Monday, 27 September 2021

Roddy rescues third place to bring championship to final race decider - 2021 Formula Sheane Championship Round 11

Philip Sheane leads Derek Roddy as they battle it out during the Formula Sheane race. Kirkistown Racing Circuit, Rubane, Co. Down. Photo: Barry Cregg.

From the season opener to the final meeting of the 2021 Formula Sheane series it hasn't failed to provide drama and close racing. The grids haven't been huge in numbers but the entertainment most certainly has. For the final two rounds of the series the drivers visited the county Down circuit of Kirkistown. Located on the Ards Peninsula the trip although long for the southern drivers, is worth it when you see the views along the coastal road nearing the circuit. Combined with the late spell of warm weather you could be forgiven if one was to think they were driving along the Riviera! Before anyone could let themselves think of a holiday the serious business of winning a championship had to be taken care off first.

Richard Kearney claimed pole position by 0.091 of a second. Kirkistown Racing Circuit, Rubane, Co. Down. Photo: Barry Cregg.

It was down to two drivers The first a rookie to the class, the second a relative rookie with not much more seat time in the car over the other. Both though have grown as drivers as the year has progressed. Philip Sheane held a nine point advantage over Derek Roddy going into the penultimate race of the year round eleven. The simplest thing for both men was to win at least one of the races and to put pressure on the other. Easier said than done though as both men have had cruel mechanical luck already this year and indeed for Sheane at this very track back in July where a certain win was taken away by a failing cv joint.

Above Top: Paul McLoughlin leads Richard Kearney as they battle it out during the Formula Sheane race. Above: Brendan Carr made a return from injury earlier in the year. Kirkistown Racing Circuit, Rubane, Co. Down. Photo: Barry Cregg.

It was at the July meeting where Roddy started his run of front running form by taking the gifted win but more importantly upping his pace which he would carry forward for the rest of the year. His two non starts in the opening round were kicking in now though but all was not lost if he could get another win. Sheane also having to DNF's couldn't afford another one and also need another win to make it much easier for the final race of the year. Things certainly didn't look good for Roddy in qualifying as he never got to do a lap as his driveshaft failed exiting the pits for the session. Sheane however just missed out on pole by 0.091 of a second to Richard Kearney who again showed his dry weather pace. 



Derek Roddy and Richard Kearney diced it out for several laps during the Formula Sheane race. Kirkistown Racing Circuit, Rubane, Co. Down. Photo: Barry Cregg.


Another out to prove a point to the field that he hasn't gone away and even though he has no chance championship wise he will want to take a victory or two before the season is out and possibly get third overall. It would also be a fight for the scholarship class title between Richie Adams and Chris Dunne with both men eyeing up the class prize. With Kearney on pole and being one of the best starters on the grid it be interesting to see if Sheane would get into a battle from the off or would he follow the Carlow man for the race? That was answered from the off as unusually for Kearney he got a terrible start and found himself down to fifth by the end of lap one not helped by outbraking himself into turn two and taking to the grass! 


Above Top: Philip Sheane makes a break for it at the fron over Derek Roddy in second. Above: Richard Kearney leads Derek Roddy round the hairpin. Kirkistown Racing Circuit, Rubane, Co. Down. Photo: Barry Cregg.

Sheane got a good start but Roddy had a flyer, so much so he thought he had jumped the start. Either way he was in the lead by the end of lap one from the back of the grid! Now the battle was one as Sheane followed suit and was happy to sit there for a couple of laps. Roddy didn't look as comfortable as he usually does up front but held Sheane at bay defending well into the final hairpin. Kearney however woke up and reeled in the two championship contenders easily. However catching is one thing getting by is another another. By the halfway stage he still was in third. It was at this stage Sheane made his move on Roddy getting a better run through the chicane gave him the speed down the straight to pass at the hairpin.

Richard Kearney cuts the hairpin to gain extra time as he tries to catch Philip Sheane during the Formula Sheane race. Kirkistown Racing Circuit, Rubane, Co. Down. Photo: Barry Cregg.

