It was an all Merlin podium at the rescheduled third round of the Irish National Onroad Championships last Sunday as Austin Elliot claimed his second 1:8 win of the season. Racing in beautiful sunny conditions it was Mugen driver Clive Connolly who took TQ honours.


The multiple champion was in dominant form in the half hour final but 43 laps in, the rear pulley came loose on the leader’s car. This handed Serpent’s Michael Byrne the lead but in the closing stages of the race Elliot found his way through to take the win by half a lap. After losing almost 2-minutes in the pits Connolly rejoined the race to record a new lap record of 14.4 seconds with his Merlin fuelled MRX-4R enroute to taking the final step on the podium. Overall Ian Campbell claimed the Champion giving Merlin back to back Irish titles. In the 1:10 Final Merlin enjoyed two drivers on the podium with Thomas Ward and nitro racing debutant Pat Healy finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively

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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

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David Curtis

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DespuDavid Curtisés de muchos éxitos en pista en Irlanda, incluyendo el Cto. Nacional 1:8, finalmente llega un podium para un piloto Merlin, esta vez en TT.


David Curtis, concluyó en segundo lugar la carrera celebarada el pasado fin de semana en Glaway con la combinación, Crono RS7 – Mega – Merlin.


La próxima prueba del Cto. de Irlanda 1:8 TT, tendrá lugar en County Down (Irlanda del Norte). Curtis espera repetir el éxito del pasado fin de semana.


David, de 21 años, consigue además su primer pódium en la categoría, después de una agotadora final en la dura pista de Galway.


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With the 6th round yet to be run, Clive Connolly has retained his National Title, winning the 5th round last Sunday in St. Annes Track.

2008 Irish Champion

Picture by SerpentColm Gaffney

Starting from pole the Team Serpent Ireland driver cruised to victory, despite an early tyre stop, to win ahead of the Kyosho pairing of Colin Whelan and Austin Elliot.  Afterwards Connolly thanked his sponsors Serpent Motorsport, IDM Engines, ATS tyres and Merlin fuel for their support of his successful campaign.

Clive Connolly Serpent 720 Merlin Powered in St. Annes

Also The 1:8 and 1:10 victories on the same day gave Connolly his third consecutive double National victory of the season.
The Irishman’s next challenge is the EFRA 1:8 Onroad European Championships in Valencia, Spain, which get underway next weekend where the Serpent driver will be looking for a strong showing having done well there earlier this year at the Warm Up race.

Congratulations to Clive for his Title and the best luck for upcoming Euro 1:8 in

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Double Victory in IrelandOver the weekend Merlin driver Clive Connolly dominated the third round of the 2008 Irish National Onroad Championship when he took victory in both the 1:8 and 1:10 200mm A Finals at the St. Annes track in Dubllin. Using Merlin Pro Racing fuel in his IDM powered Serpent 960, the reigning Champion TQ’d the event in 1:8 before going on to win the 30 minute final convincingly setting the fastest lap of the race in the process.

Double Victory in Ireland

In the 1:10 A Final, Eoin Doran took the TQ with his Merlin fuelled Xray ahead of Connolly but Connolly got the better of Doran to head home an all Merlin Fuel podium with Doran second and the serpent 720 of Chris Lawlor in third.

Source: Hobbies Ireland