March 8, 2014 by Jim Halligan
Damien is excited about his new machine, collected recently from the UK.
As the new Adelaide Masters Series approaches, Ireland’s top short circuit riders are firming up their 2014 plans and Kilkenny’s Damien Byrne is the latest to announce a major assault on the Superbike class, with the news that he will run an MSS Kawasaki ZX10 in the series.Supported by Motorcycle Insurance Specialists, Adelaide Insurance... [Read more...]
March 5, 2014 by Leo Nulty
The car everyone is talking about- Brian Fitzpatrick's beautiful SEAT Supercopa. Will he go ITCC or GT?! Image from autosportpics.com
So, just a couple of weeks to go to the start of the racing season- I can’t wait! For race fans, the return to Mondello’s traditional St Patrick’s weekend season opener is fantastic but I suppose it is slightly tougher on competitors and teams, having to have the cars ready a month earlier than in recent years. 2014 already has all... [Read more...]
February 28, 2014 by Leo Nulty
Cuneely, Collier, Duke and Paul ready to go......
With the new “Champion of Mondello” bringing Formula Ford back to Mondello for 2014 the timing of this one is quite good! In the early 90s FF1600 was very strong in Ireland- as can be seen from this grid! Having already run a C and B “Star of Tomorrow” race, the qualifiers battle it out in the “Ford of Ireland”... [Read more...]
February 27, 2014 by Leo Nulty
PJ Fallon's Golden Pages/Labatt's Reynard tackles Turn 1 mid race.
A FF2000 Championship decider, televised live by RTE. PJ Fallon and David Wright were both in with a chance of winning the championship but it was Mondello stalwart Brendan McKenna who pipped them both for pole. The front end of the grid is completely dominated by the Reynard chassis with Dickie Curran the first Van Diemen back in eighth. Plum Tyndall... [Read more...]
February 27, 2014 by Leo Nulty
The arrival of works MV Agustas is a big boost for the Adelaide Masters Series
Following the announcement by Motorcycle Insurance Specialists Adelaide Insurance Services that they would increase their backing of the Adelaide Masters Series for 2014 a number of new bike and rider combinations are getting ready to announce their plans for the series. First to break cover is growing Northern Irish Team, BikeBitsNI Racing, who have... [Read more...]
February 17, 2014 by Leo Nulty
Christy Connolly & Joe Foley run side by side into turn one mid race.
Back in 1991, the Fiat Ritmo Championship was incredibly popular. The 128 Coupé & 3P varients had been phased out and the Uno Cup was a few years away from its inception. Former Karting champion Alan Johnston was the first to master the car which was famously advertised as being “designed by computers, built by robots” and in this... [Read more...]
February 16, 2014 by Leo Nulty
Sidecars were a regular part of the Leinster Trophy Meeting for many years.
The sidecar race at the televised Leinster Trophy meeting was named the Steven Galligan Memorial Race, with Galligan having succumbed to his injuries ten days after an accident at the Ulster Grand Prix just a few weeks beforehand. Bothers Sean and Mark Hegarty start this one from pole and are clearly the class of the field. John Kenny and Richard Young... [Read more...]
February 14, 2014 by Leo Nulty
Shorthall Regan and Tuite lead the pack into Shell for the first time.
This is one of the more famous televised races from Mondello Park. Frank O’Rourke’s Dealer Opel Team Ireland Commodore was on pole position for the large Production Saloon Race but got swamped by the pack when the lights. Whilst battling his way back up towards the front, he spins Eddie Regan’s 3.0 Capri at Shell corner, having already... [Read more...]
February 12, 2014 by Leo Nulty
O'Coileain tries to make a break early on...
1991 was the first year of the Formula Opel-Lotus series in Ireland. Vivion Daly and Morgan Dempsey Junior were generally at the front but former works Van Diemen driver Ruari O’Coileain in the Cliff Dempsey Racing machine was bang on the pace too. Series regular Joey Greenan had been sidelined after a pushbike accident and this meant there was... [Read more...]
February 6, 2014 by Mondello Park
The hugely popular Adelaide Masters series is to have some interesting changes for 2014
The 2014 Adelaide Masters Series will be officially launched at the Adelaide Motorcycle Festival in Kings Hall Belfast this weekend, February 7th – 9th. Details of the 2014 championship will be available all weekend on the Mondello Park stand in the main hall and the series will be officially launched by Adelaide and Mondello Park on the Festival... [Read more...]