Last but not Least- with Sean Doyle.
September 18, 2013 by Sean Doyle
Going into this weekend, the Leinster Trophy at Mondello park it was very close in the FF1600 championship standings with only nine points separating fourth place and second!
Saturday was a dry morning and the sun was splitting the stones. We had a early quite an early qualifying session considering our race wasn’t till 4.55 the same day! Qualifying went well and I put in a respectable time which put me on the second row of the grid for race one of the day.
I made a reasonable start and maintained my position at turn one but I was squeezed off the track at turn two. I lost a lot of places and dropped back to seventh place. David McCullough was ahead and I chased him down and got past with a couple of laps to go. I saw a gap and went for it and made the move stick. I crossed the line 6th not far behind the leaders considering my off road excursion at turn two on the first lap.
Qualifying for race 2 was Sunday morning and it had rained all night and still was a consistent drizzle, we had a good wet setup though, and I qualified 2nd on the grid .125 behind pole sitter Kevin O’Hara. I was delighted to be onthe front row of the grid. I made the most of it! I got a great start, I got the drop on O’Hara and was now in the lead of the race! I made the most of the squabble which I saw in my mirrors and I only took a quick glance now and again. I put the head down and kept driving as hard as I could! I didn’t even look at the countdown clock- I just wanted it to end ASAP. I saw Jonny McMullan was starting to catch me through the fast right hander, Parabolica. The next lap around I defended too much and he got the run on me to Tarzan ‘A’ I tried the double back at Tarzan ‘B’ but he was a fraction ahead so I had to back out of it. I didn’t let Jonny get too much of a break and I stayed on his tail till the end. I finished second after leading six of the ten laps. Only one more step till I get my first win in FF1600. Hopefully it might come in the Walter Hayes Trophy or Brands Hatch Ford Festival or the which will be my next big event.
I would like to thank everyone for such a great season in FF1600, it has been a great year so far and I have learned so much with such a great team (MCP) Morgan Dempsey Junior, Wesley Dempsey, Paul Dagg, Jordan Dempsey and Scott Dempsey. I couldn’t have done it without them. I’m looking forward to travelling once again to the UK for a the two major events I mentioned earlier and put all my new knowledge to good use!
Also I would like to thank my family who support me so much and are great to me! I couldn’t do it without them, Nissan for their support throughout the year in supplying me with a road going Juke for the year, Mondello Park, Baker Sport Managment and finaly Trully Scrumptious sweets and treats who came online for the final race weekend of the Gary Gibson championship.