18 year old James Roe, from Naas in County Kildare, heads North this weekend for rounds five and six of the Dawson-WAM Northern Ireland Formula Ford 1600 championship at Kirkistown. Having raced at both Oulton Park and Knockhill, where he finished second, since his last visit to Kirkistown, Roe is confident of a strong result once again.
The Motorsport Ireland Team Ireland driver now leads the BRSCC Triple Crown series, is joint second in the Kirkistown series and is fourth in the UK National series, despite a non finish at Oulton Park.
“I’m looking forward to a strong weekend and hopefully my first FF1600 win. We have been at the sharp end all season and it should be a great battle with Niall (Murray) and Kevin (O’Hara).”
Both races take place at Kirkistown Race Circuit this Saturday- with updates available on James’s Facebook page during the day. Link HERE.
Images from Bourne Photographic
About James Roe:
James Roe, 18, is from Naas in County Kildare. He grew up in a family steeped in motorsport, with both his father and uncle having competed in the past. He began racing in Ginetta Junior Ireland, racing for two seasons, with many wins and a number of lap records before moving to Formula Ford 1600 in 2016. Despite showing immediate pace, he was beset by teething problems in a brand new car for most of the season. For 2017, James moved to Bernard Dolan’s team and is driving a Van Diemen chassis. Since this change he has been right on the pace, both in the Northern Ireland Series and the UK series and is very much one to watch, despite his relative lack of experience.