Photographer- Michael Chester
Model- Lisa Malone (Leo Nulty Promotions)
Location- Finnstown Castle Hotel.
BOSS Ireland (Big Open Single Seaters) today announced details of the Leinster Trophy race meeting at Mondello Park on September 17/18.
For the first time, the class will compete for the famous Leinster Trophy, one of the most prestigious prizes in Irish Motor racing.
Over 20 cars will compete for the trophy on the Sunday afternoon, with all the action covered live on Mondello.tv The list includes some of the fastest Irish drivers, former Leinster Trophy winners Barry Rabbitt and Stephen Daly amongst them. They will face former multiple champion Paul Dagg in a Dallara Formula 3 car and Hillclimb Champion Sylvie Mullins in a Formula 1-engined Gould chassis as well as Jonathan Fildes in his spectacularly driven Ralt Formula Atlantic. As part of the entertainment on the day, BOSS Ireland’s Dan Daly will demonstrate his ex Rubens Barrichello Jordan Formula 1 car, the first time a Jordan has run at Mondello Park since 1999.
The Leinster Trophy Race is sponsored by Dalco Engineering.
About BOSS Ireland:
BOSS Ireland (Big Open Single Seaters) is Ireland’s fastest racing class. It is a formula pretty much free of technical regualtions and open to any single seater or open topped sportscar. Some of the quicker cars run F1 engines whilst in the 2000cc class (BOSS2), there are many Formula Renault car and on occasion they are capable of challenging the bigger cars for outright wins.
The Leinster Trophy has attracted many cars and drivers back to the class including former class champion Paul Dagg, and Noel Roddy, both in Dallara Formula 3 cars.
For further information on BOSS Ireland, see their website www.bossireland.ie
About The Leinster Trophy:
The Leinster Trophy is one of the most famous trophies in Irish Motorsport. First awarded in 1934, when Fay Taylor won driving an Adler, the list of winners includes many drivers who subsequently went on to star in Formula 1. These include Eddie Jordan, Mika Hakkinen and of course Ayrton Senna, who claimed the trophy at Mondello Park back in 1982. The Leinster Motor Club award the trophy to a class every year at their September meeting at Mondello Park and for the first time, the BOSS Ireland class have the honour of competing for it in 2016.
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Model- Lisa Malone (Leo Nulty Promotions)
Jonathan Fildes has completely rebuilt his Ralt RT4 over the winter, with the help of Stephen Kelly, who was Jonathan’s father Ken’s spanner man back in the Formula Atlantic days. As is the way with race car rebuilds, they didn’t quite make it for day one of the opening meeting at Mondello Park in April. Despite missing qualifying, Jonathan was allowed three laps on Sunday morning before starting the races from the pitlane.
Cian Carey, in his beautifully reliveried Mooretown Engineering Formula Renault, had annexed pole position with an impressive time of 53.2 ahead of a horde of challengers. Noel Robinson, fresh from an impressive FF1600 win at Kirkistown, was next up, trailing the newer machine by some eight tenths of a second. Peter Dywer and former champion Fergus Faherty made up row two, with Colm Hynes and Barry Rabbitt rounding out the top six. Rabbitt, claiming later he had brought his toybox.ie Formula Renault to a drag race event at Bishopscourt in the off season, somehow nailed an incredible start which had him challenging for the lead into Mobil Corner. After a wheel to wheel run to turn two with poleman Carey, he incredibly led after two corners, in front of the Mondello.tv cameras.
Predictably enough, Fildes was shortly on the scene and with new rubber on the Ralt, was pretty much unstoppable. Rabbitt held him back for a few corners but Jonathan was not to be denied and grabbed the lead with a ballsy move into the first part of turn three! After that, as the commentary team had suggested, it was the Ralt vs the clock, as the former multiple champion pushed hard to find out what his newly rebuilt car would be capable of.
51.771 was the answer, but even more impressive was the gap he had pulled out to the rest of the field. Robinson was second but almost 40 seconds behind the elderly Ralt. Carey claimed the final podium place with early hero Rabbitt having to settle for fourth by the flag.
In race two, Carey and Rabbitt, probably wary of the fact that the Ralt had just been released from the pitlane, clashed at turn three with both retiring on the spot. Predictably, Fildes charged to the front but did not manage to eclipse his time from race one. Robinson was second again, substantially closer than before, whilst Eamonn Matheson was third. It was great to see the NI visitor back in on the BOSS Ireland grids and with his massively reworked Ninja claiming a podium so soon, he will definitely be worth keeping an eye on as the season progresses! Faherty, Hynes and an off form (beset by gearbox woes) Martin Daly completed the top six to cap a great opening weekend for BOSS Ireland.
