Monday 20 November 2017

Motorsport: Polley and Moore set for final-day title showdown

Declan Quigley

Leinster Trophy winner Dan Polley carries the momentum into the final round of the Pony Express National Formula Vee championship at Kirkistown this weekend.

Polley's career-defining victory in Irish racing's most prestigious race at Mondello two weeks ago came at the expense of his title rival Ray Moore, who led Polley for much of the event.

Polley started from pole position and had won the previous day's penultimate championship race but had to dig deep to come up with a win that has added extra spice to Saturday's cliffhanger in Co Down.

Killiney racer Polley lies two points behind multi-former Irish and UK Formula Vee champion Moore heading to Kirkistown -- but with drop scores taken into account the two are level.

Polley's Enya-supported LOH Racing Sheane-Doherty is clearly dialled in to near perfection, but the pattern this season indicates that Moore's Bernard Dolan-run Leastone-Doherty is particularly potent on the wide-open sweeps of the former airfield.

All three of Moore's wins this season have come on the Ards Peninsula while Polley has taken two wins in Anglesea and two at Mondello, suggesting that, while Polley is in top form, Moore will be tough to beat on Saturday.

The SuperValu Lusk Formula Vee Novice Championship has already been won by Damien Murphy but there's a four-way battle for honours in the Crowne Plaza Dundalk Formula Vee B Championship, where Gerard Byrne has a narrow advantage over Morgan McCourt, Mick Sammon and Aidan Byrne.

Meanwhile, teenager Jonny McMullen is pitching for the Open Formula Ford Championship against reigning champion John Ferguson.

The two could well face opposition for race honours from last month's Martin Donnelly Memorial Trophy winner Neville Smyth as he prepares for the Formula Ford Festival and the Walter Hayes Trophy.

Further afield, Gary Thompson is chasing another podium visit in the Japanese Formula 3 Championship at Sugo this weekend following his second place in the National Class of the series at Okayama last time out.

Irish Independent

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