National Racing Stars of the Weekend: Oct 28/29


Our team of reporters pick their stand-out performers from last weekend’s national race meetings.

Oulton Park MSVR: Cian Carey, by Jake Jones

Oulton Park represented the final chance for many drivers to end their season on a high and chief among those was Cian Carey (pictured above by Rachel Bourne) in the F3 Cup.

The Irishman has shown good pace all season-long and he hooked up the weekend nicely to score his first win of the year.

Carey aced his starts, launching from sixth to second in both races and showed excellent finesse with slick tyres on a damp track to pull away from Jacopo Sebastiani to win race one. He couldn’t match Sebastiani in the second race, but still claimed runner-up spot.

Brands Hatch MSVR: John Hughes, by Brian Phillips

John Hughes was forced into the pits in Formula Vee Festival final. Pic by Gary Hawkins.

John Hughes was favourite for victory in the tenth Formula Vee Festival at Brands Hatch, having taken two victories prior to the final race.

But an enforced pit stop after marshals reported his Scarab spraying fuel in the finale prevented any chance of victory.

“I’m lost for words. I’ve had the car for eight years and at least 100 races and it’s always been the same,” he said. “I won the weekend’s first two races, and nothing has been changed. The haze visible above the carburettor is normal when the engine’s running.”

Festival winner Ben Miloudi was almost as disappointed as his rival after being robbed of a proper contest following a place-swapping duel.

Silverstone 750MC: RAF MSA, by Ian Sowman

Ed McKean, one of the members of the RAF MSA team which won the Birkett Relay race. Pic by Steve Jones.

Chris Slator and Darren Howe are the common links between the RAF MSA squad that won the 67th Birkett Relay race and the organisation’s Team Flywheel entry that was victorious back in 2011.

Then, as now, they were racing a Peugeot 306 and VW Golf GTi respectively, with BMWs for Scott Lawson and Ed McKean, as well as Dan Smith’s Fiesta completing the quintet.

They enjoyed a particularly strong second half of the event – having been as low as 27th on handicap at the end of the second hour, but weren’t topped from the fourth hour onwards.

Mondello Park MPSC: Dan Polley, by Leo Nulty

The winning car of Dan Polley, Kevin O’Hara and Ronan McHale in the Six Hour Fiesta endurance race. Pic by Michael Chester.

Bar the Six Hour Fiesta endurance race last year, Dan Polley has had no other saloon car experience.

Despite this the Formula Vee champion drove like a tin top pro on Saturday, matching team-mate Kevin O’Hara – widely acknowledged to be one of the fastest drivers in the country. Polley was particularly impressive in traffic, rarely hesitating as he sliced his way through the hordes of backmarkers to take victory with O’Hara and Ronan McHale.

Should he ever decide to have a proper go in saloons regulars will have to bring their A game.



Recent news


Are British championship calendars boring?

By Rob Ladbrook

Rallying News

Sainz Dakar quad incident penalty overturned

Dakar Rally leader Carlos Sainz has had his 10-minute penalty rescinded, after Peugeot presented...

Rallying News

WRC and Autosport Show working on 2018 public launch

The World Rally Championship launch could be moved to a public day of Autosport International...

Rallying News

Tanak says Ogier bias led to his M-Sport exit

Estonian star Ott Tanak says that being the number two driver to Sebastien Ogier at M-Sport...

Rallying News

Peterhansel wins stage, back to second overall

Peugeot's Stephane Peterhansel topped the 10th stage of the 2018 Dakar Rally, overhauling Toyota...

Rallying News

Ostberg still has Fiesta as back-up plan

Mads Ostberg could keep his private Ford Fiesta World Rally Car as a "back-up plan" if he cannot...

Racing News

Leading BWRDC figure Georgie Shaw dies

Georgie Shaw, one of the leading forces in the British Women Racing Drivers Club, died on Sunday...


Rally Isle of Man is heading in the right direction

By Jack Benyon

Rallying News

Rider in Sainz incident threatens legal action

The quad rider involved in Carlos Sainz's Dakar Rally controversy has threatened criminal action...

Racing News

Kubica misses Williams F1 drive, lands testing role

Robert Kubica has lost out on a Williams Formula 1 drive this year to Russian Sergey Sirotkin,...

Rallying News

Tanak: Toyota 'best option' for WRC title shot

Ott Tanak says moving from M-Sport Ford to Toyota for the 2018 World Rally Championship was...

Rallying News

Dakar leader Sainz gets 10-minute penalty

Dakar Rally leader Carlos Sainz has been penalised for an alleged collision with quad racer...

Rallying News

Dakar leader Sainz under investigation

Dakar Rally leader Carlos Sainz is facing an investigation after a rider accused the Peugeot...

Racing News to host entire Le Mans archive is uploading the entire back catalogue of the 24 Hours of Le Mans to its exclusive...

Rallying News

Citroen WRC boss appointed FIA rally director

Former Citroen Racing World Rally Championship team principal Yves Matton has been confirmed...

Rallying News

Edwards gets factory M-Sport deal for BRC

British Rally Championship frontrunner Matt Edwards will return to the championship in 2018...

Racing News

Birmingham race evaluated by Formula E

Formula E has evaluated taking racing back to the streets of Birmingham for the first time since...

Rallying News

Peterhansel explains crash that cost him lead

Peugeot's Stephane Peterhansel was left "p**sed off" after the accident that took him out of...

Rallying News

Mikkelsen: Hyundai i20 reminds me of VW Polo

Hyundai World Rally Championship driver Andreas Mikkelsen says the manufacturer's i20 reminds...

Rallying News

M-Sport adds Suninen to 2018 WRC line-up

M-Sport has announced that Teemu Suninen will drive its third Ford Fiesta for the majority of...

Racing News

Autosport Show Highlights: Friday

Our team of national reporters pick their highlights from day two of the Autosport International...

Racing News

Button to race Jaguar XJR-9 at Le Mans classic

One-time Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button will drive a 1988 Jaguar XJR-9 prototype in...

1 2 3 40

More national news, in-depth race reports and analysis. Subscribe to the Motorsport News paper today.

What’s On

This weekend

No Events


No Events

This weekend

No Events


No Events