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September 12, 2012

Formula Sheane to Race for Leinster Trophy at Mondello

Mondello Park Mondello Park's final Irish championship car race event of the season takes place this weekend with a number of 2012 titles up for decision. The annual Leinster Trophy races will run over two days on the Mondello Park international Circuit, with the highlight being Sunday's Leinster Trophy race, which this year will be contested by Formula Sheane for the first time.

The Formula Sheane championship is Ireland's premier single seater racing series and is contested by identical Wicklow built 'Sheane' cars. Like many Irish racing series the championship had been suffering from reducing numbers over the last few years, but this season a remarkable turnaround has produced growing grids and increased competition at the head of the field. In recognition of this, the Leinster Motor Club have decided to award the class the most prestigious trophy in Irish Motor Sport, giving Sheane competitors the chance to add their names to a roll of honour which includes Mike Hawthorn, Ayrton Senna and Mika Hakkinen, among many others. A championship race will now be run for the class on Saturday before drivers switch their attention to Sunday's Leinster Trophy race.

While Formula Sheane will be the biggest single seater racing series on show, the biggest grid of the weekend is expected in the highly popular Irish Touring Car Championship. Two drivers remain in contention for the overall ITCC title with Philip Brennan starting as favourite due to his seventeen point advantage over Gareth Hayden.

Sunday's Leinster Trophy race will be the centre piece of two days of track action made up of eighteen races. Alongside the Formula Sheane and ITCC events a number of other classes will decide their 2012 champions this weekend. Formula Vee, Stryker Sports Cars, Ginetta Juniors, Fiats, Formula Libre and Global Lights will all have their final championship races of the season, while Historic's and GT's will also take to the track over the two days.

Admission to Saturday and Sunday is €10.00 per day for adults with under sixteen’s admitted free of charge. All admission includes free grandstand seating and a complimentary event programme.