Once ahead he knew he could control the pace and this he did by opening a small gap by the end of the following lap. He was then helped by Kearney getting by Roddy at the hairpin also. The following laps were magic for the onlookers as these two swapped places on each of the following four laps. It look as though Roddy got sucked into a battle that he didn't need and it could be argued that if he had sat behind Kearney, he would have been brought back to Sheane and maybe then he could get by at a later stage. Easy to say watching from the fence but it was still great to see how hard both drivers were pushing. Sadly for Roddy he pushed too hard going into the hairpin with two laps to go and ran wide and took to the grass. Luckily he was far enough ahead of Brendan Carr to remain in third. 

Richie Adams had a clear run home during the Formula Sheane race on his way to taking the Scholarship class win. Kirkistown Racing Circuit, Rubane, Co. Down. Photo: Barry Cregg.

Unfortunate but lucky not to damage the car but his race for second was over and with it more dropped points. Sheane though was delighted to take the win and ease the pressure somewhat before the final round. Kearney took second but rued his bad start and his chance at victory. It would mean Sheane had a sizeable lead of fifteen points over Roddy going into the final round. Behind all this Paul McLoughlin who was out for the second time this year looked good in fourth until he retired on lap three with a mechanical problem. 


A great battle between Garrett McKenna and Chris Dunne ended with a broken nose and wing for Dunne during the Formula Sheane race. Kirkistown Racing Circuit, Rubane, Co. Down. Photo: Barry Cregg.



In the scholarship class Richie Adams, Garrett McKenna and Chris Dunne swapped places in the opening laps until a coming together at the hairpin between McKenna and Dunne resulted in Dunne running over his own nosecone and front wing. This let Adams off the hook to take the win over McKenna with Dunne managing to come home in third. 

Another race where caution was thrown against the wind, but it was still dragging it to the grand finale. Could Roddy take a win with Sheane not finishing? It was Sheane's to lose but he had one hand firmly on the trophy but anything could still happen.

Philip Sheane on his way to victory in the Formula Sheane race. Kirkistown Racing Circuit, Rubane, Co. Down. Photo: Barry Cregg.

Results:

National Championship

1st Philip Sheane

2nd Richard Kearney

3rd Derek Roddy

Scholarship Class

1st Richie Adams

2nd Chris Dunne

                                                                     

Sunday, 26 September 2021

'B' Championship for Buncranna Man - Selco.ie Formula Vee Championship Round 10

Jordan Kelly, Sheane, on his way to winning the final round of the Selco.ie Formula Vee championship and also the VW Spares title. Kirkistown Racing Circuit, Rubane, Co. Down. Photo: Barry Cregg.

For the final round of the 2021 Selco.ie Formula Vee championship the drivers headed north of the border one last time. The national championship had been wrapped up at the previous round by Anthony Cross and the Motorsport.ie 'Star of Tomorrow' championship by Owen Kelly but the VW Spares title was still up for grabs between Jordan Kelly and Tim Murray. Both men had wins overall in the class this year and also bad luck with mechanical problems and accidents hence why whoever finished in front at the final race would take the title. 

Jordan Kelly, Sheane, leads Tim Murray, and Dan Polley, during the final round of the Selco.ie Formula Vee championship. Kirkistown Racing Circuit, Rubane, Co. Down. Photo: Barry Cregg.

By this time of the season the wooly hats, scarfs and umbrellas are brought back out and especially at the county Down circuit where the sea is only a stone throws away. Not this year, as the Indian summer hung on to make conditions for drivers and spectators sublime. Testing and qualifying took place the previous day with Cross carrying his good form over from Mondello to take pole but by only 0.97 of a second from Jordan Kelly who always goes well in Kirkistown. Murray however kept the pressure on by taking third spot on the grid with another great qualifying by Gary Newsome who would start from fourth. 



