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ITCC 2011



 
#1

ITCC - Irish Touring Car Championship, acesta competitie a luat fiinta anul trecut cand Philip Burdock, Barry Rabbitt si Brian Sexton piloti in Time Attack au venit cu idea creearii unei noi competitii cu o intrare foarte diversificata.

Mai multe detalii si video-uri de anul trecut gasiti AICI

Sezonul 2011 a inceput in forta week-end-ul ce a trecut cu desfasurarea rundei 1 si 2.

Runda 1 si 2 retrospectiva

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Am sa revin si cu ceva filme
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#2

Ce ma enervezi tu! La voi cred ca e si apa calda la robinetu' ala cu rosu'.
Aici cica s-ar deschide anu' asta circuit langa Brasov, omologat FIA. Momentan doar am auzit. Insa va mai fi mult pana sa vedem competitii pe el.



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#3

Nici aici nu e la aceeasi clasa cu cel din UK dar e un inceput. In time Attack era foarte greu sa te impui in fata unor garaje care aveau bani sa investeasca.

Este circuitul de la Tg Mures care dupa cate stiam eu a intrat in cosntructie, proiect de 10mil€ cu o buna parte de la EU. Principalul e sa il termine ca apoi o sa apara si competitiile Icon_smile
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#4

Cateva filmulete aparute pe youtube

Accident Subaru


Accident 306


1Lap la bordul CRX-ului pilotat de Barry Rabbit

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#5

foarte fin merge CRX-ul, oare ce are sub capota ?

PS : J`s Racing CRX Icon_biggrin



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#6

Un B series dar mai multe nu stie nimeni.
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#7

La cum trece pe langa restul, cred ca aia sunt dotati cu motoare R18 stock si transporta si vreo cateva geamantane cu plumb imediat intre instalatia de A/C, ABS si DVD player-ul cu magazie de 20 de discuri. Si mai e si soferul...



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#8

Masina aia a fost prima care a coborat pragul de 1minute pe circuitul de la Mondello. Nu are putere foarte mare dar este foarte stabila si asta o ajuta sa intre si sa iasa cu viteze foarte mari pe viraje.
Da-ti un search pe youtube J'S Racing CRX si o sa gasiti multe filme chiar si cand concura in Japland Icon_smile
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#9

Sa mai facem un mic update aici. Runda 3 si 4 a avut loc in Anglesey Circuit, Wales de aceea sunt cam putin poze si filme de la eveniment.

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Titlu: Runda 3 si 4 report

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2011 IRISH TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP ROUNDS 3 & 4: ANGLESEY CIRCUIT, WALES

Welsh Wins For Tracey and Rabbitt – Norman Fawcett and Keith Rabbitt take Touring class spoils

Words: Stephen Errity Photos: Ed Fahey

Race One

In the Super Touring class, Philip Burdock took an excellent pole position for the first of the day’s two races, and established a commanding lead on the first lap. Off the line, second-place qualifier Stephen Maher was soon passed by 2010 title contenders Martin Tracey and Barry Rabbitt. The long back straight at Anglesey gave Tracey plenty of opportunity to open up the Westward Engineering Sierra Cosworth, but Rabbitt managed to re-take second position several times under braking for the tricky Rocket corner. Maher, too, snuck ahead briefly at the Corkscrew during Lap 3, but was soon repassed by the black Sierra.

The race had begun in light rain, but several drivers had elected to start on slicks, hoping for a quick improvement in the weather. And although it never completely stopped raining, it did ease off noticeably during the course of the 20-minute race, which left wet-tyred runners like Rabbitt struggling for pace. On lap three, the Tuning Factory CR-X driver was passed by both Tracey and a recovering Maher.

