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Belfast to be blasted with 'raw' sound of F1 in Red Bull city centre showrun

'Tarmac very nice... perfect for Grand Prix car'

By Jonathan Bell

The streets of Belfast are to come alive with the "raw" sound of F1.

That's the promise of former F1 racing star David Coulthard.

He will be ripping up the streets in a Red Bull Formula one car on Saturday night. It's the same 2012 car that Sebastian Vettel won a hat-trick of world championships in.

"V8 engine - so not the hybrid formula cars that race today - but the good news is you have that raw sound and power coming from them," he said.

"I'll be doing a demonstration of the car and its capabilities outside City Hall."

On Saturday afternoon the car and a garage will be set up in the grounds of City Hall for the public to get up close to between noon and 5pm. 

Later 13-time F1 winner Coulthard will be joined by local motorcycle legends Jeremy McWilliams and Ryan Farquhar, stunt bike rider Mattie Griffin from Galway and Drift Champion and Red Bull athlete, Conor Shanahan from Cork.

They will be demonstrating their two-wheel and four-wheel track prowess along Donegall Square North/East during a 30-minute show performance for the free event. There will be three shows on Saturday evening and Chichester Street closed to traffic from 6pm.

Coulthard said he was "delighted" to be back in the city - after a similar event was held eight years ago, saying that no matter the weather, the Belfast public would be in for a treat.

"When they mentioned they were coming back to Belfast I said I definitely wanted to be part of this one... you just feel the warmth of the locals and it's great just to bring something different."

He said the Belfast set up was more like a US street circuit and may not have the "natural flow" of the famous Monte Carlo track.

"The tarmac is very nice so it's perfect for the Grand Prix car."

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