Top pic, Owen Kelly throws his glove into his Sheane, after a collison with David O'Loughlin. Middle pic Owen Kelly guides his car on to the recovery truck. Bottom pic, Garry Manning helps the circuit marshals clean up some oil off the circuit. Kirkistown Racing Circuit, Rubane, Co. Down. Photo: Barry Cregg.

A fantastic grid of twenty three cars took to the grid for the final round, a sign that the class has built a solid core of drivers for a full season. As the lights went out Cross spun his wheels and gave the upper hand to Kelly as they left the line. Murray made an even better start to slot into second with Newsome following suit into third as they all rounded Debtor's Dip for the first time. With plumes of smoke at turn two after several lock ups it was expected there would be waved flags but they all emerged in single file with the Kelly in the lead. He gained five cars lengths after exiting the chicane alone such was the speed he was able to carry through. 

Jordan Kelly, Sheane, leads the field round the hairpin on the opening lap during the final round of the Selco.ie Formula Vee championship. Kirkistown Racing Circuit, Rubane, Co. Down. Photo: Barry Cregg.

This would help him no end down the long back straight towards the hairpin. Dan Polley had now got passed Cross and Newsome to hang on the tail end of Murray. By the start of lap three Kelly was on his own with a gap to both Murray and Polley who had also broken away from the pack behind. Behind this at the hairpin David O'Loughlin who spun was unfortunately collected by Owen Kelly who sadly broke the left rear suspension which left his car stranded in the middle of the circuit. There was no option but to bring out the red flags. 

Tim Murray, Sheane, left, and Jordan Kelly, Sheane, battle it out down the back straight during the Selco.ie Formula Vee race. Kirkistown Racing Circuit, Rubane, Co. Down. Photo: Barry Cregg.

On the restart Cross didn't make the same mistake twice and got the jump on Kelly and lead the field round Debtor's with Murray in second who also made a great start. With Kelly in the pack Murray took his opportunity at the hairpin to take the lead at the end of lap one. Kelly also got by on the outside of Debtor's knowing he could not let Murray make a break for it. the battle was on and winner would take the prize. For the following two laps Kelly tried his best to outbrake Murray at the hairpin. Both men side by side all the way down on the approach. Murray held firm and his inside line and remained in the lead for now. The next time round he got better drive on to the main straight as also did the new third place man Dan Polley, as the first three went side by side going towards the fast left hand kink. Anthony Cross still held fourth and was also ready to pounce. 

Tim Murray, Sheane, leads Jordan Kelly, Sheane, during the Selco.ie Formula Vee race. Kirkistown Racing Circuit, Rubane, Co. Down. Photo: Barry Cregg.

Kelly took the lead but by the end of the back straight Murray again got by on the inside line at the hairpin. By the second corner the positions reversed again, this was turning into a classic Formula Vee race. Nothing between the first four cars and all racing clean with not one unfair move pulled by anyone. It was anyones, both Murray and Kelly knew whoever finished ahead of the other they would be champion. Again it was a Senna/Mansell esque run to the hairpin as Murray made use of the tow exiting the chicane to pull alongside Kelly. It worked and he again lead on to the main straight but only briefly as Kelly used the inside line to retake the lead. Polley held off Cross to hold third. 

Jordan Kelly, Sheane, on his way to winning the final round of the Selco.ie Formula Vee championship and also the VW Spares title. Kirkistown Racing Circuit, Rubane, Co. Down. Photo: Barry Cregg.

A lap later they all got a great run through the chicane leaving another three car side by side battle on the run down to the final corner. The margin of error getting smaller and smaller each time. With two laps to go Polley moved into second giving Kelly a slight breather in the lead. He knew he had to get his head down on this lap to make a gap to prevent a last lap scramble. This he did and his run through the chicane alone gained him the time he needed. Murray got by Polley at turn two but try as he might he didn't have the laps left to get close enough to challenge Kelly. Kelly took the chequered flag and with it the VW Spares championship. A deserved victor and champion who proved his pace yet again this year and if weren't for those DNF's he could have brought the national championship to the final round aswell. 

