Mon­dello’s Bir­rane trib­ute

Autosport (UK) - - CLUB AUTOSPORT | NATIONAL NEWS - DEREK BELL TRO­PHY PAUL LAWRENCE

The Derek Bell Tro­phy will play a lead­ing role in the Ir­ish His­toric Rac­ing Fes­ti­val, which marks 50 years of Mon­dello Park on Au­gust 18-19.

As well as cel­e­brat­ing the Ir­ish cir­cuit’s half cen­tury, the event will also be a cel­e­bra­tion of the life of en­tre­pre­neur and Mon­dello Park owner Martin Bir­rane, who died in early June, aged 82.

Bir­rane was also the owner of Lola from 1997 un­til 2012, so the pres­ence of sev­eral Lo­las in the en­try has an added sig­nif­i­cance.

“The week­end will now be a cel­e­bra­tion of Martin Bir­rane’s life as well as Mon­dello Park,” said HSCC chair­man and For­mula 5000 racer Frank Lyons. “Martin had been putting a lot of ef­fort into the event.”

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