The latter held third place until lap 11, when his BMW’s air filter came loose and forced him into a heartbreaking last-minute retirement. Tracey, meanwhile, set off in pursuit of leader Burdock, who had looked comfortable in the early stages of the race but now came under increasing pressure. This manifested itself in two mistakes that saw the orange Civic go straight on at Rocket and let the charging Tracey through to take the lead, and his second win of the season. Burdock held on to mantain his strong run of podium finishes, crossing the line second ahead of Ciaran Timmons’ Honda Integra. Timmons drove a storming race from seventh on the grid, passing first Brian Moore’s Impreza on lap six, then snatching fifth from Gareth Hayden on the next tour. It then took him four laps to chase down and pass Rabbitt, whose wet tyres were by now well past their best.

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Brian Moore was reasonably satisfied with his seventh-place finish, although his tail-happy ByDesign Kitchens Subaru Impreza sometimes struggled to get the power down, which saw him lose places to both Phil Brennan’s slick-shod BMW 325i and Gareth Hayden’s Sportchip.ie Honda Integra over the course of the race. After the race, Brennan lamented that his tyres only came good towards the end, as he felt confident of being able to chase down Rabbitt for fourth within another few laps.

The Touring class win in the first race went to rookie ‘Stormin’ Norman Fawcett, who had started the race from sixth on the class grid, but made up an amazing four places on the first lap. He then settled into a race-long battle with Keith Rabbitt, who was debuting his new Tuning Factory-built Honda Integra racecar at this round. Fawcett got ahead briefly on lap five, but Rabbitt fought back and it took another move from Fawcett on lap eight to finally make it stick. There was some contact between Rabbitt and Touring class polesitter Danny Calnan, who had made a great recovery after losing a lot of places on the first lap, and would go on to finish second. This left the way clear for Rob Savage to take third in Touring in his DC2 Integra. Rabbitt eventually finished fourth, just ahead of Mark Nangle’s Subaru Impreza, and Anthony Murtagh, who wrestled his ill-handling VW Corrado to sixth in class, ahead of Eric Caroll’s Integra. Brian Fitzpatrick finished eigth after spinning his Civic early in the race, and Nissan Silvia pilot David Walsh was the final Touring runner home in ninth.

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Results (Super Touring class)

1 Martin Tracey Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500
2 Philip Burdock Honda Civic
3 Ciaran Timmons Honda Integra
4 Barry Rabbitt Honda CR-X
5 Phil Brennan BMW 325i
6 Gareth Hayden Honda Integra
7 Brian Moore Subaru Impreza
DNF Stephen Maher BMW 3-Series Compact

Results (Touring class)

1 Norman Fawcett Honda Integra
2 Danny Calnan Honda Civic
3 Rob Savage Honda Integra
4 Keith Rabbitt Honda Integra
5 Mark Nangle Subaru Impreza
6 Anthony Murtagh VW Corrado
7 Eric Carroll Honda Integra
8 Brian Fitzpatrick Honda Civic
9 David Walsh Nissan Silvia

Race Two

The top six finishers in the Touring Class had their positions reversed for the start of the day’s second race, but this proved little impediment for Barry Rabbitt, who made a demon start from third on the grid and was into the lead by the end of the first lap. Polesitter Gareth Hayden threw it all away with a big off at Church corner, but fortunately didn’t hit anything solid and rejoined well down the field. Philip Burdock also got into trouble on the first lap, shaving the barrier with the rear corner of his Civic and dropping to the back of the Super Touring pack. Second-place starter Phil Brennan initially held his grid position, but by lap three he had succumbed to both a charging Martin Tracey and Ciaran Timmons, obviously fired up from his podium in race one. Brennan then drove consistently for the rest of the race, holding off the challenge posed by Stephen Maher until lap 13, when the two BMWs switched places at the Corkscrew. Brian Moore, meanwhile, made up two places off the start but then repeated his race one performance by falling back down the order, losing places to both Maher and a recovering Hayden in the course of the 16-lap encounter.

