This Sunday, November 3rd, the Irish Motor Racing season is rounded out by the longest and toughest event of the year as the annual Fiesta 6 Hour Endurance Race hits Mondello Park.
Contested by cars from the Keelan Construction Fiesta Zetec series the grid for the race will be made up of more than twenty cars with up to four drivers per team. Many top Irish drivers from other race series will join the Zetec Championship regulars for the marathon event, with a number of famous names and some up and coming young stars also on the entry list.
One of the strongest and most interesting driver line-ups will see a mixture of experience and youth combine as two of Ireland’s most famous drivers and a Future Formula One hopeful join forces. Former Grand Prix competitors and experienced Fiesta Endurance Race challengers, Tommy Byrne and David Kennedy will be partnered with rising Irish Karting and Car Racing star Sé Óg Martin, as the sixteen year old becomes the youngest driver to tackle the long distance event.
Martin, who hails from Dunloy Co. Antrim started competing when he was just seven years old and has already proved his versatility with success in Kart, Car and Buggy racing. The youngster has seven Karting titles to his name and has also won the Ginetta Junior championship in his debut Car Racing season in 2018. Having won the 2016 all Ireland Junior X30 Karting Championship, Sé Óg went on to represent Ireland at the IAME World Finals at Le Mans and is just back from representing his country at the IAME Le Mans event for the third time.
Sé Óg Martin aims to follow in the footsteps of the drivers he will team up with this weekend as he continues his rise through the motorsport ranks. Currently racing in Karts as well as Rallycross Buggys, the youngster should learn a lot from his team mates as Kennedy and Byrne have a wealth of sprint and endurance racing experience between them. Being out on track competing alongside famous Irish racing names such as Michael Cullen, David Maguire, and the Barrable brothers Peter and Robert, should also assist his progress, as Martin tackles the longest event on the calendar.
Sunday’s race will get underway at 12:00 and will finish six hours later in darkness, which will be another new challenge for Martin. Following practice on Saturday, which will allow the youngster to get up to speed, qualifying will take place on Sunday morning with all three drivers having to set a time, during a hectic one hour session.
Spectator admission is free for Saturday’s practice and Sunday’s race and the race action gets underway with an open pit lane from 11:30 on Sunday building up to the rolling start at 12:00.