Kirkistown circuit has one of the largest car race meetings of the season this coming Saturday. Organised by the 500 Motor Racing Club of Ireland the regular Northern Ireland Formula Ford 1600 Championship will incorporate the FF1600 SuperSeries which is not a championship, but simply a series of races staged at various circuits throughout the UK.
A Driver of the Day is selected at each round and the various winners will go into a hat and one name will be picked and added to the list of those drivers going to the Road to Indy Shootout. Could it be that a driver from Kirkistown could be racing in the USA?
The Northern Ireland Formula Ford 1600 Championship has featured a season long battle between Noel Robinson and Alan Davidson and a few points separate the battling duo. Not only does Robinson lead this Formula Ford Championship but he also leads the BOSS Ireland series. Stephen O’Connor and Ryan Campbell have also shown great pace this year and Jake Byrne, who dominated FF1600 at Kirkistown last year is back on form and on the entry list too. James Roe has been making progress with the brand new Ralf Firman FF1600 and with most of the teething issues now sorted, could also be a factor.
The support programme has something for everyone, including the popular one make Ford Zetec Championship, while Roadsports will be joined by a number of Irish Sportscar Championship (Stryker) contenders. Ginetta Junior Ireland, the introduction series for teenagers to motor racing makes a welcome return. Samuel Harron heads the title chase ahead of brother William just joint third place occupants Darragh Denning and Morgan Quinn both have race winning pace too. Watch out too for karting graduate Patrick Dempsey who impressed with third on his debut last time out in the ex Jordan Dempsey title winning machine.
Legends, NI Saloons and the ultra fast karts will be in action, the latter to feature the 125 and 250 classes.
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