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A cursory glance at the timesheets will tell you that Martin Tracey started sixth and finished seventh, but this doesn’t tell the full story of the Meath man’s race. Tracey began by carving through the field in his customary manner, and was up to second place behind Rabbitt by lap two. The battle mirrored that of the first race, with Tracey having the legs on the back straight, but Rabbitt making up time under braking. The Westward Sierra got ahead on the back straight on the second-last lap, just as both cars came up to lap Touring class driver Anthony Murtagh. The Corrado driver moved to the right to let the leaders past, but on the entry to the left-hander at Rocket there was contact between Rabbitt and Tracey that resulted in the Sierra spinning off. Rabbitt kept going to take the win and the chequered flag on the next lap, while Timmons, Maher, Brennan, Hayden and Moore all made up a place as the Westward car got going again. Behind these, Burdock struggled with his Civic’s handling after his lap one off and came home at the back of the Super Touring field.

The Touring class once again provided close and exciting racing further down the field. Murtagh suffered an early setback when he spun off on lap two, while Brian Fitzpatrick’s Honda Civic retired on lap three. Mark Nangle briefly lost his second position off the grid, but had soon clawed his way back up to challenge Keith Rabbitt for the lead. The battle came to a head with contact on lap five – Nangle would retire shortly afterwards, but the younger Rabbitt brother led fellow Integra drivers Rob Savage and Eric Carroll home to make it an all-DC2 podium in the second race. Norman Fawcett had also threatened for a podium in the early stages, but his race came to an early halt in the pitlane on lap seven due to engine probelms. David Walsh’s Nissan Silvia seemed much more at home in the drier conditions of race two, and he duly improved on his race one result with a fourth place finish in the class, just ahead of Danny Calnan, who was suffering from incorrect gear ratios for the Welsh track that saw him hitting the rev limiter for much of the back straight. Murtagh’s aforementioned spin meant he spent most of race two playing catch-up, but he held it together to make it two sixth place finishes for the day.

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Results (Super Touring Class)

1 Barry Rabbitt Honda CR-X
2 Ciaran Timmons Honda Integra
3 Stephen Maher BMW 3-Series Compact
4 Phil Brennan BMW 325i
5 Gareth Hayden Honda Integra
6 Brian Moore Subaru Impreza
7 Martin Tracey Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500
8 Philip Burdock Honda Civic

Results (Touring Class)

1 Keith Rabbitt Honda Integra
2 Rob Savage Honda Integra
3 Eric Caroll Honda Integra
4 David Walsh Nissan Silvia
5 Danny Calnan Honda Civic
6 Anthony Murtagh VW Corrado
DNF Norman Fawcett Honda Integra
DNF Mark Nangle Subaru Impreza
DNF Brian Fitzpatrick Honda Civic


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E timpul si pentru runda 5 & 6

Titlu: ITCC round 5 &6 - Race 1

Sursa: Freshfix.net

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We here at FreshFix are proud to announce that we are now an associate sponsor of the ITCC. How have we been so fortunate? Thanks to our resident deisgn guru Paul designing their website. After rounds 4 & 5 in Angelsey, Wales we were back to our Mondello Racing Circuit in Mondello.
The Irish weather had returned to normality, rain and overcast. Drivers had had to enhance their setups, tyre choices being a key element. An element that would have a great effect on the days racing. To accompany the difficulties of the weather, the drivers had to conquer the International Circuit of Mondello. Due to a much shorter list of entries, both supertouring and Touring classes would together on the days racing.

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Good to see Philip Burdock back in his Westward Engineering tuned K20 EK Civic. Burdock opted for wet tyres in qualifing, a decision that would later be regretted. The track just was not wet enough and Philip struggled against most o the other drivers who had chosen slick tyres.

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A slightly over enthusiastic Anthony Murtagh ended up in the gravel in turn 3. On this occasion Murtagh was lucky enough to make his way out of the gravel and get more times in for race 1.


