2013 Season Review- with Sean Doyle
January 20, 2014 by Sean Doyle
During my debut season in FF1600, I learned a lot regarding setting up the car and working within a team environment. For the majority of the season I was the only driver in the MCP team but when there was a second driver I was in good company with names such as Patrick McKenna, Robert Barrable, Rod McGovern and even Morgan Demspey (team owner), who did the Walter Hayes at the end of the season. It’s always good to have another driver to compare data with over the race weekend and you can always help each other out. I had a good first season and only got stronger and stronger as it went on, learning each time I stepped into the car. I’ve raced in many different classes in my short period of racing and the FF1600 has definitely been the most difficult class with so many strong drivers and all the cars pretty much identical everyone was on the same playing field. The championship was so close coming into the Leinster Trophy weekend at Mondello with very little separating the top 5, which just goes to show how much of a great class it is. When we went to the UK for the Brands Hatch Formula Ford Festival and the Silverstone for the Walter Hayes Trophy the luck just wasn’t on our side. In Brands we had a problem with the carburettor and finished our qualifying early so already we were on the back foot for the first heat and we were going really strong in testing so that was a big shame for us. When you have those kind of problems and when you learn to overcome them it really is what makes you a better driver- not to dwell on the past and to focus on the future. I thoroughly enjoyed 2013, I was with a great team , we spent a lot of time with each other over the year and was great to work with them and I had great support from everyone. I’d just like to thanks Nissan Ireland, Mondello Park, Motorsport.ie also Truly Scrumptious Sweets and Treats Wicklow for their support at the Leinster Trophy weekend. Hope you all had a good Christmas looking forward to seeing you all at the track very shortly.