Saloons Galore at Kirkistown!
Kirkistown stages its second car race meeting of the season, organised by the 500 Motor Racing Club of Ireland on Saturday April 25 and saloon racing fans are in for a treat with four races. Saloons/GTs will have two races as will the Ford Fiestas and following on from the season opener in March expect very close racing.
Stephen Traub proved to be the master in Saloons with his rapid Honda Integra winning both races keeping James Turkington the younger brother of reigning BTCC Champion Colin Turkington at bay in his recently acquired SEAT. GTs have attracted some well known names with the visiting ASK Supercar Championship including Sean Doyle and Peter Barrable.
In Fiestas champion Andrew Blair had to deal with not only the regulars in the class but a number of newcomers including Jonny Forsythe, the final score a win each; so expect this battle to rage once again. Roadsports and expect Jim Larkham to be the pacesetter at the wheel of his Radical, however as always close racing will be provided by the NI Sevens. Formula Ford and the battle for points in the Northern Ireland Championship is very much on and at the top of the sheets is Adrian Pollock, the Omagh driver came away from the March rounds with a win and a second. Pollock’s main challenge is likely to come from Alan Davidson in Hugh Reid’s Mondiale and Jake Byrne’s Punchestown supported Ray..
Visitors to the County Down circuit in April include the Ginetta Juniors, a class which is proving to be a breeding ground for new talent and the perfect example is Andrew Watson now racing a McLaren. Adding further to the entertainment karts and the gearbox karts will be stretching muscle over the regular race circuit.