Tim Murray, Sheane, fought all the way during the Selco.ie Formula Vee race. Kirkistown Racing Circuit, Rubane, Co. Down. Photo: Barry Cregg.

Donal Downey, Leastone, on his way to winning the Motorsport.ie 'Star of Tomorrow' class during the Formula Vee race. Kirkistown Racing Circuit, Rubane, Co. Down. Photo: Barry Cregg.

" It's nice to get the win today and the B championship, It was a hard battle with Tim and Dan and it was close for most of the race. I just happened to get a gap with a couple of laps to go."


Results:

Selco.ie Formula Vee National Championship

1st Jordan Kelly

2nd Tim Murray

3rd Anthony Cross

VW Spares Championship

1st Jordan Kelly

2nd Tim Murray

3rd Sean McCallion

Motorsport.ie 'Star of Tomorrow ' Championship 

1st Donal Downey

2nd Anthony Conway

3rd Colm O'Loughlen



Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Richard Kearney Wins Round 10 - Formula Sheane

Richard Kearney, leads Philp Sheane during the Formula Sheane race. Mondello Park, Donore, Co. Kildare. Photo: Barry Cregg.

As expected the conditions for round ten of the Formula Sheane championship were perfect the damps patches were now gone and everyone looked forward to another battle between the top three. This time Philip Sheane got the start he wanted and held off Richard Kearney at turn one and again at turn two as Derek Roddy slotted into third. 

Philip Sheane, leads Richard Kearney, during the Formula Sheane race. Mondello Park, Donore, Co. Kildare. Photo: Barry Cregg.

With the sun getting low it made it slightly awkward for the drivers as they made their way out to the county. All three up front knew they could'nt afford to let each other get away. Richie Adams again made a good start as he made his way up to fourth. On the way back towards the paddock Sheane kept the tighter line already defending hard from Kearney. 

Derek Roddy, in action after dropping time with a trip to the gravel trap during the Formula Sheane race. Mondello Park, Donore, Co. Kildare. Photo: Barry Cregg.

By lap three it was still the same as Sheane soaked up the pressure well which cannot be said this time for Roddy. On the entrance to turn 4 he locked up his rear brakes and spun into the gravel. Luckily for him he didn't get stuck in it and managed to drive his way out of it but all hopes for the win were gone. This let the duo of Sheane and Kearney away to fight it out themselves as they had by now pull well clear of the field.

Richard Kearney, leads Philp Sheane during the Formula Sheane race. Mondello Park, Donore, Co. Kildare. Photo: Barry Cregg.

 Tom Foley began to make progress up through the field with claiming fifth and then fourth. Up front Kearney began to pile on the pressure and it worked by passing Sheane for the lead. It had been four months since he had been in this position and this time he wasn't going to let it slip. Sheane tried hard to get back past and looked quicker on the older part of the circuit but the clever Carlow man had all the lines covered. 

Richie Adams, leads Chris Dunne during the Formula Sheane race. Mondello Park, Donore, Co. Kildare. Photo: Barry Cregg.

Unfortunately Garrett McKenna who had been battling with Tom Foley spun at turn four just as Roddy had done earlier but sadly for him he beached his car and his race was run. With his car in an unsafe place and despite the marshals best efforts the safety car had to be deployed. This allowed Roddy to catch back up to the leaders, but time had run out for himself or Sheane to get past Kearney as it was just a simple run to the line.

Chris Dunne, leads Tom Foley during the Formula Sheane race. Mondello Park, Donore, Co. Kildare. Photo: Barry Cregg.

Tom Foley, leads Garrett McKenna during the Formula Sheane race. Mondello Park, Donore, Co. Kildare. Photo: Barry Cregg.

