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Round-Garrido holds Northern Ireland lead at championship halfway point

Team Dolan driver Matt Round-Garrido leads the Northern Ireland Formula Ford 1600 championship at the halfway point of the season.

The Black Country teenager has won four of the six races so far in 2018, including triumphing in both races of the most recent third round on the Kirkistown-based calendar, held in late May.

“It was really good,” Round-Garrido said of his third round double victory to ff1600website.com.

“David [McCullough] and Alan [Davidson] both had bags of pace so I could only manage third in qualifying, but then in race one I got a bit lucky after a poor start to come through and win.”

Round-Garrido also spoke about McCullough’s double retirement in the latest round. “Unfortunate for David as he deserved the win but at the end of the day to finish first first you have to finish and the boys at Medina and at Team Dolan always give me reliable kit so I know this won’t be an issue for me,” he said.

“The second race was just a complete dog fight and after leading a couple of times and losing it, I got the lead back with two wheels on the grass on the last lap so that really felt like my most rewarding win to date.”

Round-Garrido topped qualifying at the earlier second round of the season by almost half a second over McCullough, who led the standings after the first two races of the year.

The poleman lost the lead at the start of the first race, but he found his way back past McCullough to take a near six second victory, with the championship lead then changing hands to the winner.

In the second race he finished third, a close 0.125s behind winner Davidson. McCullough was second, but with Round-Garrido getting pole and fastest lap, it meant the latter left with a four point lead in the table.

His two third round wins means that lead now stands at 41 points over Davidson, with McCullough a further six behind after his double retirement.

Consistent top five finishes have put Todd and Blair fourth and fifth in the standings, with Todd also leading the Pre90 standings by two points over Davidson.

Ian McCulla and Ryan Templeton lead the poorly contested Pre87 and Pre82 classifications.

Results round-up

Round two
Race 1
1 Matt Round-Garrido Medina Sport 16 laps
2 David McCullough Van Diemen +5.967
3 Alan Davidson Mondiale +6.103
4 Will Heron Van Diemen +20.622
5 Mike Todd Reynard +31.639
6 Scott Finlay Van Diemen +36.063
7 Andrew Blair Reynard +37.135
8 David Nicholl Reynard +40.853
9 Henry Campbell Reynard +44.956
10 Ian McCulla Reynard +54.153
Pole: Round-Garrido, 1:00.698
Fastest Lap: Round-Garrido, 1:01.127

Race 2
1 Davidson 16 laps
2 McCullough +0.070
3 Round-Garrido +0.125
4 Todd +11.526
5 Heron +11.715
6 Blair +15.734
7 Finlay +29.628
8 Nicholl +30.444
9 Campbell +38.617
10 McCulla +46.258
P: Round-Garrido, 1:01.108
FL: Round-Garrido, 1:01.210

Round three
Race 1
1 Round-Garrido 21 laps
2 Davidson +9.464
3 Herron +17.013
4 Todd +21.887
5 Blair +26.913
6 Finlay +40.930
7 Trevor Delaney Van Diemen +41.638
8 Campbell +48.273
9 Nicholl +55.369
10 McCulla +55.485
P: Davidson, 1:01.094
FL: Round-Garrido, 1:01.261

Race 2
1 Round-Garrido 21 laps
2 Davidson +0.030
3 Herron +7.490
4 Todd +10.822
5 Blair +22.612
6 Finlay +26.127
7 Delaney +41.504
8 Ashley McCulla Mondiale +47.481
9 Campbell +47.829
10 Nicholl +48.674
P: Davidson
FL: Round-Garrido, 1:01.345

Championship Standings
1 Round-Garrido 113   Davidson 72   McCullough 66   Todd 58   5 Blair 42   6 Herron 42   7 Jake Byrne 27   8 Finlay 22   9 Campbell 19   10 A McCulla 9

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