Jennifer Mullan returned to Mondello Park after a mid-season break in the championship for rounds five and six of the 2014 Champion of Mondello Formula Ford series. Making her debut at the Formula Ford Festival in June, Mullan was certainly starting to get to grips with her Reynard Formula Ford.
Bringing the iconic goldenpages.ie colour scheme back into Formula Ford is quite poignant as this combination was very successful back in the late 80’s and early 90’s with some of Ireland’s best single seater drivers.
After a mixture of minor issues hampering her progress in Saturday’s pre-event testing, Jennifer went into qualifying aiming to build on her past performances. A personal best time earned her ninth place on the grid for both of the afternoon’s races.
A slightly disappointing start in race one allowed Denis Sheehan to just slip out of her grasp exiting the first corner. With double points on offer at this event, a strong finish was always going to be crucial more so than a battle with competitors not in her championship class. Jennifer got her head down and went about improving her lap times once more as she tried to reel in Sheehan’s advantage. However as Denis pulled off the circuit with a mechanical issue, Jennifer was left to comfortably bring her goldenpages.ie Reynard across the line in eighth place scoring maximum class championship points in the process.
Starting again in ninth position for race two, track conditions were some what of a lottery as a very dark cloud was looming over the Kildare venue. With some drops of rain just as the race was about to get under way, the session was declared as a wet session allowing an open use of tyres and a change over to wet setup. However as the race got under way, the expected rain just didn’t come. With a car very much unsuited to the conditions, Jennifer nursed her car around for the duration of the race to finish in eighth position and first in class taking an all important second maximum points score of the weekend.
Jennifer Mullan – #48 goldenpages.ie Formula Ford:
“This weekend has been a bit up and down for me. I was hoping to get more running in testing but some minor issues with the car hampered our progress. The FCR Media Racing guys had the car in tiptop condition for race day however and I was very pleased with my qualifying pace. The races were tricky with a minor choke issue in race one and then the rain that just didn’t come in race two! Overall however two maximum points scores now puts me in the Pre-87 championship lead with two rounds to go at the exciting Leinster Trophy!”