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McMullan double bid foiled by late crash

By Sammy Hamill

It was a case of 'you win some, you lose some' for Jonny McMullan in the opening Kirkistown race meeting of the season.

The Newtownabbey driver qualified on pole position and won the first of two Formula Ford races in his Motorsport Ireland Van Diemen, finishing five seconds ahead of Adrian Pollock with Jake Byrne third.

He was chasing a second win when a last lap collision saw the Ray of Byrne riding over the top of the Van Diemen and they were both eliminated, handing victory to the Van Diemen of Pollock.

"I got into the lead down the back straight on the last lap and a genuine mistake by Byrne, under braking round the hairpin, made him go up over the top of me," McMullan said.

Other winners on the day included Andrew Blair and Jonny Forsythe (Ford Fiestas) and Jim Larkham (Roadsports). Stephen Traub who won both saloon races ahead of James Turkington.

Meanwhile, Donagh Kelly made it four wins out of four as Declan Boyle's run of bad luck continued on the Midland Moto Rally. Boyle led the event in his Subaru only to suffer a puncture on the final stage, dropping from first to eighth. Kelly went on to win in his Ford Focus from the Subarus of Niall Maguire and Alan Ring.

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