Devaney to drive for Ireland in Sydney Dublin, 28th October 2005: Following the team's first podium finish in Portugal last Sunday, A1 Team Ireland is pleased to confirm that Dubliner Michael Devaney will represent Ireland in the 4th round of ...
Devaney to drive for Ireland in Sydney
Dublin, 28th October 2005: Following the team's first podium finish in Portugal last Sunday, A1 Team Ireland is pleased to confirm that Dubliner Michael Devaney will represent Ireland in the 4th round of the A1 Grand Prix series next week at the Eastern Creek circuit in Sydney, Australia. The 20 year old made his A1 Grand Prix debut for Ireland in the opening round of the series in Brands Hatch in September, scoring the Dublin based team its first championship point, and he will again deputise for regular driver Ralph Firman in Australia. Firman will meanwhile be competing in Suzuka, Japan, in the final round of the Japanese Super GT series. He currently leads the championship for Team Honda Racing.
After the race in Sydney Devaney, who finished runner up in this year's German Formula 3 Championship, will attend the eight remaining A1 Grands Prix as reserve driver to Firman. A1 Team Ireland has this week secured a long term option on Devaney's services and is working closely with him to help develop his career beyond Formula 3.
"I am delighted to be driving for Ireland at the Eastern Creek race as I've already got the experience of Brands Hatch under my belt and the team has made great progress with developing the set-up of the car since then," said Devaney. "Ralph's podium finish in Estoril last Sunday showed that the team has the pace, strategy and pit work necessary to compete with the leaders and I'd like to think we can continue the good work in Australia. I've had a good look at the circuit and spent some time with the team's engineer Andy Miller discussing how we will approach it. Knowing the Australian passion for sport I think it'll be a great event. I'm also looking forward to attending the remaining races as reserve driver because, although I won't be actually racing, I am sure I'll learn a lot by the various tracks we visit. Ralph had better watch out, though, as I'll be hoping he pulls a muscle or catches a bit of a cold so that I can jump in the car again!"
Mark Gallagher, Team Principal of A1 Team Ireland, said: "Michael did a very solid job for us in Brands Hatch, not only coping with racing at this level for the first time but also with the team participating in its first ever race. Three races later we know we have made good progress with the car and team, and it's really quite logical for us to put Michael in the car in Sydney. He impressed us with his skill, calmness and feed back and now that we have completed our longer term agreement with him we'll enjoy having Michael as a full time team member. He's a real asset. Ralph's podium finish in Estoril has given everyone a boost but now we have to capitalise on that success if at all possible. We have every confidence in Michael and while we go racing in Australia we wish Ralph every success in his final race of the season in Japan."