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Davidson doubles up in Northern Ireland opener

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.

Results round-up

Race one
Pos Driver Car Gap
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
6 Cameron Fenton Mondiale +25.029
7 Allan McBurney Van Diemen +38.522
8 David Nicholl Reynard +38.689
9 Henry Campbell Reynard +39.242
10 Philip Harris Mondiale +53.496
Pole: Davidson, 1:01.208      Fastest lap: Davidson, 1:00.791

Race two
Pos Driver Car Gap
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
6 Henry Campbell Reynard +49.859
7 David Nicholl Reynard +56.024
8 Jim Campbell Mondiale +1 lap
9 Robert Johnston Van Diemen +2 laps
DNF Allan McBurney Van Diemen
FL: Davidson, 1:01.233
Championship standings
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

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