Preview of todays Martin Donnelly Trophy at Kirkistown.
September 28, 2013 by Ian Lynas
THE Grand Prix event of Formula Ford racing in Ireland takes place at Kirkistown race circuit today, The Martin Donnelly Trophy, supported by Ards Borough Council and organised by the 500 Motor Racing Club of Ireland. This will be the eighth running of this event which has grown in importance and now ranks alongside the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch and the Walter Hayes Trophy.
The 2013 season can only be described as vintage as regards Formula Ford and at the County Down circuit some of the best racing witnessed there has been down to the Fords.
At the August meeting Ivor McCullough put the seal on the Northern Ireland Formula Ford Championship, his tally of wins this season at Kirkistown numbered four. Other drivers to take the chequered flag first were Kevin O’Hara,
Any one of the afore mentioned could take the top prize or indeed a win could come from the likes of Adrian Pollock. Jonny McMullan won the Holmpatrick Trophy two weeks ago at the Leinster Trophy meeting at Mondello Park and he would very much like to add the Martin Donnelly Trophy to his tally. However one English driver could spring a surprise, Oliver White from Bath has decided to take on the Irish Formula Fordsters on their home tarmac. Certainly Colonial One will be the place to be on the opening lap of the final. However it will be a case of making it through the heats and securing a good position on the grid for the all important final. With the Northern Ireland and Irish Formula Ford Championships settled all of the focus will be on the Martin Donnelly Trophy. There will be a full support programme, including further single seater action from the Formula Vees, tin top entertainment from the Saloons/GTs and the Ford Fiestas and sportscar fans will enjoy the close racing provided by the Roadsports.