Sean in the driv­ing seat for Ital­ian job

Bray People - - Q & A -

Q: Racing re­mote con­trol cars is an un­usual sport, how did you get into it? A: Well my mum and dad brought me to the Mo­tor Show ex­hi­bi­tion in the RDS when I was about seven-years-old and I saw a demon­stra­tion there and they were show­ing dif­fer­ent re­mote con­trol For­mula One racing cars. I was fas­ci­nated with them and re­ally wanted to have a go and get one for my­self but my par­ents thought I was a bit young at the time. We went again the next year and my par­ents saw that I still had the same in­ter­est so they bought me one of the cars. The guys do­ing the demon­stra­tion were from a club called the NNAI based in Ra­heny and I joined that and started racing there. About two years later I was ap­proached by Ser­pent to race for their team and from there I started racing at a na­tional level. The NNAI don’t ex­ist any­more so now I’m a mem­ber of the club ORCA who are based in St. Anne’s Park in Ra­heny. Q: Have you al­ways had an in­ter­est in the real For­mula One racing? A: Yeah I’ve al­ways watched it on telly and have been fas­ci­nated with the sport so it was great to find that I could do it just on a smaller scale. The cars I drive are 1/8 to the scale of a real car and they can reach a speed of 115 kilo­me­tres. Af­ter each race I have to take the car apart and clean the bear­ings so I’m learn­ing a lot about For­mula One cars while I’m do­ing it. Q: You’re 14-years-old now, where have you rep­re­sented Ire­land in your cho­sen sport? A: As part of the Ser­pent team I have raced in Eng­land twice, Por­tu­gal twice, Spain once and next week I will be trav­el­ling to Italy for a Grand Prix this week­end. I’ve done well in all the races which is great feel­ing to be away from home and to do well. Q: How does it feel to be the youngest com­peti­tor in your cho­sen sport? A: It feels great to have achieved so much at my age but I do get ner­vous be­fore races be­cause I’m aware that I’m much younger than the rest of the driv­ers who are usu­ally in their twen­ties or thir­ties. In the last race there was a guy who was about 18 or 20 so that wasn’t too bad. But it’s such a great feel­ing rep­re­sent­ing my coun­try abroad be­cause not that many peo­ple get to do that at my age and I’m do­ing it through some­thing that I love. Q: What is your typ­i­cal day, how to do train for com­pe­ti­tions? A: I don’t prac­tise that much dur­ing the week but at week­ends I go out to St. Anne’s park on both days for a few hours and prac­tise on the track there. I also prac­tise on the playsta­tion be­cause it helps with de­vel­op­ing my con­trol and con­cen­tra­tion that are both very im­por­tant when it comes to a race. Q: What year are you in now in school and has trav­el­ling to com­pe­ti­tions and train­ing af­fected school at all? A: I’m in third year in Co­laiste Raithin in Bray now and so far the racing hasn’t re­ally af­fected school be­cause most of the races hap­pen in the sum­mer. But when I go to Italy this week I will be miss­ing about four days from school so I’ll just have to bring my books with me and do my home­work and stuff there. Q: How do you feel about the up­com­ing Grand Prix in Italy? A: I am a bit ner­vous but I came third in the Ir­ish Na­tion­als and that is how I qual­i­fied for the Grand Prix so I should be ok. I al­ways get ner­vous be­fore a race but then I calm my­self down and on the day I’m usu­ally ok, so Italy won’t be too much dif­fer­ent to any other race. Q: Do you get Fam­ily sup­port? A: Yeah my fam­ily are a hun­dred per­cent be­hind me. My dad Vin­cent is my me­chanic so he comes to all my races and my mum He­lena comes to as many as she can. My granny Bri­die and my grand­dad Ge­orge also give me great sup­port and are al­ways there if I need any­thing, which is great. Q: You’re still so young, what are your plans for the fu­ture? A: When I’m older I would like to be a race car driv­ing in­struc­tor or have some­thing to do with mo­tor racing. Of course I’d love to be a For­mula One driver but I don’t think I’d ever have the money to do it. In the near fu­ture for next year I hope to qual­ify for the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships and maybe get a new car or new en­gines.

Sean Doyle with his 1/8th Scale car Ser­pent 960-08.

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