Shepherd takes double victory in Ireland

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“The 2nd round of the Irish Nationals was another big success for Team Shepherd. Ian Campbell and Chris Steele both won their finals and increased their lead in the ranking list. In the 1/8th scale class Ian Campbell had a good start into qualifying taking the provisional TQ in the first round. Clive Connolly improved his time in the second round and took over the pole-position. Unfortunately Campbell had some traffic in the last round and didn’t improve. So he started from 2nd on the grid for the main final. At the beginning of the final everyone had a clean start, and in the opening laps Campbell and Connoly were able to pull away from the rest of the field. The Velox of Campbell was handling excellently and before the first pit-stops, he was able to take the lead when Connolly slowed down following a small mistake. Just over half-way through the race, Campbell made a tyre-stop and rejoined in 2nd position. Connolly chose to go the full race on one set of tyres, and so when he made a mistake in the closing laps, Campbell was able to pass for the lead once-again and crossed the finishing line in first position.

After the race Campbell had the following to say:

“The race was really close all the way through, and I was delighted to win, taking maximum points for the championship. A big thanks once again to my dad and Chris Lawlor for their excellent pit-work. ”

The top 3 final results were :

1) Ian Campbell – 114 laps / 30 mins, 8.94 seconds. (Velox V8)
2) Clive Connolly – 114 laps / 30 mins, 14.08 seconds.
3) Eoin Doran – 108 laps / 30 mins, 8.44 seconds.

Chris Steele was competing in the 1/10th scale class racing with the Velox V10 for the second time. He took TQ in the 1/10th class in round 4 of qualifying, with a time of 18 laps, 5 minutes, 8.29 seconds. Qualifying 2nd was Chris Lawlor, 3 seconds back, and in 3rd was Keith Dempsey, a further 6 seconds behind.

In the 30 minute final, both Steele and Lawlor swapped 1st position until lap 31, when Steele regained the lead. Chris Steele then held his position all the way to the end, eventually winning by 1 lap. Moving up to third place early-on, Darren Gibb finished in 3rd, making it two Velox V10s on the podium.

The top 3 final results were :

1) Chris Steele – 101 laps/ 30 mins, 13.02 seconds. (Velox V10)
2) Chris Lawlor – 100 laps / 30 mins, 15.57 seconds.
3) Darren Gibb – 93 laps / 30 mins, 9.57 seconds. (Velox V10)”

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