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BOSS Ire­land or­gan­is­ers will of­fer free race en­tries to any sin­gle­seater driv­ers from the UK main­land wish­ing to com­pete at this year’s Le­in­ster Tro­phy event.

Or­gan­is­ers of the Big Open Sin­gle­Seater class have put up a to­tal of 1750 euro [£1510] to fund free race en­tries and garages for five driv­ers from Eng­land, Wales or Scot­land to bol­ster the grid for the pres­ti­gious Le­in­ster Tro­phy event, which takes place at Mon­dello Park on Septem­ber 17/18.

BOSS Ire­land will race for the his­toric tro­phy – pre­vi­ously won by driv­ers such as Ayr­ton Senna and Mika Hakki­nen – for the first time this year, and or­gan­is­ers are keen to bring some in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion to the grid.

Class reg­u­lar Barry Rab­bitt has been work­ing with or­gan­is­ers to help ar­range the of­fer, and the group is also work­ing to se­cure sub­sidised ferry cross­ings to lower costs fur­ther.

Rab­bitt said: “The Le­in­ster Tro­phy has his­tor­i­cally al­ways been an event that at­tracted in­ter­na­tional en­tries, but in re­cent years we’ve lost that, so this is a plan to bring in a bit of flair by help­ing dif­fer­ent driv­ers and cars make the trip across.

“BOSS is open to vir­tu­ally any sin­gle-seater, so cars from UK classes like Mono­posto, F3 Cup, For­mula Ford 1600 and more are all wel­come, we’ve even had a con­ver­sa­tion about some­body bring­ing over a BRDC Bri­tish For­mula 3 Cham­pi­onship car. Our grids have av­er­aged about 15 cars so far this sea­son and the com­pe­ti­tion has been very healthy.

“Rac­ing for the Le­in­ster Tro­phy is a spe­cial chance to pro­mote the class. A few peo­ple have raised the point that the quicker cars like F3 and such will walk it, but Mon­dello is a tight and tech­ni­cal cir­cuit and isn’t an easy place to run away with a race. It al­ways throws up a sur­prise or two.

“We have 27 en­tries con­firmed for the Le­in­ster Tro­phy race al­ready and re­ally want the last five on the grid to come from the UK.”

Any driv­ers wish­ing to reg­is­ter their in­ter­est in the free race en­try scheme for the Le­in­ster Tro­phy should con­tact BOSS coordinator Dave Smyth on

BOSS Ire­land will race for Le­in­ster Tro­phy

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