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Bernard Dolan aiming for ‘bigger and better’ with his team for 2019

Team Dolan boss Bernard Dolan, the 1989 British Formula Ford champion, is looking ahead to next year after his team’s successful 2018 season.

Niall Murray won the BRSCC Avon Tyres National FF1600 and Triple Crown titles, while team-mate Matt Round-Garrido took the Northern Irish championship. Murray also finished second in the FFord Festival, and Matthew Cowley matched that result in the Walter Hayes Trophy.

“This is the first year we’ve full-time moved over to Britain,” explained Dolan, having previously run his ‘Bernard Dolan’ operaton from a base in Ireland when he took Murray to the National title and victories in the Festival and WHT in 2016, with Jonny McMullan winning the National crown a year earlier.

“So to win the championship again – three times in four years – is great. With Jonny first time, then Niall twice. We’ve had P2 in the Festival, P2 here. Look at Matthew [Cowley]. Jesus! From Last Chance race to second. That’s some brilliant driving.”

Murray, Round-Garrido and Jack Wolfenden raced for the team in the National championship, with Murray and Round-Garrido staying on for the Festival. Cowley and Chris Middlehurst joined them, with Irish Supercar regular Cameron Fenton and former factory Van Diemen team boss Jonathan Lewis replacing Murray and Round-Garrido for the WHT. After a crash in his heat, Cowley had to take the longest route to the final, but still finished second in the final.

“Cameron [Fenton] has come in as a total rookie, been thrown in at the deep end, and he’s actually come 16th. Fantastic. Looking forward to next year and building the team bigger and better. That’s the plan. Bigger and better.”

The team also contested the final Star of Anglesey meeting last weekend with British Formula 4 driver Jamie Sharp.

Dolan hasn’t ruled out expanding his team in future years, with the move to Britain a precedent to future operations outside of FF1600.

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