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Saturday 17 March 2018

Button headlines an illustrious pack


After his difficulties in Monaco last weekend, McLaren's 2009 world champion Jenson Button will be hoping for a more pleasurable experience in Dublin as he showcases his talent and the extraordinary performance of modern F1 machinery.

Mr Button and his Vodafone McLaren headline an impressive gathering of top-class F1 machinery and, after much speculation over the years, will give an indication of the potential for big-time motorsports events in the capital.

McLaren are not the only F1 team on show. Caterham, who provided the car for Heikki Kovalainen to frustrate Mr Button for so much of the Monaco Grand Prix last Sunday, are sending a car to be demonstrated in the hands of their Dutch reserve driver Giedo van der Garde.

And the F1 stars will be supported by a mouth-watering entry including machines from the world of Superbikes, Super cars, Touring cars, GP2, the World Rally Championship and Drifting.

World Superbike star Eugene Laverty will be on hand to show off the Aprilia that has carried him to podium finishes in Monza and Assen this year.

Local rallying legend Eugene Donnelly will present the latest spec McGeehan Motorsport Mini WRC machine, and Touring car star Aron Smith comes home to Dublin with the Ford Focus he races in the British Touring Car Championship.

The 'circuit' is actually a non-looped run from North Wall Quay, across Butt Bridge, down Burgh Quay and up D'Olier Street to Dame Street, where the vehicles will finish at Westmoreland Street.

Irish Independent

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