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Warrenpoint driver and 2019 Irish Star of Tomorrow Champion JB Farrell got his Formula Vee season off to a flying start with a podium finish in the National Championship at Kirkistown last weekend.

 The 2020 season was due to begin in April but was delayed by four months due to coronavirus restrictions, leading to a compressed calendar which will feature just eight championship rounds this year.

 The first of these took place at Mondello Park in July, where despite recording competitive times in practice, JB was unfortunate not to make the starting grid after being put off the track by another driver. With his Cicoda Racing car repaired in time for the Kirkistown event, Farrell was determined to make up for lost time and qualified on the third row of the grid in 6th place despite some technical difficulties.

On the podium at Kirkistown. From left: Gavin Buckley [2nd]; Philip Sheane [1st] and JB Farrell [3rd]

 JB jumped up at the start of the race and was part of a five car breakaway fighting for the lead through the opening laps. A battle ensued with rival Tim Murray, with the two drivers swapping positions over the course of several laps in a great display of wheel-to-wheel racing before the Cicoda driver broke clear. JB was then able to close up on Mark Reade, overtaking him for 3rd position three laps from the finish and guiding the car home for a great result.

His result also translated to 2nd position in class, having stepped up a level this year courtesy of winning the Star of Tomorrow category in 2019.

 Not only did Farrell make it onto the podium, but he also took the fastest lap of the race by 0.9 seconds, posting a 1:05.505 to underline the pace he can deliver in his Cicoda Racing car. Naturally, the result has given the Warrenpoint man encouragement for the rest of the season.

 "I am delighted to make it onto the podium and to put in the fastest lap was a bonus," said Farrell after the race. "The team has a new car for 2020 and we have partnered with Newsome Racing in Wicklow who have done a brilliant job on the mechanical side. I've moved up to a higher class too this year, so it is pleasing to be competitive on all fronts and hopefully we can produce some more good performances over the course of the season." 

 Attention turns now to a double-header at the prestigious Leinster Trophy event this coming weekend where Farrell and his team will be hoping for a similarly strong result.

 Sponsorship packages for driver or car are available for the 2020 and 2021 season. For more details, contact JB Farrell on 07840 240239 or racing@cicoda.ie

Follow JB on Instagram: @jb.farrell or Twitter: @jb_farrell

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