After very heavy fog caused round 1 of the 2019 championship to be postponed the previous week, Sunday (March 3rd) saw all roads leading once again to ‘The Pike’. With conditions extremely wet, it was a credit to all the drivers that there was no major incident during the running of two rounds of racing. Mind you, that’s not to say that the action wasn’t competitive and entertaining.
In class 1 Arek Konieczky made little of the wet conditions to secure maximum points on the day with Anthony Cronin securing 2nd and Jack Hickey, collecting his first senior championship points after stepping up from the junior ranks, to claim 3rd. Class 2 was down a bit in numbers along with Jack Pollard unfortunately not making it to the start line after developing problems in practice. After the two rounds of racing there was no separating Michael Coughlan and Eddie Baldwin who both finished with 100 points. Alan Darcy was back in action in class 3 and drove very well in the wet conditions to secure maximum points with Michael Baldwin taking 2nd after Jason Ryan spun out and ended his day prematurely. Peadar Wall was top man in class 4 with Alan Houlihan finishing 2nd and Mick Boland in 3rd. Padraig Smiddy was the lone driver in class 5 and he drove well all day to build up championship points while his competitors were missing.
Evin Harding was unlucky to develop steering problems in his stock car and had to retire during race 1 which put an end to his desire to accumulate some points before he has more competition in future rounds.. Liam Fitzgerald drove impeccably in his class 1B Micra to collect maximum points ahead of Luke O’Donovan. The production junior class was very competitive with Ted McGrath coming out on top in the end followed by Ben Kenneally in 2nd and Joey Dilworth in 3rd. Martin Power was top man in the rookie juniors with Aaron Kenneally finishing 2nd and Liam og Power and Conor Fitzgearld claiming joint 3rd. Orla O’Sullivan was 1st in the ladies class with Catherine Walsh coming in 2nd on the day.
The club wish to thank our raceday sponsor – Abbeyside Tyre Centre - as well as everyone who helped to make the day a success and of course Jeffrey Parish for his continued promotion of the club through his camera work.