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Local rivals set to lock horns in Kirkistown showdown

By Sammy Hamill

Local drivers look set to dominate the opening round of a new European Formula Ford Super Series at Kirkistown this weekend.

The championship — which takes in races in France (Croix-en-Ternois), England (Brands Hatch) and Italy (Monza) — kicks off on Saturday at the Co Down circuit where drivers like Ivor McCullough, a winner at the Brands Hatch Formula Ford Festival last season, 2011 Northern Ireland champion Jonny McMullan and former Martin Donnelly Trophy winner Noel Robinson are expected to be among the front runners.

McCullough has already tasted victory this season, winning at the opening Kirkistown meeting of the season, but he was upstaged by 19-year-old McMullan who also won that day in his Mondiale and also set a new FF1600 lap record.

Full details of the entry list will be confirmed later in the week, but it will also include former champion Arnie Black, who now runs the pioneering Formula Ford company Crossle.

The support programme includes Irish Formula Libre, Ginetta Juniors, Ford Fiestas, Roadsports and Saloons.

The budget-entry Fiestas made their Kirkistown debut last month and saw a familiar name take the chequered flag. The race was won by James Turkington, younger brother of former British Touring Car champion Colin.

In the battle for points in the Irish Formula Libre Championship, Castlewellan’s Eamon Matheson won the opening round at Mondello Park and he will be aiming for a home win.

Qualifying is from 9.30am with racing from 1pm.

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