September 1, 2014 by Leo Nulty
Plum Tyndall and John Crosslé at the RIAC last year, where they entralled the audience with some stories from their new book. Image from Michael Chester.
John Crosslé, a man who made a huge contribution to motorsport in Ireland, has passed away over the weekend. The Crosslé Car Company, which John founded back in 1957, produced some incredibly successful cars in many different formulae and disciplines. John’s first cars, as with Colin Chapman’s, were Ford 1172 based specials. The Mark... [Read more...]
August 23, 2014 by Ian Lynas
A Crosslé 9S leads a typically diverse pack through the Kirkistown chicane.
THE penultimate car race meeting of the 2014 season at Kirkistown takes place on Saturday 30 August and the 500 Motor Racing Club of Ireland has a bumper entry. Single seater racing fans have a treat waiting as there will be double headers for Formula Ford 1600, Irish Formula Vee and Formula Sheane. So far two drivers have been the winners in Formula... [Read more...]
August 15, 2014 by Leo Nulty
McGovern leads a group of Fiestas as the heavens open. Image from a very wet Michael Chester.
Lashing, pouring, pi$$ing, call it what you like but it’s a long time since Mondello Park experienced rain like that. It was on and off all day but when it eventually let go, during the Patch Fiesta Qualifier, it was as if someone had angered the gods. The sheets of rain were of biblical proportions and within a minute or two, the track was completely... [Read more...]
August 12, 2014 by Sean Doyle
Hard at work mid race. Excellent image from Michael Chester (chester.ie)
It was back to the FF1600 last weekend in Mondello Park, and with two races on the card and qualifying all in the one day it was going to be a action packed weekend from the off! Qualifying went well with it still being slightly damp around the track after rain during the evening. We were changing setup right until the final seconds before leaving... [Read more...]
July 25, 2014 by Ian Lynas
Niall Murray will be hoping to add to the 5 wins he has already scored this year at the Northern Ireland venue.
There is an action packed programme at Kirkistown for the July Car Race Meeting which takes place on Saturday 26th comprising of ten races with a mix of single seaters, saloons,GTs, Roadsports and Strykers. The battle for the top honour in the Northern Ireland Formula Ford 1600 Championship continues with a double header and with a commanding lead is... [Read more...]
July 8, 2014 by Cregor Elliott
Jim Hutcheson's Spaceframe Mk 1 Escort had a great scrap with Connaire Finn's Ginetta.
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... [Read more...]
June 18, 2014 by Motorsport Ireland
Jake Byrne in action at Kirkistown (Photo: Raceline Photography).
19 year-old Jake Byrne from Blackwood, near Naas, has been selected as the Dunlop Young Racing Driver of the Month for May. The Kildare driver’s performances during the month, which included third places in the hotly contested Formula Ford 1600 races at both Bishopscourt and Kirkistown, leave him holding second place in the National Formula Ford Championship.... [Read more...]
June 15, 2014 by Ian Lynas
Hutchinson leads Finn in a typical Saloon/GT scrap.
There is a packed programme for the 500MRCI June race meeting at Kirkistown which takesplace on Saturday 21 June. There are double headers for Formula Ford 1600, Saloon/GTs, Ginetta Juniors, Irish Formula Vee and Irish Formula Sheane. Adding to the mix there are races for gearbox karts. Fresh from the Irish Formula Ford Festival at Mondello Park, the... [Read more...]
June 8, 2014 by Leo Nulty
A superb shot from Con Connolly capturing the moment when Daly and Murray clashed in race 1.
Is it just me, or have we just had one of the best days racing in a while at Mondello Park? Maybe we have been starved of action lately, or maybe it was the buzz in the air caused by the return of the Irish Formula Ford Festival this weekend but either way, there was some cracking on track action all day. Sean Lillis took his usual with from pole in... [Read more...]
May 31, 2014 by Leo Nulty
With over €6,000 on offer in prize money, it is no surprise that FF1600s are being dusted off all over the country for the revived Formula Ford Festival
So it is almost time for the return of the Irish Formula Ford Festival. With the full support of the Daly family, the Vivion Daly Memorial Trophy has been commissioned and will be presented to the winner of the FF1600 final, making this the richest Formula Ford event in the world! There are also substantial cash prizes on offer to the various classes,... [Read more...]