Kerry connection to Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix
There is always a Kerry connection.
And since last weekend these connections touch the highest echelons of the sport.
In terms of the Formula One Grand Prix season, it does not get more prestigious than the Monaco Grand Prix.
The Green and Gold of Kerry was flying in Monte Carlo last weekend and Kerry Motorsport News has uncovered it.
Each Grand Prix weekend is made up of a series of support races and feeder championships.
In Europe, one of the most prestigious series that runs alongside each Grand Prix is the Porsche Super Cup series.
The German one-make series is usually part of the event programme for a European Grand Prix weekend.
Things are a little bit different this year as a result of COVID-19 restrictions and while there have been several European-based Grand Prix so far this season, the Porsche Cup did not get underway until the F1 travelling circus visited the most famous Grand Prix of them all.
Among the entries for Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix Race was British driver Michael Crees who drives for the Team Parker Revs Motorsport team.
Crees was originally signed to contest the British Touring Car season but that deal fell through at the last minute.
Team Parker Revs Motorsport had hopped to field fellow Brit, Josh Webster in the Porsche Supercup but he withdrew from the season due to family illness which paved the way for the available Cress.
Team Parker Revs Motorsport will run two cars in the Porsche Supercup this season. Further races include the support race package for British, Austrian, Italian and Belgian Grand Prix later this season.
The team’s lead car will be driven by reigning Carrera Cup GB champion Harry King. The second car will be driven by Crees and will carry sponsorship from London-based Kerry company, Glencar Construction.
Founded by former McLaren Construction directors Chris Gleave and Eddie McGillycuddy the company specialises in the construction of warehouses and industrial buildings and recently opened a Manchester office in addition to its St Albans’s headquarters.
McGillycuddy can trace his family roots to the area of County Kerry that gave the company its name.
Two years ago the company used billboards at three of its London sites to advertise Kerry as an adventure and lifestyle place to live.
The campaign features on sites in Southwark, Battersea and Stratford and included images of surfing at Inch Beach and cycling in the Gap of Dunloe.
“We may be based in the UK, but both our company name and our family surname highlight our roots back home in Kerry,” Glencar Construction Managing Director Eddie McGillycuddy, said at that time.
Crees’ efforts have also attracted support from the British and Irish Trading Alliance, a London-based business network group that includes many Kerry business people amongst its founders and members.
Unfortunately, Cress crashed out of Sunday’s race at the notoriously difficult Sainte Devote corner.
His teammate King, finished ninth. King will be one of Lorcan Hanafin’s chief rivals in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB title race this season adding another Kerry connection.
If that is not enough, Michael Fassbender is set to join the fray on the Austrian round in July.
Add in the already well-known Kerry connection to the Aston Martin Racing F1 team. Sosanna Ni Dhubhain is a composite engineer with the UK-based squad and can trace her family roots to the most-westerly points of the Dingle Peninsula.
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