Bumper Race Meeting at Kirkistown on Saturday 29th August 2020

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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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RMS Forum Comments

gixermark replied at 12:58, Wed 26 Aug, 2020
looking forward to a first run out for 12 months !!
gixermark replied at 21:30, Sat 29 Aug, 2020
Thanks @PaulYDP for a hand today... turned out challenging enough day. 1 lap in qualy with a misfire. Same in first race... pulled into pits twice !!!! In first race with miss fire (lead coming off coil pack) then thankfully sorted for 2nd race and won. so nice to be on track again... very appreciative of all officials& Marshall’s giving their time so we can get out to play ?
althebass replied at 22:36, Sat 29 Aug, 2020
I had the pleasure of running this today: 292965 1,2,3 in quali for the stable mates: 292966 1st in class for the blue car in both races (Outright win in race 1). Just needed fuel all day. Not all plain sailing though, I had to put a set of cam followers in the yellow car after quali (pinto engine - heel/pad breaking up on race followers). Stuck a set of standard ones in and it was running well for race 1. Green car was leading race 1 but went wide and into barriers on exit of Fisherman’s. Damage to the front splitter/rad support and bodywork. Needs a steering arm and maybe a bottom wishbone but rack and chassis fine so could be worse. 292967 Pulled the ‘cow catcher’ frame off the front which was folded underneath and took the bent radiator off to make it easier to load onto the trailer. Half of the front bodywork came back to our garage so we broke out the Crosslé badge and the racing number and dumped the rest. Great to see the sun out and the paddock busy!
gixermark replied at 22:53, Sat 29 Aug, 2020
John was unlucky... he had been driving so well, and the car was planted... Shame there were so many casualties in roadsports generally
PaulYDP replied at 08:25, Sun 30 Aug, 2020
| Thanks @PaulYDP for a hand today... turned out challenging enough day. 1 lap in qualy with a misfire. Same in first race... pulled into pits twice !!!! In first race with miss fire (lead coming off coil pack) then thankfully sorted for 2nd race and won. so nice to be on track again... very appreciative of all officials& Marshall’s giving their time so we can get out to play ?
Any time, was great just to get a run down and be about the paddock again! Eventful day but we got there!