Motorsport Ireland Young Driver of The Year Jake Byrne continued to rebuild his season with two stunning performances at Kirkistown in Northern Ireland on Saturday.
The Kildare Road Safety Ambassador returned to the high speed airfield circuit on the Ards pensinula where he dominated FF1600 in 2015, and qualified his ABR Ray GR13 on pole position. Unfortunately a fuelling issue caused the car to hesitate when the lights changed and as the pack headed towards turn one, Jake had dropped to the back of the field. Undeterred, the Trinity College Engineering graduate charged up through the pack, setting fastest lap on his way to second place.
In race two, with the problem diagnosed and repaired by the ABR team, Jake led away and held on for yet another Kirkistown victory despite the closest of attentions of Alan Davidson towards the end.
With the Kirkistown races being part of James Beckett’s FF1600 Superseries scheme, Jake was also awarded “Driver Of The Day”, giving him a chance to qualify for the coveted “Race To Indy” scheme, running all across the UK in 2016.
Jake Byrne, Motorsport Ireland Young Driver of the Year/Kildare Road Safety Ambassador: “Another great day at the office. The car was superb all day. Shame about the issue off the line in race one but I can’t be unhappy with a second and another win in race two.”
Header Image from Raceline Photography. Below image from bournephoto.co.uk
Jake Byrne, 21 from Coill Dubh in County Kildare, is the current Motorsport Ireland/Sports Ireland Young Driver of the year. A Trinity College Engineering student, he became a Road Safety Ambassador with Kildare County Council in March 2016 and will visit Kildare schools in September 2016 to discuss Road Safety issues with students.
For 2016 he competes in the UK FF1600 Championship driving the ABR Ray GR13.