The busy Irish motor racing season continues tomorrow at Kirkistown circuit with an action packed programme organised by the 500 Motor Racing Club of Ireland.
The local racing season has reached the midway point and the quest for championship points is greater than ever.
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 Niall Murray in his Motorsport Ireland Van Diemen, so far he has achieved five wins at the County Down venue while Noel Dunne is on three.
This is an extremely busy season for Murray a member of the famous racing family as in addition to mounting his campaign to win the Northern Ireland title he is also contesting the All Ireland series and a Mondello Park based championship.
Fresh from their Dunlop Festival at Mondello Park the Formula Vees make a very welcome return, already winners at Kirkistown this season, Sean Newsome and Adam Macauley and it was Adam who took the top prize in County Kildare in an incident packed Festival Final.
Formula Vees are the budget class in single seater racing and like Formula Ford 1600 they produce very close and exciting racing.
The Ford Fiestas are proving to be extremely popular where ever they race on this island. Andrew Blair is proving to be the driver to beat and with four wins at Kirkistown this season he will be aiming to further increase this tally.
However the return of James Turkington, younger brother of Colin who currently leads the British Touring Car Championship could prove to be a major challenge for Blair.
Saloons and GTs a great mix and one driver has proved to be the class act in GTs Connaire Finn with his Ginetta, his tally so far four wins on a circuit he really enjoys. Jim Hutchinson has scored one with his immaculate GM powered Escort.
Roadsports will be joined by Strykers, a great mix of racing machinery and the winners this season, Jim Larkham and Clive Heak.