testing and qualifying and could only qualify 5th and 8th respectively behind Jimmy Furlong in 4th.
While Macauley got his Newsome Racing Sheane off the line and into the lead, with Delaney and O Brien holding position behind, there was a frantic battle for 4th between Furlong, Colm Blackburn and Kevin Grogan. An incident on lap 3 saw Grogan roll his AvantiSport Leastone at Turn 1 bringing out the safety car for several laps. Once the racing resumed, Delaney made attempts on the lead on almost every corner but had to settle for 2nd with O Brien finishing 3rd with Furlong only 0.072secs behind in 4th place.
Further down the grid, there were typically close Formula Vee battles with John Downey’s works Leastone edging out Morgan McCourt’s Leastone by 0.096secs at the chequered flag and Stephen Morrin’s Leastone edging out Jack Byrne’s Sheane by 0.054secs.
Speaking after his victory, the quietly spoken Macauley once again quoted his favourite fictional driver, Ricky Bobby, saying “If you ain’t first, you’re last”.
The race within a race for the Dunlop Formula Vee Championship and the VW Spares Rookie Championship was won by Morgan McCourt and Jack Byrne respectively. McCourt in his KERS Leastone finished 10secs ahead of second placed Stephen Morrin while 16 year old Jack Byrne in his Abbeylawn Sheane comfortably beat his nearest rival, Brendan O Brien, by 21secs.
After Round 6, Macauley now takes a commanding lead at the top of the Crowne Plaza National Championship with Dan Polley and ex-champion Ray Moore in second and third respectively. Morgan McCourt takes over at the top of the Dunlop Championship while Justin Costello’s commanding lead of the VW Spares Rookie Championship has now diminished significantly with Brendan O Brien making a charge up the table to second.
Star Drive – Adam Macauley. Followed up his lights to flag victory at Round 5 with another lights to flag victory this weekend. Consistently very quick in testing and held off a very tough Trevor Delaney for the entirety of the race to take a well deserved win.
Total Oils Fastest Lap Award – Adam Macauley.
AvantiSport Highest Grid Mover – Morgan McCourt & Brendan O Brien.