Still all in all it was good to see Kearney take a win as he was hampered by bad luck all season. With the last round taking place on the 25th of September it does not leave much time to get the cars ready for the final and most important round of the season as it has turn out to be. With nine points between Sheane and Roddy in the favour of Sheane, it still is all to play for as one DNF could swing it either way. In the scholarship class Tom Foley came home with the win adding to his win earlier in the year in Kirkistown. 

Results

1st Richard Kearney

2nd Philip Sheane

3rd Derek Roddy

Scholarship

1st Tom Foley

2nd Chris Dunne

3rd Richie Adams

Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Roddy Wins Threeway Thriller - Formula Sheane Championship Round 9

Derek Roddy leads Richie Adams and Richard Kearney on the opening lap of the Formula Sheane race. Mondello Park, Donore, Co. Kildare. Photo: Barry Cregg.

The Formula Sheane circus made their way to Mondello Park for the ninth round the 2021 championship. The series trophy is still up for grabs but now only two drivers have a chance to claim it. To make it even more interesting this years title could go to a class newcomer if Philip Sheane takes it but the consistency shown by Derek Roddy since round three has brought him to be the second contender to take home the silverware.

Philip Sheane leads Richard Kearney during the Formula Vee race, Mondello Park, Donore, Co. Kildare. Photo: Barry Cregg.


Back on to the international track for this meeting and the final trip to the county Kildare circuit for the year, meant the drivers would have a more physical challenge than the shorter national track last time out. The weather was going to be mixed going by the forecast so setup was crucial and driving had to be more precise if conditions varied. At the last Mondello race Philip Sheane dominated in the wet conditions and continued his form in qualifying this time out by taking pole by a massive 3.997 seconds ahead of Derek Roddy. If the weather stayed wet it would be hard to see him being caught. 

Richard Kearney spoke of his wet weather troubles at the last meeting and again wasn't confident after qualifying. " I can't figure out the problem with the car when it is wet it may need a full strip down to check the chasis for cracks. If it dries up I know I have the pace to be up the front but only if it's dry." 

Derek Roddy leads Philip Sheane and Richard Kearney during the Formula Sheane race. Mondello Park, Donore, Co. Kildare. Photo: Barry Cregg.

He must have prayed hard in the break in between qualifying and the race as the weather brightened up and the sun dried the track significantly. There still were some damp patches to look out for but by in large it was a dry track. As the lights went out it was Roddy who made a brilliant start to beat Sheane off the line to lead into turn one. Sheane's bad start allowed both Kearney and also Richie Adams to get by with Adams moving into second at turn two. Sheane wasn't down for long as he passed Kearney into turn three and a lovely move on the outside of turn four demoted Adams down another place. Kearney followed Sheane and was also passed Adams on the run onto the international loop. Roddy in his freshly painted car set about making a break from his pursuers and had made a small gap by the end of lap two.

Philip Sheane leads Richard Kearney during the Formula Sheane race. Mondello Park, Donore, Co. Kildare. Photo: Barry Cregg.

Derek Roddy leads Richard Kearney and Philip Sheane during the Formula Sheane race. Mondello Park, Donore, Co. Kildare. Photo: Barry Cregg.

However Sheane and Kearney worked together and by lap four they were right on the back of Roddy. Now we would see for the first time since he got his engine problems sorted, if Roddy could match bothe Kearney and Sheane in a full race. Would Sheane have more pace and pull away if he got by or would Kearney repeat his first round dominance prior to his mechanical problems. Firt both had to get past Roddy who was driving his best race of the year if not ever as he soaked up the pressure from the two younger men in second and third.

Philip Sheane leads Richie Adams and Richard Kearney on the opening lap of the Formula Sheane race. Mondello Park, Donore, Co. Kildare. Photo: Barry Cregg.

Richie Adams leads Chris Dunne during the Formula Sheane race. Mondello Park, Donore, Co. Kildare. Photo: Barry Cregg.

