McMullan and Pollock hit top gear

Jonny McMullan leading Adrian Pollock at Kirkistown both scored race wins in Formula Ford
Jonny McMullan leading Adrian Pollock at Kirkistown both scored race wins in Formula Ford

Two hard fought Formula Ford races got the local motor racing season into top gear at Kirkistown with wins for Jonny McMullan and Adrian Pollock.

Sixteen cars lined up at the County Down circuit with both races points counters for not only the Northern Ireland Formula Ford Championship but also the Irish series.

McMullan the first driver from Northern Ireland to take the wheel of the Motorsport Ireland Van Diemen claimed pole position; his qualifying was not incident free as he was involved in a collision with another car which was slowing due to a misfire.

However his team repaired the broken suspension and he had a relatively easy victory in the first race from Adrian Pollock and Jake Byrne.

The second race was more hectic, a race long four car battle with McMullan, Pollock, Byrne and Alan Davidson and going into the final corner on the last lap McMullan and Byrne had a coming together and Pollock was through and to victory from Davidson and new boy Wilson Thompson.

The Formula Vees paid their first visit of the season for round two of the Irish Championship and poleman Jimmy Furlong spun at the first corner while pre race favourite Ray Moore was out on lap nine and Kevin Grogan took the flag from the reigning champion Adam Macauley. The earlier qualifying race was won by Gavin Buckley.

There were double wins in Saloons/GTs and Roadsports with Stephen Traub proving the master in Saloons with his Honda Integra and Jim Larkham had the pace of the field in Roadsports with his Radical.

Racing his recently acquired SEAT Cupra James Turkington younger brother of BTCC Champion Colin Tarkington seized pole for the Saloon/GT encounter and finished runner up in both races.

The one make Ford Fiestas had two races with wins going to champion Andrew Blair and relative newcomer Jonny Forsythe.