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This Saturday 29th August sees the second car and Superkart race meeting at Kirkistown Race Circuit, this year. There is a bumper, fifteen race schedule.

Unfortunately, spectators are still not permitted due to Covid-19 restrictions.

All classes have two races, except for the Superkarts, who have three.

In the N.I. FF1600s David Parks from Ballina will be looking for a repeat of his win at the July meeting. The Randalstown Rocket, Alan Davidson, who is still getting used to his “new” Mondiale M89, will be keeping him honest.

The Roadsports have a better field this time. John Benson, from Holywood and Mark Crawford, from Banbridge should have a close battle but Niall Fitzsimmons, and Brendan Casement, both from Downpatrick, are dark horses, having not been out in this class this year.

The biggest grid of the day will be the combined Saloons and GT’s, with twenty two cars. There should be a great battle at the front of the Saloons, with at least six drivers capable of winning. Shane Murphy, from Ovens will be worth watching, as will be Stephen Traub from Belfast. In the GTs, expect Gerard O’Connell, from Dungiven, to dominate but second place will be hotly disputed by the Parr brothers, Paul and Shane, from Hilltown.

The Kirkistown Fiestas have had somewhat of a revival this year. The Stewart Brothers, Mark and Paul, from Belfast are still at the front, but not by much. Expect Strangford lady, Megan Campbell to give them a hard time.

On the combined grid are the Mazda MX5s. In July their small grid produced great racing, with Randalstown’s Paul Sheridan taking both races. Paul has improved his car since then but Ballyhalbert’s David Cousins is always developing his machine and will be up there too. Newcastle’s Eugene McCann harried Sheridan all the way in July and is expected to do the same this time.

Formula Vees make a welcome return to the County Down track. They always produce incredibly close racing. With a twenty one car field, it will be hard to know where to look, such will be the action right down the field. It is impossible to pick a winner but the experienced Gavin Buckley, from Dublin will be a likely candidate.

Ginetta Juniors make their first visit this year. There is a small four car field of these fourteen to seventeen year old drivers.

The incredible SuperKarts are back again. In the 250cc class expect any one from Lisburn’s Liam Fox, Bangor’s Colin Menary or Lurgan’s Richard Dewart to take turns winning! The 125cc class will be even closer with brothers Peter and Alan Crossan from Comber and Ross Witherow from Millisle all capable of winning.

Qualifying will be from 9:30am, with racing at 11:30am onwards. You can follow the event live on the Speedhive app.

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Saloon class race competitor and partner organiser of Trackskills track days at Kirkistown Circuit.