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UK champ Jonny McMullan re-starts his Irish title bid

By Staff Reporter

Published 08/08/2015

Top dog: Young Racing Driver of the Year and Winner of the Dunlop Sexton Trophy Jonny McMullan at the Dunlop Champions of Irish Motorsport Awards
Top dog: Young Racing Driver of the Year and Winner of the Dunlop Sexton Trophy Jonny McMullan at the Dunlop Champions of Irish Motorsport Awards

Jonny McMullan, already on his way to winning the UK National Formula Ford championship, turns his attention back to the All-Ireland series this weekend.

He will be in action at Mondello where he will renew rivalry with another rising star of Irish racing, Jake Byrne.

While the Motorsport Ireland Young Driver of the Year has been away, Byrne, from Kildare, has been sweeping all before him at the McMullan's home Kirkistown circuit and is on course to become Northern Ireland champion.

Now they meet on Byrne's home ground with McMullan determined to get himself back in the All-Ireland picture after his UK commitments forced him to miss the previous two rounds at Bishopscourt.

"Coming off a strong weekend at the last round of the UK championship at Castle Combe, I'm looking forward to Mondello and hopefully two good results at a circuit I've always enjoyed," said McMullan.

Also at stake will be the Vivion Daly Trophy which was introduced in 2014 to commemorate one of Ireland's most famous Formula Ford drivers.

It was won by Robert Barrable, now better known for his rally exploits, but a formidable racer as well. He is returning to defend the trophy with McMullan and Byrne among those intent on taking it from him.

Meanwhile, third place for 15-year-old Josh McErlean in the Junior 1000 Challenge at the Dogleap Rally secured the championship for the Kilrea youngster ahead of this weekend's final round in Scotland. Victory at Ballykelly went to 14-year-old Daniel Harper with Michael McGarrity second.

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