Speedy O'Hara at the double after battling Kirkistown performance
Kirkistown has proved yet again to be a happy hunting ground for Kevin O'Hara. Already a two-time winner of the Martin Donnelly Trophy, he dominated the opening rounds of the Northern Ireland Formula Ford Championship at the Co Down race circuit.
O'Hara headed home to Kildare having qualified his Van Diemen on pole position, beating the official lap record, and won both races, recording two fastest laps along the way.
But against a field for the Dawson-WAM sponsored championship that included reigning British champion and Brands Hatch Festival winner Niall Murray as well as rising stars Jake Byrne and James Roe, O'Hara admitted it wasn't easy.
"It looks good on paper but I had to fight for it," he said.
He won race one by less than a second from Roe with Byrne third and NI champion Alan Davidson fourth.
In race two Roe led again but went off onto the grass at the hairpin after O'Hara had passed him.
There was a double, too, for Patrick Dempsey, the teen winning both Ginetta Ireland Junior races, Cameron Fenton second each time. Jim Larkham won both roadsports races.