The program for the Europa Cup Ireland was announced in Dublin today. This motor-racing championship is for 2-litre single-seater racing cars and will be promoted as Ireland's premier series. All the cars are identical single-seaters, fitted...
The program for the Europa Cup Ireland was announced in Dublin today. This motor-racing championship is for 2-litre single-seater racing cars and will be promoted as Ireland's premier series.
All the cars are identical single-seaters, fitted with sealed 2-litre twin-cam engines developing 175 brake horse power. While set-up adjustments may be made to suit the cars to the particular racing circuit, the basic design of the car may not be altered in any way. Thus any difference in on-track performance will be solely due to the skill of the driver and his team, not by any difference in equipment.
This type of action which will be a regular feature of Europa Cup races in 2000.
The venues for Europa Cup races have a particularly Celtic feel. There will be three race weekends at Mondello Park in County Kildare, and two at Co. Down's Kirkistown. In addition, there will be races in Scotland at Knockhill, Fife, and in South Wales at Pembrey, Carmarthenshire.
Already, twelve of Ireland's best racing drivers have confirmed their entry for the series. They include Paul Dagg from Drogheda, Co. Louth, the 1999 Formula Ford Zetec Champion of Ireland, and Tony Rodgers from Lisburn, Co. Antrim who was double Irish Formula Ford 1600 Champion last year.
The full current entry list is:
Tim Buckley Swords, Co Dublin 1999 FF Zetec First Division Champion
Dave Collier Clonee, Co Dublin Formula Opel Race Winner
Paul Dagg Drogheda, Co Louth 1999 Formula Ford Zetec Champion
Keith Dempsey Ashbourne, Co Meath Formula Ford 1600 Race Winner
Morgan Dempsey jr Mullingar, Co Westmeath Former Formula Opel Champion
Joey Greenan Belfast, Co Antrim Former Formula Atlantic Champion
Michael Hill Carrickfergus, Co Antrim Formula Ford Race Winner
Noel Roddy Dundalk, Co Louth Formula Opel Race Winner
Tony Rodgers Lisburn, Co Antrim 1999 Formula Ford 1600 Champion
Barry Waugh Dublin, Co Dublin Some karting experience
David Wright Newtownards, Co Down Formula Opel Race Winner
Leslie Wright Newtownards, Co Down Formula Opel Race Winner
More are expected to confirm as the first race of the season approaches in April.
The complete 2000 race calendar is:
Sat 8 Apr Kirkistown, Co Down
Sun/Mon 30 Apr / 1 May Mondello Park , Co Kildare
Sat/Sun 6 / 7 May Pembrey, Carmarthenshire, S Wales
Sat/Sun 3 / 4 Jun Knockhill, Fife, Scotland
Sat/Sun 15/16 Jul Mondello Park, Co Kildare
Sat 26 Aug Kirkistown, Co Down
Sat/Sun 16/17 Sep Mondello Park, Co Kildare