Wicklow racer Sean Doyle returned to the ASK Supercar Championship today (Sunday August 9th) with high hopes of increasing his championship lead as the series heads towards its conclusion. Things did not go as planned however for the Murphy Prototypes Young Driver as he left Mondello Park with his title hopes badly dented following a disappointing weekend.
The BOSS Security and Wicklow Tyres backed driver started the weekend with a single point advantage over Peter Barrable and following qualifying things were looking good as he was set to start from the front row with Barrable languishing down in tenth place. That however was as good as it got as a collision in race one damaged his suspension, leading to a non-finish, while Barrable drove through to take victory.
All was not lost for Doyle as he had a chance to make amends in race two. Having started strongly to lie second at the end of lap one, Doyle soon found that the handling of his hastily repaired car was not what he needed following the first race incident and fourth place was the best he could do. Barrable took second place this time around and this has left Doyle with a mountain to climb at the final event of the year in September.
“This weekend was hugely disappointing” said Doyle on Sunday evening. “It will be an uphill battle now to become the 2015 ASK Supercar Champion. All I can do is put my head down and try to win the last two races as I still have a mathematical chance of lifting the title. I must thank once again all of my sponsors, BOSS Security, Wicklow Tyres, TORC, SKC Providers and Nissan, without whose help I would not be on the grid at all.”
The final two races will be part of the Leinster Trophy event on Mondello Park’s International Track on Saturday and Sunday September 19th& 20th, with the season finale being broadcast live on Mondello.TV.
For more information on Sean Doyle see www.seandoyleracing.com or follow him on facebook.
Image from James Foley.