A Great Year in Formula Vee – with Colm Blackburn

Colm in his championship winning Total Oils/Leastone Racing JH004 Image from Fran Hollywood/kartracingpics.com

Colm in his championship winning Total Oils/Leastone Racing JH004 Image from Fran Hollywood/kartracingpics.com

So the end has come to another season in Formula Vee and another championship under my belt. Last Monday night the class scrutineer confirmed my sealed engine complied with all the regulations and I was officially the Dunlop Formula Vee Champion. The whole year went quite well for me- securing 6th in the Crowne Plaza “A” championship behind much more experienced racers and winning the Dunlop Championship, all under the watchful eye of Paul Heavey. The season started out in Kirkistown and from the start I was much quicker than I was in 2012 and this continued for me right through the season.

I was leading the championship by 6 points coming into Kirkistown’s last race of the year. Friday practice wasn’t so good when my engine had enough and had to be replaced. Luckily for me my 2012 race engineer Ken Elliott had a spare but also needed a rebuild. We missed out on a lot of Fridays practice but still managed to qualify 10th Saturday morning with all my championship rivals ahead of me. I started fifth for the first race to take the lead at the hairpin on lap 1. I led the race up until lap 8 when the white Sheane of Sean Newsome got bigger and bigger in my mirrors. I knew my spare engine was no match for Sean’s- especially around Kirkistown! Sean eventually passed me and I tucked in behind him and we had a battle to the line for Sean to beat me by the length of a nose cone. This was enough for me to win the championship and take 6th in the final later that day. So it’s Formula Libre action for me in the October meeting when I get to race Paul Heaveys GSXR-1000cc Leastone. All in all great year for me with the nomination for the Dunlop Sexton Trophy and winning the Dunlop Formula Vee championship. Big thanks to Paul Heavey and Total Oils, Stena Line ferries and Dunlop for all the support couldn’t have done it with out him!

Colm

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