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Carey Stars at Leinster Trophy and becomes the 2016 BOSS Ireland Champion!

Meath driver Cian Carey, 22, clinched the 2016 BOSS Ireland title at the high profile Leinster Trophy meeting at Mondello park in County Kildare last weekend.
The double Motorsport Ireland Young Driver nominee has set the pace for most of the races in the high powered series all season, despite competing again some far more powerful machinery in his 2.0 Formula Renault-Tattus. Having won at Kirkistown and Mondello Park already this season, the Rathoath driver approached the final round at Mondello Park, at the biggest race meeting of the year, just needing a pair of points finishes to clinch the coveted title.

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With some extremely powerful machines, including an F1 powered Gould, Cian was happy to qualify ahead of the horde of fellow Formula Renault drivers in sixth overall for the first race of the weekend.
Unfortunately it was all to go wrong for the champion elect as the pack headed down towards turn one fr the first time. Contact with another car sent the Mooretown Engineering backed machine spinning off the circuit. A superb recovery drive, from 24th place,  saw Cian scythe thorough the field, however to take an impressive sixth at the flag-  setting him up to clinch the title in the Leinster Trophy race the following day.

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In front of a capacity crowd, Carey knew exactly what he had to do and made a conscious decision to make a cautious start from fifth on the grid, initially dropping to eighth. After this though, he uncorked an amazing charge, despite the difficult conditions, relieving Barry Rabbitt of third overall mid race and then matching the pace of the two F3 mounted drivers until the flag to take third overall in the big race and of course the 2016 BOSS Ireland title too.

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The Leinster Trophy Podium (L-R) Paul Dagg, Hywel Lloyd and Cian Carey. Image from @chesterpics

 

Cian Carey, 2016 BOSS Ireland Champion: “I’m delighted to win the title, there was tough competition this year and we learnt a lot. The team and car have been superb all year and I would like to thank my sponsors Mooretown Engineering, Frank Brazil Reinforcements and  McEntee Financial Services, as well as Motorsport.ie for their support all year. To take third overall in a Formula Renault in what is arguably the biggest race of the year at the same time is the icing on the cake. Looking at the laptimes afterwards I can’t help but think what might have been, but I am still delighted with the result!”carey

 

Jordan F1 Car To Run at Mondello as BOSS Ireland Compete for Leinster Trophy

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.dalco-logo-boss-ireland-2016

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

BOSS Ireland's Dan Daly will demonstrate his ex Rubens Barrichello Jordan Formula 1 car, with the Leinster Trophy BOSS Ireland (Big Open Single Seaters) today announced details of the Leinster Trophy race meeting at Mondello Park on September 17/18 ~ 2016 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. NO Reproduction Fee  © Michael Chester  ~ info@chester.ie  MOB  ~ 087 8072295

Noel Roddy and John Daly, here with model Lisa Malone, will both race for the Leinster Trophy on September 18th

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.

Images from Michael Chester

Model- Lisa Malone (Leo Nulty Promotions)

 

Carey and Rabbitt Share the spoils as BOSS stars at Vee Festival

In a pair of thrilling races at the Formula Vee Festival,  Cian Carey and former saloon star Barry Rabbitt shared the spoils as they battled mightily in front of a capacity crowd.

Carey claimed yet another pole position in qualifying in his bid to close the gap to championship leader Noel Robinson. An on form Barry Rabbitt lined up alongside Carey, but half a second slower whilst Robinson was third a further four tenths adrift. Former champion Fergus Faherty was next up, just a tenth off Robinson’s time, making it a Formula Renault lock out of the front two rows.  Next up was welcome returnee Eamonn Matheson in his self built Matheson, completely rebuilt and changed since it last appeared at the Kildare venue, from Colm Hynes, Donal Griffin, John Daly and another class returnee, Martin Daly.

The front row got away as one with Carey, off the back of two strong wins, repelling Rabbitt’s advances into Mobil corner. Typically, Rabbitt, perhaps in the knowledge that Carey was significantly quicker in qualifying, tried everything in the opening laps but Carey gradually eased away. They both had a wake up call early on though as Matheson displayed eye watering straightline speed, almost taking the lead from the duo on the main straight on lap three. Luckily for the Renault mounted pairing though, the home built machine is not quite as impressive through the twiddly bits and soon fell back. Rabbitt kept pushing and closed the gap mid race but at the flag the gap was 2.8 seconds with Carey making it three in a row in the 2016 BOSS Ireland Series. significantly though, Rabbitt’s fastest lap was this time only a tenth shy of the newer machine. Robinson completed the podium albeit almost 14 seconds back, from Matheson, Martin Daly and John Daly.