IRISH MOTOR RACING CLUB RACE MEETING AT MONDELLO PARK:
BOSS IRELAND RACE 1 (17 laps):
1 Jonathan Fildes (Ralt RT4 Mounttune) 15m 10.23s, 77.29 mph,
2 Noel Robinson (Tatuus F Renault) 15m 49.86s,
3 Cian Carey (Tatuus F Renault) 15m 51.82s,
4 Barry Rabbitt (Tatuus F Renault) 16m 00.43s,
5 Eamonn Matheson (Mission T5) 16 laps,
6 Fergus Faherty (Tatuus F Renault) 16 laps.
Fastest lap: Fildes 51.711s, 80.03 mph.
BOSS IRELAND RACE 2 (14 laps):
1 Jonathan Fildes (Ralt RT4 Mounttune) 12m 40.81s, 76.15 mph,
2 Noel Robinson (Tatuus F Renault) 13m 06.39s,
3 Eamonn Matheson (Mission T5) 13m 23.52s,
4 Fergus Faherty (Tatuus F Renault) 13m 24.87s,
5 Colm Hynes (Reynard 88D) 13m 27.69s,
6 Martin Daly (Tatuus F Renault) 13 laps.
Fastest lap: Fildes 52.226s, 79.24 mph.
The Leinster Motor Club have announced that the BOSS series have been awarded the Leinster Trophy for 2016 and for the first time ever, Ireland’s fastest single seater race cars will race for the famous trophy at Mondello Park in September.
BOSS Ireland tendered their application to the LMC earlier this year and class co-ordinator Dave Smyth is understandably excited with the outcome.
Dave Smyth: Class Co-ordinator BOSS Ireland: “We are delighted that the LMC have decided to award the Leinster Trophy to our class for the first time. We have the fastest cars in the country and have some exciting plans for the race. We have had some interest from overseas drivers already and expect to fill the grid. Amongst the many attractions, more of which we will announce in the coming months, is the fact that Dan Daly’s ex Barrichello Jordan 193 will perform a demo run at Mondello Park on the day.”
The Leinster Motor Club has awarded the Leinster Trophy to many Irish classes in the last number of years including Formula Vee, Formula Sheane and FF1600- giving many Irish drivers the chance to add their name to the trophy Ayrton Senna famously once won. On Sunday, September 18th, Ireland’s fastest cars will battle it out with the winner becoming the latest addition to a very exclusive list.
About BOSS Ireland:
BOSS (Big Open Single Seater) Ireland is a class open to any single car. With no limitations, it attracts the fastest race cars in the country, including Holden V6 engined F3000 machines, Radical Sportscars and a host of Tatus Formula Renaults. There are two classes- up to 2000cc and over 2000cc but around the technical Mondello Park circuit, the classes are often closely matched. For the first time ever, the class will compete for The Leinster Trophy in 2016.
About The Leinster Trophy:
The Leinster Trophy is the most famous trophy in Irish Motorsport. It is awarded annually by the Leinster Motor Club to the most deserving class, after a selection process. The trophy has been won by many famous drivers- most notably Ayrton Senna in 1982 (below), but also by John Watson, Mika Hakkinen and Mike Hawthorn, all of whom went onto achieve worldwide glory.
We had our first outing at Kirkistown for our championship on Saturday 30th May with two great races. This was the first meeting with all our cars carrying the “b m c g group” logo on their bodywork. This is of course our main sponsor for the year who is a providing much appreciated prize funds for our races.
We had fourteen cars entered and they gave some brilliant racing in both the races with Paul Dagg in his Formula 3 Dellara winning both races.
It was great to see Mark Crawford, Eamon Matheson, Darragh Daly and new comer Barry Rabbitt joining the Boss Ireland crews. We also had John Stewart in his GEM Yamaha and Brendan O’Brien in his Leastone. Unfortunately neither John Stewart, Brendan O’Brien or Mark Crawford made the start of either races, having had problems in practice.
On Sunday 20th September we were at Mondello Pk. for the last two rounds of this year’s championship.
Paul Dagg won the first round with Barry Rabbitt second and Fergus Faherty third. This was a great race with Jonathan Fildes and Paul Dagg having a great battle at the front until Jonathan ran out of breaks and then things settled down a bit.
Fergus Faherty won the second round with Barry Rabbitt second and Tim Buckley third. Fergus and Barry had a great battle over the first few laps witill Fregus’ new wet tyres came in and then he settled down to lead to the end. Tim Buckley held on to third with John Daly pushing hard behind him.
Overall we had a great day racing in very wet conditions for the second race.
Congratulations to Paul Dagg for winning the Boss 2 (under 2 litre) and the overall Boss Ireland Championship.
Many thanks to all our supporters and especially “bmcg Group” for providing the prize fund for each race meeting.
The Sporting Regulations for the 2015 season are now available.
