Success for McMullan and Moffett in contrasting Fords!
Current Dunlop Sexton Motorsport Ireland Young Racing Driver of the Year, Johnny McMullen, continued his impressive season in Mondello Park this weekend. The Belfast driver led the opening race of the meeting at the Kildare circuit however, tyre problems in the closing laps forced the Antrim driver to slow, and his Motorsport Ireland/Irish Sports Council supported car was almost caught at the chequered flag by the hard charging Jake Byrne, who finished less than one tenth of a second behind, with last year’s winner Robert Barrable less than a second farther back. In race 2, McMullan showed the opposition a clean pair of heels to claim the prestigious Vivion Daly Trophy. McMullan will be aiming for similar success next weekend when he heads to Silverstone for the sixth round of the British Formula Ford Championship.
In Tipperary, Sam Moffett took a convincing victory on the Sepam Stonethrowers Rally organised by Tipperary Light Car and Motorcycle Club. Moffett, with Karl Atkinson navigating, led from the opening stage in his Ford Fiesta World Rally Car. Sam’s younger brother Josh finished second overall in an identical car, 15 seconds adrift. The brothers were both using the event as a shakedown for next weekend’s Ulster Rally, the latest round of the Clonakilty Blackpudding Irish Tarmac Championship. UK driver Steve Wood finished behind the Moffett brothers in his Subaru to claim the final spot on the podium. Gary Kiernan and James O’Reilly put in another impressive performance to finish fifth and top 2 wheel drive car while local driver Patrick Kearney won the Group N class in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9. Kearney, with Alistair Wylie co-driving, also finished 11th overall. Welsh driver Washingon James took a commanding 8 minute win in the historic section while the junior section was won by J
ason and David O’Brien in their Honda Civic