EFREN: Cliff Dempsey Racing moves up

Cliff Dempsey Racing (CDR) will take a big step in 2001 when the team will compete in the Formula Renault Eurocup. The crack Irish team, winner of numerous domestic championships, has just come out of its best season ever, finishing 1st,2nd and...

Cliff Dempsey Racing (CDR) will take a big step in 2001 when the team will compete in the Formula Renault Eurocup. The crack Irish team, winner of numerous domestic championships, has just come out of its best season ever, finishing 1st,2nd and 3rd in the Irish Formula Europa Championship and winning its first saloon car series, the RT 2000 championship.

Now CDR is looking for a new challenge, and is moving into European competition for the first time. Capitalising on previous success in one-make single-seater racing, gained by winning championships in both Formula Opel and Formula Europa, the team will contest the popular Formula Renault Eurocup. This is a pan-European competition with 10 races in 10 different countries around Europe, 6 of the events being on current Grand Prix circuits.

The team has already taken delivery of its first Formula Renault car, and is expecting its second shortly. The cars have been meticulously prepared in advance by the works team of car manufacturers Tatuus, and will certainly be the equal of any other car on the grid.

Team owner Cliff Dempsey said "I am delighted that at last we get a chance to compete at the highest level, the team needed to move forward and this is an ideal opportunity. Formula Renault is now established as the leading formula in its class throughout Europe. By entering the Eurocup, we are joining in the toughest competition of them all, but I am confident we will have success."

The team tested its first Formula Renault at Kirkistown the week before Christmas. Irish Formula Europa champion Keith Dempsey was joined by his 2000 team mate and Leinster Trophy winner Paul Dagg, both drivers being very impressed with the cars performance.

In addition to the Eurocup events, which will be broadcast live on Eurosport television on a Saturday afternoon, CDR plans to compete in selected rounds of several national championships. It will be interesting to see how the Irish-based team will perform in its first International season.

-CDR

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