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New Lap Record for Patrick McKenna

31st July 2008

Patrick McKenna has emerged as the fastest up and coming driver in Irish motor racing after capping a perfect week by breaking the long-standing Formula Ford 1600 lap record at Kirkistown last Saturday.  

Dubliner McKenna steered his Ray 07 to a lap time of 1 minute 01.36 seconds at the County Down venue, slicing over a tenth of a second off the time set by Jonny Kane in 1990 which was later equaled by Richard Lyons.

McKenna also holds the Formula Ford 1600 lap record for the Mondello Park National circuit which he set the previous week, bettering the existing benchmark by two hundredths of a second with 57.767s on his way to winning both IFFDA races on the day.

The former British Championship kart racer currently leads the Northern Ireland FF1600 Championship by 38 points and is just seven points off the lead of the IFFDA Formula Ford series.  

Last Saturday's lap record was the culmination of top testing form for the Bernard Dolan Racing run driver who was consistently below the record in testing and qualifying before finally reducing the mark by 12 hundredths of a second on his way to victory in the 15 lap race.

"I managed a 61.29s lap in testing and then set a 61.33s lap in qualifying so I knew the record was on," the 20-year-old said afterwards. "To come out with the win and the lap record is a dream come true because everyone in Formula Ford has been talking about that record for a long time." 

Having been shortlisted for the Motorsport Ireland Young Racing Driver of the Year award as the Dunlop Young Driver of the Month for April, McKenna is looking forward to reaffirming his status in the coming months ahead of a planned move to UK racing in 2009.

"I'm interested in moving to the UK Formula Ford Duratec championship next season which I think would be the ideal springboard for an international career. 

"I'll be talking to teams later in the year but we still have plenty of work to do this season starting with the Martin Donnelly Trophy at Kirkistown in 30th August.

"Then I'll be working hard to finish off the two championships in style and after that there's the Leinster Trophy meeting in Mondello, the Formula Ford Festival and Walter Hayes Trophy events in England."






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