A perfect weekend at Mondello Park brought the hugely experienced Alastair Kellett a step closer to taking yet another saloon car title, this time the Palletstorage.ie Fiesta Zetec Championship. Having swapped cars with his son William, who is the reigning class champion, the Kells man qualified on pole position and took two strong wins, despite the top six being reversed for the grid of race two.
In the opening race, after an early red flag and restart, Alastair eased away early on and controlled the gap to James Fleming towards the end for his second win of 2020. Title rival Michael Barrable crossed the line in third, only to receive a 5 second penalty for contact with another competitor, which relegated him to seventh and gave the final podium position to Phil Lawless.
In race two, Alistair benefited when early leader Andy Kavanagh and James Fleming tangled at turn three and then he sliced by impressive newcomer Darragh Brennan for the lead into the Esses. Lawless just pipped Brennan in a drag race to the line by three hundredths of a second to take second, with Brennan delighted with his first podium in third. 2019 Champion William Kellett had a horrendous weekend, a spin in race one, being followed up with a clutch issue in race two. He did however, have the consolation of a new lap record, breaking Stephen Kirwan’s long standing benchmark on the Mondello National Circuit.
Even though Alastair now has a handsome lead in the series ahead of the final race weekend next month, the job is far from done, but few would bet against it at this stage!
The Palletstorage.ie Fiesta Championship returns to Mondello Park on October 11th for the final two rounds of the series.
Images from Michael Chester
Points standings after 6 rounds: