March 5, 2014 by Leo Nulty
The car everyone is talking about- Brian Fitzpatrick's beautiful SEAT Supercopa. Will he go ITCC or GT?! Image from autosportpics.com
So, just a couple of weeks to go to the start of the racing season- I can’t wait! For race fans, the return to Mondello’s traditional St Patrick’s weekend season opener is fantastic but I suppose it is slightly tougher on competitors and teams, having to have the cars ready a month earlier than in recent years. 2014 already has all... [Read more...]
February 28, 2014 by Leo Nulty
Cuneely, Collier, Duke and Paul ready to go......
With the new “Champion of Mondello” bringing Formula Ford back to Mondello for 2014 the timing of this one is quite good! In the early 90s FF1600 was very strong in Ireland- as can be seen from this grid! Having already run a C and B “Star of Tomorrow” race, the qualifiers battle it out in the “Ford of Ireland”... [Read more...]
February 26, 2014 by Leo Nulty
Niall Murray will race the Bernard Dolan prepared Motorsport Ireland Van Dieman in 2014
2013 Dunlop Motorsport Ireland Young Racing Driver of the Year Niall Murray is eagerly awaiting the start of the 2014 Formula Ford Season. Having been awarded a fully funded season in the Motorsport Ireland, Dunlop and Irish Sports Council Van Diemen Formula Ford run by Bernard Dolan, Murray is keen to improve on his debut Formula Ford Season in 2013... [Read more...]
February 21, 2014 by Niall Murray
Niall at the wheel of his Festival winning Van Diemen.
I feel like it’s been absolutely years since I’ve last written a blog… probably because it has! I’m studying Engineering in Bolton Street and as you may guess it takes up a lot of time, but I promise more of these throughout the year. Well I suppose I’ll start by just giving a brief recap of 2013 As you know it was my first season in single... [Read more...]
February 3, 2014 by Leo Nulty
Some experienced names in this FF1600 grid but the young chargers leave them for dust!
The FF1600 “Star of Tomorrow” was aptly named in Irish FF1600 back in the day. It was the series the young karters raced in as they cut their teeth in car racing. There were almost always titanic battles lasting most of the season and by the seasons’ end, the frontrunners often matched the pace of the quickest guys in the “Ford... [Read more...]
January 29, 2014 by Leo Nulty
FF1600 has great history at Mondello Park and are fans excited to see it coming back!
Mondello Park has announced further details of its new for 2014, ‘Champion of Mondello’ Formula Ford Series. The Championship, which will be promoted by the circuit alongside the existing Irish Championships, is designed to bring the still highly popular Formula Fords back to Mondello on a more regular basis. The re-introduced single seater... [Read more...]
January 18, 2014 by Leo Nulty
Metro Mayhem at Dublin Corner. Image from Con Connolly.
The UK MG Metro Challenge visited The ‘Park in 1986 and somebody talked Billy Coleman into taking a drive in one. The results are hilarious with Billy describing his turn one tangle as a “Territorial Dispute”. Roger Eccles also brought his new Merc 190 over and blew away all the Production Saloons on the Saturday- the second race on... [Read more...]
January 16, 2014 by Leo Nulty
Frank O'Rourke's Corsa battles with John Burns' Alfasud Ti and Peter Faulkner's Kadett GT/E at Crawfords Corner! Image from Con Connolly
This is the full version of RTE’s coverage of the event- complete with pre race interviews, scrutiny and even a visit to the home of the late great Vivion Daly as he prepares for the event. The low speed hairpin at Crawfords Garage was where most of the action happened with Mick Fitzgerald famously destroying his 3.0 Capri bringing out the red... [Read more...]
January 8, 2014 by Leo Nulty
In the mid 80s, the Irish built Crossle & Mondiale chassis were amongst the best available.
Another FF1600 battle from Mondello Park. In this one the experienced Martin Boyle in the latest Mondiale, battles with Pat Duffy, the Meath ace having stepped down from a successful FF2000 campaign, in an old Crossle, with Alan McGarrity right there too in a current Crossle. Vivion Daly is also there, having swapped from the unsuccessful Reynard FF85... [Read more...]
January 2, 2014 by The Irish Daily Star (John Kenny)
Murray capped a successful debut FF1600 year with a fantastic Formula Ford Festival win in Brands Hatch, before being crowned MI Young Driver of the Year!
Motorsport Ireland have been asked by the Motorsport Association (MSA), the governing body of British Motorsport, to impose a six month suspension on Niall Murray, the newly crowned Dunlop/Motorsport Ireland Young Racing Driver of the year. The 18 year old was crowned the 2013 Young Racing Driver of the Year earlier this month (December), an award which... [Read more...]