So with the first Kirkistown of the season already come and gone, and the Mondello opener fast approaching, it is fair to say that the season has officially started this side of the pond.
Last year Formula Vee was generally a straight fight between eventually champion Colm Blackburn and former multiple champion Dan Polley. Signs are that the battle will be joined for 2018- in fact it already has been! The hugely experienced (he has raced Vees for over 25 years) Ray Moore is back and he claimed first blood in Kirkistown last Saturday. He has to fight for it though, in what was a typical Kirkistown slipstreaming battle. After a late safety car intervention, Moore needed all his experience to hold off fellow class returnee Lee Newsome. Anthony Cross was right there too, as was Stephen Morrin. Add Polley (who had work comittments) and Blackburn (who retired after tangling with Newsome) to this mix and don’t be surprised if the budget single seater class produces the best racing of all when they roll into Mondello Park this weekend. With most classes still suffering from falling numbers, the Vee organisers are confident of getting well in excess of 20 cars on grids regularly this year. They have also attracted two new sponsors, Selco Hygiene Supplies for the National Championship and Probe 2000 as the B Series sponsor. Happily Finol remain onboard with the Star Of Tomorrow series.
An utterly delighted Ken Browne took a hard fought win in the B/C race after almost every one had a go at the front, have a look at the incredible onboard from polesitter Gavin Buckley below- watch out for James Jones and 2017 Star of Tomorrow Luke O’Faolain too- it would make you want to run out and buy a Vee!
The class also paid tribute to longtime supporter Bob Elliott, who passed away recently, with decals on the cars, which was a lovely gesture and one which was much appreciated by the Elliott family.
The Vee class has also made major steps forward in terms of social media- with plenty of news and quips on their various channels. Other classes would do well to look towards this as a “best practice” They have also managed to organise the return of the UK Formula Vee class for their July Formula Vee Festival and as you can see below, they are building up the excitement already! If you want to see these guys in action, get yourself down to Mondello Park this weekend, where the battle is due to recommence!
Images and Video from Cregor Elliott
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