Jonny McMullan set to reap benefits of winning motorsport award
A delighted Jonny McMullan has been named Young Racing Driver of the Year at Motorsport Ireland's awards ceremony in Dublin.
But as well as the prestigious honour, 22-year-old McMullan, from Newtownabbey, was presented with the historic Sexton Trophy and the lucrative prize of a fully-funded season of Formula Ford racing in 2015.
The funding from Dunlop and Motorsport Ireland will be vital to McMullan. Northern Ireland FF1600 champion at 18 and a former lap record holder at Kirkistown, he has struggled to finance his racing over the past couple of seasons and has only been able to make limited appearances in an ageing Mondiale.
Nevertheless, this season he was runner-up in the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch and also took third place in the biggest race on the Irish calendar, the Leinster Trophy.
But now McMullan, who works as a mechanic at Nutts Corner karting circuit, can look forward to a full campaign in a professionally run car supplied by Motorsport Ireland and backed by Dunlop and the Irish Sports Council. The runners-up were Jake Byrne and Sean Doyle.
The Billy Coleman Award for the Young Rally Driver of the Year went to Dean Raftery, winner of the R2 division of the British championship.
The 23-year-old from Galway, who was selected ahead of Josh Moffett and Kevin Eves, collected a €50,000 prize which he says will help fund his move into the Ford Fiesta Trophy category in the World championship next season.