Disappointing return to the stages- with Tonya Fortune

May 19, 2013 by Tonya Fortune  

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Tonya sporting the motorsport.ie logo on the Carlow Stages Rally. Photo: John Carey

Sunday 12th May saw my return to the stages, on the Carlow Stages Rally, on the back roads around Tullow. Myself and Dan arrived at the rally hoping for a good result, following all the work that had been put into improving the car over the course of the last few months. The morning saw us greeted by rain as we prepared to head out onto the first loop... [Read more...]

Tonya Fortune: The first event of the year!

April 16, 2013 by Tonya Fortune  

Tonya with her newly prepared Opel Corsa on the Wexford Hillclimb

So as you all know, I’ve spent that last few weeks having a bit of work done on the car before heading back out last weekend for the Wexford Hillclimb. Little did I know how last minute it would be, and with only getting the car back late Friday evening, I was left in the position of being unable to have any real test drive before the event. Saturday... [Read more...]

Richard Bradley: I’m looking forward to a great year with KCMG!

March 14, 2013 by Richard Randle  

I’m looking forward to a great year with KCMG

I started racing when I was 8 after my dad took me karting for my birthday. He used to race historic cars and I used to go with him to watch so there was always an interest. It expanded from there and I graduated to national club races in England for 2000 and 2001, before in 2002 I made my break into British Championship competition. This is the first... [Read more...]

Breezemount Motorsport: Pre Season Test Miles

March 4, 2013 by Stuart Parker  

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eBay Motors BTCC driver Colin Turkington with Kirkistown's Richard Young and Breezemount boss Philip Shields

Testing is well underway now that the first buds of spring are showing on the verges of Ards peninsula on route to Kirkistown racing circuit. It’s not a case of just hitting the tarmac, we have a scheduled testing program laid out determined by our objectives for the year, which for us is a concentrated learning curve with the front wheel drive Seat... [Read more...]

Tonya Fortune: Exciting times ahead!

February 22, 2013 by Tonya Fortune  

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We're hoping to return to the South East Stages in Carlow or on the Rock! Photo: John Carey – www.johncareyphotography.com

So as I’m writing, I’m in the process of having a new engine fitted to the car, and my first entry of the season has been posted! I’m due out on the 23rd March for the Wexford Motor Club Hillclimb, and it looks like being quite an interesting weekend, as it will be my first event with the new engine fitted. My last outing was in late December,... [Read more...]

60 seconds with Tommy Byrne

February 15, 2013 by Leo  

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Tommy recalls the race of his life as a celebrity race at Snetterton in 1982

Name: Tommy Byrne Age: 54 Occupation: Driver Coach Instructor Road Car: Mazda Miata Crashed & Byrned is a book about Tommy’s life as a racing driver Dream Road Car: Porsche GT3R Race of My Life: Celebrity Race at Snetterton 1982 Biggest Supporter: John McCambridge Favourite Food: Mince meat and mash potatoes It’s Motorsport.ie’s round-... [Read more...]

Jamie Masterson: New season ..New bike.. Its all go for the JMR squad!!

February 13, 2013 by Jamie Masterson  

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With the new season looming and D day getting closer, it's all go to get both me and the bike 110 percent for the 2013 championship.

With the new season looming and D day getting closer, it’s all go to get both me and the bike 110 percent for the 2013 championship. I’m still undecided exactly which championship to compete in, but should be wiser in the next few weeks.. Last week I travelled over to Spain with Wolsley Coulter to Circuito Cartegena for a week test to try... [Read more...]

60 seconds with Matt Griffin

February 8, 2013 by Tony Gregory  

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Matt Griffin has recently signed a deal that will see him join Ram Racing for the European Le Mans Series

Name: Matt Griffin Age: 30 Occupation: Racing Driver GT Road Car: Mercedes 250 CDI Dream Road Car: Ferrari 288 GTO or Lancia Delta Race Car: Ferrari 458 Italia LMGTE Dream Race Car: Italian Race of My Life: 2008 International GT Open, driving AF Corse’s 430 GT2. Went from 18th to the lead on the last lap Biggest Supporter: Robin Mortimer Favourite... [Read more...]

Barry Rabbitt: Flying solo!

February 5, 2013 by Barry Rabbitt  

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Andrew Morris was the class of the day in his BMRT Subaru. Photo: Sarah Byrne

My first visit to Mondello Park of the year was in an official capacity, that of commentator in fact. Regular announcer Matt Feeney was busy celebrating his birthday and had asked me to cover for him. Over the years I have helped Matt and Motorsport.ie boss, Leo Nulty, out behind the mic but this was to be my first proper solo attempt. I was hoping... [Read more...]

Breezemount Motorsport: Winter Hibernation

February 1, 2013 by Stuart Parker  

Awakening the GP2 from hibernation
Awakening the GP2 from hibernation

Just because there isn’t any racing during the off season of winter, doesn’t mean there is no work to be done, just the opposite in fact. The cars are always in need of attention either due to component lifing measures or due to the plain fact that TLC is required to some tired looking parts. Driver safety and car reliability are the number one... [Read more...]

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