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Motor Sport News - - Racing News - By Rob Lad­brook

Jor­dan Dempsey will com­pete at a hat-trick of pres­ti­gious For­mula Ford 1600 events this year af­ter gain­ing the sup­port of Mo­tor­sport Ire­land.

Dempsey, 16, has been given the op­por­tu­nity of rac­ing the Mo­tor­sport Ire­land-backed Van Diemen LA10 for this week­end’s Martin Don­nelly Tro­phy at Kirk­istown, the For­mula Ford Fes­ti­val at Brands Hatch and the Wal­ter Hayes Tro­phy at Sil­ver­stone.

The car – run by Bernard Dolan – is tra­di­tion­ally en­tered for the win­ner of the an­nual Mo­tor­sport Ire­land Young Driver of the Year Award. How­ever, this year’s win­ner Jake Byrne opted to leave the pro­gramme ear­lier this sea­son and re­vert to us­ing his own car.

Reign­ing Ginetta Ju­nior Ire­land cham­pion Dempsey has been handed the op­por­tu­nity in­stead, him­self a two-time nom­i­nee for the award.

Dempsey comes from a rac­ing fam­ily, with his fa­ther Mor­gan Jr a reg­u­lar in FF1600 and his grand un­cle Cliff Dempsey a prom­i­nent team owner. He has raced in the UK Na­tional FF1600 this year, tak­ing a best fin­ish of fourth at Don­ing­ton Park.

Mor­gan Jr said: “Jor­dan was speech­less when we got the of­fer. It’s a re­ally spe­cial chance for him, but there’s no pres­sure on him for any of the events.

“This drive is a very dif­fer­ent tem­plate for Jor­dan com­pared to the guys in the car be­fore. He’s only just tak­ing it on at the end of the year whereas pre­vi­ous drivers have had the full year and their pro­gramme peaks at the tro­phy events. It’s about learn­ing for Jor­dan.

“It’s also good for him to go and race with Bernard and get out of the fam­ily en­vi­ron­ment as that’s how you grow as a driver. Get­ting out of your com­fort zone pushes your lim­its.

“Jor­dan has a lot to learn. The chas­sis is a newer gen­er­a­tion than he’s used to and he’s never driven Brands Hatch Indy or Sil­ver­stone Na­tional be­fore. It’s a great op­por­tu­nity.”

Mo­tor­sport Ire­land has stated that Dempsey’s per­for­mance in the car will have no bear­ing on his chances for the 2017 Ir­ish Young Driver prize.

Dempsey will get a shot at triple tro­phies Dempsey will run in Mo­tor­sport Ire­land Van Diemen

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