Sunday September 15th saw over 70 drivers at ‘The Pike’ for the 9th round of the 2019 championship which was kindly sponsored by Weston Electrical. Also included in the days racing was the 2nd round of the McNamara Micra Challenge – a team event involving a junior and a senior 1B driver combining their points over the days racing.
With favourable track conditions for a good day’s racing the rookie juniors were first to appear from pits gate. With a large number of drivers – which is becoming the norm- they were again divided into 2 groups. After the usual 3 rounds of racing, Toby McGuire took the honours in group A ahead of Martin Power and Conor Fitz. Callum Power, Martin’s brother, was top man in group B with Paddy Fitz,- Conor’s brother-2nd and Liam Kiersey 3rd. The production juniors were also divided into 2 groups. In group A Ted McGrath was the most consistent to grab the win with Ben Kenneally pushing him all the way but having to settle for 2nd with James Deane securing the 3rd step on the podium. Ross Ryan made a clean sweep in group B with maximum points. Leon O’Shea took 2nd with Ryan Hickey 3rd.
Orla O’Sullivan once again took the honours in the ladies class ahead of Catherine Walsh and Gemma Linehan. The raceday sponsor, Brian Weston, continued his good form in the stocks taking the narrowest of wins over Stevie Slattery with Joe Dilworth securing 3rd place in the 3rd round of racing. The adult 1B class was as competitive as ever although we did lose a couple of cars during the day to the dreaded mechanical gremlins. After a ‘stewards enquiry’ after the initial results were announced, it was Alan Houlihan who was deemed the winner with Johnny Kenneally 2nd and Willie Heney 3rd.
Class 1 was equally as competitive which made it difficult to pick a favourite to take the day’s win. In the end it was Shane Hickey who stood on the top step of the podium. There was no dividing Jack Hickey and Darragh O’Shea after the 3 races as they finished joint 2nd and Cian Deasy just behind them in 3rd. Eddie Baldwin took the class 2 honours ahead of Michael Coughlan. With Alan Darcy having a trouble free day in his Suzuki powered Starlet, he was able to put down a challenge to Michael Baldwin. In the end Michael was equal to the challenge to hold off Alan and take the raceday win with Gavin Downey finishing the day in 3rd.
Raymond D’Arcy is certainly the man to beat in class4 as he once again collected maximum points. Jim Scannell is still getting used to his new car but took a creditable 2nd with Mick Boland 3rd. It was unfortunate that a couple of other championship contenders suffered reliability problems during the day which curtailed their day’s racing. Ronan Waters and the returning Kevin McGann provided great entertainment in class 5 and it was Ronan who won out in the end. Padraig Smiddy secured 3rd despite having continuing tweaking issues with his newly built Starlet. With the non appearance of Martin Fitz’s car on the day it was left to Donie Linehan and Brian Whelan to do battle in class 6. Donie proved to be the master on the day securing 2 wins.
The club would like to thank everyone involved in making it another successful day at Waterford Raceway and we look forward to round 10 of the 2019 championship on October 6th.