Mondello’s Birrane tribute
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.”