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The Future of Irish Motorsport Secured Dunlop Motorsport Ireland Awards 2013

A very successful year for Irish racing and rally drivers, both home and abroad, culminated with the Dunlop Motorsport Ireland Awards 2013 in Dublin this week. The highlight of the ceremony is marked by the presentation of the prestigious Manley Memorial Trophy to the International Driver of the year and the awarding of the Billy Coleman and Sexton Trophies to two of Ireland’s greatest prospects for future success.

Commenting at the awards, Joe Corcoran, President, Motorsport Ireland, said “2013 has been an amazing year for Irish Motorsport. We have had champions crowned in Europe, drivers becoming internet phenomena because of spectacular finishes in the USA; brothers battle it out for national championships and the list goes on. Today is about recognising these high achievers and identifying the future champions who will compete and win on the world stage for Ireland. With the talent that we are celebrating today I feel that the future for Irish Motorsport is looking very secure.”

The Manley Memorial Trophy is awarded by a select panel of motorsport media to the driver who has not only proven to be a success on the track but also has acted as a positive role model and ambassador for the sport. Joining such luminaries as Craig Breen and Keith Cronin, Derek Tohill, the current FIA European Rallycross Champion in the Touring Car category, was named Driver of the Year at the Dunlop Irish Motorsport Awards in Dublin.

Derek Tohill commented, “Becoming the European Rallycross champion for the second time is a fantastic feeling and to have my continued efforts to win and improve recognised today has topped off my year. I hope that this belief in me will be reciprocated when I start next season and hopefully bring home another championship title for Ireland.”

An integral part of the Dunlop Motorsport Ireland Awards 2013 is the presentation of the Billy Coleman and Sexton Trophies to two up and coming drivers who have the potential to represent their country at the highest levels. The winners both receive financial support to help them move onto the next step of the professional rallying and racing circuit but, more importantly, they benefit from the guidance of professionals who have assisted young drivers become international success stories in the past.

The Billy Coleman Award for the Young Rally Driver of the Year went to Monaghan’s Stephen Wright ahead of runners up Robert Duggan and Josh Moffett. Wright is one of Ireland’s best young drivers and was a runner up himself in the award last year. This year Wright put in some excellent performances which included victory in the Production Car class in the Irish Tarmac Championship and in both the Donegal International Rally and the Cavan round of the Dunlop National series. Wright will now receive €50,000 worth of support for the 2014 season when he intends to compete in the Belgian Rally Cup.


The Dunlop Sexton Trophy for the Young Racing Driver of the Year was awarded to Niall Murray ahead of runners up Stephen Daly and Jonny McMullan. The Dublin driver excelled in his début year in Formula Ford, with the highlight being his victory in the internationally recognised Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch at the end of the season, when he defeated a top class field from many countries to win the Final.

Motorsport Ireland continued to honour all their National Champions at the lunch as well as individuals who have contributed to the sport throughout the year.

The Ivan Webb Memorial award for Most Outstanding Contribution to Irish Motorsport went to Ann FitzGerald from Carrick-on-Suir Motor Club who has been an integral part of the Irish motorsport community for many years. The JC Millard Memorial Award for Clubman of the Year went to Marty Kinsella from Wexford Motor Club for his contribution both as an organiser and a competitor.

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Paul Phelan – Motorsport Ireland – 01-6775628 or 086-2514193

Richard Burke – Motorsport Ireland PRO 086-8167822

 

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Notes for the Editor

Other awards presented at the ceremony are listed below

 

Motorsport Ireland Dunlop Champions of Irish Motorsport Awards

Winners:

 

International Driver of the Year Award – Derek Tohill

Billy Coleman Young Rally Driver of the Year – Stephen Wright

Dunlop Sexton Young Racing Driver of the Year – Niall Murray

Dunlop National Stage Rally Champion Driver – Declan Boyle

Dunlop National Stage Rally Champion Navigator – Brian Boyle

National Forestry Rally Champion Driver – Michael O’Brien

National Forestry Rally Champion Navigator – James O’Brien

National Navigation Trial Champion Driver – Andy Mackarel

National Navigation Trial Champion Navigator – Liam Higgins

Tarmac Rally Organisers Association Champions – Garry Jennings & Kevin Flanagan

 

National Autocross Saloon Champion – Ian O’Connell

National Autocross Special Champion – Padraic McHale

National Autotest Champion – Steven Ferguson

National Hillclimb / Sprint Champion – Simon McKinley

Clubman of the Year Award – Marty Kinsella

 

National Racing Champion – David Kelly

 

National Kart Champion (Formula Rotax 125 Max Class) – Shane Crosbie

National Kart Champion (KF3 Class) – Christopher O’Callaghan

National Cadet Class Champion – Harry McGovern

National KZ2 Class Champion – James O’Keeffe

National Mini Max Class Champion – William Harron

National Super 4 Class Champion – Gabriel Lodge

National Junior Max Class Champion – Cathal Mullins

 

Most Outstanding Contribution to Irish Motorsport – Ann FitzGerald

 

2013 table of winners

Clubman Champions      

Title & Trophy

Winner

Presented by

National Autocross Saloon Champion

 

Ian O’Connell

Frank O’Connell – Chair of Autocross Committee

 

National Autocross Special Champion

 

Padraic Mc Hale

Frank O’Connell

 

National Autotest Champion for 12/13

Winner of the Hewison Trophy

 

Steven Ferguson

Joe Corcoran – President of Motorsport Ireland

National Hillclimb/Sprint Champion

 

Simon McKinley

Tommy Murphy – Chair of Hillclimb & Sprint Committee

Clubman of the Year Award

Winner of the J.C.Millard Memorial Trophy

 

 

Marty Kinsella

 

Dermott Quigley, Chair of the Selection Committee to read citation.

