Andy O’Brien(23) from Templeogue heads to Kirkistown this weekend for rounds two and three of the Dawson-WAM NI FF1600 Championship with high expectations of a strong points haul. O’Brien who won the Tool Dynamics Supercar Championship in 2016, switched into Formula Ford 1600 after acquiring a 2001 specification Van Diemen.
The season opener proved to be a steep learning curve for both driver and team, eliminating some teething issues and collecting data due to minimal track time in the run up to the first weekend. Despite the weekend’s troubles, O’Brien finished sixth overall in both races and is looking to further improve with his sights set on a podium finish.
“Formula Ford in Ireland is so competitive, you just have to look at the Irish dominance in the trophy races and with our lack of track running we need to be realistic. If I can grab a podium finish over the weekend I’ll be delighted. Each day that passes we are making good progress with the car and with the team behind me I know it won’t be long until we are fighting for victories.”
O’Brien is proudly supported by
Sunday World, AA Tyremaster, Specialist Cars Ireland, Tool Dynamics, Frank Keane BMW/MINI, Siltex Safety, Robert Kinsella Cylinder Heads, FISH Graphics & Topgear.ie.