Knockhill, Fife, Scotland, 4 June 2000 - Keith Dempsey, sixteen years old and too young to hold a car driving licence, showed all the more experienced Europa Cup competitors the way home at a soggy Knockhill circuit this morning with a brilliant...
Knockhill, Fife, Scotland, 4 June 2000 - Keith Dempsey, sixteen years old and too young to hold a car driving licence, showed all the more experienced Europa Cup competitors the way home at a soggy Knockhill circuit this morning with a brilliant drive to record his first overall win in the series. He is now the youngest ever race winner in the history of the formula.
After two days of dry practice, the Europa Cup competitors were faced with steady rain and a soaking wet track for their first race. Pole sitter Justin Sherwood (Marque Cars) made a good start but Bobby Issazadhe (Performance Racing) wasted his second place by spinning at hairpin at the end of the first lap. Tom Guinchard (Steve Mole Motorsport) had a misfire from the start, and would pull off on his second lap. All this, and some good driving on the opening lap, promoted Keith Dempsey (Cliff Dempsey Racing) to second place. For three laps he pressured Sherwood, finally finding his way through a small gap at Clark Curve on lap 4. Dempsey’s team-mate Paul Dagg fell back into the clutches of Robert Scott (Status Motorsport) who managed to pass him two laps later. Dagg was then involved in a scrap for fourth place with Robert Doornbos (D C Racing), Sven Frindelius (Performance Racing), Lance Robson (Cyclone Racing) and Morgan Dempsey (Seam Renson Racing) which lasted for most of the race.
By the end, Doornbos had come up to fourth ahead of Frindelius and Robson. Noel Roddy (Irish Racing Cars), winner of an Irish round at Mondello Park earlier this year, outbraked himself into Clark and ended up in the gravel. Peter Gustafson (Marque Cars Racing) pulled into the pits because his visor steamed up and he could not see.
Keith Dempsey’s win promoted him to overall lead of the Europa Cup Ireland, while Justin Sherwood’s second place consolidated his lead of the Europa Cup Britain.
<pre> Race 1 (20 Laps)
No. Name Nat Team Time 1 9 Keith Dempsey IRL Cliff Dempsey Racing 21:32.892 2 11 Justin Sherwood GBR Marque Cars Racing + 9.24 3 66 Robert Scott GBR Status Motorsport + 22.80 4 4 Robert Doornbos NLD D C Racing +34.84 5 3 Sven Frindelius SWE Performance Racing +42.78 6 69 Lance Robson GBR Cyclone Racing + 46.27 7 27 Morgan Dempsey IRL Seam Renson Racing + 48.64 8 8 Paul Dagg IRL Cliff Dempsey Racing + 50.54 9 10 Henry O’Friel IRL Leslie Wright Racing + 50.90 10 1 Vivion Daly IRL Vivion Daly Racing + 63.45
Leading Championship Positions
Europa Cup Ireland
1 Keith Dempsey 58 2 Morgan Dempsey 56 3 Robert Scott 50 4 Vivion Daly 49 5 Paul Dagg 42