In race two, Rabbitt made his trademark rocket like start from the outside of the front row and even though Carey matched him, he somehow got ahead around the outside on the approach to Mobil. This set us up for an intriguing race at the front- and it didn’t disappoint! Carey was on the attack almost immediately, but Rabbitt is a Mondello expert and his defences were staunch. Despite some lurid sideways moments, Rabbitt stayed ahead to the flag- but only just, as a perfectly timed run from the final corner brought Carey alongside with the official verdict being 0.042 as they crossed the line. In their wake, Martin Daly had charged through to third from the back and all but matched the leaders in terms of laptimes on his welcome return to the class. Robinson was fourth with John Daly taking the BOSS 1 honours in fifth.

BOSS IRELAND FORMULA LIBRE RACE 1 (11 laps):
1 Cian Carey (Tatuus F Renault) 10m 10.77s, 74.53 mph,
2 Barry Rabbitt (Tatuus F Renault) 10m 13.56s,
3 Noel Robinson (Tatuus F Renault) 10m 27.40s,
4 Eamonn Matheson (Matheson Turbo) 10m 42.32s,
5 Martin Daly (Tatuus F Renault) 10m 43.17s,
6 John Daly (Lola F3000) 10 laps.
Fastest lap: Carey 54.685s, 75.68 mph.

BOSS IRELAND FORMULA LIBRE RACE 2 (13 laps):
1 Barry Rabbitt (Tatuus F Renault) 12m 10.24s, 73.67 mph,
2 Cian Carey (Tatuus F Renault) 12m 10.28s,
3 Martin Daly (Tatuus F Renault) 12m 19.87s,
4 Noel Robinson (Tatuus F Renault) 12m 20.13s,
5 John Daly (Lola F3000) 12m 31.87s,
6 Colm Hynes (Reynard 88D) 12m 31.87s.
Fastest lap: Carey 54.665s, 75.70 mph.

BOSS Ireland Overall Championship:
1. Noel Robinson   117
2. Cian Carey        114
3. Barry Rabbitt       91
4. Martin Daly          51
5. Fergus Faherty    40
6. Tim Buckley.       26
If you would like to join Ireland’s fastest single seater series or to compete for the famous Leinster Trophy at Mondello Park in September- click HERE to email Dave Smyth,
Image from Michael Chester.

 

 

CAREY IS THE BOSS AT KIRKISTOWN

Cian Carey took two strong wins as the BOSS Ireland visited Kirkistown in Northern Ireland last weekend.
Ireland’s fastest single seater class were one of the main attractions on the ultra fast airfield circuit and they certainly didn’t disappoint, reaching speeds of over 150 mph at the end of the main straight.

Cian Carey qualified his Mooretown Engineering Formula Renault on pole position just ahead of the Ralt RT4 of Jonathan Fildes.

When the lights went out Fildes made a blistering start and pushed hard in the opening laps in the glorious sounding Ralt. Carey was next up with Noel Robinson, Barry Rabbitt and Tim Buckley right there too. Rabbitt tried a run around the outside of Robinson at Fishermans and looked to have made it stick but spun on the exit kerbs, recovering and rejoining quickly. On the entry to the chicane a few laps in, Fildes spun the Formula Atlantic machine, handing the lead to Carey, who controlled the gap beautifully to Robinson to take yet another win.

In race two, with Fildes unable to repair his car, which had suffered clutch issues, Carey was again unchallenged despite the best efforts of Robinson, crossing the line to take an impressive double and another haul of points in his quest to win the 2016 BOSS Ireland series. Noel Robinson was runner up again, with Rabbitt completing the podium in third.

500 MRCI KIRKISTOWN RACE MEETING
BOSS IRELAND RACE 1 (12 laps):
1 Cian Carey (Tatuus F Renault),
2 Noel Robinson (Tatuus F Renault),
3 Tim Buckley (Dallara F3),

BOSS IRELAND  RACE 2 (14 laps):
1 Cian Carey (Tatuus F Renault),
2 Noel Robinson (Tatuus F Renault),
3 Barry Rabbitt (Tatuus F Renault).

BOSS Ireland Championship after 6 rounds:
1. Noel Robinson 85 points
2, Cian Carey 74 points
3. Barry Rabbitt 52 points
4. Jonathan Fildes 40 points
5. John Stewart 38 points
6. Fergus Faherty 33 points

If you would like to join Ireland’s fastest single seater series or to compete for the famous Leinster Trophy at Mondello Park in September- click HERE to email Dave Smyth,
Header Image from Tom Maxwell.

First Blood For Fildes- Despite Pitlane Start!

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.

 

 

BOSS To Race for Leinster Trophy in 2016

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.”

Jordan F1

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 Chester Dagg

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.

WELCOME TO BOSS IRELAND’S SECOND WEEKEND

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.