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.



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