Formula Sheane Championship 2013 Rd 4 & 5

Round 4 and 5 of the MicksGarage.Com Formula Sheane Championship was held in Mondello on Sunday 9th. June where Mondello was celebrating 45 years of motorsport at the venue. There was a great buzz all weekend with the stand and the paddock full of spectators. The glorious weather helped the huge effort made by Mondello to encourage people to the venue for what was going to be a thrilling days racing.

Formula Sheane hosted a grid of 14 cars with a couple of new faces making their debut in Formula Sheane which bodes well for the future, more later. The weather was quite simply fantastic for spectating even the garages were warm but would it be too hot for quick times ? There were reports from testing earlier in the week that the lap record was under threat. This in fact was not to be the case. There was a constant battle between oversteer and understeer as tyres went through the transition from cold to hot. So finding that compromise in suspension settings would be crucial. There was also the potential problem of having qualifying and two races in the one day. This is tough going for all competitors as one mistake could cost you the championship as time for repairs etc is just not available.

It was Brian Hearty, who with his wealth of experience, showed how it was done in qualifing. He took pole position by 0.614 of a second from Kevin Sheane and 1.037 seconds from Robbie Allen and 1.275 seconds from Barry Rabbitt. Was this going to be a Hearty "whitewash" weekend ? The Scholarship runners were not that far off the pace either so things were looking good for the usual Formula Sheane "two races in one race"

Race 1

Hearty was on pole followed by Sheane, Allen, Rabbitt (started from pit lane), Eoin Crowley and David Parks . They are all quick and "demon" starters, however it was Kevin Sheane who made the best start and was into turn 1 in the lead a lead he was not to give up despite the efforts of Brian Hearty who was the quicker of the two. But clever defensive driving from Sheane enabled him to effectively steal the win from Hearty. 1.828 seconds separated the first 4 cars at the chequered flag. It should be noted that Barry Rabbitt who started from the pit lane made a storming rise through the field to finish 5th.

Down through the field there were battles waged. John Linnane and Eoin Crowley had a great tussle, Gary Corcoran was in the "wars" but Jenifer Mullan was one who just kept her head down stayed out of trouble and scored her best finish so far. Aidan Byrne and Gilbert Clancy (the grey haired larger than life brigade) were both going well as was Brendan Carr who is getting to grips with his recently acquired Sheane. Then we have our "debutants" Mondello Race School winner of a season in a Formula Sheane Stephen O' Keeffe and Michael Sweeney both got involved in the banter and craic as well as seeking and getting advice from fellow drivers in an effort to improve and enjoy the experience of racing a Formula Sheane.

How it all finished

1 K Sheane

2 B Hearty

3 R Allen

4 D Parks

5 B Rabbitt

6 J Linnane

7 E Crowley sc

8 G Corcoran sc

9 J Mullan sc

10 A Byrne sc

11 S O' Keeffe sc

12 G Clancy sc

13 B Carr sc


DNF M Sweeney sc

sc = Scolarship Championship

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