Pho­tos: Michael Ch­ester, Gary Hawkins, Jakob Ebrey Tro­phy awarded to the se­ries for the first time

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The BOSS Ire­land cat­e­gory will be awarded the his­toric Le­in­ster Tro­phy for the first time this sea­son.

For the past two years the Tro­phy has been for For­mula Ford 1600 but last sea­son the event had a low en­try with just 10 cars tak­ing part, caus­ing the Le­in­ster Mo­tor Club to look at other cat­e­gories.

BOSS is open to any sin­gle­seaters and, with no lim­i­ta­tions, it at­tracts the fastest cars in Ire­land and has now been awarded the Mon­dello Park event on Septem­ber 18.

“The Le­in­ster Tro­phy is awarded based on the classes who ap­ply for it,” said the LMC’S Trevor Gray. “The last two years it has been For­mula Ford and they wanted to try and build it up into an event like the Martin Don­nelly Tro­phy or Wal­ter Hayes Tro­phy. The Tro­phy was awarded to Fford for the fore­see­able fu­ture but when only 10 cars turned up last year it was the end of that.

“We had ap­pli­ca­tions from For­mula Sheane and BOSS this year and it was a tough one [to de­cide]. With For­mula Sheane you’re guar­an­teed close rac­ing as there’s just one car while BOSS can have any­thing. With the BOSS ap­pli­ca­tion they were talk­ing about get­ting a Jor­dan F1 car to do demo laps and about pro­mot­ing the event in news­pa­pers. They would also pro­mote mo­tor­sport in gen­eral and put on more of a show. Al­though BOSS races can be pro­ces­sional they are nice, noisy cars. We took a risk to go with them, as they will pro­mote the sport and try to build up the event, rather than say it has to be a great race.”

Class co­or­di­na­tor Dave Smyth added: “We are de­lighted that the LMC have de­cided to award the Le­in­ster Tro­phy to our class for the first time. We have the fastest cars in the coun­try and have some ex­cit­ing plans for the race. We have had some in­ter­est from over­seas driv­ers.”

The Tro­phy has a long list of win­ners, in­clud­ing For­mula 1 cham­pi­ons Ayr­ton Senna, Mika Hakki­nen and Mike Hawthorn.

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