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This weekend Mondello Park Hosted the latest rounds of the Formula Sheane Championship at the formula vee festival. Going into these two races it was the 2017 Champion Dave Parks who was holding the current championship lead followed by Brian Hearty.

Qualifying was on an action packed circuit which was unusually slippery for a dry day in mondello park. None the less it was Dave Parks who managed to set the quickest lap at the start of the session followed extremely close by Brian Hearty and Richard Kearney. As the session went on It seemed like Parks was going to keep pole until Brian Hearty put in an incredible lap to take pole for race one followed by Dave Parks, Richard Kearney, Martin Rafferty, John Ross Delahunt, James Sunderland, Keith Stafford and Leslie shaw.

Race one began early on sunday morning, the cars lined up on the grid and the tension could have been cut with a knife! The 5 second board came up and the lights went out, Parks got the Jump on Hearty from the line and lead into turn one, followed closely by Richard Kearney and Martin Rafferty who was showing great pace in his first outing of the year.

As the race progressed Parks extended his lead as Kearney and Hearty Battled for second place. Slightly Further back the grid leslie shaw, John Ross Delahunt, Keith Stafford and james sunderland battled it out, the final result of race one was David parks, Brian Hearty, Richard Kearney, Martin Rafferty, Leslie Shaw, John Ross Delahunt, James Sunderland and keith stafford who had an unfortunate DNF

Race two began late on sunday evening and this time it was Dave Parks who started on pole position Alongside him was Brian Hearty, the lights went out and Brian Hearty got the jump on Dave Parks followed nose to gearbox by Richard Kearney. As the cars came into the final turn to complete the first lap Parks sold Brian Hearty a dummy and passed him down the inside. Leslie shaw started at the back of the grid and made a huge push to climb up to the front. Richard kearney pulled off an incredible move to get past Brian Hearty but devastatingly for Richard his throttle cable broke near the end of the race. It was David Parks who took the win in race two, ending a perfect weekend for him and extending his championship lead. Followed closely by Brian Hearty, Martin Rafferty who took his first podium position!, James sunderland, Leslie shaw and John Ross Delahunt. Keith stafford and Richard Kearney both had to retire from the race due to mechanical faults.

A huge thanks from all of the formula sheane class to formula vee for an amazing weekend with some great races and good banter. Formula sheane without a doubt provided some of the best racing of the weekend. Onwards now to the next race weekend! well done to all.

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Irelands premier racing series head to Mondello Park international race circuit for the 2018 formula vee festival in aid of LauraLynn childrens hospice.

Going into these rounds its David Parks the 2017 champion who holds the championship lead, followed closely by Brian Hearty. It is sure to be a nail biting weekends racing.

The annual formula vee festival in aid of Lauralynn is a great weekend in aid of a great cause. We strongly urge you to pop down to see some great racing and support an amazing cause. There is sure to be lots of fun for all the family. Also to look forward to is the charity auction with lots of amazing things up for grabs. If you wish to find out more of whats for sale at the auction or to donate go to formula vee's facebook page or instagram page!

Formula Sheane Rounds 3&4 press release:

This weekend the Irelands premier racing series headed to Bishopscourt racing circuit northern Ireland for rounds 3&4 of the 2018 championship.

There was limited testing at the circuit and qualifying was saterday evening. Brian Heart took Pole position in qualifying by just under 9 tenths from Richard Kearney and Niall O 'Flynn. Chris McCabe qualified 4th followed by Brendan Carr and John Linnane to complete the grid. the 2017 champion David Parks was set to start from the back of the grid due to not being able to qualiy on Saturday evening.

Race one: Race one started sunday morning and as the lights went out it was Richard Kearney who took the early lead followed closely by Brian Hearty and the rest of the pack. Through turn one David Parks climbed up the grid to P3 where he was now challenging Brian Hearty for second, This gave richard kearney the oppertunity to pull away from the pack and extend his lead. Parks managed to pass Hearty in turn one and begin to hunt down Kearney, all while still being under imense pressure from Brian Hearty. Parks Hunted down Kearney and once again passed in turn one. Brian hearty then swooped through to take second followed nose to gearbox by richard keareny. The final order in race one was

1. David Parks

2. Brian Hearty

3. Richard Kearney

4. Niall O' Flynn

5. James Sunderland

Unfortunately due to Mechanical gremlins Chris McCabe and John Linnane didn't get to finish the race. Unfortunely Brendan Carr didnt get to start the race due to a personal injury.

Race two: Race two began sunday evening in a sunny bishopscourt racing circuit. It was David Parks who took the early lead followed closely by Brian Hearty and Richard Kearney, who were both equally as hungry for the win. Brian Hearty then passed David Parks and took the lead followed by Parks and Kearney. Chris McCabe and John Linnane had a very close battle also until Chris managed to pass John and put in some blisteringly fast laps to pull away. Back at the front Hearty, Parks and kearney were still battling wheel to wheel until Kearney went off in an accident. The final order in race two was:

1. Brian Hearty

2. David Parks

3. Niall O'Flynn

4. Chris McCabe

5. John Linnane All in all a good weekend for the Formula Sheane series with some great battles and good banter.

Well done to all.

