O'Brien continues winning streak!
Seventeen year old Andy O'Brien from Templeogue is the latest nominee for the 2011 Dunlop Motorsport Ireland Young Racing Driver of the Year award. Andy put on a superb performance at Mondello Park on Sunday 24th July netting him not only a race victory and a second position, but he also broke the championship's lap record at the Kildare venue in race one and then went on to further improve on that time in race two.
Andy now racing in his second season of the Ginetta Junior Ireland Championship has been front runner right from the very beginning. With several race victories and podium finishes this season, Andy is currently one of three drivers in the hunt to win the championship which itself carries a very significant prize of a part funded prize drive in the British Ginetta Junior Championship which supports the British Touring Car Championship.
O'Brien who has recently completed his Leaving Certificate at St. MacDaras in Templeogue intends to begin an mechanic apprenticeship programme in September expressed his delight at the recent nomination. "I am absolutely over the moon with this nomination. This award is very prestigious with some very successful drivers having won it in the past and I definitely hope to emulate them. This nomination puts the icing on the cake to what has been a fantastic month with the announcement of my latest partner, Atlas Autoservice who are supporting me for the remainder of the season and hopefully many more to come".
Andy is supported by Atlas Autoservice, Captain America’s, Borza Takeaways, Top Oil – Ushers Quay, D’Arcy McGees, Raw Limited, Auto Tranz, Vision Sign and Otto.
Having been selected at July's Young Racing Driver of the Month for the 2011 season, Andy is now a contender for the prestigious €50,000 Dunlop Motorsport Ireland Young Racing Driver of the Year award. This award is presented annually and is sponsored by Dunlop, the Irish Sports Council and Motorsport Ireland.
You can follow Andy's progress throughout the season on his website www.andyobrienracing.com
and on twitter @aobrien12.