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Jonny McMullan out to drive home his Formula Ford title advantage

By Sammy Hamill

Jonny McMullan will aim to consolidate his position at the top of the UK National Formula Ford championship in the penultimate rounds of the series at Knockhill in Scotland this weekend.

Good early season form saw the Irish Young Driver of the Year from Newtownabbey build a healthy lead in the championship before a difficult pair of races at Silverstone last month brought a halt to his run of victories.

However, his closest rival Patrick Dussault also struggled at the home of the British Grand Prix and McMullan still maintained his place at the top of the standings, 34 points ahead of the Canadian.

"Silverstone didn't really go to plan for us but at the same time we picked up good points for the championship and didn't have our lead reduced too much," McMullan explained.

"Knockhill is a very unique circuit, but I've been there before and I really like it, it's very different to every other circuit we go to. The main aim this weekend is to pick up more points, and then try and secure two more podium finishes without taking too many risks."

Meanwhile, as Kris Meeke began Rally Australia last night, he was under even more pressure to produce an error-free performance and bring home crucial manufacturer championship points for Citroen.

His French team have slipped to third place behind Volkswagen and Hyundai, largely on the back of mistakes by Meeke, and with rookie Stephane Lefebrve drafted in as a last-minute replacement for Mads Ostberg, who suffered cracked ribs in an accident during the recce on Tuesday, the onus is on the Dungannon driver to deliver a strong points finish.

Meeke was fourth fastest in yesterday's shakedown stage behind the VW trio of Sebastien Ogier, Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen and admitted: "I can't afford even the slightest mistake so I won't be pushing to the maximum but I still think we can be well placed."

Former World Junior champion Lefebrve, only in Australia to familiarise himself with the rally, was so unprepared for his sudden promotion that he has had to borrow a spare racing suit from Meeke's co-driver Paul Nagle.

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