O’Hara lifts Martin Donnelly Trophy in Formula Ford return
Following a sabbatical from the driving seat recently to concentrate on his work with leading FIA World Endurance Championship LMP2 team KCMG, Donadea’s Kevin O’Hara returned to Formula Ford 1600 in his newly rebuilt Van Diemen RF01 and keen to make an immediate impression on the seasoned regulars.
Reuniting his successful partnership with Bernard Dolan for the event who engineered him to Martin Donnelly Trophy success in 2013, O’Hara instantly lit up the timing screens on Saturday morning’s opening qualifying session of the weekend. Two tenths up the road from teammate Jonny McMullan, the pair were selected to race together in the first heat of the day.
Opting to keep it clean for the final, O’Hara initially struggled somewhat off the line to slot into second behind McMullan’s Motorsport Ireland Van Diemen. However it wasn’t long before O’Hara reset the order and moved into a lead he would secure to the end, and with it, pole position for Saturday afternoon’s 20-minute final.
A much stronger launch off the line allowed O’Hara to lead into the first corner as the race for one of Ireland’s most prestigious Formula Ford 1600 trophies commenced. The KCMG supported driver had his mirrors filled with McMullan’s Van Diemen and initially Alan Davidson’s older Mondiale going into Colonial. However as the latter ran wide coming into the corner, O’Hara and McMullan broke free to begin their dual for the lead. O’Hara’s pace was strong however, so much so that the race for the lead quickly ended as Kevin opened a strong advantage that second placed McMullan simply couldn’t respond to. Taking the flag after 20 minutes of racing, O’Hara became a two-time Martin Donnelly Trophy Champion.
Kevin O’Hara – #2 Van Diemen Formula Ford 1600:
“Huge thanks to the team for a great job all weekend, the KCMG car was perfect and this result sets us up nicely for the Formula Ford Festival in 3 weeks time.”