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Mayo & District Motorsport Club’s rising star, Paul Sammin, the 20-year old from Louisburgh, County Mayo has been selected as Irish Motorsport’s "Young Driver of the Month" for August. In his debut season in Formula Europa, Paul is currently lying third in the nine race series having had three podium finishes to date in the 2000 c.c. single-seater category.
The award is seen as a significant milestone for Mayo & District Motorsport Club as it’s the first occasion that a member has received such a prestigious accolade. Club Chairman, Tom Tuffy, expressed his good wishes to Paul on hearing the announcement. "On behalf of Mayo & District Motorsport Club, I congratulate Paul on his significant achievement in winning this Irish Motorsport‘ Young Driver of the Month’ award. It’s a great honour, not only for Mayo motorsport, but also waves the chequered flag for the West of Ireland." "Here’s to him taking the big prize at the end of the year," added Tom.
In being selected Paul qualifies to be a finalist in the "Young Driver of the Year" award scheme which is worth a package of £25,000 to the ultimate winner later this year. The former Formula Vee Novice Champion joins Alan Dwyer (May), Michael Devaney (June) and Richard Faulkner (July) who have already qualified as finalists.
"The Young Racing Driver of the Year" scheme has been devised by Motorsport Ireland and is being backed by The Irish Sports Council and Irish Dunlop, both of whom have agreed to support the scheme for three years. The new scheme complements Motorsport Ireland’s Billy Coleman Award, which is a similar venture for young aspiring rally drivers. This Award initiated by Mayo & District Motorsport Club is also backed by the Irish Sports Council.
Last month it was announced that as part of the winning package the "Young Driver of the Year" will go to the Derek Daly Performance Driving Academy in Los Angeles in January of next year.
The new scheme has been devised with the assistance of the Irish Sports Council to encourage the development of Ireland’s best young racing drivers. Six finalists are being announced on a monthly basis. These six will go to a final judging process out of which will emerge "The Young Racing Driver of the Year". The overall winner will be announced in December.