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The wet surface of the demanding international circuit was catching out a lot of drivers, Norman Fawcett being one. After his win in round 3 Fawcett was pushing hard but was caught out on turn 3.

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Brian Moore was also another driver struggling to get power down on the wet international circuit. A ban of 4wd cars means Moore has had to convert his normally 4wd Subaru to RWD. Moore was pushing hard in race 1 and managed to break his two rear driveshafts. After a few phone calls a set of shafts were sourced which meant Moor would be back for race 2.

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Timmons was back in his Phoenix Yellow DC2. Timmons was the fastest of the many ITCC Integras in ualifying and managed to qualify in 4th for race 1.

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After an upsetting result in Wales Martin Tracey was back in the Westward Engineering RS500. The Sierra Cosworth really is a pleasure to watch as it blasts down the main straights of Mondello. After qualifying Tracey had managed to qualify 3rd on the grid behind Brady and Rabbitt.

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Show us your jacks? Brady in his Seat Leon Super Copa, a different site compared to the usual Honda found in the ITCC.

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Barry set the pace of the day and took pole for the start of race 1. Turn 1 was interesting to see with Brady and Treacy on his heels.

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Rabbitt managed set the pace on the day, even though he was only running a standard B18C. The iconic J’s Racing CRX really is a pleasure to see on our shores, let alone racing. Turn 1 was interesting to see with Tracey and Brady on his heels.

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After coming into contact with Brady at Dunlop corner Tracey had it all to do after falling back in the early stages of the race. With 5 drivers not finishing Tracey managed to claw his way back to 3rd., setting a fantastic time of 1:51.930.

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Brennan had his mirrors full of Bradys Seat for most of the race. Leaving a gap for Brady to squeeze into, he dove down the inside to take the place. Brennan had to be careful with Treacy breathing down his neck.

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One of the five drivers that didn;t make it to the end fo race one was Gary Hayden in the Sportchip Integra. Burdock, after losing control came into contact with Campbell which resulted in both drivers not finishing. Thankfully both drivers came out okay.

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Rabbitt managed to hold first position till the end of race one while the RS500 and Leon battled behind him.

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In the touring class it was James Mannion who took pole position after qualifying. After battling with Fawcett and Keith Rabbitt he settled for 3rd in race 1.

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After what seemed to be a run of bad luck with his Mini Cooper S, Keith decided to opt for the tried and tested Integra DC2. Keith and a bunch of friends managed to get this car ready for Angelsey in just under a week. Whilst still in a new car and getting to grips with it’s new layout, Keith has produced some fine driving. After qualifying 7th for race 1, Keith managed to battle his way through the field and finished in 2nd.

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Stormin’ Norman returned to Mondello Park with some exceptional driving and managed to take a win in Touring Class.
Race two will be up during the week
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Words- Ciarán Nolan


Titlu: Race 2

Sursa- Freshfix.net

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Continuing for were we left off in Part One. As everyone went for lunch, crisps sandwiches being a favourite amongst spectators. I had a chance to have a look around the paddock and see what there was to offer.

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One car in particular that caught my eye was this Accord. It was huge! The twin exhaust exit made me think that it was a Euro R estate?

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In preparation for race two of the day some drivers make adjustments to the cars. Although Burdock didn’t make it to race two he was still around the paddock helping out where he could. Before the race meeting Phillip set up both Francis Kearns and Norman Fawcett Touring class cars. This is a true statement of the sportsmanship and passion that is in the ITCC. These guys push themselves, their cars and each other to the limit on the racetrack. Then when it is all over they shake hands and carry on as individuals, helping each other out as much as they can while they go.

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The second race saw a reversal of the grids. The faster drivers starting from the rear and the slower starting from the front. Brennan, in his M3 BMW was sitting first in the grid in the Super Touring Class as Timmons had retired due to engine trouble from race one.

