What another scorcher of a weekend! I hope you are keeping yourself well hydrated and covered up – hats, sunglasses and sun cream of course. Our summer is finally here so hope you are and about and making the most of it too.
A week ago we visited Belfast – open top bus tour of the City on the Friday (highly recommended!) before a days’ racing at Kirkistown circuit on the Saturday.
A good turn out of marshals ensured reasonable manning but everyone was prepared to do whatever duty was required. I am graded as a Post Chief but offered to take on flagging duties not my greatest expertise but left the radio duty to my local Examining Post Chief for the day!
A mixture of championships racing – Fiestas, BMWs, Historics, Superkarts and the headlining National Formula Fords – meant some interesting qualifying and exciting racing ensued. We had a couple of karts stop with us and they dutifully helped to drag their machines off the track to safety. An MG midget proved much heavier than it looked with a mechanical issue and the guys did a great job to relocate it to a place of safety behind a tyre wall in the heat. Needed a breather after that!! The Formula Fords put on a cracking race for their finale unfortunately a couple of incidents at other posts resulted in Safety car interventions but very close and exciting nonetheless.
Various incidents and activities meant I ended up waving every flag I had at some point or another and sometimes two at a time. Thanks to everyone who looked after us. “Hello and Welcome” is Belfast’s motto – so it is for Kirkistown – try it and you will not regret it!