BOSS (Big Open Single Seaters) is, as the name suggests, a formula free of technical regulations, and the current Irish version organised and promoted by BOSS Ireland is a class open to any type of proprietary single seater or open topped sports car. From little acorns in the early years of the millennium, the class has developed steadily into what we have today, as drivers have taken the opportunity to race something a bit more powerful purely for the fun of it. Originally the class was to have a capacity limit of 2 litres, the idea being to attract owners of the many Formula Atlantic cars still in the country to race again with compatible cars from other classes and disciplines in the sport.
Mondello Park saw the potential, and put on races for the few pioneers, thus showing prospective competitors that the organisers were serious. The arrival of some Formula 4000 cars from Australia added a new dimension to the class and caught the interest of many, as did the locally resident 2 litre Formula Ireland cars. No longer having sufficient numbers to sustain a class of their own, these cars provided a ready supply of more modern hardware, and the home grown 1 litre bike engined Formula 5’s which had been running with them also migrated to BOSS. Late 80’s and early 90’s Formula 3 cars have recently taken the challenge to the Ireland’s, as have some Opel Lotus cars, while the Formula Renault has still to prove itself in this company. Sports cars have been getting a look in too, as class regular Eamon Matheson in his Hayabusa Turbo powered T5 finds himself being joined by the mainly Northern based Radicals from time to time, while former SuperSports cars from Nemesis and Mallock are competitive in the 2 litre class and the Global Lights have proven to be a match for the Formula 5’s. A car that epitomises the open and varied nature of the class in general is Seamus Ryan’s well developed Hayabusa powered RAW Striker which is well capable of running mid-field.
While interest in the bigger cars appeared to be booming as different chassis / engine combinations began to emerge to take on the Formula 4000, organisers made the decision coming into the 2007 season to split the class at 2 litres, thereby giving most drivers a chance of success in the newly announced championship. A further split at 1 litre, initially on a trial basis, was made this time last year to give those drivers an arena of their own, but also with the idea that the abundance of small mainly bike engined constructors in the market place, e.g. OMS or Jedi might prove an attractive option. There is a huge pool of cars from a wide variety of classes out there eligible for BOSS, indeed the big challenge is finding a cost effective package to take on and beat the opposition and for those intrepid and creative types, one off specials are permitted subject to being of a standard of construction acceptable to the organisers. We hope you find your tour of our display informative and of interest to you, and should you have any questions please ask one of us, or after today make contact through our website bossireland.ie
Just like any other activity where “toys” are involved, you can spend as much time and money as you wish on motor sport. That said, the vast majority of competitors in motor sport race to a budget, and it is eye opening at times to see the ingenuity of those that can squeeze pennies so tight they make them cry!
Costs in any class will fall into 2 general categories, these being initial outlay and running costs. In BOSS there is not much difference in running costs between the 3 classes. Race entry fees are the same at E320 for 1 qualifying session and 2 races per event, with 7 events scheduled for 2009. Tyres will be between E600 and 1400 a set, being more expensive the bigger you need, and most drivers will make 2 sets do a full season. Don’t forget to allow for a set of wets, which can last 3 or 4 seasons if you’re lucky, and don’t abuse them! The bigger cars will use a little more fuel, with race fuel being more expensive that the pump stuff, and allow for consumption of 5 to 10 m.p.g. Maintenance costs, i.e. servicing the car will depend on the amount of running you do, and whether you sustain any damage. It is a good idea to draw up a schedule of maintenance for your car, logging its running time, and undertaking maintenance as recommended by the manufacturers of the various components. Most drivers will do 2 full services in the course of a seasons running, while the off season between October and March is a time when cars will be thoroughly checked for general wear and tear and rebuilds undertaken as necessary. The remaining consumable and travelling expenses for both car and team members will be pretty much the same for everyone, with savings to be made if you can make your transport habitable, and dine in! Driver running costs, e.g. annual medical, club membership, competition licence, class registration will likewise be similar for all doing the same events.
Outlay will vary between the classes within BOSS, ranging from as little as E5,000 to 50,000+ depending on your weapon of choice! There is no doubt though, especially in the times we are in, that there are bargains to be had for those prepared to do their homework, and dig them out. Sourcing and buying a racing car well requires lots of thought and research, and advice should be sought from those best placed to give it before big decisions are made. Most of the experienced people in motor sport are happy to share their knowledge with an eager rookie, but beware of starting such a conversation with someone trying to solve a problem 10 minutes before the start of their race! Transportation will depend on the car you buy, with bigger cars tending to need a small truck at least. A decent tool kit will need to be assembled, at least the basics of what a motor mechanic would need, along with any special tools or equipment needed to undertake any job on the car. Specialised equipment e.g. corner weight scales, essential when setting up suspension, can be expensive, but you may be able to buy with or share with drivers of similar cars. Last, but not least, the driver will need to be kitted out, so a visit to a race wear supplier will need needed.
Testing your new acquisition will be vital, so make contact with one of the circuits and find out when it’s available. You will meet other drivers there, and be able to discuss any issues you might have. Above all, remember the idea is to enjoy yourself!