Ex-formula 1 drivers Tommy Byrne and David Kennedy join Fiesta 6 Hour grid
The annual Mondello Park Fiesta 6 Hour Endurance race attracted some high profile names to take on the regular class pacesetters last weekend, with ex-f1 drivers Tommy Byrne and David Kennedy competing.
The pair teamed up with Kevin Mcgarrity and Niall Mcfadden in a Murray Motorsport car, with their main opposition expected to come from team-mates Michael Cullen, Dave Maguire, John Denning and Rod Mcgovern – all former saloon car champions.
Last year’s winner LOH Motorsport was also confident of challenging with Vee drivers Dan Polley and Patrick O’dwyer alongside former Fiesta racer Ronan Mchale.
At the end of qualifying though, it was the local MTR team of Lloyd Murphy/damien Murphy and former team owner Brendan Travers who claimed pole position. Unfortunately for them though, they were late leaving their garage and the pitlane had closed, meaning they, among others, would have to start the race from the pitlane.
In the closing stages, the Barrable team of father Michael and sons Peter and Robert were in the lead with the Murray team of Cullen/maguire/ Denning/mcgovern on the same lap, and closing.
At the final stop, with the rain falling, Robert Barrable took the wheel and Murray Motorsport responded by putting Cullen in their car, and fitting a new left front tyre too.
Cullen immediately began to slash the gap but Barrable responded and when Cullen tangled with a backmarker, the safety car was dispatched, followed by the chequered flag a few laps later.
A great comeback meant the MTR equipe took second, just from the SPCF team of Alan Auerbach, Mark Meenaghan, Mark O’donoghue and Shane Murphy, who were in contention throughout.
Byrne/kennedy/ Mcgarrity/mcfadden finished sixth in their Team Bristol Mallory car.
Team Barrable took victory in the Fiesta 6 Hours after late safety car