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The meet­ing may have fea­tured a smaller en­try than usual due to the close prox­im­ity of forth­com­ing hol­i­days in North­ern Ire­land, but the day still had more than a fair share of in­ci­dents.

Driv­ers, of­fi­cials and spec­ta­tors alike hoped that the meet­ing would have con­cluded in time to get in front of a TV to watch the North­ern Ire­land foot­ball team play in France.

The best en­try of the day came from the Fi­esta Zetecs, al­though it was seven down on the record 24 cars that turned up at the pre­vi­ous meet­ing. Track lim­its be­came a hot topic from qual­i­fy­ing on­wards, with a num­ber of driv­ers fac­ing a stern talk­ing to from the clerk of the course. Driv­ing stan­dards at the pre­vi­ous meet­ing had been less than de­sir­able and this time around of­fi­cials were hav­ing none of it.

Jonny Forsythe – a pre­vi­ous race win­ner – claimed pole and he just got the edge on Daniel Con­lon at the start, with Adrian Fin­negan in third join­ing in the fight for the lead. The trio broke away from the pack and, with Con­lon and Fin­negan dis­put­ing sec­ond, the pres­sure was eased for Forsythe and he crossed the line first.

Forsythe made it two in a row later on with Fin­negan get­ting the bet­ter of Con­lon. The race was red flagged due to an in­ci­dent at the Chi­cane, but did restart.

With cham­pi­onship leader Noel Robin­son on hol­i­day it was the ideal op­por­tu­nity for Alan David­son to gain some valu­able points in the North­ern Ire­land For­mula Ford 1600 Cham­pi­onship.

Driv­ing a Mon­di­ale, he set the best time in qual­i­fy­ing, a ses­sion not with­out dra­mas as Jake Byrne had no com­pe­ti­tion num­bers dis­played on his Ray and sub­se­quently he was put to the back of the grid. While David­son fought off the chal­lenges of James Roe in the new Ralph Fir­man-built RFR and Stephen O’con­nor’s Van Diemen.

All eyes were firmly on Byrne as he sliced his way through the field to chal­lenge for the top spot and he came very close, a re­ward­ing drive net­ting sec­ond place. How­ever, the race was marred by an in­ci­dent on the ap­proach to the Chi­cane, which re­sulted in an air­borne wheel from Ian Mc­culla’s Rey­nard col­lect­ing a mar­shal who sus­tained fa­cial in­juries. He was taken to the cir­cuit me­dial cen­tre and then to a nearby hos­pi­tal.

Race two was another David­son ben­e­fit as he came close to gain­ing max­i­mum points for the af­ter­noon, thwarted only by Byrne set­ting fastest lap in race one. Byrne had a se­ries of high­speed spins. Luck­ily the Ray did not make con­tact with the bar­ri­ers. He said post race: “that was the hard­est brak­ing I ever car­ried out”.

The Ginetta Ju­niors made their first ap­pear­ance of the sea­son at the cir­cuit, but yet again only boasted small grids for both races. Sa­muel Har­ron was the pace­set­ter in qual­i­fy­ing. Har­ron and Daragh Den­ning im­me­di­ately set about dis­put­ing the lead, but a spin at Fish­er­man’s for Den­ning cost him sec­ond and al­lowed Wil­liam Har­ron to grab the run­ner-up spot. Race two also went the way of the on-form Sa­muel Har­ron.

The Pre 1990 For­mula Ford 1600 driv­ers had re­quested a race of their own and Ryan Camp­bell, who is the most im­proved driver in the class this sea­son, started from pole in his Rey­nard. He was made to work for his vic­tory through­out the race by Mike Todd in his Mon­di­ale.

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