The June bank holiday weekend saw plenty of activity once again at ‘The Pike’ with a full day’s racing on the Sunday kindly sponsored by Hickey Auto Repairs. The junior summer cups were also up for grabs kindly sponsored by SOS rollcages and Weston Electrical. Once again the pits were full with over 60 drivers signed on at the time of the driver’s briefing.
Class1 honours on the day went to Jack Hickey, who had a faultless day in collecting maximum points. Ronan Coughlan, who has been consistently on the podium this season was there again with 2nd while Darragh O’Shea was 3rd.Eddie Baldwin took the class2 honours, again with maximum points on the day, ahead of Pat Ryan and Michael Coughlan. There was a consistent battle all day in class 3 with Jason Ryan eventually claiming the top step on the podium ahead of Michael Baldwin and Paul Fitzgerald.
Raymond D’Arcy has certainly got the setup in his spaceframed Fiesta on the button in class4 as he took maximum points ahead of early season pacesetter Peader Wall who had to settle for 2nd and Mick Boland taking the last step on the podium. Andy O’Brien took the class5 honours ahead of Padraig Smiddy, who unfortunately suffered mechanical issues during the day. These 2 are very evenly matched and have given a lot of entertainment during racedays with plenty of door to door racing. Martin Fitz was quickest in class6 throughout the day with Donie Linehan having to once again settle for 2nd and Brendan Dee 3rd in his much improved Rover.
Willie Heney is still very much the man to beat in 1B as he held off the challenge of Stephen Healy (2nd) and Alan Houlihan (3rd) to take the raceday win . There was once again a healthy grid of ladies but there was no stopping Orla O’ Sullivan as she powered her way from the back of the grid to take the win. Nathanya Houlihan , on an all too irregular appearance, took second while Katie Egan claimed 3rd despite having to use an unfamiliar car after her own 1 developed problems during race 1. The stocks gave some entertaining racing during the day with 3 different drivers taking race wins during the course of the day. In the end it was Stevie Slatterey who claimed bragging rights with Joe Dilworth 2nd and Brian Weston 3rd.
The production juniors and rookies were again divided into 2 groups in each class for their normal 3 rounds of racing with the top 4 from each group in the productions and top 3 from each group in the rookies contesting for their respective cups and the rest in each class contesting the consolation cup race. Ava Moloney got a good start off the line and drove a great race to take the win in the production class ahead of Aidan Heney 2nd and James Deane 3rd. In the consolation race Ted McGrath, who up to this point had a day to forget with constant mechanical problems, finally had a trouble free race to take the honours. Ross Ryan held on for 2nd just ahead of Joey Dilworth.
In the rookie class Liam Kiersey after having a great battle with Martin Power all day got his hands on the cup with Martin having to settle for 2nd and Conor Fitz grabbing 3rd. Martin’s brother , Callum, showed on his first day out that he was unnerved by having cars around him during the 3 rounds of racing. In the consolation cup race Callum got off the line quickly and cleanly to take an early lead. Even with Mollie O’Sullivan’s car getting bigger in his mirrors he kept his concentration to collect the chequered flag as Mollie had to settle for 2nd and Aoife Healy 3rd.
The club wish to thank everyone who helped make the day such a success and we look forward to round 6 of the championship.