Race Calendar 2018

Below is a list of races to be held in 2018:

DATEVENUESTATUS
     
April 21st 2018 Kirkistown Race Circuit 2018 AutoCare Formula Sheane Championship
    2018 Formula Sheane Northern Irish Championship
    2018 Sheane Cars Scholarship Championship
May 12th/ 13th 2018 Bishopscourt Racing Circuit 2018 AutoCare Formula Sheane Championship
    2018 Formula Sheane Northern Irish Championship
    2018 Sheane Cars Scholarship Championship
June 9th/ 10th 2018 Mondello Park 2018 Non Championship races
July 7th/ 8th 2018 Mondello Park 2018 AutoCare Formula Sheane Championship
    2018 Formula Sheane Northern Irish Championship
    2018 Sheane Cars Scholarship Championship
August 25th 2018 Kirkistown Race Circuit 2018 AutoCare Formula Sheane Championship
    2018 Formula Sheane Northern Irish Championship
    2018 Sheane Cars Scholarship Championship
September 15th/ 16th 2018 Mondello Park 2018 AutoCare Formula Sheane Championship
    2018 Formula Sheane Northern Irish Championship
    2018 Sheane Cars Scholarship Championship
     

 

 

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Formula Sheane driver David Parks was voted driver of the year by motorsport.ie after a stunning 2017 season for both him and the Vertical Racing Team!
Dave Parks won the Formula Sheane championship, as well as the Northern Irish Championship and Holmpatrick Trophy.
Dave's teammate Leslie Shaw took Scholarship Championship honours. A great season for both Dave and team! Well done all!

Rounds 5/6 of the Avon tyres Formula Sheane championship took place this past weekend with an action packed days racing on Saturday. The day started with heavy rain and poor conditions which didn’t last very long and half way through the Formula Sheane qualifying the track began to dry.

 

Qualifying

Qualifying was very close and tense with Dave Parks setting the fastest lap for the 1st half of qualifying but it didn’t take long for Kevin Sheane and Brian Hearty to catch up, which led to a nerve-racking session with just 2 tenths separating the top 3 drivers. Pole was taken by Kevin Sheane followed by Brian Hearty and Dave parks then Mark Dunleavey, Richard Kearney, Chris McCabe, Charlie Linnane, Leslie Shaw, Raymond Mckenna and Martin Rafferty.

 

Race one

By the time the cars were lined up for race one the track was completely dry and the weather was improving rapidly. The 5 second board came up and then the lights came on from the bridge and then they went out , the 10 formula Sheane cars all flew away from the line with Kevin Sheane taking the early lead into turn one followed closely by Dave Parks and Brian Hearty the pack stayed together for a large section of the race but as the race reached its final stages the top 3 drivers pulled away from the pack. After an extremely close battle Brian Hearty managed to pass Dave parks and the final finishing order for race one was.... Kevin Sheane, Brian Hearty, Dave Parks, Mark Dunleavey, Richard Kearney, Chris McCabe, Martin Rafferty, Leslie Shaw, Charlie Linnane and Raymond McKenna.

 

Race Two

Race two started with sunny perfect conditions, the 10 strong grid of formula Sheanes for the second time flew off the line and powered down toward turn one. Brian Hearty took the early lead with Kevin Sheane behind and David parks in 3rd. Kevin Sheane then managed to get past Brain Hearty and Dave parks was there to swoop in and take second. The order between the front three was now Kevin Sheane in front David Parks in second and Brian Hearty in third. The race progressed and Charlie Linnane made a come back from an off in the back part of the circuit, he managed to climb back up through the grid and battled with Martin Rafferty and Ray McKenna who were showing strong pace all weekend Charlie battled through them and began his hunt for Leslie Shaw.

Back toward the front of the grid it was still nose cone to gearbox for the first three and it looked like it was to stay that way. The cars came into the last corner for the last time and Brian Hearty got back past Dave Parks. Kevin Sheane crossed the line to take the win and make it a double. 2nd and 3rd was still not decided as Dave and Brian were wheel to wheel down the straight until Brian Hearty managed to pull the slightest gap just before the finish line. Leslie shaw crossed the line to take the win in the scholarship championship followed by Charlie Linnane and Martin Raffery the well seasoned midget car driver who made his formula Sheane debut this season in Ireland’s premier racing series. The finishing order for race two was 1: Kevin Sheane, 2: Brian Hearty, 3: David Parks, 4: Mark Dunleavey, 5: Richard Kearney, 6: Chris McCabe, 7:Leslie Shaw, 8: Charlie Linnane, 9: Martin Rafferty, 10: Raymond Mckenna.

Another fantastic weekends racing from the formula Sheane championship well done to all and onward now to the next race.

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