Frank Byrnes Racing Moneymore, Oranmore, County Galway. Byrnes Is 'King Of The Hills'! Going into the final Round of the 2001 Hillclimb Championship at Mondello Park, Frank Byrnes had one hand on the Frank Keane trophy. All the Galwayman had...
Frank Byrnes Racing
Moneymore, Oranmore, County Galway.
Byrnes Is 'King Of The Hills'!
Going into the final Round of the 2001 Hillclimb Championship at Mondello Park, Frank Byrnes had one hand on the Frank Keane trophy. All the Galwayman had to do was to finish inside the Top 4 at the County Kildare circuit to become the first West of Ireland driver to win the National Hillclimb title. Despite having superior knowledge of Ireland’s only International motorsport venue and the fact that his F2000 Reynard was not up to its usual speed, the sought after 4th position was achieved.
"Mission accomplished," expressed a delighted Frank after the event. "The Championship win was all down to my success in the Phoenix Park where I scored two wins and broke the existing record (fastest lap) which gave me two bonus points. Those extra points proved to be the difference between myself and Championship runner-up Peter McGinley," he added.
Thanks to constant podium placings, Frank and his Oliver Walshs Motors backed 240bhp 2.0 litre Vauxhall 16V single-seater topped the leaderboard on 62 points with McGinley (Lant F3000) on 61, followed by his other main rival and last year’s champion Karl Cleary (Metro 6R4) 3 points further in arrears.
One of the first to congratulate Frank on his historic win was fellow Galway Motor Club member Padraig Forde Junior, the previous owner of the car who had won Class honours in this sprint machine in the past.
Coming to terms with the significant milestone, Frank thanked his employers Oliver Walsh Motors, Main Hyundai Dealers, Kilcolgan and Anglo Irish Bank for their support along with his family and friends.
"After two years away from the scene, it’s great to return and finish up with a National title. Up Galway!"