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As the lights went green the cars blasted down the main straight of Mondello. Coming into turn two Treacy had both side mirrors full of Rabbit and Brady. Tracey was able to hold off Rabbit who tried to get by on the outside while also holding off Brady who was trying to squeeze through on the inside. The sheer power of the Sierra allowed Treacy pull a lead on the two drivers that were hot on his tail as he lead into turn three.

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After a busy lunch, Keith Campbell had managed to make the essential repairs to this car and was back out for race two.

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It wasn’t long before Treacy got by Brennan to take the lead of race two which left him battling off Brady and Rabbit.

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Moore, after sourcing pair of driveshafts for his RWD Subaru lost the back of the car on the exit of turn two. I think it was the curb that caught him out.

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It was like Deja Vu of Rounds 1 & 2 all over again for Rabbitt when he was forced to retire due to driveshaft trouble. Later it was concluded that a broken CV joint was the source of Rabbitt’s problems. Maybe a set of upgraded shafts is in order for the CRX as the curbs of Mondello have plagued Rabbitt with trouble yet again. Thanks to the small grid, Rabbitt was left in 6th and had received those al important championship points.

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Again, it would be Treacy who would take yet another win in race two followed by Brady and Hayden in the Integra.

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It would be Savage who would be on pole in the Touring class in his b18 Honda Integra.

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Again, the vast range of cars that is on show in the ITCC. There is an example of every type of race car here, from the small 306’s of the French, the iconic ///M BMW of the ever efficient Germans and of course the rev happy Hondas.

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Nangle recoverd after his crash in round 1 and 2. Like Moore he is restricted to rwd.

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Cian Carey, the youngest driver in the ITCC is slowly but surely getting to grips in his home built EK9 Civic. Cian is sure to be a driver to watch in the coming races when the all important race experience starts to kick in.

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This, a frightenting experience is one I’m sure Martin will never forget. Murtagh was pushing his car hard and left his braking too late while coming back into country. What ensued was Martin running for his life, while getting covered in a nice shower of stones. Thankfully Murtagh was okay and Martin will live another day.

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The battling of the Hondas continued, Mannion and Keith Rabbit were battling it out to pass one another.

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It would be Kerns who would take the win in the Touring class for race 2 followed by Fawcett and Mannion. Both Kerns and Fawcett had the cars aligned by Phillip Burdock at the break so he is doing a good job with all of his alignment gear.
To conclude, the ITCC was as enjoyable as ever to watch and is certainly becoming a must go-to event on the Irish Motorsports Calendar. We at FreshFix wish all of the drivers the best in the coming weeks as they prepare their cars ready for Rounds 7 & 8 in Kirkistown on the 28th of May.

Photo’s – Martin Moore
Words Ciaran Nolan


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Titlu: Round 7 & 8


Sursa: ITCC.ie

Kirkistown Circuit- round 7 and 8

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Stormin Norman and a fistful of trophies.

Word: Paul Healy

Pics: Paddy McGrath

Despite an ungodly early start, a sat nav that had a worse sense of direction than I do and a co-pilot fresh out of hospital I managed to check into the ‘Fastest circuit in Ireland’ with plenty of time to spare before early morning qualifying. With testing taking place on Friday many drivers had elected to camp over at Kirkistown resulting in a few sore heads emerging from the back of vans, trucks and tents – helped in no way by an on site bar. Despite the late night revelries there was still lots of work to be down before the first session with youngster, Cian Carey, busy replacing a broken flywheel on his Honda Civic and Brian Sextons ‘Nonda’ receiving some last minute treatment from the JOMO team before heading off for its first meeting with the scrutineers before the Pete’s Mobile Mechanics seventh and eighth rounds of ITCC.

