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Motor Sport News - - Racing News - BYRNE LEAVES IR­ISH YOUNG DRIVER SEAT Byrne has quit Van Diemen Thun­der 500 Hot Rods, p37

The BRDC Bri­tish For­mula 3 Cham­pi­onship sets its grid for the third race of the week­end by us­ing a driver’s fastest lap time recorded in ei­ther race one or race two, not just from race two as re­ported in Mo­tor­sport News last week.

Jake Byrne has left the Mo­tor­sport Ire­land Young Driver pro­gramme af­ter fail­ing to find a so­lu­tion to a lack of pace in the Mi-run Van Diemen LA10.

Byrne won last year’s Young Driver Award, grant­ing him a fully-funded sea­son in the Bri­tish Rac­ing and Sports Car Club For­mula Ford 1600 Na­tional Cham­pi­onship, plus other se­lect events in the UK and Ire­land.

Jonny Mcmul­lan won the award for last year, and won the 2015 Na­tional and Triple Crown cham­pi­onships in the very same ma­chine.

But Byrne feels his calls to im­prove the car have fallen on deaf ears as his pace hasn’t re­flected that of his 2015 per­for­mance in his own Ray GR13. Byrne pulled out of last week­end’s Na­tional FF1600 rounds at Rock­ing­ham, and will re­vert to run­ning his own Ray from Brands Hatch [July 9/10] on­wards.

“We’ve been way off the pace, we’ve tried to find a so­lu­tion to the prob­lem but they [Mo­tor­sport Ire­land] couldn’t find a res­o­lu­tion we could use,” said Byrne. “There was no ex­tra test­ing of­fered, they wouldn’t let any­one else to drive the car to see what the prob­lem was. Even­tu­ally I had to say I can’t just keep ar­riv­ing at a race week­end not know­ing if the car is go­ing to be good enough.

“There was a lot of thought put into it and I wouldn’t have done it if I didn’t think it was the best op­tion. Any­thing like this, it’s dif­fi­cult for ev­ery­one. We’re both dis­ap­pointed with the out­come.”

Byrne has a best fin­ish of sixth so far this sea­son but has strug­gled to make in­roads into the top 10 in most races. He only com­peted in a hand­ful of Na­tional rounds last year but reg­u­larly con­tended for podium spots. He’s hop­ing he can re­turn to that with his Ray.

A state­ment from Mo­tor­sport Ire­land read: “Jake Byrne has ad­vised Mo­tor­sport in Ire­land that he is with­draw­ing from the Young Driver of the Year Award.

“The na­tional gov­ern­ing body is dis­ap­pointed that Jake is un­able to con­tinue.”

The car was run by Bernard Dolan. He was un­avail­able for com­ment as MN went to press.

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