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Young thrilled to clinch French double

 

Doubling up: Jack Young
Doubling up: Jack Young

By Sammy Hamill

Jack Young's love affair with French racing continued as the Belfast teenager completed a dominant double in the Renault Clio International races, which were part of the French F1 Grand Prix meeting at the Paul Ricard circuit.

It was there that the Methodist College student stepped up from the junior category to win his first senior Renault race at the Clio world finals last November and he returned at the weekend to win both races in the Clio International Open.

And he did it in some style too, qualifying on pole position for both races, setting fastest laps in both and winning both of them by margins of more than 20 seconds in the distinctive Eddie Stobart Racing Clio.

Young, who currently leads the UK Clio Cup series, said: "I'm on top of the world right now and it all feels a little surreal to be honest.

"The car was faultless all weekend and the team at MRM for Eddie Stobart Racing have proved what a world-class team they are.

"To come here straight from Croft less than a week ago and everything to go like it did is testament to their hard work.

"There have been a lot of early starts and long days in the heat. It's been intense but an absolutely incredible experience."

Young's attention now switches back to the UK Championship, which resumes with two races at Oulton Park this weekend.

Meanwhile, former champion Ivor McCullough returned to Kirkistown to win both of the Formula Ford races in Saturday's 500 Club meeting at the Co Down circuit.

The FF1600 class has been dominated this season by his brother David and Alan Davidson, but Ivor left them behind in two non-Championship races.

He won the first in his Van Diemen from Will Herron with Alan third and David fourth, and second time out younger brother David was runner-up ahead of Davidson.

There were also wins for Eorann O'Neill, David Cousins, Stephen Potter, Ivor Greenwood, Jim Larkham, John Benson and Jackie Cochrane.

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