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This was not only mine but also many of the drivers first visit to the Ards Peninsula and before the trip most of the talk had been about one corner – the infamous Debtors. On circuit maps this corner looks deceptively easy and even during a pre race recce run it did not look that daunting but these thoughts quickly vanished once the cars took to the track. The corner requires a well sorted car and a driver with cajones the size of grapefruits if it is going to be attacked at full gusto. With this in mind it came as no surprise to see Martin Tracey topping the timing sheets with a 1:03.451. With Brian Moore’s Impreza suffering problems in the paddock Phil Brennan was Tracey’s main challenger in Super Touring – who despite finishing 1.747 seconds behind Tracey would line up alongside him on the grid. Brain Sexton was taking things easy for the first few laps in his K20 powered Nissan Pulsar but when he did begin to open up the taps he popped in a time of 1:08.370 as was all set for more until a catastrophic failure of a spherical joint brought his session to an end.

Keith Rabbitt was the fastest of the Touring class drivers with a time of 1:07.932. However as this time broke the barrier time for the class meaning his second fastest time would be the one to count. As too did Norman Fawcett which meant that the impressive EG Civic of Fran Kearns would line up in pole position. Beside him was ‘Mr. Consistent’ Robbie Savage with Eric Carroll gaining an early advantage over the ever young Danny Calnan, who had a disappointing run but still managed to bring his Civic home ahead of Cian Carey and the Porsche 944 of Michael Larkin.

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The long break between sessions gave the JOMO team time to fix Sexton’s car but only after managing to source a replacement from Formula Vee competitor, Paul Heavey. Even with the break work was only finished on the car with seconds to spare but not quick enough for Sexton to take his position on the grid, instead starting from the pit lane.

When the lights went out it was a straight fight between Tracey and Brennan to see who could get into Debtors first and the power of the Cosworth was enough to see the Enfield man claim the position and romp off into the distance. Once he opened up a decent enough lead Tracey backed off, to the speed of a leisurely Sunday drive to take and easy race win. Once clear of the field Brennan did similar only putting on a spurt towards the end when he opened up the BMW hoping to catch the Sierra.

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While the Super Touring may have been a walk in the park the Touring class was anything but. Time after time spectators were greeted with the sight of cars running three a breast on the run down to Debtors with many competitors from the other series’ vying for position on the pit wall for the optimum view. Off the line pole sitter Kearns got a poor start and found himself with the choice of grass or back off heading into Debtors. He wisely chose the latter, which dropped him down to sixth. Keith Rabbitt was the braver man into the fast left kink and managed to pass Savage as he had the better line for the corner. Fawcett was crawling all over the back of Savage’s car as they went through Colonial and Fisherman’s, finally managing to pass him after getting a better run out of the chicane before setting off in pursuit of Rabbitt who had already opened up a sizeable gap. A great drive out of the hairpin saw the two drivers side by side on the entry to Debtors but again Rabbitt was the braver man and refused to yield to Fawcett forcing him to back off.

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Having started from the pits Brian Sexton was beginning to close the gap between himself and Carey and Larkin. He had picked up the pace after a cautious first lap but on the exit of Colonial the problem that had afflicted him during qualifying hit again meaning he would spend the rest of the day as an interested spectator.

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The battle ensuing between Rabbitt and Fawcett allowed ‘Savo’ Savage to close up on them making for a three way Integra battle. An enthralling fight between the three took place for a few laps until Fawcett got the better run out of the hairpin and was able to pass Rabbitt well in advance of Debtors. Once clear Fawcett opened up a sizeable lead and the way that Savage was hassling Rabbitt it became evident that the Meath man had been holding up those behind him. Eventually Savage made the advantage he had tell with a move out of the top hairpin but he was caught out by backmarkers on the run down to Colonial. This gave Rabbitt the position back but it meant he had to carry more speed through the corner than he would have ordinarily – speed that would see him take to the grass at Fisherman’s, dropping him to third last – just ahead of Carey and Larkin.

