Rabbitt pulled out of hat to defeat F3 cars in BOSS race
Barry Rabbitt regularly beats the Formula 3 cars off the BOSS Ireland grid when the lights go out, and generally entertains by hanging on for as long as possible before the inevitable happens. But in race two last weekend, he did what many thought impossible and hung on for the win in his Formula Renault.
Despite massive pressure, first from race-one winner Paul O’connell and subsequently from double F3 Cup champion Cian Carey, Rabbitt was able to cling on.
Alastair Kellett moved closer to yet another title by taking two wins in the action-packed Fiesta Zetec class. Rallycross graduate James Fleming was runner-up in race one, with former champion Phil Lawless close behind in race two, from a delighted Darragh Brennan.
Kellett’s title rival Michael Barrable had a torrid day, a penalty demoting him to seventh in race one, and he only managed fifth in race two. Reigning champion William Kellett’s fortunes were also the polar opposite of his father’s – a spin in race one and a clutch issue in race two were made slightly more bearable by his breaking the long-standing class lap record.
Se Og Martin drove superbly to take the first Ginetta Junior Ireland race, slicing by Karl O’brien early on for second before snatching the lead from Jack Byrne starting the final tour. In race two, O’brien fought past Byrne for the win.
A delighted Ross Barnes took his maiden win in the opening Fiesta ST race, belying his lack of experience by holding off severe pressure from Alex Denning and subsequently Michael Cullen, the race having been restarted early on when Graham Mcdonnell made heavy contact with the pitwall. In race two, Denning relieved the fast-starting Eddie Peterson of the lead with an impressive move round the outside into the Esses and eased away for a dominant win to move closer to the 2020 title.
Michael Cullen was impressive in Irish Strykers, taking two wins despite a loose exhaust in race two, while Shane Murphy won a pair of poorly supported SEAT Supercup races, with Barry
English second both times.
Rabbitt leapt his Formula Renault into the lead at the start of race two, and stayed there
Barnes took a first win in opening Fiesta ST race