Fans treated to thrilling races at Kirkistown

Nigel Ashman wheeling his Cooper Norton through the Crossle Chicane at Kirkistown to win the opening F3 race
Nigel Ashman wheeling his Cooper Norton through the Crossle Chicane at Kirkistown to win the opening F3 race
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Two thrilling Formula Ford races produced wins for Jake Byrne and Adrian Pollock in their quest for Northern Ireland Championship points at Kirkistown.

Twenty-year-old Byrne won the first race shadowed all the way to the flag by Pollock, while in race two the lead changed several times before Pollock got the nose of his David Prentice car ahead to win by a mere 0.14 seconds – his effort was rewarded by being voted Driver of the Day.

The fastest single seater cars in the country took to the grid for two races and it was Paul Dagg who totally dominated both BOSS Ireland rounds at the wheel of his Renault powered Dallara.

Second to the in-form Dagg in the first race was Clive Heak driving a Juno and in the second race the runner-up was Formula Ford regular Noel Robinson, this time he was behind the wheel of a Tatuus Renault.

A contrast to the single seaters of the modern era, a grid of 500cc F3 cars returned to the County Down venue, their last championship race was back in 1957 and two races brought the memories flooding back for many of the spectators.

Each year the 500cc F3s choose an abroad race, last year it was the Netherlands and this year they chose Northern Ireland.

The first race went the way of Nigel Ashman driving a Cooper Norton and the race two winner was Peter de la Roche, who established a new class track record driving his Cooper JAP.

Once again both Roadsports races were dominated by Jim Larkham driving a Radical while in N.I. Sevens Graham Moore was the driver to beat at the wheel of a GMS Honda.

A special Crossle Handicap race was staged on a day which saw the Chicane named in memory of racing car constructor John Crossle, and it was John McCandless who took the chequered flag in a Crossle 47S.

Saloon action was provided by the one make Ford Fiesta series, two races with wins going to Andrew Blair and Richard Livingston.