17 year-old Jordan Dempsey from Mullingar, who has been selected as the Young Racing Driver of the Month for July. The Westmeath driver had a busy month, with race meetings at three different circuits in Ireland and Britain.
In the course of five British Formula Ford Championship races at Donington Park and Castle Combe over two consecutive weekends, Jordan collected a win, second and third places and a fastest lap.
However, because his racing season had a late start due to his concentrating on preparations for the Leaving Certificate examinations, Jordan is not a contender for the British title despite showing race-winning pace, having missed the first half of the season.
As an added bonus, he recently received an award for obtaining the highest Leaving Cert marks in his school, Mullingar Community College.
Jordan’s main targets for the remainder of the season are the three high profile end-of-year Trophy races, Kirkistown’s Martin Donnelly event, the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch and the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone.
Jordan’s sponsors are Tim Buckley Race Management and his father Morgan’s company, Motorsport Car Preparation, where he has been working during the summer.
He began Karting at the age of 9, switching to cars in 2014 when he contested the Ginetta Junior class. He was Ginetta champion the following year, before graduating to Formula Ford in 2016. He is particularly happy at taking that Ginetta title, achieved against strong opposition, with the Mullingar driver setting three class lap records in the process.
Having been selected as the fourth Driver of the Month for the 2017 season, Jordan is now a contender for the prestigious Motorsport Ireland Young Racing Driver of the Year Award and the historic Sexton Trophy. This award is presented annually and is supported by Sport Ireland (formerly the Irish Sports Council) and Motorsport Ireland.