Dempsey wins Sportstar award

Irish Formula Europa Champion Keith Dempsey was voted Young Sportstar of the Year 2000 at a reception in the Posthouse Airport Hotel Dublin on Saturday 20th January 2001. The teenager who became the youngest driver in Irish Motorsport history...

Irish Formula Europa Champion Keith Dempsey was voted Young Sportstar of the Year 2000 at a reception in the Posthouse Airport Hotel Dublin on Saturday 20th January 2001.

The teenager who became the youngest driver in Irish Motorsport history to win an Irish National Championship, at seventeen, was voted the Posthouse / Fingal Independent Young Sportstar of the Year 2000 by the general public in his local area, beating off such challengers as professional footballers, cricket players and successful team managers.

Keith who will compete in the Formula Renault Eurocup in 2001 had broken many records on his way to the Formula Europa title, first of all by becoming the youngest ever driver to compete in a Formula Opel / Europa championship aged 16.

He then went on to become the youngest driver ever to win a Formula Opel / Europa championship race overall, when he won at Knockhill in Scotland, in his first ever wet race, winning by 10 seconds, still aged 16.

His father and CDR team owner Cliff Dempsey said " I am delighted for Keith. For any driver to come straight out of Junior Kart Racing into Irelands Premier and fastest single seater class and win the Championship on his first attempt is a fantastic achievement. I am delighted that his accomplishments have been recognised, especially by the non-motorsport public".

-CDR-

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