‘Irish Supercar Championship powered by Pirelli’
The ‘Irish Supercar Championship powered by Pirelli’ had their first
championship race weekend on the 9th April 2017. The race was held in
conjunction with the Special Needs Fun Centre to raise much needed
funds for the children’s charity,. This fundraising event managed to raise
over €500 for the charity.
The first race weekend for the Irish Supercars had many of last years
drivers returning to the grid, with the addition of new drivers. After some
trouble in testing on Saturday, Barry Hallion was unable to make the grid
for racing on Sunday. Alan Dawson returned to the grid with Sean Woods
Racing running him for the second year in a row. In a superb performance
from Dawson, he landed himself on pole position for both races in
Mondello, proving he is one to watch for the season ahead.
Peter Barrable also returned to the grid in a bid to reclaim his title from 2015.
After a good qualifying session in one of the ASK Racing Supercars,
Peter took his place on the front row, alongside Alan Dawson.
Bob Cameron and Philip Jones also made their return to the grid, landing
themselves in third and fourth on the grid respectively. Robert Savage,
a new driver to the Irish Supercar Championship this season, wasn’t far
off the leaders, placing himself on the third row of the grid.
An exciting first race saw Alan Dawson take the first win of the season,
followed closely behind by a battling Bob Cameron and Phillip Jones.
Peter Barrable had a tough start to the championship and after suffering
suspected engine trouble in race 1, was forced to retire for the weekend.
Robert Savage showed a great performance in his first race with the
Supercars, placing in fourth ahead of Ray Finnegan,
who started from Pit Lane due to issues in qualifying.
Race 2 of the weekend was an exciting one to watch, with Philip Jones
making an incredible start off the line to lead the pack into turn one. His
impressive start unfortunately didn’t last and he was soon under pressure
from Alan Dawson and Bob Cameron.
After a minor tiff between Cameron and Dawson, Dawson soon caught up
with Jones and overtook him to take the lead and his second win of the
weekend. The performance from Dawson was one to behold and
definitely proved the upgrade to the new Drenth gearbox was a racewinning
choice. Whilst Cameron raced an ASK Racing car throughout
the weekend, his own car was driver by newcomer Robert Savage.
Savage really stuck it to Cameron throughout race two, constantly
threatening to defeat Cameron in his own car, ending in a chase to the
flag, which resulted in Cameron barely beating Savage across the line.
The battle between Kellett Motorsport, ASK Racing, Vertical Racing and
Sean Woods Racing will continue on May 6th & 7th in Bishopscourt and
we’re sure we will see the drivers really ramp it up in the race for the
Special Needs Fun Centre:
The Special Needs Fun Centre aim is to provide the first ever Fun Centre
in Ireland and Europe that will provide parents, famililes, carers and
guardians a FUN place to bring children and young adults with special
needs. This FUN centre will allow them to develop their abilities at their
own pace in comfortable and safe surroundings, every person is different
and this centre is designed to work with this in mind.
The Irish Supercar Championship understand the need for such a facility
and are proud to be supporting such a unique charity which aim to bring
joy and fun to the lives of children and young adults with special needs