Future Classics looking strong for opening round at Mondello!

March 13, 2014 by Leo Nulty  

Retro is the in thing at the moment, and nowhere more so than Mondello Park, by the look of it. The Future Classics Class, introduced in 2013, would appear to have grown significantly over the winter months. The Golf GTi Mk1, 205s and Unos have been joined by a number of new and interesting machines on the grid for Sunday’s season opener at Mondello Park.
Series organiser Aidan Byrne has purchased the ex-John Whitley/Dave McAulay Golf Mk2 16v, Robbie Parks has managed to get hold of an ex Mondello Production Saloon 3 litre Capri. Former Abarth Champion Barry-John McHenry and team owner Brendan Travers have both entered in 1400 Puntos. Ian Thornton dominated proceedings last year in the Mk1 Golf, but he is unlikely to have it quite as easy this year, as there are quite a few cars capable of lapping on or near the 1:09.5 barrier time. The Puntos, for example, have lapped the National circuit in a 1:06. Granted that was on slicks, but they previously ran on a road legal Yokohama A032R and still lapped in the 1:07 bracket so they may need to add some ballast to slow them a little. Ken Fleming’s Starlet had the pace to beat the Golf last year but was banished to the back of the grid for breaking the barrier time- he is back this weekend and will surely be a bit more careful. With the pace last year being somewhere around the 1:10 region, watch out for the Unos too. Four of them are entered and if they are set up correctly, they should be able to run right at the front. They regularly circulated in the 1:10 bracket when they raced and without a non performance road tyre restriction, they should realistically be even quicker. With a Sierra, a Civic and Dan Byrne’s Chevette thrown in, they are not far off 20 cars for this first round- well ahead of the ITCC- who’d have thought it?!

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