KIRKISTOWN: 500MRCI BY IAN LY­NAS

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There was frus­tra­tion for Noel Robin­son as two non fin­ishes in North­ern Ire­land Formula Ford 1600 meant his lead was swal­lowed up by sea­son-long ri­val Alan David­son.

Jake Byrne put his Ray on pole for race one and af­ter a trou­bled qual­i­fy­ing ses­sion Robin­son man­aged fourth fastest and row two.

Byrne made a ter­ri­ble start, find­ing him­self at the tail of the field by the first cor­ner, how­ever, he put in a de­ter­mined ef­fort and fought through the traf­fic to chal­lenge Stephen O’con­nor’s Van Diemen RF90 for the lead while the un­lucky Robin­son stopped af­ter nine laps. O’con­nor held on to win.

David­son sprinted ahead of Byrne at the start of the sec­ond race but on lap two Robin­son’s Van Diemen was again side­lined.

A race long duel de­vel­oped be­tween Byrne and David­son and the lat­ter tried every move to get his Mon­di­ale ahead of Byrne, but to no avail. O’con­nor took third.

With just two rounds re­main­ing David­son now has a 10-point cush­ion over Robin­son.

The two Formula Ford races in­cor­po­rated the Su­per­series with the honours go­ing to Byrne.

The Road­sports/sa­loon races at­tracted the largest grids of the day but it was no great sur­prise that yet again Jim Larkham set the fastest time in qual­i­fy­ing with his Rad­i­cal.

Larkham made a slow start to the opener al­low­ing Paul Conn to shoot into the lead with his Crossle with John Ben­son pro­vid­ing the early chal­lenge. Mark Fran­cis briefly held sec­ond in his Lo­cost Honda.

Larkham quickly found his pace and took up his cus­tom­ary po­si­tion at the head of the field to win from Conn.

Stephen Traub took the honours in his Honda In­te­gra in one of the best Sa­loon en­tries of the year. He beat An­drew Arm­strong. Traub was to re­peat his re­sult in race two as the un­lucky Arm­strong had to start from the pit lane.

Once again, as in race one, Larkham’s start was far from per­fect, but by lap two he was lead­ing never to be headed.

A smaller num­ber of Fi­esta Zetecs as­sem­bled for their dou­ble header and favourite Jonny Forsythe set the pace in qual­i­fy­ing, and in race one he quickly es­tab­lished a four-sec­ond lead to break away from the pack dis­put­ing sec­ond.

Race two was yet an­other ben­e­fit for Forsythe but in the clos­ing laps he faced a strong chal­lenge from Daniel Con­lon and Tam Agnew and it fin­ished in that or­der.

Ivor Greenwood had pole for the first Legends race, but by three-quar­ter dis­tance he ex­ited in a spec­tac­u­lar fire as Paul O’brien took the che­quered flag.

Jonathan Tay­lor had pole for race two, but it was Ian Con­roy who led briefly. How­ever O’brien emerged as the even­tual win­ner again.

With a new en­gine Greenwood had pole for the fi­nal race, but vis­i­tor James Hol­man was the win­ner af­ter a bat­tle for the lead with O’brien and Tay­lor.

Wil­liam Har­ron tri­umphed in race one of the Ginetta Ju­niors with Sa­muel Har­ron vic­to­ri­ous in race two.

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