Rab­bitt pulled out of hat to de­feat F3 cars in BOSS race

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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

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