Paul Sammin Formula Ireland season review

Podium double concludes season. Last weekend in Mondello Park, I concluded my inaugural season in Formula Ireland on a high. Competing amongst the top runners all weekend resulted in netting two third place podium finishes. Race 1 took place...

Podium double concludes season.

Last weekend in Mondello Park, I concluded my inaugural season in Formula Ireland on a high. Competing amongst the top runners all weekend resulted in netting two third place podium finishes.

Race 1 took place on the Saturday and under glorious sunshine I placed my Clew Bay Hotel sponsored Van Diemen 'wings and slicks' race car in the second row of the grid in qualifying.

From that starting point, I knew that I was well poised to make up a place or two on the dash into Turn 1. As I hoped, I was not to be disappointed. I came out of Turn 1 in third place. After that it was all about pushing the leading duo ( Robbie Coleman and John O'Hara) as hard as I could and it almost paid off. With four laps left to run, I forced O'Hara into a mistake in Turn 3. I attempted to make a pass on the run into the Esses but unfortunately he had the inside line. I shadowed him for the remainder of the race but I was forced to settle for third.

Sunday morning brought more sunshine and I managed to net fifth position on the grid. I was a little disappointed with that but I knew that one of my strengths of the year was my ability to make up places in the opening laps.

Lights out and I immediately passed my team-mate Barry Waugh into Turn 1. Next up was Peter Walsh. The ex-Benelux Formula Ford Champion was pushing like crazy but I managed to find a way past him on Lap five. After that I managed to hold station with Robbie Coleman but once again I had to settle for third.

It was another great result which saw me finish the season fourth overall in new Formula Ireland Championship. I'd like to thank all those who made the trip from the west for their support. I think it might have been worth a few tenths of a second!

So, another end to another season that brought its highs and lows. I'd like to thank all my sponsors, friends and family, my manager and media co-ordinator, Jarlath Sweeney and the late Willie "the Shoe" Mc Neely without whom none of this would have been possible.

I'm looking forward to next year already, but I might be racing sooner than that!

-psr-

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers John O'Hara