PHOENIX PARK MO­TOR RACES

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Demon­stra­tion laps from a Jor­dan For­mula 1 car will be one of the high­lights when the Phoenix Park Mo­tor Races re­turn this sum­mer.

The pop­u­lar event held in the Dublin park will re­turn for the first time since 2012, with or­gan­is­ers con­fi­dent it will be a suc­cess.

It will take place on the Ir­ish Bank Hol­i­day week­end (July 30/31) and Rubens Bar­richello’s 1993 Jor­dan 193 car is set to be one of the stars on the Tar­mac.

“It’s com­ing along well,” says or­gan­iser Trevor Kin­sella. “We’ve man­aged to get the Jor­dan to do ex­hi­bi­tion laps on both days and the car will also be on dis­play. That car has a lot of his­tory as it is the first F1 car Bar­richello raced and Martin Don­nelly also tested it af­ter his Lotus crash. It’s great news and I think that will re­ally catch peo­ple’s at­ten­tion.

“We’ve had big sup­port from all the Ir­ish rac­ing classes – it’s been four years since the last event so ev­ery­body wants the races to be back on. We plan to have 12 dif­fer­ent classes rac­ing over the week­end and are try­ing to make best use of the timetable.”

Kin­sella adds that the pad­dock has been moved and will be ad­ja­cent to the main straight. “This will make it more compact and gives a bet­ter at­mos­phere,” he says. SL

For the first time since 2012, the Brit­car 24 Hours took place at Sil­ver­stone last year.

Now the event has a new di­rec­tion af­ter be­ing taken over by 24H Se­ries or­gan­iser Creven­tic.

Noise lim­its had threat­ened to con­sign the twice-around-the-clock event to the his­tory books but now a com­pro­mise ap­pears to have been reached. For this year’s edi­tion of the en­duro there will be no GT cars or pro­to­types, only tour­ing cars will be al­lowed.

Al­though this means it won’t count to­wards the 24H Se­ries cham­pi­onship, the pro­vi­sional en­try still looks strong, with many Euro­pean teams join­ing Bri­tish squads on the list.

Over 50 cars are set to com­pete in the April 2/3 event. A range of dif­fer­ent pro­duc­tion cars will take part, in­clud­ing works-as­sisted Peu­geot 208 Gtis, and a plethora of BMWS, Re­nault Clios and SEAT Leons.

Per­haps a for­mat has now been found that will en­sure the 24 Hours can be­come a per­ma­nent fix­ture on the cal­en­dar again. SL

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