A national programme of support and development for talented drivers in the sports of rallying, racing and karting was launched today by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Críona Ní Dhálaigh.
The Lord Mayor was joined by the President of Motorsport Ireland, Martin McKenna and the US based philanthropist and long time motorsport fan, John Campion.
The Team Ireland Foundation will focus on identifying, supporting and coaching Irish competitors who can succeed in all categories of competition both domestically and across the globe. The aim is to put Irish drivers at the forefront of international motorsport.
The initiative will be run by Declan Brennan Sports Management and entails specific programmes developed to address nutritional, physical and psychological improvements for the participants over the course of their involvement.
The drivers will be chosen from the winners of many of the junior motorsport disciplines, such as rallying and racing, as well as the winners of the elite Billy Coleman and Sexton trophies.
President Motorsport Ireland, Martin McKenna said, "I am honoured today to be part of the Team Ireland launch. The programme we have developed for our young gifted and elite drivers is designed to bring the best out of the participants both personally and competitively.
"The pool of talent we have available to us in Ireland is quite phenomenal and with the support of the foundation, we are confident that our young Team Ireland drivers will make great progress and become the best that they can be and will go on to represent Ireland on an international level."