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March 09, 2011

Rallycross Season Reaches its Climax at Mondello

The Irish Rallycross Championship season reaches its climax this weekend with Sunday's Round Seven at Mondello Park. With the winners already decided in the Overall, Supercar, Modified and Stockhatch divisions it is just the Junior champion and the class runner up positions which are left to be decided.

Despite the absence of championship battles there will be plenty of action to look forward to on Sunday. One of the most notable aspects of the 2010/11 season has been the performances of Ian O'Connell. The Lotus driver has dominated the modified division this season with six wins from six events and his speed has been such that he also sits second in the overall championship, ahead of all bar one of the Supercars. In the absence of champion Tommy Graham this weekend O'Connell will be looking to secure his first ever Superfinal victory to add to his many Modified division wins so he is bound to be in the thick of the action all day long.

In the highly competitive Junior class the title will be fought out between five drivers following a very competitive season, which has produced four different winners. Niall Murray and Tom Holton are tied at the top with Mark Francis, Joel Richardson and Jake Byrne also holding a mathematical chance of lifting the crown. In Stockhatch, dominant champion Gordon Lynch will have some tough opposition with the return of reigning European Rallycross Champion Derek Tohill likely to add to the already frantic action. The line-up will be rounded out by the Rallycar class where there is a strong field of drivers once again.

Practice gets underway on Sunday morning at 09:15. The first of three rounds of heats starts at 10:10, while the final get underway at 15:30. Admission to Sunday's event will be €10.00 with discount tickets available through the special offers page of the Mondello Park web site.

09.15 Practice Starts
10.00 Practice Finishes
10:15 1st Heats
11:45 2nd Heats
13:15 Lunch
13:45 3rd Heats
15:30 Finals