Michael Devaney joins Team Ireland

Devaney to lead A1 Team Ireland in World Cup of Motorsport A1 Team Ireland announced that 21 year old Michael Devaney will represent the team as lead driver in this year's A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. The team revealed the driver line-up...

Devaney to lead A1 Team Ireland in World Cup of Motorsport

A1 Team Ireland announced that 21 year old Michael Devaney will represent the team as lead driver in this year's A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. The team revealed the driver line-up which include's John O'Hara as reserve driver at this morning's unveiling of its new livery at Weston Executive Airport near Dublin, Devaney performing a demonstration run for assembled media and sponsors in the 550bhp A1GP car. Devaney, from Rathfarnham, was the team's reserve driver last season, deputising for lead driver Ralph Firman Jnr at the A1GP events in the UK, Australia and China.

Michael, who was runner up in the 2005 German F3 Cup. said: "I am delighted that the team has given me this opportunity as I really enjoyed my outings with A1 Team Ireland last year and the A1GP Series is not only extremely competitive but an outstanding championship which allows me to race against top drivers of Formula One™ and GP2 calibre. I will be doing my utmost to ensure that Ireland achieves its first win in the World Cup of Motorsport."

Team bosses Mark Kershaw and Mark Gallagher also revealed the team's initial line up of sponsors including Manvik, BPI Telecom, IBP Properties and Orca financial services.

Mark Kershaw, Team Owner, said: "One year on from the launch of A1GP we are delighted to announce a strong driver line up and to reveal the new identity for the team, both of which will help us to stand out from the crowd. In Michael and John we have two young drivers who have natural speed, a proven track record and a determination to ensure that Ireland is even more competitive this year. The team has benefited greatly from the experience gained during the first season and our preparations for the forthcoming series have been painstaking. Mark and I would like to thank all the team sponsors for their support and also the efforts to date and the massive challenge that lies ahead. It promises to be a thrilling team and drivers for their season."

The A1GP World Cup of Motorsport commences with the A1GP Zandvoort, Netherlands, on 1 October 2006. The 13 race provisional A1GP calendar visits every part of the globe and runs through to April 2007. For further information on the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport please visit www.a1gp.com.

Michael has also launched his new website to coincide with the beginning of the new season so check it out at www.michaeldevaney.com

-credit: mdr

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Series A1GP
Drivers Ralph Firman , Michael Devaney , John O'Hara