Belfast Telegraph

McMullan eyes coveted title

By Sammy Hamill

Having kept his push for the British National Formula Ford Championship crown on track with two podium places in the Scottish rounds at Knockhill, Jonny McMullan turns his attention to the most prestigious race in Irish motorsport, the Leinster Trophy at Mondello, this weekend.

He was third in an ageing Mondiale in the race last year, a performance which went some way to earning him Motorsport Ireland's Young Driver of the Year award and a fully-funded season of cross-channel racing.

McMullan has made the most of it with a string of wins in the British Championship and, on the back of two third places at Knockhill at the weekend, he will lead the series going into the final two rounds at Anglesey in Wales in two weeks' time.

But first is the Leinster Trophy, a race which dates back to the 1930s and has been won in the past by the likes of Mike Hawthorn, Ayrton Senna, Mika Hakkinen and McMullan's fellow Ulsterman John Watson.

McMullan led last year but was eventually beaten into third by Stephen Daly and Jake Byrne but now armed with his prize drive Van Diemen, he has his sights set on bringing the trophy home to Newtownabbey.

Meanwhile, Andrew Watson ended his British GT championship season with 10th place in the final round at Donington. He and partner Ross Wylie were eighth past the chequered flag in their Von Ryan Racing McLaren but were handed a 16-second penalty for contact with another car.

With six top-10 finishes in his first GT season, 20-year-old Watson said: "I'm so grateful to McLaren for the opportunity. Going into next year, I am so far ahead of where I was last September."

Ulster drivers Wesley Patterson and Frank Kelly finished second and third in their Ford Escorts in the Wexford Rally.

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