Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Carroll helps get jewellery repair firm on the grid

Adam Carroll and Niall Cooney of Fast-Fix at the opening of the company’s new store

Potential future Formula One star, Northern Ireland’s Adam Carroll, teamed up with another set of speed merchants to open a new store in Belfast’s CastleCourt complex.

He helped launch the province’s first branch of Fast-Fix, the world’s largest jewellery and watch repair business.

Adam, who last season won the A1 GP world championship, is currently locked in negotiations with a Formula One team — the pinnacle of motor sport.

If successful the 26-year-old Portadown man would be the first Northern Ireland driver in the glamour racing circuit since Eddie Irvine retired in 2002.

Launching the business, he said: “I’ve always loved jewellery and watches and it was a privilege to take a break from negotiations with a Formula One team to get back home and help the Fast-Fix guys open their first store in Belfast.

“I might be able to accelerate from 0-200MPH in around seven seconds — but the guys at Fast-Fix are impressive — building custom jewellery and fixing watches and glasses in a few minutes!”

He added: “It’s too early to say which team I might be with next season but things are progressing very well and I can confirm that we are in real talks with a leading team. I hope to become the first Northern Irish driver in F1 since Eddie Irvine retired.”

Niall Cooney, operations director of the CastleCourt store, said: “With more than 170 stores worldwide it was fitting to have Adam Carroll, Ireland’s fastest man on four-wheels, launch our flagship Fast-Fix store in Northern Ireland. In advance of a hotly tipped announcement for Adam regarding his Formula One career our team custom-made him a F1 steering wheel in solid sterling silver as an early congratulations gift.”