For petrol heads that love their Formula 1 cars accompanied by the roar of V10 engines this year’s Phoenix Park motor races will be ones not to miss.
The Jordan 193 Formula 1 car will lap in anger on both Saturday and Sunday at this year’s event. The car was the third F1 car produced by Eddie Jordan’s team and ran in the 1993 season. It was a new beginning for the team as they switched to Hart V10s after the unsuccessful Yamaha V12s of the 192. Rubens Barichello made his F1 debut in the Gary Anderson designed car at the South Africian Grand Prix and drove it for the entire season. The car featured traction control and a semi automatic gearbox although this was plagued with gremlins early in the season, which meant the team would revert to a manual box.
Rubinho was quicker than a host of team-mates throughout the 1993 season and produced a season best grid spot of 8th during qualifying for the French Grand Prix. The team almost pulled off a miracle of a podium in the 3rd round European Grand Prix. Barrichello, having started from 12th, was in 3rd position in the closing stages when the car ran out of fuel. The best result of the season came in the penultimate round of the championship in Japan where Rubinho finished in 5th place scoring his only points of the season.
Eddie Irvine made his debut that meeting in the sister 193 and finished 6th . More famously in that race Irvine had a coming together with Ayrton Senna’s fist following the race, after he had the audacity to unlap himself while attempting to gain position on Damon Hill, as the pair were being lapped by the Brazilian.
The car is Irish owned these days and it will be magic to have Dublin city echo to the sound of the V10 engine hammering down Chesterfield Avenue at full tilt.
Admission to the event on August bank holiday weekend is free and there will be 2 full days of racing from Irish classes to entertain the public. The event was last run in 2012. See you on July 30/31!