Young James Roe endured a challenging day at Kirkistown Northern Ireland on Saturday. The Naas racing driver had approached the third meeting of the season for the WAM-Dawson Formula Ford 1600 Championship in a positive frame of mind and hoping for his first category win of the season. Testing on Thursday and Friday added to this as the Team Ireland Van Diemen was right on the pace at the high speed former airfield circuit.
Unfortunately, Roe’s hopes were to be dashed as a series of mechanical gremlins were to hinder any chances of another top result.
Having qualified in an unaccustomed fifth place, the team made a few adjustments before race one. James made a good start but unfortunately the gear linkage let go before half distance, causing him to retire from the race. A good start in race two saw the Kildare driver make some progress, but contact with Noel Robinson caused a race stoppage. The restart meant James would return to his fifth place on the grid, climbing to fourth by the chequered flag- to end a testing weekend.
“Not a great weekend obviously, but it’s time to regroup and head to Knockhill this weekend. We went well there last time out but there are plenty of circuit specialists up that direction so, as ever, it won’t be easy!”
James Roe returns to the BRSCC UK National Formula Ford Championship this weekend at the Knockhill Circuit in Scotland
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