Sunday October 6th saw the penultimate round of the 2019 championship season at ‘The Pike’ kindly sponsored by Barry Metal Recycling. With most classes still undecided for eventual top 3 end of season finishers, it had the makings of a very entertaining days racing. To make the day even more interesting the Dick Mackey cup was up for grabs for the seniors and the Thomas O’Sullivan memorial cups available for the junior classes to do battle for.
Almost 70 drivers readied themselves for the day ahead with favourable race conditions out on track. The rookies were first to appear for the usual 3 rounds of racing. Despite 2 wins Toby McGuire had to settle for 2nd place behind the ever consistent Martin Power in group A with Paddy Fitz taking a creditable 3rd . In group B it was Liam Og Power who secured 1st ahead of Davan Leahy 2nd and Callum O Shea 3rd. Ted McGrath made the most of Ben Kenneally’s troublesome 1st race, and stood on top of the podium at the end of the day despite Ben’s change of car and brave fightback which saw him taking the next 2 wins. Ben had to settle for 2nd with Ross Ryan 3rd. Darragh Walsh took the honours in group B with Joey Dilworth 2nd and Eoghan Doherty 3rd.
Orla O’Sullivan, despite being ladies champion elect didn’t ease off on the day and secured another raceday win. Katie Egan and Catherine Walsh finished 2nd and 3rd . Evin Harding had a great trouble free day in the stocks to take the win ahead of Brian Weston and Marty Riordan. Johnny Kenneally proved to be the top man in the 1B class holding off the strong challenge from Alan Houlihan (2nd) and Willie Heney (3rd).
Going into the day class 1 was the closest and hardest to call on the championship table. Jack Hickey managed to grab maximum points on the day to take the win with cousin Shane behind him in 2nd and Ronan Foley securing 3rd. Darragh O’Shea was unlucky to get involved in an incident in race 1 ,which didn’t allow him line-up for the restart, to put a dent on his title ambitions. Eddie Baldwin took the honours in class 2 once again with Michael Coughlan 2nd. Paul Fitzgerald kept Michael Baldwin behind him in 2 races to claim the win in class3 with Michael settling for 2nd.
#368 made a double appearance in class 4 with Raymond D’Arcy taking the win in his purple space framed Fiesta while his father, Ray -on an all too rare outing-, took 2nd in the well known black Civic and Kevin Condon grabbed the 3rd step on the podium. Padraig Smiddy and Ronan Waters had a close battle all day in 2 evenly matched cars in class 5 and it was Padraig who won out in the end. Martin Fitz was back on the track with his Tigra in class 6, after a non appearance in round 9 due to mechanical problems, and he proved too strong for Brian Whelan as he took the raceday win.
As the thoughts of how the regular 3 rounds of racing had gone, the drivers had to once again focus as the cup races were called for. After a good showing in the rookie race Toby McGuire held his nerve to secure a great win just ahead of Martin Power and Conor Fitz. Ben Kenneally carried his good form from race 2 and 3 into the production juniors cup race and once again got the better of Ted McGrath to secure the win. James Deane secured the last step on the podium. The last race of the afternoon was for the senior drivers with the Dick Mackey cup going to the winner. Jack Hickey got into the lead early on in his class1 Micra but he knew he had to drive a hard race if he was going to have a chance of winning. With the higher powered cars starting a lap or 2 down Jack knew they would be very close in the last few laps. Michael Baldwin (class 3) managed to break from the chasing pack and gradually ate into the lead Jack had built up to the point they were bumper to bumper going into the top corner on the last lap. With Michael on his outside off the top corner Jack held on to win by the merest of margins. With the class4,5&6 cars having difficulty negotiating their way past each other as well as the class 1,2 &3 cars, it was the class 1 car of Shane Hickey who held on to cross the line 3rd.
The club wish to thank everyone who helped to make the day another success, especially the raceday sponsor, members of the Mackey family who presented the Dick Mackey cup and the O’Sullivan family who not only put up the Thomas O’Sullivan cups but also presented every participating junior driver with a memento plaque of the day.