CRASH AND BURN, RTE1, THURS­DAY 10.15PM

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Sean O Cualain’s en­gag­ing doc­u­men­tary tells the story of Dun­dalk rac­ing driver Tommy Byrne’s all-too-brief For­mula One ca­reer. In the early 1980s Tommy cut his teeth driv­ing lo­cal stock car races be­fore mov­ing to Eng­land to com­pete in For­mula Ford. His skill, fear­less­ness and knack of get­ting the best out of his car quickly got him no­ticed, as he won race af­ter race and just four years later he was given his chance to com­pete in For­mula One. He got a test drive in the McLaren team and clocked the quick­est time to that point by a McLaren on the Sil­ver­stone track. How­ever no of­fer of a drive fol­lowed and he wound up driv­ing for the Theodore team. He left For­mula One and made a name for him­self in the Amer­i­can Rac­ing Se­ries.

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