Kearney made his move by getting past Sheane on lap six proving he did have his car sorted for a dry track but try as he might he could not break Roddy and by the penultimate lap he was back to third. Even with these changes the first three were nose to tail to whole way. Sheane again tried hard on the last lap, even taking the fastest time with 1.52.676 but Roddy had it covered to take a thoroughly deserved win and really keep the fight alive for the championship. Sheane did his best and second meant he didn't loose as much points to Roddy if he had finished third. Kearney tried but just couldn't find a way by either men. A good result  and another podium for the Carlow man who has had a year of mechanical hell so far.

Derek Roddy on his way to winning the Formula Sheane race. Mondello Park, Donore, Co. Kildare. Photo: Barry Cregg.

Speaking after the race the victor was both joyed and relieved that he got the win." I really enjoyed that, it was a great race and so hard to keep the two boys behind me the whole race. Thanks to Enda for setting up the car perfectly it didn't miss a beat."

In the Scholarship class Garret McKenna took the win after taking the lead at the end of lap one. He got away from the chasing pack of Richie Adams, Chris Dunne and Tom Foley who all had swapped places throughout the race until Foley retired with a broke rose joint. Dunne seemed to have second place but was pipped on the penultimate lap by Adams. It was another great battle to watch and great to see the newcomers now all on the same pace. 

Garrett McKenna on his way to victory in the scholarship class during the Formula Sheane race. Mondello Park, Donore, Co. Kildare. Photo: Barry Cregg.


Results

Formula Sheane National Championship

1st Derek Roddy

2nd Philip Sheane

3rd Richard Kearney

Scholarship Class

1st Garrett McKenna

2nd Richie Adams

3rd Chris Dunne


Monday, 13 September 2021

Cross Makes It Four In Row With Round 9 Win - The Selco.ie Formula Vee Championship

Anthony Cross, Sheane, leads Gavin Buckley, Sheane, Jordan Kelly, Sheane, and Tim Murray, Sheane, during the Selco.ie Formula Vee race. Mondello Park, Donore, Co. Kildare. Photo Barry Cregg.

With a double win at the previous rounds of the Selco.ie Formula Vee championship at Kirkistown two weeks ago, Dublin man Anthony Cross had put one hand on the series trophy. A finish of sixth place at the latest round at Mondello Park would give him yet another title and a run of four straight championship wins. A fantastic achievement that proves the pre season favourite tag was correctly applied back in June. He gave himself the best chance to do it in style by taking pole position, albeit, right at the death in qualifying by 0.300 of a second from Jordan Kelly.

Tim Murray, Sheane, leads Jordan Kelly, Sheane, during the Selco.ie Formula Vee race. Mondello Park, Donore, Co. Kildare. Photo Barry Cregg.

The weather was dry but the track was still damp in some areas after a heavy shower an hour before the race. This can play havoc as drivers can undo any good work done by hitting a damp patch resulting in a spin or going off track completely. On the other hand if one was to brave it out and take a risk it could move them up the field. As the lights went out both front row men got a good start but Cross held his line around turn one to hold the lead. Kelly slotted in behind, his car always looking slightly out of shape. Dan Polley, Gavin Buckley and Tim Murray followed suit all nose to tail nobody risking anything on the opening lap. Halfway round the second lap it looked as if the front two were starting to open a gap, but as they emerged from the double right hander on the international loop it was Polley who was now in second place.

Dan Polley, Sheane, leads Gavin Buckley, Sheane, and Tim Murray, Sheane, during the Selco.ie Formula Vee race. Mondello Park, Donore, Co. Kildare. Photo Barry Cregg.

This however let Cross get a gap which he built up very quickly and by lap four he had a gap of just over a second on the pack behind. Initially it looked as though Polley was going to reel in Cross but it faded and he was back to third as Buckley got past on the inside into turn one. Kelly and Murray were now hounding Polley  and this group of four were well clear of Jack Byrne and Owen Kelly who were having an almighty battle between themselves. It was surprising to see Byrne so far down at Mondello as he was the master around the Kildare circuit last year. Then at the half way stage the safety car was brought out undoing all Cross's hard work and also that of Buckley who managed to pull clear of the battle for second.

