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Late John Crossle honoured at County Down's Kirkistown circuit

By Sammy Hamill

The Kirkistown circuit in Co Down is to have a permanent reminder of race car constructor John Crossle, who died last year. The owners of the circuit, the 500 Motor Racing Club of Ireland, have decided to name the chicane in his honour.

A simple ceremony involving the Crossle family, club members and racing friends will take place ahead of the May 30 race meeting.

In addition to establishing the Crossle Car Company, which produced cars raced by countless drivers including Nigel Mansell, John Watson and Eddie Irvine, John Crossle was an active member and long-time supporter of the club. He died in August 2014 at the age of 83.

A number of cars from the Rory's Wood factory will take part in the race meeting and there will also be a static display of some of the more historic machines as well as a demonstration by the off-road trials cars he designed and built.

A grid of 500cc Formula 3 cars are included in the programme, as are Formula Ford 1600, Roadsports and Formula Libre.

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