Free from battling with Rabbitt, Savage set off in pursuit of Fawcett but he soon had the fast recovering Fran Kearns for company. The baby blue Civic was supremely planted all over the track and appeared to be able to take Debtors and the chicane faster than any car. Fawcett’s Integra seemed to have a power advantage over that of Savage’s with ‘Savo’s car better through the corners. All the while Kearns was chipping away at the gap and when Savage lost it at Fisherman’s, having passed Fawcett through Debtors, Kearns was there to wrap up a great recovery by taking second place. Savage managed to make it back on track to claim third ahead of the hard battling Calnan and Carroll who had fought their own personal battle throughout the race.

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The enthralling battles between the Touring class drivers did have a downside however with all but Rabbitt, Carey and Larkin smashing the barrier time between the classes meaning they would be bumped up to Super Touring. However not wanting to destroy what has been the most exciting racing class in years the organisers sought to rectify this. After consultation with Motor Sport Ireland the option of disregarding the barrier time and declaring round 7 as a non points scoring race was put to the competitors who wholeheartedly took the opportunity to continue racing in the Touring class. The abolition of the barrier time would mean that the grid for the second race would be set by the morning qualifying session. Without the barrier time Rabbitt and Fawcett would take to the grid positions determined by their fastest laps.

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Despite getting his car running Brian Moore could not complete the required three lap recce run and so loaded his Subaru Impreza onto the trailer for the long drive home. This left Tracey and Brennan as the sole Super Touring competitors and again it was Tracey who got the better start and the two drivers settled into similar drives as in the first race. Having never secured a podium position Brennan would be leaving Kirkistown with two trophies to show for his day’s efforts.

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In the Touring class Fawcett got the best start off the line, jumping Rabbitt and opening up the kind of lead over Savage that Tracey had over Brennan. With his tyres shot and brakes worn down to the metal Rabbitt could do little about Kearns who passed him out of the hairpin. Again the Honda of Kearns made short work of closing down the gap to Savage and soon the Meath man had a mirror full of baby blue Civic. Lap after lap the two drivers duked it out with both cars having their advantages at different points on the circuit. Eventually a move down the inside into the hairpin saw Kearns take the position and freed from the battle he began to open up a gap over Savage and set off in pursuit of Fawcett.

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The troubles Rabbitt was experiencing with his car really showed up his race craft as with minimal grip and zero braking power he did a great job of holding off constant attacks from both Calnan and Carroll. At times his Integra appeared to be twice as wide as it actually was as he covered the defensive lines when needed and try as they might the battling duo could just not find a way past. That was until Rabbitt went wide on the entry to the hairpin, which allowed Calnan and Carroll through to continue their battle uninterrupted. In the end Rabbitt just nursed his car home to the chequered flag, being passed in the dying stages by Tracey. With the grit between his teeth Kearns was chipping away at the lead of Fawcett and with a few more laps he may have caught the Leixlip native but in the end ‘Stormin’ held on to take the chequered flag and his second victory of the day.

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Results Round 7:

Supertouring -

1. Martin Tracey (Ford Sierra Cosworth)

2. Phil Brennan (BMW M3)

3. Norman Fawcett (Honda Integra)*

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Touring -

1. Norman Fawcett (Honda Integra)

2. Fran Kearns (Honda Civic)

3. Robbie Savage (Honda Integra)

Rookie Award – Cian Carey (Honda Civic)

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Round 8:

Supertouring -

1. Martin Tracey (Ford Sierra Cosworth)

2. Phil Brennan (BMW M3)

3. Norman Fawcett (Honda Integra)*

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Touring -

1. Norman Fawcett (Honda Integra)

2. Fran Kearns (Honda Civic)

3. Robbie Savage (Honda Integra)

Rookie Award- Michael Larkin (Porsche 944)

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* Norman Fawcett awarded Supertouring trophies in recognition of being third placed finisher overall.

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For more pictures of the action check out photographer, Paddy McGrath’s, Flickr stream and also keep an eye on Speedhunters for his view on the days proceedings.



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