Top talent Jonny McMullan has an exciting year ahead
Jonny McMullan, winner of Motorsport Ireland's Young Racing Driver of the Year award, will kick off a packed programme of events at his home Kirkistown circuit this weekend.
McMullan plans to use the €50,000 funding to pursue the UK National and All-Ireland Formula Ford championships, starting with Saturday's first 500 Club meeting of the season.
"The focus will be on the UK and I'm hoping to do the whole National championship, plus the Walter Hayes Trophy and the Formula Ford Festival as well as the All-Ireland series," said McMullan, who will drive a Motorsport Ireland supplied Van Diemen run by the Bernard Dolan team.
"I've tried to do the British championship in the past but basically ran out of money so with the MI funding it's nice to have our plans for 2015 set out.
"I can't wait for the first start. It is an exciting prospect to race in a car that is completely new to me but I am confident that with Bernard Dolan and the team backing me, we will have it set up right to compete with the best out there," added McMullan, who was NI champion at 18 and is a former FF1600 lap record holder at the Co Down track.
As well as two Formula Ford races, the Kirkistown meeting will also include two rounds of the Irish Formula Vee championship which began at Mondello Park two weeks ago where Ray Moore emerged the winner. In action too are saloons, GTs and Roadsports as well as the low cost Ford Fiestas.
Meanwhile, the Donegal International Rally in June will have a new sponsor.
Joule, a solar energy company, will support the rally for the next three years.
The June 19-21 event is round five of the Irish Tarmac championship.