Kildare racing driver Jake Byrne has attracted sponsorship from Punchestown Racecourse for his 2015 UK Formula Ford 1600 race campaign. At just 20 years old, the Trinity College Engineering student is already a two time motor racing champion and in 2015 he will emulate many famous Irish race drivers as he crosses the Irish Sea for compete in a UK FF1600 series- the BRSCC FF1600 National Championship. In the innovative deal, brokered by Leo Nulty Promotions, Jake’s Ray Formula Ford 1600 car will carry Punchestown branding as he races at many of the UK’s top circuits throughout 2015. Jake’s UK campaign kicks off this weekend at the historic Silverstone circuit, home of the British Grand Prix.
Jake Byrne: “The Punchestown Festival is iconic for so many reasons. My parents and their friends have been going to it for years and personally I am delighted to have forged a relationship with the organisers. My racing exploits in the UK and here in Ireland will expose Punchestown and the Festival to a broad new audience.”
Liam Holton, Sales and Marketing Director, Punchestown Race Course. “It is great to have an association with a young Kildare sportsperson who is plying his trade abroad. Despite his young age, Jake has shown considerable promise and we look forward to following his progress as the season unfolds.”
The Punchestown Irish National Hunt Festival is the highlight of the Irish sporting and social calendar. The special combination of thrilling sporting action, brilliant live entertainment, delicious food and drink, family fun, dazzling glamour or casual comfort is unequalled thanks to the unique Punchestown Festival atmosphere. The Festival is considered the grande finale of the jump season with top class horses, trainers and jockeys from both sides of the Irish sea converging on the Kildare venue to settle scores and confirm reputations. The quality of racing is unrivalled with a total of 12 Grade 1 contests taking place. Punchestown is proud to be the home of Irish National Hunt Racing and host the famous La Touche Cup, a spectators favourite run over the cross country course. It’s a “must see” for any racing fan.