Quality line-up for Ford Fiesta showdown at Mondello Park

Wayne Boyd.
Wayne Boyd.

One of the most popular racing classes this year at Kirkistown and Mondello Park has been the budget series for Ford Fiestas.

On Sunday, the Kildare track stages the second annual Mondello Park 6-hour race.

Amongst the leading entries is Wayne Boyd, the Templepatrick driver who won the Formula Ford Fest at Brands Hatch earlier this year. He will race a Blackchurch Motors Car with 2014 Fiesta champion Sean Lillis and former A1 Grand Prix driver Niall Quinn.

The popular event will run on the National Circuit and like last year will see a grid of both quality and quantity line-up (12noon).

Last seasons’ top three teams will return, with an almost identical driver line-up set to take up where they left off in 2014. Last year Murray Motorsport ran out winners by a single lap from Blackchurch Ford with another Murray Motorsport car in third.

The Murray cars are back with identical line-ups with Eoin and Niall Murray, Barry English and Michael Cullen, John and Liam Denney and Michael Devaney and Richie Faulkner in action.

Other famous names joining the grid this weekend will include US sportscar racer Damien Faulkner, Le Mans and Historic Grand Prix racer Michael Lyons and aspiring European Le Mans series racer Sean Doyle.

The 2015 Blackchurch Fiesta Championship winning crew will be out to go one better than last year with Barry Rabbitt and Richard Kearney returning to its line-up, where they will be joined by Formula Ford ace Kevin O’Hara, who won the recent Martin Donnelly Trophy race at Kirkistown.

Two UK crews will also join the event for the first time with GT Racers Kevin and Charlie Bird and Martin Thomas making up one team while the other is comprised of BMW racers Tom Houlbrook, Christopher Boardman, Arran Moulton-Smith and Mark Smith.

Qualifying for the Fiesta Enduro takes place on Sunday morning with a single session in which all of a team’s drivers must compete in order to qualify.

The longest race of the season will then get underway at noon and run into the darkness, finishing at 6pm.