Reigning Irish Touring Car Production Champion Grzegorz Kalinecki and his Sportchip.ie team continued their domination of the Irish Touring Car Championship when the Teng Tools supported series returned to Mondello Park recently.
Now competing in the Super Touring class of the championship and having taken two wins at Bishopscourt in Northern Ireland last month, the team were confident ahead of the June Mondello meeting and tested successfully prior to the event.
Having qualified on pole position, Kalinecki was beaten off the line by the fast starting Mazda RX-7 of Shane Rabbitt but reasserted his authority at the front within a couple of corners before pulling away for yet another strong win. In race two, with the grids reversed, the Turboman.ie backed Golf was last away but by the second lap was already back at the head of the field and en route to win number two. Kalinecki now leads the ITCC series outright with all remaining rounds to be held at the Kildare venue.
Grzegorz Kalinecki, Sportchip.ie “It was a good weekend for us. We had a good test and the Golf is going really well. It was a shame some of the other frontrunners were not out this weekend, as I would have preferred a battle. Hopefully they will be back for out next round in July.”
Rounds 7 & 8 of the Teng Tools ITCC will be held on July 9th and 10that Mondello Park.
Images from Michael Chester.
Sportchip.ie was set up in 2009. Based in Blanchardstown in Dublin, they specialise in electronic remapping of all modern turbodiesel and turbocharged petrol engines. They also remap ECUs for the removal of the DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) and are one of the few companies in Ireland who custom make their maps with the help of an on-site two axle rolling road/dyno.
The SEAT Leon FR, with which they won the 2015 ITCC Production class, was built from a standard road car as a project for the company. The engine and DSG box in the car were 100% standard but the car’s ECU was completely remapped by the Sportchip team. Similarly with this year’s Golf GTI, modifications are mainly limited to the ECU, showcasing the company’s talents.