Kirkistown Blog- with Cregor Elliott

July 8, 2014 by Cregor Elliott  

It’s unusual to be making only the first trip of the year to Kirkistown at the end of June but that’s the way the calendar worked out this year so on the longest day of the year I was headed north. Having been unable to secure a lift on the Saturday morning it was out with the bike for a 7am start. Good time was made despite a stop for fuel near Dundalk, and a wet road for a few miles as the fun part of the journey began at Hillsborough. I had planned to stop at the carboot sale in Comber. I’ve dreamed of going to this ever since I first started going to Kirky across country and avoiding Belfast so you can imagine my dismay when the carpark was empty and the sale wasn’t on. Kirkistown meetings are usually on the last Saturday and the taunting sign announced the June sale for Saturday 28th. An army convoy leaving Comber gave me a bit of a start before I realised they were all vintage and heading to an event at Newtownards airport. After arriving at the track an Ulster fry set me right for the day. There was a delay in getting qualifying started as the doctor hadn’t arrived. Formula Vees own doctor could have stood in but he wasn’t racing which was unfortunate. There weren’t too many classes out so qualifying passed by

Ginettas battle at the chicane.

Ginettas battle at the chicane.

quickly. I spent the morning in the paddock promoting the upcoming Dunlop Formula Vee Festival, updating tinterweb wtih times, and demonstrating the miracle that is the selfie stick to people. There were a few races before lunch and the Leastone lads were flat out trying to replace the engine in the car of Mark Miller. Crews for Jack Byrne and Rob McCormack were also busy working trying to get their cars ready for the early race but alas only Byrne made it into the race. The beauty of driving the bike up meant I didn’t have to walk about the track. There was a great battle in the opening Vee race won by Sean Newsome from Morrin followed by Dempsey winning the Ginetta race, and Fox in the karts. Back at the truck over lunch I relayed the midweek episode of the #GhostRider to the lads. Heavey, on hearing that the lad was afraid of a bit of slagging, offered to bring him racing with Leastone for a weekend. That would forsure end his phobia so if you want a cure be sure to get in touch again. The opening GT race after lunch was won by the beautiful Ford Escort of Jim Hutchinson from Connaire Finn, while Murray won the first Formula Ford in

Murray leads Murray in a hectic FF1600 dice,

Murray leads Murray in a hectic FF1600 dice,

the Motorsport Ireland car. I took up position for those races at an empty marshal’s post on the back straight and got a full appreciation of the speed that can be had at the circuit before heading to Colonial where Brian Hearty won a thrilling Sheane race, and Adam Macaulay the Vees after a great battle with Dan Polley who had grabbed pole driving an unfamiliar car. After posting results of the early races to the net I crossed the track and spent the rest of the afternoon at the outside of the hairpin where a hasty exit could be made once racing had finished. The GT position were reversed with Finn winning from Hutchinson, while Hearty again showed his dominance in the Sheanes working his way back to win after an early incident. Murray won the final race of the day in Formula Ford. I was out the gate like a greyhound from the traps to get home for the football, stopping for fuel and burgers near Dundalk. Despite a steady speed I started to get a cramp in my jaw around Balbriggan as the helmet was pushed into my face, something that never happened to me before. It must be time for a new lid… Cregor


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