Andy O’Brien (22), from Templeogue Dublin dominates the Tool Dynamics Supercars season’s finale at Brands Hatch in the Formula Ford Festival. O’Brien has emerged from Brands Hatch this weekend with a brace of victories in the Tool Dynamics Supercars on the back of claiming the championship title in Mondello Park last month. Having suffered engine failure on Thursday’s testing, track time had been limited at the iconic venue. The Specialist Cars Ireland team worked with Scholar Engines to rebuild an engine. Missing testing on the Friday put O’Brien on the back foot, being forced into Saturday’s qualifying with an untested power unit. O’Brien set off in qualifying at a steady pace, trying to understand the true performance of the new engine. He improved his lap times throughout the session to take pole position on his final lap by over eight tenths of a second.
O’Brien had a great start, however got squeezed away from the racing line before Paddock Hill Bend to see him emerge in third place. He put pressure on Colfer early on and made a convincing overtaking maneuver to take second place. He set to close the gap on Cameron, passing him to take the win by over seven seconds.
Race two saw O’Brien make a convincing start off the line to lead into Paddock Hill Bend. The pack were close, however O’Brien stretched the lead after Graham Hill Bend. “I put my head down and focused on taking the second win”. O’Brien set the lap record on lap three and was consistently faster than the pack to take a commanding win.
O’Brien topped the tables all weekend with pole position, two race victories, two fastest laps and a new class lap record.
“After losing an engine on Thursday, the Specialist Cars Ireland team were just brilliant, putting a strong car beneath me once more this season allowing me to top every session over the weekend and also set the new class lap record,
I need to thank Scholar Engines for their commitment in working with the team.”
Specialist Cars Ireland – Tool Dynamics Co – O’Brien Diaries – Robert Kinsella Cylinder Head
Resurfacing – Irish Ferries – Scholar Engines.