For rounds six and seven of the 2016 Tool Dynamics Supercar Championship, the series returns to Mondello Park in County Kildare for the Formula Vee Festival meeting, which raises funds for Laura Lynn- The Children’s Hospice.
After an action packed pair of races in Mondello Park in June, which culminated in title rivals Peter Barrable and Andy O’Brien crashing out, Bob Cameron has taken over at the head of the title chase. Cameron drove superbly at the last meeting despite starting from the pitlane in both races and his new found pace should allow him to run right at the front this weekend. Sam Moffett has been the closest to Barrable and O’Brien in terms of pace so far this year and he confirmed this with his debut win in race two, having been already leading when the pair clashed. Despite having missed two rounds, he is fourth in the championship.
The other big talking point in the championship is the return of former class frontrunner Alan Dawson. With the car fully rebuilt by Sean Woods Racing, Dawson was on the pace straight away and all but relieved Moffett of the win in race two with an impressive late race charge. Barry Hallion missed the last round with mechanical maladies but is ready to go for this weekend- and showed pace to challenge the pacesetters despite his lack of rear wheel drive experience in Bishopscourt earlier in the year. Similarly Graeme Colfer, already a winner in Supercars, can’t be discounted and is definitely worth watching.
Former Fiat champion Dan Rooney also returns this weekend, having changed car and could spring a surprise, whilst former Mini racer Raymond Finnegan has also entered in one of the ASK Racing cars, alongside Vinny O’Reilly and team boss Alan Kessie.
The drivers have demonstrated that consistency is key for the Tool Dynamics Supercar Championship and that this brings rewards of its own by just keeping on the grid and getting race finishes and those ever important championship points. The Supercar drivers have also reported that with the change to Pirelli Tyres this season they are experiencing better handling and subsequently faster lap times.
A huge step forward in image and driver quality has resulted in this championship rising in interest and stature. The strong profile of the Tool Dynamics Supercar Championship and the support from all the sponsors has enticed some drivers to already begin training for 2017. Discussion has begun to take another step forward for the coming season and interest is growing in particular regarding a possible Brands Hatch outing.
As the prize for the winner of the 2016 Tool Dynamics Supercar Championship is a drive in the Dutch Supercar Championship, the series has attracted had a lot of interest from budding young drivers. Many of the younger career drivers prefer the Saloon/GT car route as opposed to the traditional single seater path. Many people have already contacted ASK Racing looking to buy or rent cars for the 2017 season.
ASK Racing boss Alan Kessie is looking forward to the weekend: “We took part in the Charity event for Laura Lynn last year and are looking forward to being able to help support them again. This should be a great weekend of racing at the Vee Festival. The Tool Dynamics Supercar Championship is coming into rounds 9 & 10 and the battle for the Championship is really heating up!”
The Tool Dynamics Supercars will have their qualifying session on Saturday at 11am to determine race positions. Race 1 on Sunday is scheduled for 10:20 with Race 2 at 15:15
both of which will be streamed live on Mondello TV.
In addition to the weekend of motor racing, a charity auction and barbecue will be held on Saturday evening with family entertainment. The charity car push will take place on Sunday at lunchtime. Tickets are priced per car entering and cost just €10 with all proceeds
going to Laura Lynn.
Images from Michael Chester.
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