Belfast Telegraph

Carroll helps get jewellery repair firm on the grid

By Laurence White

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.”

Belfast Telegraph