Double Victory and the championship lead for Kalinecki.
Driving his Sportchip.ie built and tuned SEAT Leon Cupra R, Grzegorz Kalinecki headed to the fast former airfield circuit in Downpatick with just one intention- to win again.
Sportchip.ie, who specialise in remapping ECUs, have three different maps for the car and unsurprisingly, they chose the one which makes the Cupra R produce some 320bhp for the high speed circuit. This was well suited to the track and the former Rallycross Supercar driver qualified on pole position for the Production Class of the Micksgarage.com backed Irish Touring Car Championship. When the lights changed, he made no mistakes to lead away and controlled the gap to take the flag over five seconds clear of his nearest challenger- adding to his 2015 tally of wins and moving one step closer to the aim for 2015- the ITCC Production title.
In race two, it was more of the same with the SEAT taking the lead and holding on until the chequered flag, despite the close attentions of Ian O’Driscoll’s Civic, to make it an impressive double for the Blanchardstown based squad.
These results increase Kalinecki’s lead in the series to over 30 points at the half way point of the season. The next round at Mondello Park International circuit on June 6/7 and all the action will be shown live on Mondello TV.
Sportchip.ie was set up in 2009. Based in Blanchardstown in Dublin, they specialise in and develop power modules – power boxes (also called Black Boxes) and transitional tuning linking elements for all of modern turbodiesels. The SEAT Cupra R which they race in ITCC, was built from a road car as a project for the company. The engine and DSG box in the car are standard but the car’s ECU has been completely remapped by the Sportchip team.
Image from Brian Walsh