Saturday 16 December 2017

In Brief: Carroll's F1 dream close to a reality


Adam Carroll's future as a Formula One driver could well be decided in the next few days.

The results of ongoing negotiations for the sale of Spanish F1 team Campos Meta will have big implications for Carroll, whose long-cherished dream of joining many of his former GP2 rivals at the top level is now tantalisingly close to fruition.

Campos Meta are one of four brand-new teams scheduled to make their debut in Bahrain next month but the Spanish squad have hit money problems already and are desperately seeking investment to ensure their appearance on the grid in Sakhir.

South African businessman Tony Teixeira is understood to have made an agreement to bring the vital funding to the team and Carroll is his preferred choice to partner already-signed Brazilian Bruno Senna.

Carroll won the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport with Team Ireland last May, a series controlled by Teixeira. At the time, the Portuguese-born South African suggested that he would do what he could to help Carroll earn a seat at motorsport's top table.

However, the A1GP series has been beset by financial problems throughout Teixeira's tenure and the series is moribund, the season having failed to get under way in September.

Some unfinished business in the wake of last month's big freeze brings Cookstown to Dublin this weekend, while Monkstown travel in the opposite direction, to Donegal.

Tomorrow's Irish Senior Cup game between Three Rock Rovers and the Sizzlers may well be the last at the venue this season for the home club's Peter Blakeney, who has secured a professional contract with Roma and is due to depart for Italy next week.

The delay in the fixture has not worked the hoped-for magic on the tendonitis in David Ames' knee, so Cookstown will be without their classy midfielder.

Nevertheless, with the likes of Timmy Smith, Andy Barbour, Greg Allen and Gareth Cuddy all capable of taking a score, they pose a formidable threat.

The 40x20 All-Ireland Colleges finals take place this weekend, at venues across the midlands, where 60 of the country's brightest under-age stars will fight it out for national glory.

The boys senior singles in Crinkle, Offaly will see players of the calibre of Padraig O'Carroll, representing Salesian SS, Pallaskenry, and Ian McLoughlin, who flies the flag for Rice College, Westport, in action.

Both O'Carroll and McLoughlin are familiar with the All-Ireland stage, and have a number of titles to their credit.

In the girls senior singles, Leona Ryder of Sacred Heart, Westport, faces Lisa Loughnane from St Flannan's, Ennis in the first semi-final at Ballymore Eustace, while Mullingar Community College's Aoife McCarthy faces a tough battle with Lorraine Havern (St Mary's, Newry).

Irish Independent

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