Top Award for young Alyx Coby

Alyx Coby with the Irish Karting Club's "John Brennan Award", presented for fair play and sportsmanship in karting at the Irish Karting Club's annual C Plate event at Whiteriver Park, Collon, Co. Louth.  Photos by Marc Quinlivan.

Alyx Coby with the Irish Karting Club’s “John Brennan Award”, presented for fair play and sportsmanship in karting at the Irish Karting Club’s annual C Plate event at Whiteriver Park, Collon, Co. Louth.
Photos by Marc Quinlivan.

11-year-old kart racer from Newbridge, Alyx Coby has been awarded the John Brennan Award

Following in the footsteps of her father, Gary, Alyx Coby, a young kart racer from Newbridge, Co. Kildare is fast proving a real contender in the Motorsport Ireland Cadet Karting Championship with a trophy cabinet to prove it.

Last weekend she was awarded the very prestigious John Brennan Award at the  Irish Karting Club’s annual “C Plate” meeting. Each year at this event the winner of the John Brennan Award is chosen by the Irish Karting Club’s timekeepers and awarded to a driver who they see as living up to the standard Johnny would have expected from a kart racer.

Johnny Brennan, from Shellumsrath, Co. Kilkenny, was involved in Karting for over 30 years. As a racer he was winner of many European, British and Irish titles. He then swapped his racing overalls for mechanic’s ones and went on to run one of Ireland’s most successful kart racing teams

Speaking about the decision to present Alyx with the award the timekeepers said that in the three years Alyx has been racing they have never heard a report over the radio from marshals or officials about her for bad driving standards or pushing another competitor off track. They felt this year that Alyx best represented Johnny’s ideals for fair play in Karting.

Eleven year old Alyx Coby is youngest of the Coby family to enter the competitive world of motorsport. Alyx first started racing in 2013, aged 8, in the Cadet class and now in her final year in the  class, Alyx has shown that not only is she a very fair driver but that she also has what it takes to be a very successful one. With three wins so far this year in the Motorsport Ireland Karting Championship, only one driver has won more races and Alyx currently sits in third place on the points table with just three rounds remaining.

The championship moves on to Athboy in Co. Meath on August 16th.

18th July, 2015

 


 

 

 

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring Editor and Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK) and to RTÉ Radio One, Newstalk, TodayFM and BBC Radio. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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