PHOENIX PARK MOTOR RACES
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