I somehow managed to get myself a fully sponsored drive in a Formula Sheane Single Seater for the 2012 season, thanks to the Mondello's 'Become a Racing Driver' competition.
Sheane cars providing the car including fuel/ transport/ running costs/ crash repairs, Mondello Park paying my licence fee's and my entries and unlimited testing fee's (in mondello), and Murray Motorsport provided me with 1200E worth of gear!
So my first drive in one was a couple of weeks ago, I was thrown straight into the deep end though, having never driven a full race spec one before!
Turns out there fairly fast and serious fun to drive, not easy to keep on the track either when your pushing hard!
So I got a small bit of testing in on the saturday morning to scrub in the new tyres and brake pads and then straight into qualifying.
Went suprisingly well, I managed to get onto the pace fairly quick and qualified 6th out of 15 mostly very experienced drivers.
Then into the race on Sunday, which went even better, had a great battle with Anton Savage towards the end of the race ( who started at the back of the grid as he missed qualifying), I managed to hold him off for a few laps, and then he got passed, but I tried copying what he was doing and sat on his hole for a couple of laps, trying to overtake him at every oppurtunity until the finished, he's to smart and experienced for that so was able to hold me off easily!
He's one of the most experienced and aggressive drivers in the series, so following him made me a hell of alot faster, my lap times dropped down fairly quickly once I was behind him. Obviously he came out ontop, but only fractionally, I finished less than a second behind him. So i was delighted about that!
So my first race I finished 5th!Not to bad!
I have been getting a hell of alot of media coverage for this so far. I've got into the Irish Independent Motoring Section, Sunday World and a few local papers and motorsport blogs.
So hopefully by the time I'm looking for sponsorship next year I should have a good base to work with!
Unfortunely I didnt have a gopro for the race! But here's a quick onboard vid of one of my qualifying laps towards the start of the session, not my fastest. Ill upload more later on.