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McMullan heads to Irish championship in form

By Staff Reporters

Jonny McMullan strengthened his position at the top of the British National Formula Ford championship with two more strong performances at Castle Coombe, scoring a win and a second place in rounds nine and 10 of the series.

The Motorsport Ireland Young Driver of the Year from Newtownabbey won race one from pole position in his MI Van Diemen, beating his closest rival, Patrick Dussault, into second place.

McMullan also started race two from pole but Canadian Dussault grabbed the lead on the first lap and stayed in front to win by less than half a second, although McMullan again achieved the fastest lap.

With additional support from Naylor Engineering, McMullan will now turn his attention to the Irish championship in Mondello Park, Naas, on August 9.

But there was disappointment for Richard Lyons in the GT Asia series at Fuji in Japan where two first lap collisions damaged the Craft-Bamboo team's Aston Martin he shares with Frank Yu, forcing an early pit stop. They eventually finished 11th.

In race two they fared even worse, this time Yu being hit from behind early in the race, the Aston Martin ending up in the wall. He managed to get the car back to the pits for repairs but two laps were lost and they could do no better than 17th at the finish.

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