Stephen Traub returns to Kirkistown for Saloon battle

Jim Larkham at the wheel of his Radical a driver to watch at Kirkistown
Jim Larkham at the wheel of his Radical a driver to watch at Kirkistown

Saloons are set to grab a large slice of the action tomorrow at Kirkistown in the second championship car races of the season at the County Down circuit.

Saloons combine with GTs and will have two races as will the Ford Fiestas and following on from the season opener in March fans can expect very close racing.

Stephen Traub proved to be the master in Saloons with his rapid Honda Integra winning both races keeping James Turkington the younger brother of reigning BTCC Champion Colin Turkington at bay in his recently acquired SEAT.

GTs have attracted some well known names including Sean Doyle and Peter Barrable.

In the Fiestas champion Andrew Blair had to deal with not only the regulars in the class but a number of newcomers including Jonny Forsythe, the final score a win each; so expect this battle to rage once again.

Expect Jim Larkham to be the pacesetter at the wheel of his Radical, however as always close racing will be provided by the NI Sevens.

Formula Ford and the battle for points in the Northern Ireland Championship is very much on and at the top of the sheets is Adrian Pollock, the Omagh driver came away from the March rounds with a win and a second.

Pollock’s main challenge is likely to come from Alan Davidson in Hugh Reid’s Mondiale and Jake Byrne.

The Ginetta Juniors, a class which is proving to be a breeding ground for new talent and the perfect example is Donaghmore’s Andrew Watson now racing a McLaren.

Adding further to the entertainment karts and the gearbox karts will be stretching muscle over the regular race circuit.