ASK Supercar Roundup

Hi to all,
Firstly, I would like to say thank you to all for putting up with me this year! I'm sure we can all agree that it was a big ask (excuse the pun!) to gather up the cars and get them back on the grid with very little notice.

The good news is that not only did we manage it, but we grew in number every weekend we raced- so once again thanks to all the drivers and teams involved. It was sad in a way that Sean Doyle could not be on the grid for the Leinster Trophy finale but we wish Sean all the best with his future racing career and good luck with his ELMS LMP3 drive in Portugal next month. Maybe we will see Sean back to challenge for the title in 2016.

As I'm sure all are aware that Peter Barrable is our first ever ASK Supercar Champion and I would like to be the first to offer my congratulations on a brilliant drive and season in 2015. Peter is already discussing the car preparations and testing etc for 2016 to defend his title so great news there!

With Sean Doyle away from a mid season meeting, and then again the Leinster Trophy, it was unfortunate that he could not challenge for the title, Similarly with a late start to the season missing the first two rounds, Graeme Colfer showed great pace and won three races with no testing on a tight budget. Two retirements due to contact didn't help Graeme's chances but he also enjoyed the class and is looking forward to 2016.

We had some bad luck with John Cardoo in 2015 as his engine let loose during testing at the August meeting and Philip Jones Had gearbox problems on one occasion and then Philip put the car on Pole for the August races but after making a great start (as usual!) he sustained rear damage on the exit of turn one dropping him way back.

Bob Cameron (also known as "Honest Bob") showed a lot of pace but his engine let him down on far too many occasions and ruined his championship. Bob being Bob, he took it all in his stride as usual in his happy go lucky manner. He never complained, just kept plugging away and still managed second place in the championship so a great result for Bob considering.

We seen some great battles between Vinny O Reilly and Noel Collins, Caroline Cassidy, Pete Murray, Pat O Sullivan , Paul Morgan, Steven Maher and last but not least Jamie Chadwick in the T Cars and we hope to see them continue or return in 2016.
Richie O Mahony showed great pace in his RT and we hope to see him back on the grid in 2016 along with Jack Newman and Sam Moffett- if overlaps in the rally calendar can be kept to a minimum.

We had a very strong challenge from Dave O Brien in the immaculate Bolger Motorsport car and look forward to more of the same in 2016, as Ken hopes to run a two car team next year.

As you know there has be huge interest in the class this year- we have had 21 different drivers on the grid in 2015 and it already appears that we will be even bigger in 2016. There are a lot of proven seriously quick drivers looking to test before the end the year. We also have some interest in some new young names and even some of the leading names from the RT2000/Supercar days. I would also like to thank the Mondello Park management who supported the championship from day one and Leo Nulty for handling PR through his new Leo Nulty Promotions company.. Also of course, officials marshals etc, without whom none of us could race.

Once again, thank you all for being part of the ASK Supercar Championship 2015

Alan Kessie