Belmayne A1 Team Ireland today announced its support for the nation's prestigious Dunlop Young Racing Driver of the Year award by awarding an exclusive Rookie test in the A1 Team Ireland car at Eastern Creek, Sydney, Australia on 1 February...
Belmayne A1 Team Ireland today announced its support for the nation's prestigious Dunlop Young Racing Driver of the Year award by awarding an exclusive Rookie test in the A1 Team Ireland car at Eastern Creek, Sydney, Australia on 1 February 2008 to the winning driver.
British Formula 3 racer Niall Breen, from Dundalk, Co. Louth, Formula Ford racer Peter Dempsey from Ashbourne, Meath and Formula BMW Germany racer Niall Quinn from Dunboyne, Meath, have been short-listed for Irish motorsport's top award, which also carries with it a total prize fund of ^a50,000 and thelegendary Sexon Trophy. The winner will be unveiled at Motorsport Ireland's Dunlop Champions of Irish Motorsport Awards lunch in Dublin on December 4th.
Belmayne A1 Team Ireland has come on board to help the most promising Irish talent to gain a vital foothold in the international motorsport arena. The A1GP test will give the winner a unique opportunity to impress leading names in the sport at Eastern Creek International Raceway in Sydney. After participating in the rookie test session, the award winner will spend the whole weekend working with A1 Team Ireland and with the support of regular driver, Portadown's Adam Carroll.
The team scored its best ever Sprint Race result when Adam came on board for Round 2 this year at Brno in the Czech Republic. He finished third in his debut race before storming through the field from 18th to sixth in the Feature Race. The 25-year-old's speed combined with team's experience is making Ireland one of the strongest teams in A1GP this year.
A1 Team Ireland was created to represent Ireland in the A1GP series and under Chief Executive Mark Kershaw and Team Principal Mark Gallagher, a formidable team has been assembled. With 5-time GP2 race winner Carroll on board for the 2007/08 season, the team have mounted a strong challenge and are one of only four teams to have scored points in every race so far this season. With such strong competition, after only three rounds a break-away group is forming at the head of the points table and Team Ireland is proud to be among that front-running group.
The three young drivers vying for the chance to join Belmayne A1 Team Ireland and fly the flag for their nation in Australia were selected from the six monthly winners of the Dunlop Young Racing Driver of the Month awards, which ran from April to September. The candidates then had to demonstrate their skills before a panel of judges, one of whom was ex-F1 driver Martin Donnelly, at Mondello Park Racing Circuit.
The Dunlop Young Racing Driver of the Year scheme has been created by Motorsport Ireland and is being backed by the Irish Sports Council and Irish Dunlop. The aim of the award is to promote talented and committed young Irish drivers to help them progress to the highest level of International competition.
Mark Kershaw, Team Owner: "As a past nominee for the award I understand how important is for a young driver to be recognised in the industry.A1GP is all about national drivers so it is extremely appropriate to be able to offer the winner the change to represent Ireland in this way.
Irish drivers all too often see their careers falter after Formula 3, so it's great that A1GP is able to provide a real future for rising talent. It's a proud moment to be selected to represent your nation and I hope the winner will reap the benefits of spending a weekend working with our first-class engineers in A1GP The World Cup of Motorsport. The series is stronger than ever and is continuing to grow year-on-year. Now in its third season, Ferrari has just signed a six-year agreement to manufacture and supply all A1GP engines and will consult on the design and manufacture of all A1GP car chassis for use in Season 4. This is an incredible link-up which will help take the championship to the next level, so it's a very exciting time to be involved with A1GP."
Alex Sinclair, Chief Executive, Motorsport Ireland: "It is wonderful to see our best young racing drivers get an opportunity in the Belmayne A1 Team Ireland car and this addition to the award will be of great assistance in raising the profile of the winning driver".