McMullan remains on course to capture Formula Ford title

Newtownabbey-based racing driver Jonny McMullan. INLT 38-928-CON
Newtownabbey-based racing driver Jonny McMullan. INLT 38-928-CON

Current BRSCC National Formula Ford 1600 Championship leader Jonny McMullan boasts a 30-point advantage over closest rival Patrick Dussault after the weekend races at Knockhill.

The Championship leader, who is from Newtownabbey, is on the brink of winning the title heading into the final two rounds in Anglesey in just under two weeks.

Despite a shortened test day at Knockhill on Saturday, McMullan was confident he would be in the mix in Sunday’s races.

Sunday morning’s early qualifying was a typical Formula Ford session and he placed his Motorsport Ireland Van Diemen in third for the opening race of the day.

However, a costly mistake at the start of race one left him with work to do in wet conditions. Back in eighth, McMullan charged through the field and inside the final couple of laps was catching championship rival Patrick Dussault. Despite setting the fastest lap of the race en route, he was unable to catch the Canadian, but a third-place finish was enough to ensure he kept his championship lead intact.

With the wet conditions intensifying, McMullan made a good getaway in race two. He got ahead of rival Dussault and into second with a superb move that started as they exited the chicane. But despite being faster than his rival around the majority of the circuit, Dussault capitalised and returned to second. McMullan was third to the flag and once again, but did set the fastest lap of the race, four tenths of a second clear of the next best time.

McMullan, the Dunlop Motorsport Ireland Young Racing Driver of the Year, said: “It’s been a really good weekend at Knockhill. Despite very limited running on Saturday, we had great pace from the word go. Qualifying third in my first dry run since 2011 wasn’t too bad and to top it off with two fastest laps, two podium finishes in the races, third on the road and second in the British Championship makes good points for the championship.”

Next up: Mondello Park for the Leinster Trophy. Formula Ford 1600 Points standings after 14 rounds: 1. Jonny McMullan, 362 2; Patrick Dussault, 332; 3; Thomas Capezzone, 208.