Merlin success at Irish Grand Prix
The inaugural Irish Grand Prix took place over the weekend at the St.Annes track situated on the outskirts of capital city Dublin where the winners of both the 1:10 and 1:8 onroad classes used Merlin fuel to power their cars. In qualifying Merlin claimed TQ honours in both categories as British 1:10 Champion Kyle Branson claimed pole with his Sirio powered Serpent while Ian Campbell was fastest in 1:8 with his Shepherd Velox.
In the wet 30-minute 1:10 final Branson took the early lead but 10-minutes in the youngster suffered a radio glitch on the main straight which sent his Serpent crashing into the pit wall and into instant retirement. This allowed Team Serpent Ireland driver Keith Dempsey to take control of the race as he cruised to a 2-lap winning margin over young ace Alex Thurston from the UK who was also using Merlin fuel in his Novarossi powered Kyosho. Unfortunately poor weather meant the 1:8 final didn’t run with Campbell declared the winner based on the results of qualifying from fellow Merlin user Michael Byrne.
The first ever Irish Grand Prix the event was, despite the wet conditions, a huge success and one which the hosting ORCA Club hope to build on next year