Grogan Takes First Blood in Formula Vee!
April 16, 2014 by Ivan Casey
|After the long winter break, the National Formula Vee championship started at Mondello Park last weekend with Kevin Grogan taking the spoils in a very close Crowne Plaza Dundalk National Formula Vee raceReigning champion Adam Macaulay had been very strong in pre-season testing and duly qualified his Sheane on pole with Jimmy Furlong lining up beside him on the front row of the grid. A great getaway when the lights went out, coupled with contact between the two front row men, saw Grogan move from fourth to first at the first corner and then keep his AvantiSport Leastone in the lead all the way to the chequered flag. He didn’t have it all his own way however, as Sean Newsome tried for several laps to take the lead before spinning out. Dave O Brien in his Newsome Racing Sheane was up next to put Grogan under pressure for the remainder of the race. The gap at the chequered flag was only 0.16secs.
Behind the leading duo, another fantastic battle took place between the LOH Motorsport Sheane of Dan Polley and David Kelly’s Sheane with Polley emerging on top to take the third step on the podium.
With the exception of Colm Blackburn who finished a lonely 5th in his works Leastone, there were battles right through the field with less than 0.02secs covering some of the 23 competitors.
After the race, Grogan said “I really had to work for this win. It was a very tough race but I’m happy to get the win. It’s a great way to start the season”.
The earlier qualifying race saw 8 newcomers to the class compete in the Finol Star of Tomorrow Championship. Stephen Morrin won the race outright to take the lead of the B Championship but had to fend off newcomer Anthony Cross who led for several laps before being passed by the more experienced Morrin. Behind the lead pair, there was another tight battle between the 2013 Rookie Champion, Justin Costello, and Damian Murphy in his Leastone with Costello leading over the line by 0.12secs at the flag.
The next two rounds of the Crowne Plaza Dundalk Formula Vee Championship takes place at the Bishopscourt Circuit on 12/13 May.
VW Spares Highest Grid Mover – Shane McBride
Mondello Park Fastest Lap – David Kelly
Star Drive: Kevin Grogan. Qualified 4th and made the most of the first corner drama to take the lead all the way to the chequered flag under immense pressure from Sean Newsome and then Dave O Brien. This definitely wasn’t an easy win.
Formula VEE was introduced to Ireland in the mid 70’s as a low-cost single-seater racing class and has become the biggest, most exciting single-seater racing formula in Ireland today. For more information on Irish Formula VEE, click here: www.formulavee.ie
Crowne Plaza Dundalk: www.cpireland.ie
The Crowne Plaza Dundalk National (A) Formula Vee Championship is for all registered drivers and in the past has produced champions who have gone on to race successfully in the UK, Europe, USA and Asia.
Finol Oils: www.finol.ie
The Finol Star of Tomorrow (C) Championship is for drivers who have competed in less than five races before the start of the season.
VW Spares: www.vwspares.ie
VW Spares awards a prize to the Highest Grid Mover at each National Championship event.
Kirkistown Racing Circuit awards a prize to the driver with the Fastest Race Lap at each National Championship event taking place at the Co Down track.
Mondello Park: www.mondellopark.ie
Mondello Park awards a prize to the driver with the Fastest Race Lap at each National Championship event taking place at the Co Kildare track.