MOTORS: Flock on the Rise

by Aaron Dunne
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SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD Tallaght driver Daire Flock is leading the Junior Saloon Car Championship in the UK, entering into his last round at Thruxton in Andover, Hampshire.

Thruxton is the fastest circuit on the calendar and the first time for JSCC has held a meeting there.

In qualifing the rain started that led to a red flag and an issue with the car appeared, that only left Daire 6 minutes to do 3 laps to record his 2 fastest laps for race 1 & 2. Qualifing 2nd on the grid for both races on Saturday and Sunday.

Race 1 on Saturday, he got a good start and led off the line with third place starter on his tail.

Where he stayed for the majority of the race until the last lap where they both approached the club chicane on the limit when they touched and CJ Morgan ran to the line

to win. After reviewing the incident the Stewart’s judge that he took the racing line and

demoted CJ Morgan to 2nd with a 5 second penalty.

The second race on Sunday was wet and greasy, Daire’s start was compromised by

missing 2nd gear and lost drive, he managed to stay in the lead, until the saftey car came

out. His restart wasn’t the best and this left him exposed to the pack, he was demoted to get

second, which he held for the last 2 laps in greasy conditions. On the last lap he had the

possibility of an overtake but decided to hold station and take second with the

championship in mind.

Daire said “it was a difficulty weedend with issues with the car and the changeable weather

conditions, Im happy with a win and 2nd I’m still championship leader going to Croft in 2


This ends Daire’s 9 win winning streak as we are at the half way stage in the championship


Dublin Gazette – Digital Edition – August 10, 2023 – Dublin Gazette Newspapers – Dublin News, Sport and Lifestyle

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