Aug 08, 2020
Beginning Saturday August 8th
With new regional COVID-19 restrictions covering the counties Kildare, Laois and Offaly set to come into effect at midnight, Friday August 7th, Mondello Park will be closed for activities for the following two weeks.
In order to comply with the new regulations, which state that residents in the effected counties should only undertake essential travel, that outdoor gatherings must be limited to a maximum of fifteen people and that people should only travel into the effected counties for essential reasons, all activities at the Kildare venue will be suspended for the required period.
Mondello Park will re-open once the restrictions are lifted and anyone with queries regarding events which have been effected by the restrictions should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 045-860200 during office hours.
Information on the re-opening of the venue will be released in due course.
Denning Dominates as Coffee 2 Go Fiesta ST Series Kicks Off.
The 2020 Motor Racing season finally got underway at Mondello Park last weekend and the Coffee 2 Go Fiesta ST Championship provided some of the best entertainment over the two day race meeting.
21 year old Alex Denning had been quickest in pre season testing and he carried this form into qualifying, his Dennings Cars/Murray Motorsport machine taking pole position early on in the session by a considerable margin. Kevin Doran, a double winner in 2019, was his closest challenger, with series sponsor Graham McDonnell in third and Barry-John McHenry in fourth.
When the lights went out for the first race though, Doran nailed the perfect start to grab the lead and immediately went into defensive mode as Denning tried to find a way past. Try as he might, the ex karter was unable to find a gap, and with McDonnell in tow, this trio began to pull away from the pack. As they came down to start the final lap though, Denning had got a run out of the final corner and he crossed the line side by side with the leader. After rounding turn one together, Denning emerged ahead and he held on for an impressive win.
As ever in the ST Championship, the top six finishers in race one were reversed to form the front of the grid for race two. This put Barry John McHenry on pole with Denning back in sixth. An incredible start saw Denning up to second by turn one, and already attempting to wrest the lead from front row starter Michael Fitzgerald. A subsequent safety period stymied his progress but once the race was underway again, he quickly took the lead and crossed the line almost seven seconds ahead of his closest rival to do the double and take an early lead in the Championship. A delighted McDonnell was second with Barry-John McHenry completing the podium in third.
Alex Denning: “I’m over the moon to take the pole, double win and double fastest lap after a long off-season. The practice on track and off track sim racing, combined with a more calculated and patient approach to racing, have definitely paid off in making me a better driver.
With last years champion Erik Holstein, 3 time ST champion Dave Maguire and my father Liam all expected to be joining the already competitive ST grid in August, I will have to on top form to add to my winning streak!”
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