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Kildare’s Jake Byrne scored a pair of impressive podium finishes in the first two rounds of the UK BRSCC Formula Ford 1600 Championship in Silverstone last weekend. Driving his Ray GR13, Jake was immediately on the pace, despite not having driven on the circuit before.
What a weekend of motorsport action. Firstly, the Circuit of Ireland. Yes, yes I know, it doesn’t go all the way round Ireland any more- and many of you used to follow the “proper Circuit” etc but still- wasn’t it entertaining? Two Irishmen, at the top of their game
Indian racing driver Karun Chandhok today confirmed that he will return to the historic Le Mans 24 hours race on the 13th/14th of June. Chandhok, who was the first Indian to drive in the Le Mans 24 hours in 2012, goes back with a firm target of a podium finish at this iconic race. For the third year in succession, Chandhok will race Read more…..
Our podium start to the 2015 Autobacs Super GT Championship season here at Okayama Circuit nestled in the misty mountains of Japan didn’t come easy, not very easy at all! The weather kept us guessing in every session, trying to guess what the weather would do was like herding Cats, just impossible! As the team walked out and onto the Read more….
Dublin student Andrew Watson experienced the highs and lows of motor racing in his maiden 2015 British GT Championship event at Oulton Park in Cheshire on Easter Monday (6 Apr). The 20-year-old Trinity College student, racing a GT3 sportscar for the very first time, made a small but costly error when challenging for the lead in the opening one-hour race. But Watson and co-driver Ross Wylie (Scotland) bounced back in the second Read more…..
EFM Racing in partnership with Cliff Dempsey racing have announced an alliance between the two programs to provide young drivers with unprecedented access to a vast variety of racing and driver training in both the US and the UK.
Cliff Dempsey Racing, the multi time Formula Ford Festival and Walter Hayes Trophy winning team will provide current students and graduates of EFM Racing’s K2C (Karting to Cars) program special opportunities to race Read more…..
Isn’t Easter a wonderful time of the year? The clocks have gone forward, the weather (theoretically) is getting better, we get a long weekend off- and it is packed with motorsport action! As I type this Rob Barrable and Craig Breen are embroiled in a scrap of titanic proportions (pun intended) for the lead of the iconic Circuit of Ireland Rally. Read more…..
Irish Endurance Racing team Murphy Prototypes last week confirmed that its driver line up for 2015 will comprise three highly experienced drivers: Mark Patterson, Michael Lyons and Nathanaël Berthon. All took part in the Official European Le Mans Series pre-season test day at Paul Ricard Circuit on 23rd & 24th March, driving the team’s Oreca 03R Nissan-powered LMP2 prototype sportscar. Read more…..
Like many other sports, Formula 1 goes through cycles.
Successful teams come and go as often as Adrian Newey decides he wants to design a new boat or until Gordon Murray decides he’d rather build an all-conquering GT/Road car. Gladly Ross Brawn got tired of fishing for a while, helping Benetton & Ferrari to success and then laying the foundation for Mercedes.
The effect is the same. Read more…..
Kildare racing driver Jake Byrne has attracted sponsorship from Punchestown Racecourse for his 2015 UK Formula Ford 1600 race campaign. At just 20 years old, the Trinity College Engineering student is already a two time motor racing champion and in 2015 he will emulate many famous Irish race drivers as he crosses the Irish Sea for compete in a UK FF1600 series- the BRSCC FF1600 National Championship. In the innovative deal, brokered by Leo Nulty Promotions, Jake’s Ray Formula Ford 1600 car will carry Punchestown branding as he races at many of the UK’s top circuits throughout 2015. Jake’s UK campaign kicks off this weekend at the historic Silverstone circuit, home of the British Grand Prix. Read More……
Well it’s all good news this week in Irish Motorsport. The Donegal Rally team have secured a three year deal with Joule– manufacturers of solar panels, tube systems and hot water cylinders, which is great to hear. Also, Oisin and the team at the SEAT Supercup Ireland have managed to attract the backing of SEAT Ireland for their new series, which is a good thing, not only for them, but for Irish Motorsport too. this is the first manufacturer backed race series since.. Read more…..
Trinity Dublin College student Andrew Watson begins his quest for honours in the 2015 British GT Championship at Oulton Park in Cheshire on Easter Monday (6 Apr). The 20-year-old who is studying Economics will race a McLaren 650S GT3 sportscar with Ross Wylie (Scotland) in the seven-event series. Watson, who has previously raced in various Ginetta sportscar championships since 2011, is an official McLaren GT “Young Driver” Read more……
One of the most unpredictable Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship seasons ever is set to roar into life next weekend (4/5 April) at Brands Hatch in Kent. With almost all of the championship front-runners having switched teams or cars during the off-season, the biggest prize in UK motor sport is all to play for. Read more…….
Reading through the headlines of Ferrari articles during the year it would be easy to think George R. R. Martin was putting together a House Maranello special for Game of Thrones.
The Spaniard has headed North.
It wasn’t supposed to end like this for the relentless Alonso but his quest for titles has now taken him away from Ferrari. For years he has been Vettel’s nearest challenger and has twice been defeated at the death by the German. Read more….
Well that wasn’t a bad meeting was it? The season opener at Mondello Park had all the ingredients you would want- packed grids, great racing, a bit of paint swapping and even live TV! The season started with the new ASK Supercar Championship taking to the track. Sean Doyle, predictably, had claimed pole position in Read more….
The first car race meeting of 2015 has come and gone at what felt to me like the speed of light. As you may know, there were many new and exciting classes introduced to us this year, one being the Blackchurch Motors Fiesta Junior championship that caters for young drivers between 14-17 years old. Upon arrival for afternoon testing on Saturday, it was Read more….
DONAGH DOES IT AGAIN- WEST CORK WITH AARON MCELROY
It was two from two for Donagh Kelly and Kevin Flanagan in the 2015 Clonakilty Blackpudding Irish Tarmac Rally Championship as they continued their winning ways when they crossed the finish ramp of the Quality Hotel Clonakilty West Cork Rally with almost seventy seconds to spare over the Ford Fiesta WRC of Sam Moffett and Karl Atkinson. Read more…
I decided to do a quick preview of this weekend’s race meeting at Mondello while I was on the road during the week. when I posted it, the reaction was great so I did another one yesterday while I was crossing the Wicklow Gap! I have posted both below for your perusal! Remember, the racing is live on Mondello.tv this weekend.
NEWMAN LAUNCHES CHAMPIONSHIP CAMPAIGN IN BIRR.
Fourth in class after a character building event for Ashbourne’s Jack Newman. Jack Newman commenced this title campaign at the Birr Stages Rally, the opening round of the 2015 Triton Showers National Rally Championship. Driving his 280bhp Mk2 Escort, which had been rebuilt at his family garage over the winter, Newman was confident of a strong performance in Birr.
Patch Tyre Equipment Reunites With McHale Team For 2015.
Having spent two years as title sponsor of the hugely successful Mondello –based Fiesta race series, Brian Matthews’ Patch Tyre Equipment company returns to the rally stages for 2015 in a deal that sees them support Aaron McHale. “We had two wonderful years with the race series at Mondello, said Matthews today, “and the partnership worked for everyone but the time is right to go back to rallying.