Breaking the Barriers – Irish team only one of 22 nations with a female competitor



Breaking the Barriers – Irish team only one of 22 nations with a female competitor

Inaugural FIA Masters Hill Climb Championship and Nations Cup


Irish Team with cars, taken at Knockalla Hillclimb September 2014Irish Team. L-R Joe Courtney individual competitor , Rory Stephens, Deirdre Mckinley  and Irish Team Mascot baby Rory, Simon,, Eanna CarrollSimon McKinleyin action at Naul Hillclimb August 2013~1


Morsport Ireland announced today that the Irish team are in good spirits as they face the challenge of competing at the first ever FIA Masters Hill Climb Championship and Nations Cup event this weekend in Eschdorf in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

Alex Sinclair, CEO Motorsport Ireland stated, “The Inaugural FIA Masters Hill Climb Championships presents a fantastic opportunity to showcase some of Ireland’s best drivers in the discipline. This hugely popular form of motor sport tests both drivers and their cars to the limit. As a nation we should also be very proud of the fact that we are the only country that has a female driver as part of our Irish team.”
The event brings together 154 the top international drivers from the season, who have proved themselves in the FIA European Hill Climb Championship, the International Hill Climb Cup or in their respective national championships.

Six Irish competitors are making the trip to this event which not only gives them the opportunity to compete on the international stage but also allows them to demonstrate the immense talent contained within the Irish Championship. As well as competing for overall honours in each category four competitors from each nation will form a team to compete for the Nations Cup.

 

The Irish team is made up of Irish National Champion Simon McKinley, Deirdre McKinley, Eanna Carroll and Rory Stephens.

Deirdre McKinley, Irish Team member, stated “With so many people from Ireland planning on travelling to the event to support all the Irish drivers Eschdorf is sure to be a sea of green white and gold for the weekend. We are all very excited to be representing Ireland and I am very honoured to be the only female racing driver competing for my country. “
The Hill Climb Masters are organised jointly by the Union des Pilotes, the Automobile Club de Luxembourg and the FIA. Saturday 11 October will be devoted to the practice heats, with three climbs for each driver. The following day, three race heats are scheduled, starting at 9.30 a.m.

 

The Nations cup will be won by the team that has the most consistent times from each of the four drivers in each national team.

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