Ireland FF1600 Championship - Kirkistown, Northern Ireland
Dwyer Formula Ford 1600
Alan Dwyer rescued third in the third round of the Southern Ireland Formula Ford 1600 Championship at Kirkistown on Saturday.
Dubliner Peter Dempsey took the race victory that counted as both a qualifying heat for the Northern Ireland Formula Ford Festival, and the third round of the Southern Ireland FF1600 Championship.
Alan Dwyer led from the front row into the first corner at a very cold and windy Kirkistown, but the Dwyer Engineering Swift SC92 driver was having engine trouble. Struggling badly for straightline speed - conceding nearly 10mph to his rivals on the back main straight - Alan was passed by Dempsey’s Cliff Dempsey Racing Swift SC92 on the way to the Hairpin.
Dwyer then came under pressure from Paul Daggs Reynard 88FF, who ultimately made it past at Colonial and was able to pull clear of the ailing Swift. Alan Dwyer fought off a late challenge from John Ferguson in the AMG Motorsport Van Diemen RF92 to win valuable championship points and climb to second in the title race.
In the Final which was extremely competitive, Victor Gibson narrowly beat Mike Edgar and Richard Tannahill, with Peter Dempsey coming home fourth after an incident packed race.
Unfortunately Alan Dwyer was already missing from the action. Having struggled for straightline speed in the earlier heat, Dwyer’s Swift SC92 suffered a water pump failure in the assembly area and could not take up its sixth spot on the grid.
Glanmire based Dwyer Engineering teams drivers Alan Dwyer and Micheal Fitzgerald will be next racing in FF1600 and Formula Libre respectively at Mondello Park, Ireland on 18-19th June and on July 2-3rd. They will also be racing at the Phoenix Park on August 13-14th. For more info: www.alandwyer.com and www.michealfitzgerald.com
SOUTHERN IRELAND FF1600 CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND THREE
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