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Carroll to spearhead first Irish RoC bid.

Adam Carroll's exploits in this year's A1GP World Cup of Motorsport have not gone unnoticed as the Team Ireland driver has been invited to represent his country at the Race of Champions in Wembley Stadium later this month.

Former GP2 frontrunner Carroll has taken his team to the top of the point standings in the 'World Cup of Motorsport', but he will now hope to beat all comers, including seven times Formula One World Champion, Michael Schumacher, at the annual 'head-to-head' event.

The first time Ireland has been represented in the Race of Champions, Carroll will be teamed up with Irish rally star Gareth MacHale in a series of heats, driving a variety of different machines.

"I am really looking forward to competing in the Race of Champions,” Carroll, who also has credits in the DTM, said. “Not only will it be great fun but also really interesting to drive so many types of vehicles against such an impressive line up of competitors.

“It's a unique opportunity to perform in such a famous venue as the new Wembley Stadium and to give motorsport fans a lot of entertainment over the course of one day. From a driving point of view, I am particularly looking forward to driving the World Rally Car and the buggies."

Joining several existing nations in taking part, including England, Scotland and Germany, president of event organisers IMP, Fredrik Johnsson, was delighted to be welcoming Ireland to the fold.

“Ireland has a very rich heritage in motorsport. The fans there, especially in rallying, are among the most enthusiastic and passionate in the world, while the country has produced some wonderful drivers, from Eddie Irvine to Damien Faulkner.

“That's why I am delighted to announce the first team to represent Ireland in The Race of Champions – they will have their work cut out as the new boys, but I'm certain they will rise to the challenge and, with the luck of the Irish on their side, who knows what they will achieve.”


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Alan - Unregistered

December 02, 2008 9:17 PM

Its amazing that we have any drivers in top flight racing seeing as we dont have a single circuit that can accomidate any form of racing other than go-karts, just think what we could do with an f1 standard circuit, its a shame that the irish government seems to only invest in a sport that the world has never heard of



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