Busy spell for Motor Club
Wexford Motor Club's eagerly-anticipated 2016 club championship got off to a flying start with the first round taking place in R-One Karting in Kerlogue, Wexford.
A total of 25 club members battled it out in the first of the social rounds, which are always super competitive and exciting to watch. Competitors were divided into four groups before taking on their rivals in qualifying and competitive racing rounds with the aim of scoring points to progress to the finals.
Racing took place on two separate track layouts in order to minimise advantage from any previous practice sessions. Each driver scored points based on the position they finished in two races, before being randomly placed in new groups and competing in more races. After four qualifying sessions and four races, the eight drivers with the most points scored progressed to the finals.
Seán Cahill finished first, with Seán Leacy securing second place and James Sinnott taking third spot.
There was plenty of wheel-to-wheel action with Des Byrne and Mark Cooper having a racing incident in corner number three, but Des came out the better of that encounter, with sheer willpower and determination helping him to gain the position from Mark.
Another notable mention was George Leech. Fresh from his 70th birthday celebrations, George had the drive of the night to finish a hugely impressive fourth overall.
Graham Scallan, Chairman, said: 'I was delighted with the turn-out. It was great to see so much fun and positivity from drivers and spectators as we launch our new season of competitive racing. I am very pleased to have the club championship back for 2016 and I would like to thank John McGrath, Garry Bradley and Johnny Looby for all their hard work in getting the new season started'.
The club would also like to thank Roman and the team in R-One Karting who were excellent hosts and helped to ensure that the first round went off smoothly.
The club championship is open to existing members, and anyone wishing to join Wexford Motor Club, for €10 per year. A number of new members joined the club and there is plenty to look forward to, with another social night to take place before the end of March.
To view the results from the first round in full, please visit the Wexford Motor Club website (www.wexfordmotorclub.ie) or visit the Wexford Motor Club Facebook page.
If you would like to get involved, please contact John on 087-4449234.
Wexford Motor Club launched the new Youth Academy in the Riverbank House Hotel, Wexford. This Academy is an exciting new initiative to nurture and encourage more local young people into motorsport.
The turn-out was excellent, with 44 children between the ages of eight and 16 signing up for the Academy.
The morning began with a video produced by club member Jonathan Looby to introduce the new Youth Academy, before Graham Scallan (Chairman) officially welcomed everyone with an insightful history of how the club was formed.
Club member Garry Bradley presented a slideshow giving a breakdown of the aim of the Youth Academy and the course content. The key message was safety, to 'keep the race in its place', with the message delivered flawlessly with the help of some of the children and adults present who were dressed up as drivers, marshals and fire officers!
A display of buggies and rally cars, assembled by John McGrath and crew, was much appreciated and made everything a bit more real and exciting for the children. The children were also treated to a dazzling karting display and Youth Academy sponsors, Team CRG, were present to give the children some hands-on experience of the karts that they will be racing and some insight into what it is like to be competing in karting at a high level.
Of course, Team CRG are providing the excellent prize at the end of the season of an all-expenses paid works drive with the team.
Other attendees were Youth Academy sponsors R-One Karting, and Art McCarrick, Sport Development Officer at Motorsport Ireland who said: 'The energy behind this Youth Academy is phenomenal. Garry, John and Jonathan have put in a huge amount of work to get it to this stage.
'We are all very proud to be part of this ground-breaking Academy and are very excited to see the young people progress and develop through our workshops over the coming months.
'They are the future of motorsport, and we will do what we can to help them pursue their dreams.'
Wexford Motor Club would like to thank all who attended and club members who helped on the launch day, with special thanks to Garry Bradley, John McGrath and Jonathan Looby who are running the Youth Academy.