Dundalk driving legend wins at Silverstone

Dundalk racing driver Noel Roddy bounced back from a disappointing outing at Mondello last month as he took an excellent victory at the home of motorsport at the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit recently.

Dundalk man Noel is an experienced racing driver having raced in many different formula’s against some of the star names of World Motorsport, such as Eddie Irvine and Rubens Barrichello to name but two during his career.
According to Noel he entered the Derek Bell Cup race in Silverstone late in the day in an attempt to get over his disappointing showing in the Mondello Classic last month.

“John Naylor, a leading figure in Irish Motorsport offered me his Formula Ford 2000 Van Diemen which is decked out in the retro “Ola” colour scheme of Tommy Byrne from 1981, to contest the Mondello Classic meeting in mid August, but I had two disappointing races. In race one I was taken out in an accident while challenging for the race lead, and in race two I had an electrical issue while sitting comfortably in second place, the only consolation was that I set the fastest lap of the race,” explained Noel.

“So after this disappointment I put in a late entry for the Silverstone Classic Festival meeting which is the second biggest car meeting to be held at Silverstone after the British Grand Prix, hoping for a change in luck.
“l was entered into the Derek Bell Cup races on Saturday and Sunday, however l was once again sidelined with an electrical issue in Saturday’s race, but took an excellent victory in Sunday’s race to win the Derek Bell Cup, Invitation Trophy.

“I had three very disappointing races in a row, and this victory was even sweeter as last October I suffered serious damage to my Formula 3 car at Silverstone when another driver rear ended me during a red flag, which has side-lined me from racing it this year,” stated Noel.

Noel would like to thank his local sponsors, Brian Hearty Transport, M&M Tyres, National Tile, Heat Pumps Ireland, Detailing Empourium.com, Toolfix and John Laverty Motor Factors.

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