Michael Eastwell was “massively elated” to finally take his first BRSCC Avon Tyres National FF1600 win at Kirkistown, after finishing a winless second in the standings last year.
The Kevin Mills Racing driver finished ninth in his rookie season in 2017, with a best result of second at Silverstone. He matched that result four times in 2018, as well as taking his first car racing wins in other FF1600 championships.
After taking more than half a year out of racing since, Eastwell was back at the wheel during last weekend’s National FF1600 round and came from sixth on the grid to take victory in a manic race.
“It’s honestly still not really sunk in yet,” Eastwell said of his victory after the race.
“You wouldn’t believe that if you watched the onboard footage from as I crossed the line.
“Just incredible. In the nine races that I’m doing in BRSCC National until the end of the year, I was really hoping that I would definitely pick up my first National victory.
“I’ve been racing in it a couple of years now, and I was second in the championship last year but didn’t actually win a race. That was something I wanted to come back and definitely accomplish.
“To come back and do that in the first race, having not been in a race car for seven months, or racing for just over nine months – it’s just a little bit surreal right now. But a good surreal. Obviously massively elated at this point.
“And obviously I want to say a massive thank you to Kevin Mills Racing team, for all their great set-up and all their support throughout. My mum and dad, my girlfriend, and all my friends in America and friends and family elsewhere for their great support. A massive thanks to everyone who has supported me through the last few months.”
Additional reporting by Alasdair Lindasy