Seán's pride and joy steers home some welcome success

Published 11/12/2012 | 14:55

Sean Murray, Campile, sportsman of the year in the Irish hillclimb championship (Photograph: Liam Mac Con Iomaire (Caora Dubha)).

SEAN MURRAY from Campile was presented with the Colin Bradley Award for sportsman of the year at the annual prizegiving evening of the Irish National Hillclimb and Sprint Championship which took place in Portlaoise recently.

Seán competed in every one of the twelve events in this year's championship in his 1970 Lotus Elan +2S, which is unique in being a fully-legal road car as well as complying with the requirements of the F.I.A. specifications for race cars.

Also uniquely, while practically every other competition car is trailered to and from events, Seán drove his car to every one of the 12 events, and more importantly drove home again afterwards!

At one stage Seán was leading the Historic Car class, eventually finishing in fourth place, and just missing a place on the podium. The competitions are run nationwide on closed public roads, with each car competing against the clock on a number of runs over the day.

The first two events of the year are traditionally in Wexford, later going to all over the country to Corkscrew Hil in west Clare, Kirkistown circuit in the Ards peninsula, Donegal's scenic Atlantic Drive, and other venues closer to home.

Seán does all the work on the car, including a major engine re-build in the middle of the year. The Lotus, which was rescued from a breaker's yard in 1985 and completely restored by Seán, has clocked up almost 50,000 miles on European rallies over the last 18 years, always making it home in one piece!

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