Owen Kelly, Sheane, leads Jack Byrne, Sheane, and Robert Fleming, Sheane, during the Selco.ie Formula Vee race. Mondello Park, Donore, Co. Kildare. Photo Barry Cregg.

As the safety car pulled in Cross lead the field out of the final corner and held his lead and continued from where he left off. Mechanical problems forced Dan Polley to retire, a shame as he had been looking strong early on. Jordan Kelly, though was becoming fed up behind Buckley and mad yet another one of his lunges down his inside into turn four. Buckley was wise to it and held his line and it was the young Donegal man who ended up loosing time on the exit which gave Murray the run up the hill and get by at the next corner. After enjoying a healthy lead and having no pressure for once, Cross now had to keep his cool as Buckley who had to win to keep his title hopes alive. Like many times before Cross didn't flinch and kept his cool never looking like making a mistake let alone making one, as Buckley tried his best. In fact it would have been easier for Cross to let Buckley by as they had a gap over the rest of the field and he still would win the title. That said, a true champion seals a title with a win if its on and with only a couple of laps to go he wasn't going to play it safe. Tim Murray did close up to them on the final lap but it was too late as Cross led the trio over the line to take the win and with it his fourth Formula Vee title in a row.

Anthony Cross, Sheane, leads Gavin Buckley, Sheane, during the Selco.ie Formula Vee race. Mondello Park, Donore, Co. Kildare. Photo Barry Cregg.


Robert Fleming, Sheane, gets it wrong at the final turn as Donal Downey, Leastone, and Andrew Keogh, Sheane, take avoiding action during the Selco.ie Formula Vee race. Mondello Park, Donore, Co. Kildare. Photo Barry Cregg.
 
A typical relaxed Cross wasn't going to shout his achievement from the rooftops after the race, " It's great to win the title again but it wasn't easy, there's a lot of lads out there now on a similar pace. It has been a good year I won a few races and the Holmpatrick trophy too which is nice. Thanks to dad for his help all year and the championship organisers for getting the show on the road again during Covid." 

Donal Downey, Leastone, in action during the Selco.ie Formula Vee race. Mondello Park, Donore, Co. Kildare. Photo Barry Cregg.

It is a fantastic achievement and in a competitive time in Formula Vee. He may not always win, but he is rarely off the podium if he doesn't and that was the key to his championship this year. It was also a great race for the less experienced drivers lead by Donal Downey showing great pace coming home in seventh with Andrew Keogh, Anthony Conway, and David O'Loughlin to round out the top ten. The front three in the end may have broke away but there was battles right throughout the field and with those new names in the top ten in bodes well for next year. Before that there is one more trip up north to Kirkistown on the 26th of September for the Emerson Fittapaldi trophy. Cross won that piece of silverware for the last two years so they will be all out to stop him making it a hat-trick this year.

Anthony Cross, Sheane, leads Gavin Buckley, Sheane, and Tim Murray, Sheane, during the Selco.ie Formula Vee race. Mondello Park, Donore, Co. Kildare. Photo Barry Cregg.

It wasn't all bad for the Kelly brothers this weekend as Owen wrapped up the Motorsport.ie 'Star of Tomorrow' Championship after being consistently inside the top six all year and is one who will become stronger again next year no doubt. In the VW Spares Championship it goes right down to the final round for this season between Jordan Kelly and Tim Murray and its anyone's guess who will take that trophy home. One thing though is that is will be a race to watch!

Results 

Selco.ie Formula Vee National Championship

1st Anthony Cross

2nd Gavin Buckley

3rd Tim Murray

VW Spares Championship

1st Tim Murray

2nd Jordan Kelly

3rd Robert Fleming

Motorsport.ie 'Star of Tomorrow' Championship

1st Owen Kelly

2nd Donal Downey

3rd Andrew Keogh