Alan Davidson won both races at the opening round of the Dawson WAM Northern Irish FF1600 season at Kirkistown.
The Mondiale driver’s first triumph came by a scant 0.153 seconds over David McCullough, who himself had just a 0.231s advantage over Will Herron in third place.
With reigning champion Matt Round-Garrido not defending his crown, it looks like it will be this trio that will fight it out for the 2019 title.
Behind those three in the first race was a lonely Scott Finlay, who finished the race a fair distance ahead of Chris Paul and Cameron Fenton, the latter making his third appearance in FF1600.
Reigning Irish Supercars champion Fenton failed to improve on that result in the second race, retiring on the first lap as Davidson and McCullough once again fought it out up front.
Although Davidson’s one lap pace advantage was actually smaller in the second encounter, his winning gap was significantly larger as he crossed the line with 6.858s in hand and a 12 point championship lead.
Finlay’s Van Diemen JL15 had the advantage over Heron’s older RF01 model in this race, meaning it was the former who completed the podium.
Paul finished fifth again, ahead of the Reynard duo of Henry Campbell and David Nicholl.
|1||Alan Davidson||Mondiale||16 laps|
|2||David McCullough||Van Diemen||+0.153|
|3||Will Herron||Van Diemen||+0.384|
|4||Scott Finlay||Van Diemen||+8.414|
|5||Chris Paul||Van Diemen||+24.889|
|7||Allan McBurney||Van Diemen||+38.522|
|Pole: Davidson, 1:01.208 Fastest lap: Davidson, 1:00.791|
|1||Alan Davidson||Mondiale||21 laps|
|2||David McCullough||Van Diemen||+6.858|
|3||Scott Finlay||Van Diemen||+15.722|
|4||Will Herron||Van Diemen||+16.150|
|5||Chris Paul||Van Diemen||+43.246|
|8||Jim Campbell||Mondiale||+1 lap|
|9||Robert Johnston||Van Diemen||+2 laps|
|DNF||Allan McBurney||Van Diemen|
|FL: Davidson, 1:01.233|
|1 Davidson 42 2 McCullough 30 3 Heron 22 4 Finlay 22 5 Paul 16 6 H Campbell 8 7 Nicholl 7 8 Fenton 6 9 McBurney 4 10 J Campbell 3|