Hoton the heels of winning the European Kart Racing Championships, Belfast’s Charlie Eastwood will certainly have imparted plenty of enthusiasm into the drivers as they go into Saturday’s penultimate Ulster Championship Meeting at Nutts Corner Circuit.
In the Rotax Max Class, Dublin’s Darragh Cormack will start as hot favourite after taking the most points in the last two championship rounds. However, Douglas Reid from Ballynahinch is very much within striking distance and having come a close second in those last two rounds then Saturday’s race will be especially important if Reid is to have any chance of taking the championship.
Third in the class is equally hotly contended for and it could end up with any one of three drivers topping off the championship podium but at present Belfast’s Daniel Burgoyne is just managing to hold off Daniel Conlon and David Irvine.
In the Cadets Class for the youngest drivers, things are even closer at the top of the championship table with Sam McDonnell only a slender ten points ahead of Shay Burns.
However, defending Northern Ireland champion Dylan Tuite from Dundalk is also very much in contention and having taken the most championship points last time out is certainly keen to end the championship on as high as note as possible.
The largest class will once again be for the World Formula Class and in this circumstance the recently crowned Gran Prix champion Robert Devenney from Carrickfergus is well ahead of his competition.
However, a raging battle continues for second and third and although Dundrod’s Neville Bell is just holding on he is still in a strong position to take second spot. Dromore’s David Lilburn and Peter Caldwell from Waringstown are only a handful of points apart in the race for third and Lilburn in particular has been on very strong form of recent.
When the dropped points are taken into account, Lilburn in fact could well snatch second overall but will be unlikely to reel in Devenney who is well out in front.
Racing gets underway in the first of three heats at 10am with the finals anticipated just after lunch.