Ballindaggin duo are the first team from outside Dublin to take an Irish championship and only the fifth from the Republic
COUNTY Wexford has produced some of the best sportspeople to ever emerge from Ireland over the years in a wide range of disciplines from soccer and rugby to horse racing and boxing.
Cosmic Racing’s Mark Codd and Liam Gordon are now among the Model County’s elite group of history-makers having been crowned Irish champions and Mondello masters champions this year within the high speed world of sidecar racing.
One of the most dangerous an adrenalin-filled forms of motorsport the physical and technical skill needed to excel in one of the world's toughest sports cannot be overstated.
However, while Mark and Liam obviously have the necessary bravery and talent to excel in the sport what makes their achievements this year all the more remarkable is they are the first sidecar racing team ever to take an Irish championship title in the sport outside of Dublin and only the fifth team from the Republic to win the title.
Commenting on their success Mark said it was a fantastic season and one they are very proud of.
"Now that the dust has settled on another season we are really thrilled to reach the top of the game,” he said.
The two friends are also justifiably proud of the historic significance of their success too.
The level at which they are currently operating is underlined by the fact they won every cup event that was raced in 2021.
"We won the Mondello masters as well so everything we could win, we won and that’s very special to us,” said Mark.
Sidecar racing is also an ultra-competitive sport and the duo faced some very formidable opponents throughout the course of the season. It’s also an expensive sport to be involved in with the average minimum cost of participating in each event being in the region of €800.
The costs include race entry fees, tyres and fuel while there are also long hours spend in the shed working on the machine to ensure that it’s operating at full tilt but also to ensure the safety of the pilot and passenger.
Not content with their national success Mark and Liam are now looking forward to next year when they will be tackling the world’s most dangerous race, the Isle of Man TT.
“We have a new machine machine sitting in the shed for 2022,” said Mark.
It’s expected the cost of participating in the TT will be in the region of €20,000 and the duo are very interesting in talking to anyone businesses or individuals who might be interested in giving them some support.
Anyone interested in getting involved with the duo can contact either Mark or Liam on Facebook.
They are very grateful for all of the support they have received to-date and Mark said they are especially appreciative of the time and patience their wives, Helena and Catherine, have shown in supporting them with their racing.
In the short term the duo are looking forward to an event taking place in Jordan’s of Ballindaggin on Saturday, November 13, when they will be presented with all of the trophies they won throughout 2021.