Bray People - - NEWS - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

SEÁN MCCOR­MACK from Delgany has won the IAME X30 Ju­nior Mo­tor­sport Ire­land Na­tional Kart­ing Cham­pi­onship.

Seán, a sec­ond-year pupil at St Ger­ard’s, will now take part in the IAME World Fi­nals in Le Mans, France in Oc­to­ber.

The X30 Ju­nior Cham­pi­onhip caters for driv­ers aged 11 to 15.

The 2017 Ir­ish Cham­pi­onship went down to the wire with the lead­ing two driv­ers com­pet­ing right up un­til the fi­nal race which was held on the Ty­nagh track in Co Gal­way.

The race was filled with con­tro­versy and after 11 laps Sean was hit by an­other kart from be­hind but he quickly re­cov­ered to go on to win the cham­pi­onship.

This is Sean’s sec­ond Ir­ish Ti­tle and the first time he will be rep­re­sent­ing his coun­try abroad. At the worlds, he will be rac­ing with Team Dan Hol­land Rac­ing, a very pres­ti­gious UK based team.

All the top driv­ers from around the world will be com­pet­ing against each other, and this year there will be 140 com­peti­tors from age 11 to 15.

Sean lives in Delgany and is the el­dest of five chil­dren. He has al­ways had a keen in­ter­est in mo­tor­sport and joined a club in Ath­boy, County West­meath when he was just six years old.

Fol­low­ing his suc­cesses at club level, he start com­pet­ing na­tion­ally when his was eight, win­ning his first ti­tle last year at the age of 12 – when he be­came the Cadet Kart­ing Cham­pion of Ire­land.

Sean’s other achieve­ments in­clude win­ning the Race of Cham­pi­ons three times. He is the only driver in its his­tory to have achieved this. The Race of Cham­pi­ons is an an­nual kart­ing event with a cov­eted per­pet­ual tro­phy held in Ire­land where all kart­ing en­thu­si­asts come to­gether to com­pete against each other.

His younger brother, Jake (12), has also started rac­ing with his Team Daly Mo­tor­sport. To­gether, they are hop­ing to be the Ir­ish Schu­mach­ers! ‘Driv­ing com­pet­i­tively is re­ally fun be­cause I get to drive at high speeds. I like the in­ten­sity of rac­ing and ide­ally I would like to have a ca­reer in rac­ing or mo­tor­sport in the fu­ture,’ said Sean.

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