Congratulations to Noel Robinson on winning the Martin Donnelly Trophy for the second
time, the only driver ever to do so in the six year history of this event. Two heats, a Last Chance race and the final itself kept everyone on their toes with heat wins to Morgan Dempsey and Noel Dunne, while Ivor McCulough the victor in 2006 made it into the Last Chance race after a coming together with Adrian Pollock in heat one to win.
The final itself featured three different leaders but when it counted Robinson came through to win, a breathing space for the Portadown ace three laps from the flag when a backmarker eased his way. Despite a broken carburettor spring he went on to win from John Ferguson and teenager Jonny McMullan.
Post race and Ferguson was excluded and pending a possible appeal, Robinson was the sole figure on the podium. The support programme saw double wins for Jim Hutchinson and Connaire Finn while Philip Shields won the This period of medical usually lasts for 3-7 days. Formula Libre race.
Martin Donnelly Trophy Results:
HEAT ONE: 1 Morgan Dempsey (Van Diemen LA10) 10 laps in 10m 28.20s (86.65mph); 2 Noel Robinson (Van Diemen RF92) 5.29s; 3 Andrew Noble (Reynard FF89); 4 David Rock (Van Diemen RF92); 5 Ryan Campbell (Reynard FF84); 6 David Nicholl (Reynard FF89); 7 Brendan Dugggan (Van Diemen RF84); 8 Ian Newport( Crossle 67F); 9 Tommy Reid (Reynard FF83); 10 Graeme Jennings (Crossle 32F).FL: Dempsey 1m 01.85s (87.99mph).PP: Dempsey 1m 01.25s (88.87mph). S: 11.
HEAT TWO: 1 Noel Dunne (Mygale 08) 13 laps in 13m 38.14s (86.49mph); 2 John Ferguson (Ray GR09) 0.78s; 3 Jonathan McMullan (Mondiale M89S); 4 Chris Paul (Mondiale M93S); 5 Ian Campbell (Van Diemen RF91); 6 Ryan Templeton (Crossle 32F); 7 Arnie Black (Crossle 32F); 8 John Stewart (Reynard FF83); 9 Henry Campbell (Reynard FF83); 10 James Graham (Van Diemen RF92). FL: McMullan 1m 01.91s (87.92mph). PP: Dunne 1m 01.52s (88.47mph). S: 11.
LAST CHANCE: 1 McCullough 13 laps in 13m 52.58s (84.99mph); 2 Andrew Ritchie (Mondiale M89S) 12.81s; 3 Arnie Black (Crossle 32F); 4 Graham; 5 Henry Campbell; 6 Stewart; 7 Duggan; 8 Jennings; 9 David Black (Crossle 32F). FL: McCullough 1m 01.75s (88.15mph). PP: Duggan 1m 05.60s (82.97mph). S: 11. 4
FINAL RACE: 1 Noel Robinson 21 laps in 21m 56.32s (86.84mph); 2 McMullan 1.66s; 3 McCullough; 4 Dunne; 5 Campbell; 6 Paul; 7 Noble; 8 Black; 9 Rock; 10 Nicholl. FL: McCullough 1m 01.47s (88.56mph). PP: Dempsey 1m 01.31s (88.77mph). S: 23.
Results are provisional.