Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 29 November 2014

McMorran is Ulster’s newest champion

Ulsterman Paul McMorran has added to Ireland's growing list of race and rally success this year.

McMorran, who lives and works in Moscow, sealed the European Classic Formula Ford championship with his sixth win of the season at Hockenheim in Germany at the weekend.

He has competed since 2004 in this Europe-wide series for single-seaters built from 1967 to 1988, but this was his first full attempt at the championship.

With earlier successes at Nurburgring, Spa Francorchamps, Zolder, Magny Cours and Monza, his Hockenheim victory made it six wins out of seven for the season.

Built in Holywood, the Crossle 25F set new standards when it first appeared in 1973, and continues to win classic Formula Ford events worldwide.

The car is maintained in nearby Newtownards by long-time Crossle employee and engine builder Stephen Patton and McMorran also makes regular trips from Russia to race at his home Kirkistown circuit.

He plans a final 2009 outing at the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone at the end of October, the season's largest and most competitive gathering of Formula Fords, and he is sure to be right up there again.

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