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Saturday 23 August 2014

'A light has gone out in motorsport'

Grainne Cunningham

Published 02/01/2013 | 05:00

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TRIBUTES to Andrew Clarke have been offered by those involved in the world of motorsport.

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Well-known motorsport commentator Leo Nulty penned an obituary about the young man who died doing what he loved best.

Mr Nulty revealed in the obituary, which appeared on www.motorsport.ie, that the piece was the hardest he ever had to write for the website.

"It is hard to believe that a young man so full of life is no longer with us," he said.

Mr Nulty said that Mr Clarke was among the young drivers who cut his teeth in racing at the Ginetta Junior class, which has only been going since 2010.

"Andrew immediately stood out from the rest in that he seemed to have the confidence of someone older, someone somehow more experienced in life.

"When it came to the racing, you had to smile. By his second season in Ginettas he had developed race-winning pace – but seemed far more interested in going sideways than being first across the line.

"A light has gone out in Irish motorsport and although his career was brief, I think it is fair to say he left a lasting impression – and a lot of smiles."

Irish Independent

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