It was a case of what might have been for Paul Sammin at a rain-soaked Mondello on Sunday last, in the third race in the new Formula Ireland Series. The 21 year old Mayo motor racing ace had a disappointing start to the day, managing only one and...
It was a case of what might have been for Paul Sammin at a rain-soaked Mondello on Sunday last, in the third race in the new Formula Ireland Series. The 21 year old Mayo motor racing ace had a disappointing start to the day, managing only one and a half laps in the AMG Motorsport prepared Van Diemen before going off. The treacherously wet track did not help, but as Paul admitted' It was the same for everyone out there."
Starting from the rear of the grid for the race in front of record crowds (as it was the British Touring Car weekend) added more than a little pressure for the Western People Sports Star of the Year Award winner. But as the green light flashed, Car No. 8 was' on the case' with immediate effect and by the end of lap one was up to eighth position. By lap 2, Paul climbed his way up to fourth as some of the pre-event favourites fell by the way side in the rain.
Just as the safety car was called into action, Paul suffered further misfortune. Going into Dunlop corner, Paul was punted up the rear by Barry Waugh, which saw him drop to seventh. On completing the twelve laps of the International Circuit, a sixth place finish was recorded.
The only consolation at the end of the day was the fact that Paul has now moved up to second in the overall points standings.
"Realistically, I threw away a podium position today," admitted Paul, "especially when you consider that Kieran O'Carroll finished third (next to Robbie Coleman and race winner John O'Hara) and I was ahead of him before Barry collided with me. Still, looking on the bright side, I am now up to second place in the Championship with seven races to go."
Round Four will take place on Sunday next 30th June at Mondello Park.