Motorsport Ireland Young Driver of The Year Jake Byrne continued his resurgent form at Anglesey Circuit in north Wales at the weekend with two more podium finishes, making it six top three finishes from his last seven outings.
Jake, along with fellow Irish drivers Niall Murray and Kevin O’Hara, set the pace in Friday testing with little to separate the trio as they topped the timesheets in every session. In qualifying, O Hara took pole from Murray with Jake in third place with just four hundredths of a second covering all three.
When the lights changed O’Hara led away but went slightly wide, allowing Murray through. As Murray eased away, Jake set about usurping O’Hara, which he managed mid race on the approach to Rocket corner. By this stage, Murray was well ahead but Jake crossed the line second, assuring himself of a front row start for the second race.
In race two, the Trinity College graduate made the perfect start to lead the pack away. On the back straight however, Murray drove by, completing the move well before Rocket corner. Jake held the rest of the series contenders at bay but was powerless to stop Murray opening out a gap at the front. At the line, it was Murray from Jake for an Irish 1-2 with their nearest challenger over eight seconds behind in third.
Jake Byrne, Motorsport Ireland Young Driver of the Year/Kildare Road Safety Ambassador: “I’m delighted that we are now consistently running at the front. I think we showed tonnes of pace at Anglesey and there is definitely more to come!”
Jake Byrne, 22, from Coill Dubh in County Kildare is the current Motorsport Ireland/Sports Ireland Young Driver of the year. A Trinity College Engineering graduate, he became a Road Safety Ambassador with Kildare County Council in March 2016
For 2016 he competes in the UK FF1600 Championship driving the ABR Ray GR13
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