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Video: 35,000 in Belfast for Red Bull F1 showrun

By Jonathan Bell

Thousands descended on Belfast City Hall for the Red Bull F1 showrun spectacular.

David Coulthard took the 2012 double championship winning Red Bull car on a spin around City Hall in front of an estimated 35,000 strong crowd. That's thought to be more than double those that attended the last time the event cam to Belfast in 2010.

Before heading out he joked he would be going no more than 19.9mph, given the 20 speed limit, and didn't want to pay the fines. But we're sure he hit the rev limiter on the Chichester Street straight and was in that bus lane that catches everyone out on Donegall Square East.

Having brought the showrun to Belfast for the first time eight years ago, 13-time F1 winner Coulthard said he was delighted to be back in the city to show off the awesome power of the car on the closed streets.

"The reaction from the people of Belfast has been absolutely fantastic and I’m not just saying that in a ‘nice to be nice’ kind of way,” he said.

“The warmth of the fans has been amazing and the amount of people who have been coming over to say ‘thank you for coming to Belfast’, ‘thank you for bringing the F1 car here, so big thanks to Red Bull for making this opportunity possible. It's not easy to get all the permissions."

He added: "I believe that not a lot of people live in the city and most live in the suburbs and outside of town, so to have them come here at night is a testament to the huge level of support for motorsport there is in Ireland.

“There’s no question the Irish love F1. There’s a huge motorsport tradition here – on two and four wheels, circuit racing, rally – so it was really special. I’m not sure if we wait another eight years I’ll be able to fit in my race suit, so we’d better come back again soon.”

Also taking part in the night were Jeremy McWilliams and Ryan Farquhar.

Farquhar was taking to the racing bike for the first time since his retirement from the sport and after a horror near life-ending crash at the North West 200 in 2016.

He said he enjoyed getting back on the bike but felt like "a fish out of water" having been out of the saddle for so long.

He was given a rousing reception from the crowd.

Also taking to the streets were stunt bike rider Mattie Griffin from Galway and Drift Champion and Red Bull athlete, 15-year-old Conor Shanahan from Cork.

F1 RedBull showrun at Belfast City Hall

Posted by Belfast Telegraph on Saturday, November 3, 2018

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