KILDARE, IRELAND : Paul O’Brien won all 3 races at the Mondello 500 to win the event and with it retain his championship for a 4th consecutive year. Having won 6 out of 6 last time out, O’Brien is now on a 9 race winning streak – the longest in championship history.
It was a day full of wet weather racing, in race 1 O’Brien took the lights to flag victory ahead of James Holman in the Samsport car. Niki Meredith on his return was running a strong 3rd before a small mistake allowed Geoff Richardson to nip through and take the final spot on the podium, with Richard Kearney 5th.
Race 2 saw O’Brien steam through from the back whilst Richardson and Holman fought for 2nd throughout. Richardson produced a lunge at the last corner to snatch runners up spot whilst Holman had to settle for 3rd with Meredith and Kearney again in 4th and 5th.
The final was held in conditions which could only be described as biblical. O’Brien once again showed he was in dominant form, whilst Meredith ran 2nd for much of the race only to retire with bodywork coming loose obstructing his view. Greg Richardson was having a lonely race in what would become 2nd only for Holman to join the battle with 2 laps to go. Conditions were so bad though that despite being quicker Holman couldn’t mount a challenge. Gordon Brown and Seamus Ryan rounded out the top 5.
Mondello 500 overall result :
- Paul O’Brien 600pts
- James Holman 525pts
- Greg Richardson 465pts