A member of the Millard Family to present Award.

 

Kart Race Champions

Title & Trophy

Winner

Presented by

National Junior Kart Champion – from the KF 3 Class

Winner of the Neil Shanahan Memorial Trophy

 

Christopher O’Callaghan

Liam Shanahan – Father of the late Neil Shanahan

National Kart Champion - from the Formula Rotax 125 Max Class

Winner of the King Hussein of Jordan Trophy & 125 Max Trophy

 

Shane Crosbie

Pat Sheil – Chairman of MI Kart Race Committee

National Cadet Class Champion

Winner of the Dunlop Karting Champion Trophy

 

Harry McGovern

Pat Sheil

National KZ2 Class Champion

Winner of the Waterford Glass Trophy

 

James O’Keeffe

Pat Sheil

National Mini Max Champion

William Harron

Pat Sheil

 

National Super 4 Class Champion

Winner of the Martin Keegan Memorial Trophy

Gabriel Lodge

Pat Sheil

National Junior Max Champion

Winner of the Johnny Brennan Memorial Trophy

Cathal Mullins

Pat Sheil

 

The following high achievers during the year were acknowledged:

 

1)      Craig Breen

2)      Paul Nagle

3)      Charlie Eastwood

4)      Keith Cronin

5)      Aron Smith

6)      Matt Griffin

7)      Murphy Prototypes

8)      Damien Faulkner

9)      Peter Dempsey

10)  Joe Reynolds

11)  David Dickenson

12)  Killian Duffy

13)  Derek Tohill

14)  Daniel McKenna

15)  Kevin O’Hara

 

Outstanding Achievement Awards 

 Title & Trophy

 Winner

Presented by

International Driver of the Year Award

Winner of the Manley Memorial Trophy

 

Derek Tohill

Shelagh Manley

 

Title & Trophy

Winner

Presented by

Award for the Most Outstanding Contribution to Irish Motorsport

Winner of the Ivan Webb Memorial Trophy

 

Ann Marie Fitzgerald

Michael FitzSimons, Chair of Selection Panel to read citation and present Award.

 

Racing Champions

 

Title & Trophy

Winner

Presented by

National Racing Champion

Winner of the Dunlop Hawthorn Trophy

 

David Kelly

Steve Lynch

Marketing & PR Manager
Goodyear Dunlop Ireland

 

Rally Champions

 

Title & Trophy

Winner

Presented by

Dunlop National Stage Rally Champion Driver - Winner of the Vard Memorial Trophy

Declan Boyle

(Unable to Attend)

Richard Talbot accepting on his behalf

Leslie Vard

R.Talbot is Chair of the Dunlop C/ship Committee

Dunlop National Stage Rally Champion Navigator - Winner of the Noel Smith Memorial Trophy

Brian Boyle

(Unable to Attend)

Richard Talbot accepting on his behalf

Leslie Vard  (on behalf of the Smith family)

Tarmac Rally Organisers Association (TROA) Champions

 

Garry Jennings (Driver)

Kevin Flanagan (Nav.)

 

Ger Healy, Chair of Rallies Committee

National Forestry Rally Champion Driver (His Navigator is Greg Shinnors)

Winner of the Doc Jackson Memorial Trophy

 

Michael O’Brien

Ger Healy

National Forestry Rally Champion Navigator  (His Driver is Owen Murphy)

Winner of the Ger Fahy Memorial Trophy

 

James O’Brien

Ger Healy

National Navigation Trial Champion Driver 12/13

 

Andy Mackarel

Ger Healy

National Navigation Trial Champion Navigator 12/13

 

Liam Higgins

Ger Healy

 

Young Rally Driver of the Year for the Billy Coleman Award

 

All the contenders for the award:

 

Josh Moffett, from Clontibret, Co.Monaghan

Dean Raftery, from Craughwell, Co. Galway

Stephen Wright, from Newbliss, Co. Monaghan

David Carney, from Westport, Co. Mayo

Gary Kiernan, from Bailieborough, Co. Cavan

Robert Duggan, from Killarney, Co. Kerry

Kevin Eves, from Pettigo, Co. Donegal

 

Following Interview Process on 19th November – the TOP THREE FINALISTS were;

 

Robert Duggan

Stephen Wright

Josh Moffett

 

Title & Trophy

Winner

Presented by

Young Rally Driver of the Year

Winner of the Billy Coleman Award

 

Stephen Wright

Billy Coleman

 

 

Young Racing Driver of the Year for the Dunlop Sexton Trophy

 

Contenders for the award:

 

April – Sean Doyle, from Wicklow, Co. Wicklow

May – Niall Murray, from Firhouse, Co. Dublin

June – Stephen Daly, from Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath

July – Colm Blackburn, from Ballyfermot, Co. Dublin

August – Sean Lillis, from Kilsallaghan, Co. Dublin

September – Jonny McMullan, from Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim

 

Following Interview Process on 6th November, the TOP THREE FINALISTS were:

 

Stephen Daly

Niall Murray

Jonny McMullan

 

Title & Trophy

Winner

Presented by

Young Racing Driver of the Year

Winner of the Dunlop Sexton Trophy

 

Niall Murray

Steve Lynch

Marketing & PR Manager
Goodyear Dunlop Ireland

 

 

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