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Sunday 30 April / Monday 1 May Rounds 2 and 3 of the Europa Cup will be run at Mondello Park this coming holiday weekend as Ireland's Premier Racing Championship comes to the Co Kildare circuit for the first time. The Europa Cup is the new...

Sunday 30 April / Monday 1 May

Rounds 2 and 3 of the Europa Cup will be run at Mondello Park this coming holiday weekend as Ireland's Premier Racing Championship comes to the Co Kildare circuit for the first time.

The Europa Cup is the new title for the popular Formula Opel Championship, and this year the revitalised series features larger grids and better racing than for many years. Ireland's best young drivers are racing against some of the country's most experienced competitors in cars which are the fastest to be seen on the island's circuits.

Keith Dempsey, at 16 years of age, is the youngest of this years crop of good young talent, but he ran as high as third in the opening round at Kirkistown before mechanical problems intervened. He is joined in the Co. Meath based Cliff Dempsey Racing team by last year's Formula Ford Champion Paul Dagg, another driver to impress last time out. Teenagers Robert Scott, a Formula Ford 1600 race winner last year, and Karting Champion Jason Curran should also be out for the first of three visits to the Republic's most important motor racing venue.

However, they are up against some former Champions who are keen to show that experience is more important than youthful enthusiasm. Despite the good showing of both Paul Dagg and Keith Dempsey, the podium at Kirkistown's first race of the year was made up of Vivion Daly (1999 Formula Opel Champion), Morgan Dempsey junior (1991 Champion) and Leslie Wright (former Formula Ford 2000 Champion), and all three will be out to prove they can do it again.

With some other excellent drivers expected to be on the grid for Monday's two races, there are sure to be lots of fireworks as the 145mph single-seaters are unleashed on Mondello Park's Intermediate Circuit.

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Series General
Drivers Robert Scott , Morgan Dempsey